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I'm Autistic and suffer from ADHD & OCD, but I'm very high-functioning and capable of taking care of myself if I need to.

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Apr
18th
2020

My Movie Review on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier · 9:34pm Apr 18th, 2020

Greetings and salutations, my friends.

This is your friendly film, TV show, and episode reporter here with another review.

Today, I'm gonna give you guys my take of "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier".

Similar to "Space Jam", I had originally intended on starting everything off with a summary of what the film was about. However, I found it to be hard to figure out how to put everything in words, so I decided to skip doing that. What I can say about the film is that the Enterprise has been hijacked by Spock's half-brother, Sybok, who intends on using it to travel to the center of the galaxy in order to find "God".

I have to admit, when I read about the mostly negative reputation this movie had, I was afraid I was going to have the kind of experience I previously had with "Space Jam". My good friend on FiMFiction.net, Jade Dawn, even insisted that I'd dislike this movie even more than "Star Trek: The Motion Picture".

The one thing I'm proud to say regarding this film is that it wasn't as terrible as I expected. But, it wasn't what I'd like to call a great film either, and I can definitely see why it's so infamous.

The film did have its positives, which is what I'd like to take note of first.

Returning from composing the first movie, Jerry Goldsmith's work in this film was something that literally caught me off guard. If his mission was to prove himself as a true Star Trek composer, then I'm proud to say "Mission Accomplished", because there was such a strong resonance that reflected the emotions of the characters and tone of the film.

The performances of the cast, characters, and character development were likewise impressive. As director of the film, William Shatner did a marvelous job at preserving the personalities of the regular characters and making sure they were as likable as ever, and he and the other performers, accompanied by noticeably creative dialogue, looked like they were having a lot of fun with their material. The chemistry between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy were what I found to be particularly entertaining, along with the performances Shatner, Nimoy, and Kelley. Plus, the film gave great exploration on the backgrounds of Spock and McCoy, and Laurence Luckinbill and his character of Sybok proved to be compelling additions to the franchise.

In spite of these positives, though, there were things about the film I was far from fond of.

For instance, the special effects were among the elements I found myself having mixed to negative feelings towards. As I watched the ships featured in the film, I couldn't help but note how cheesy they seemed to look when flying through space, as it felt like the effects team was hardly putting enough dedication and effort into making the space background and ships look good when together.

But, the direction by William Shatner, the screenplay by David Loughery, and the story by Shatner, Loughery, and Harve Bennett were the real blame for why this film wasn't the most worthwhile. Like I already said, I enjoyed how Shatner preserved what it was that made the regular characters special and the spot-on new additions made for the movie. However, everything else was sadly lacking.

The jokes that were incorporated in the movie weren't very funny, as they either fell flat, felt out of place, or cringy at the most. It primarily felt like filmmakers were trying too hard to make the film funny, and the results weren't successful whatsoever. The emotional moments of the movie weren't that great either, mainly because they weren't the most soul-tugging.

Along with that, the film left a lot to be desired, as well as too many unanswered questions and explanations. The premise as a whole was awfully baffling and hard for me to get, and it contained subplots that were underdeveloped in the long run. One example in particular was the apparent romance between Scotty and Uhura, which held little importance to the story and had no lead up to deeply solidify the connection between the two characters.

In the end, "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" was thankfully not something I all-out hated, but it wasn't a very likable movie either. The acting, characters, and music were great, but the special effects held little appeal, the concept as a whole was confusing and less than understandable, and there were too many terribly done jokes and underdeveloped elements in the story.

So, I rate "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" 2½ out of 5 stars.

Move over "Star Trek: The Motion Picture", you've got company.

Comments ( 14 )

Hopefully your review of The Undiscovered Country will prove more fruitful.

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Why, what’s wrong with this one?

Ah yes. This lovely little bit of Trek history. Have to admit, I didn't expect you to be this reserved on it, given the whole God angle.

But whatever. I've been waiting for this one for a while now, and if it's alright with you I'm gonna consider this an early birthday present.

In the meantime, here are my personal notes on the movie, pros and cons. I spent days trying to get my thoughts together in anticipation for this.


Pros:

-I love the look of the Enterprise-A’s bridge. It’s actually my favorite bridge look out of all six of the original movies. The new touch-screen consoles look great, I like the lighting and the new chair styles, and the whole thing looks very much like an upgrade from the tech seen in the previous movies, and it’s a decent half-way point between TOS and TNG tech styles. I like it quite a bit.

-I like the new shuttle design as well. It’s a decent TMP-era upgrade from the classic design we’ve seen in TOS.

