The original Star Trek series spawned six movies. A lot of Trekkies will tell you, “the evens are good, the odds are bad”. I’m sorry, but you will never take away my love for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, aka, the redheaded stepchild of the Star Trek movie sextet. (Spoilers ahead.)
The plot is basically the crew of the Enterprise is roped into helping Spock’s surprise half-brother find the garden of Eden. That’s it, that’s the story. It doesn’t sound promising, I know.
People argue that the problem with the religious overtones of the movie don’t mesh with the overall philosophy of the pantheon. But I say why not. Star Trek has touched on topics of racism, gender, politics – why not touch on religion? To me, Star Trek has always been about hope, and the ideal that humanity will grow and improve. Sybok is tricked by the fake God figure. He’s searched for “Sha Ka Ree”, paradise, his entire life, only to finally reach it and find out it’s all a joke. But Sybok isn’t disheartened by his defeat. He shows incredible courage by sacrificing himself to save the others and the rest of the universe. It’s a story about faith, and the idea that we can become strong in times of misfortune, and I think that very much fits in with Star Trek.
Then people complain that FF doesn’t work within the Trek universe because it presents a society, of criminals and amoral individuals: the denizen planet of Nimbus III. I, on the other hand, find it a very ambitious path to take. Before, Star Trek has only shown us shiny worlds like those within the Federation, like Earth or Vulcan, or planets that become fixed by being influenced by Federation ideals. But I think it’s necessary to show cesspools such as Nimbus III, to show that Starfleet hasn’t fixed everything, because they can’t. The point of being existence is to develop. As James T. Kirk once said, “Man stagnates if he has no ambition, no desire to be more than he is.” The universe will never be a utopia, but we will always work to make it so.
But if you’re still not convinced, let me just show you some moments you’re missing out on:
Kirk, Spock, and Bones go camping together. Kirk climbs a mountain and almost falls to his death but Spock saves him, while Bones watches and worries from afar. They sing “Row Row Your Boat” around the campfire and Spock roasts “marshmelons”. (Also Sulu and Chekov get lost hiking in the woods and pretend that there’s a blizzard so Uhura will save them.)
Also, Kirk wears this shirt.
Canon Uhura/Scotty!!!!!! And they’re so adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!
Did I mention Spock has rocket boots? (He’s carrying Kirk and Bones up an elevator shaft.)
THIS. F**KING. SCENE. Kirk almost dies but Spock saves him AGAIN and Kirk almost kisses him, but unfortunately, Spock stops him. (“Please, Captain. Not in front of the Klingons.”)
And there’s a lot more moments that I probably missed. But in conclusion, Star Trek V doesn’t deserve the bad rep it gets. If you disagree, go climb a rock. ~TRL