Film (1991). Paramount. Directed by Nicholas Meyer. Written by Denny Martin Flinn, Meyer, based on a story by Leonard Nimoy, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal. Cast includes Persis Khambatta and the lead players from the Star Trek television series, along with Kim Cattrall, Rosana DeSoto, Christopher Plummer, Morgan Sheppard and David Warner. 109 minutes. Colour.
After the disaster of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), this film may have been a cynical decision to cash in on Star Trek's twenty-fifth anniversary and squeeze the last possible dollars out of the box-office. It is a watchable wrap-up of the series, or at least of the series as starring the original and now elderly cast. The story, a metaphor about Russian-US glasnost, deals with the dawn of more peaceful relations between humans and Klingons, with Kirk's dislike of making any such accommodation, and with an unholy alliance of right-wing factions on both sides whose purpose is to sabotage the peace process by assassinating leaders among the peacemakers. Plummer plays the Shakespeare-quoting villain, Chang; strangely the film's title is a mistake; Shakespeare's phrase "the undiscovered country" refers not to the future, as the film has it, but to death. Like all but the first of its predecessors, this low-budget affair has the feel of a blown-up television episode, but is enjoyably melodramatic.
The novelization is The Undiscovered Country (1992) by J M Dillard. [PN]
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