-Jerry Goldsmith’s music, while not quite as good as his scores for TMP and the Next Generation films from First Contact to Nemesis, is still pretty good all the same. Hearing his Klingon theme make a comeback was a treat for the ears, and the score for the initial discovery of “Sha Ka Ree” is almost–pun completely intended–heavenly.

-Y’know, Sybok may have been a crackpot, but he never really comes across as a bad person. He’s just misguided. And yeah, taking the delegates on Nimbus III and stealing the Enteprise-A wasn’t very cash money of him, but at the end of the day he doesn’t really want anybody to get hurt. He even goes so far as to call Kirk a “friend” when the Sha Ka Ree entity attacks him. It’s actually nice to see a Star Trek antagonist who isn’t really all that malicious for once.

-This exchange between Kirk and Spock, respectively: “I thought I was going to die.” “Not possible. You were never alone.” The initial set-up at the camping scene felt a bit clumsy, but man did the payoff tug at my heartstrings.

-DeForest Kelley’s acting when McCoy relives his “secret pain”. The script may have been a hot mess, but man did he turn in a good performance. I actually felt my eyes getting a bit wet when he said that they found a cure after he’d let his father go.

-I don’t know about anybody else, but the brief gag of Sulu and Chekov being lost in the woods and trying to cover for it made me laugh. The kicker was Chekov’s deadpan: “Sulu, look. The Sun’s come out. It’s a miracle.”

-Shoddy special effects aside, the scene where the crew thinks they’ve found God is actually kinda awe-inspiring. The shot of the shaft of light eclipsing Enterprise is beautiful, and with the music and the atmosphere, you almost believe you’re meeting the Almighty Himself.

-“What does God need with a starship?” It’s like that was the moment where the movie woke up and started thinking rationally.

-I actually kinda like the Star Wars-esque scenes of Kirk and the security team going down to Nimbus III. It’s not every day you see Star Trek adress the more combat-related aspects of Starfleet.

-The opening shot of Sybok riding through the duststorm actually has a kind of creepy tone to it before we see him more clearly. For the briefest of moments, it almost looked like a Ringwraith from The Lord of the Rings or something.

-Less of a legitimate pro than the others, but I will give the movie points for at least making it an alien entity and not actually God at the center of the galaxy. And hey, at least it ain’t the original version where it turned out to be Satan and Kirk and Spock had to rescue McCoy from Hell. Because that was a thing that almost happened.

Cons:

-THE SPECIAL EFFECTS. Good LORD, they’re terrible! Even the original effects from TOS looked better, and this movie was made in flippin’ 1989! And it’s a doggone shame, too, because some of this movie’s scenes could have been really memorable in spite of the shoddy script if they had better effects, like the shuttle crash-landing or the Great Barrier or the “God altar” sequence.

-Klaa and the Klingons really don’t add anything to the story, and they feel like they’re just there to have the Deus ex Machina moment at the end. When you get down to it, he’s only causing trouble because he’s bored. And honestly, I think the movies could have used a break from the Klingons. In fact, you know what? With Caithlin Dar being the new girl on Nimbus and all, I would have had the Romulans be a part of things just to shake it up a little.

-Starfleet: “We’re gonna send you out in your crummy lemon of a starship because even though we do actually have other ships in the area, we don’t have any experienced commanders.” I. Call. Horseapples. It was bad enough that they used the stupid “Enterprise is the only ship in range” cliche in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (my only legit plot-related grievance about the movie, might I add), but it gets taken to new levels of stupid here. And even assuming that Kirk really is somehow the only commander suitable for the job, then here’s a bright little idea: why not temporarily transfer him to the Excelsior? You can see it sitting right there next to Enterprise-A in Spacedock in that stock footage from Star Trek IV. Even if the transwarp drive is a bust, everything else presumably works. Working ship, full crew compliment, and experienced commander all in one fell swoop.

-The “quest for God” plot is all kinds of stupid that I won’t even try to unravel here. It really says something when even Gene Roddenberry–a man that you yourself once described as a “God-hating athiest”–thinks that it’s too on-the-nose.

-It slowly occurred to me over the course of the movie that Sybok is supposed to be some kind of pseudo-space Jesus figure. It finally hit me in the scene when he comes riding into Paradise City on horseback with crowds cheering him on. Hamfisted symoblism at it’s absolute (not) finest.

-Sybok is Spock’s long-lost half-brother who we’ve never heard of before and will never hear of again. I’ll let that speak for itself. Well, at least we can all take solace in the fact that Star Trek’s writers have learned from this mistake and will never pull something like this agai–OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!

-Taking the Enterprise-A from Federation space to the center of the galaxy in just 6.7 hours at Warp 7 (according to Sulu). Even if we assume that the Nimbus system is on the very edge of the Neutral Zone facing the galactic core, it would still take them far longer than that to get there.

