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With: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, David Warner
Written by: David Loughery, based on a story by William Shatner, Harve Bennett, David Loughery
Directed by: William Shatner
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 106
Date: 09/06/1989

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

1 Star (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

William Shatner directed this fifth entry, taking over from Leonard Nimoy, who had directed parts 3 and 4. His prior experience was directing several episodes of his TV show "T.J. Hooker." The bizarre plot of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier has something to do with Spock's half-brother, who stages a fake kidnapping to lure the the crew of the Enterprise into his search for God... or something. The movie is just clunky and dumb. Parts of it take place in Yosemite, which must have been fun to film, in any case. The great, villainous character actor David Warner co-stars.

Paramount does yet another spectacular job with this two-disc special edition DVD; the transfer looks great and fans can peruse a bunch of extras. Shatner and his daughter Liz provide a commentary track but it fails to explain why this fifth film was so darn awful. Completists who own the previous four may want this one, but proceed with caution.

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