Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country ★★★½

The last Star Trek movie to feature the entire original cast of the 1960s series, The Undiscovered Country only happened because Paramount wanted to use the franchise’s 25th anniversary to boost interest after the deplorable Final Frontier. Director Nicholas Meyer seemed the ideal man for the job, having similarly revived Trek with Wrath of Khan after The Motion(less) Picture

Notions of a Starfleet Academy-set prequel were mooted early in the creative process, but ultimately the movie used an idea from Leonard Nimoy as its starting point: “[what would happen if] the Wall came down in space?” — referring to real-life political events with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Given a smaller budget by Paramount, but a potent idea to make Klingons allegorical to Russians at the tail-end of a long war with the Federation, Star Trek VI started shooting in 1991 with everyone reprising their roles for an intended swansong…

The Klingon moon of Praxis is destroyed; a catastrophic event witnessed by the USS Excelsior under the command of Captain Sulu (George Takei). The satellite’s demise throws the nearby Klingon homeworld into chaos; as the planet loses a vital energy-producing facility and ozone layer in one fell swoop. A warlike footing no longer tenable with their Federation neighbours, the Klingons have no choice but to broker peace with their old enemy.

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