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The Undiscovered Country - the undiscovered brilliance of Star Trek
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (DVD)
Member Name: chrisc92
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (DVD)
Advantages: Good story, suspenseful
When it comes to Star Trek films The Undiscovered Country which was the last one featuring the original USS Enterprise crew to be made is pretty much unknown and in 21 years since it was released I cannot recall ever seeing it listed on any TV channel.
It is very surprising for such a well know brand, especially as it has the best storyline of any of those featuring the original cast and is throughout the film pretty obvious to see prejudice and the different perspectives existing in society - this time between the Klingon Empire and The United Federation of Planets that is represented throughout by Starfleet. It is also commonly known as Star Trek VI as it is indeed the 6th film produced by Paramount Pictures.
I grew up on Kirk, Spock, Scotty, Uhura, Bones McCoy, Chekov and Sulu, so it is not surprising that I love all 6 of their films and that I have developed a love (in most cases) for this type of science fiction although I found it impossible to enjoy the newer Enterprise TV series, Deep Space Nine or the newer first 3 films of the Star Wars hexology.
The Undiscovered Country is a very enjoyable film which I originally bought on VHS as part of the full box set and later on DVD as part of a rather expensive DVD and magazine subscription to the full Star Trek The Next Generation collection which included all ten films that had at the time been released - not only was this expensive but from memory took at least a year and a half to complete. In terms of features my copy includes Theatrical and Teaser Trailers. It is rated PG and runs for 109 minutes.
The Undiscovered Country has a pretty good story line..... The Klingon moon of Praxis is the Klingon homeworld's key energy production facility explodes as a result of years of over-mining of resources and in so doing destroys their ozone layer. As the result of the explosion the USS Excelsior captained by Hikaru Sulu is on a scientific mission near to the neutral zone and in fact he is enjoying a cup of tea as a shockwave hits the ship. Despite the Klingons being a warlike race and an unnatural peace existing between them and the United Federation of Planets. With that in mind Sulu takes the unprecedented step at attempting communication with the Klingon homeworld to offer aid which is initially rejected. Sulu however discovers that in fact very little remains of Praxis.
After the Klingons have had time to reflect they realise that they can no longer continue with their hostile footing Starfleet orders the USS Enterprise under command of James T Kirk to escort the Klingon chancellor Gorkon's ship to Earth where negotiations are due to take place to end hostilities. Kirk however is rather put out to do so as the Klingons killed his son, David. He does however reluctantly agree and invites Gorkon aboard the Enterprise where he is to be Guest of Honour for a dinner party. Gorkon is joined by his chief of staff General Chang who is opposed to the truce. Later that night the Enterprise fires photon torpedoes at the chancellor's ship disabling its artificial gravity and 2 crew beam aboard and assassinate Gorkon. Kirk beams across with McCoy with the intent of saving Gorkon's life but fail in the attempt, and are promptly arrested by Chang for high treason.
In fact, as we are later to learn it is part of an elaborate plot by Federation and Klingons to prevent a truce being agreed and the trial of Kirk and McCoy that follows is purely for show and their sentence predetermined - they are sentenced to life imprisonment on the penal asteroid Rura Penthe.
Meanwhile Gorkon's daughter (Azetbur) is elected as the new chancellor. Spock who now commands Enterprise must very quickly establish the facts behind the assassination and rescue Kirk and McCoy. The Enterprise crew will also need to head for Earth to prevent a second assassination and be reunited with their former crew member now commanding Excelsior.
This is a very fitting end to the crew I knew and loved once more combining to save civilisation from total disaster and well worth watching.
The film was released through Paramount Pictures in December 1991. It is available from Amazon for £4.75 DVD or £6.99 Blu-ray although there are many versions available on the site that are from various re-releases.
Directed by: Nicholas Meyer
Produced by: Ralph Winter, Steven-Charles Jaffe
Screenplay by: Nicholas Meyer, Denny Martin Flinn
Story by: Leonard Nimoy, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal
Starring: William Shatner (Kirk)
Leonard Nimoy (Spock)
DeForest Kelley (McCoy)
James Doohan (Scotty)
Walter Koenig (Chekov)
George Takei (Sulu)
Nichelle Nichols (Uhura)
Kim Cattrall (Valeris)
David Warner (Gorkon)
Christopher Plummer (Chang)
Rosanna DeSota (Azetbur)
Music by: Cliff Eidelman
Cinematography: Horo Narita
Editing by: Ronald Roose
Summary: A final fitting tribute to the original USS Enterprise crew