-And besides that, the center of the galaxy is far from paradise. Cosmic radiation, exploding stars, and a supermassive black hole about 31.5 times the diameter of the sun. The galactic core is a hellscape.

-Speaking of which, for all the build-up of how dangerous the Great Barrier is supposed to be, both the Enterprise-A and Klaa’s ship seem to go through it with no trouble whatsoever. The novelization apparently explains it away as Sybok–apparently knowledgable in astrophysics or whatever–modified the Enterprise-A’s shields to be able to withstand the forces of the barrier, and Klaa’s crew hacked their computers before they went in to figure out how to do it themselves. But that explanation just leaves you wondering how effective Starfleet’s computer firewalls are.

-Aside from being kinda pointless, the scene where Klaa blows up the old Pioneer 10 probe doesn’t make sense. Even in the future of the 23rd Century, the probe still wouldn’t be far enough out of our solar system to be near Klingon territory. Which means that for this scene to work, we have to assume that Klaa went across the Neutral Zone into Federation space just to blow up one measly bit of space junk.

-Hey, Science Officer Spock? Why don’t you just, y’know…tilt the gun down, maybe? Just shoot Sybok in the leg or the shoulder or something, and then McCoy can take out the bullet later! You don’t have to shoot to kill for goodness’ sakes!

-How on Earth did Sybok’s forces manage to ground the Galileo?!

-There is no way that shuttle could fit that many people. And there are even less during the interior shots in the emergency crash-landing sequence. And what happened to the security squad that went down? Did they get left behind on the planet? (according to the script, yes, they did. Stinks to be them, I guess.)

-Look, I get that Enterprise is supposed to be under-manned, but are you seriously trying to tell us that nobody tried to stop Sybok and co. from getting to the bridge? Nobody caught on that he was sorta-brainwashing people and just wide-angle-stunned him and his other converts? Nobody at all?

-The turboshaft that Kirk and co. climb up is completely wrong. For one, Constitution-class ships only have 21 decks. The turboshaft lists 78 at most. And the numbering is all wrong as well; decks are labelled from least to greatest as they go down, not up. And they pass by Deck 52 twice!

-The furry fandom is still alive and kicking if the three-breasted catgirl dancer is any indication.

-“I know this ship like the back of my hand.” (CLANG!) Is it any wonder that James Doohan hated doing that bit?

-Speaking of Scotty, him and Uhura are a thing now? Where did that come from??

-And while we’re on the subject of Lieutenant Uhura…the naked fan-dance. (facepalm)

-When you stop to thinking about it, Spock’s automatic “marshmellon” dispenser takes more time to spit out marshmallows than it takes to simply reach into a bag and pull one out.

-Rocket boots. In an age where artificial gravity carrying devices are a thing, why? And how did Spock get them during the elevator shaft scene?

-So the Enterprise-A shoots a photon torpedo from orbit, mere meters away from Kirk and co., and they're not hurt by the blast at all? Suuuuuuuuuure...

-The Galileo shuttlecraft skids farther than should be possible given the obvious size of the hangar deck. If it had been the combined hangar/cargo bay layout seen in TMP, it might have been more plausible. I actually made an edit of my own in an attempt to fix this mistake.

-Why does the Klingon Bird-of-Prey have a hatch over the photon torpedo tube? Seriously, what purpose would it serve other than being a time-waster to open up during a combat situation?

-Sha Ka Ree from orbit just looks like the sun recolored blue. And the surface looks almost exactly the same as Nimbus III, just with more rocks and tinted purple. So much for an Eden-like paradise.

-A YouTube comment I once saw pointed out that “God” looks kinda like the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz. They’re not wrong.

-Isn’t it just a bit too convenient that it’s William Shatner–writer, director, and starring actor in this picture–his character who seems to be the smartest guy in the movie? Resisting Sybok’s mind therapy, calling out the fake God? Or how Starfleet “needs Kirk” because he’s the only experienced commander qualified for the job? Don’t think we don’t see you, Bill…

-Wait a minute…a nonsensical plot, out-of-character stupidity, long-lost relatives that come out nowhere, OP self-inserts, crack shipping, fanservice, catgirls…holy Sha Ka Ree, Star Trek V is a fanfic on the big screen!!!


All that being said...like you, I was surprised to find that, for all the negative hype that I've heard over the years, I didn't find it quite as bad as I thought it was going to be. Probably because I knew what was coming, so my expectations were suitably lowered to meet it. In fact, I found myself kinda enjoying it in a "so-bad-its-good" sort of sense.

Not exactly the way a film should be enjoyed, but I try to find the best in everything.

But do not despair, friends. For the next movie is so much better, and it's one that I've found myself liking more and more as time goes on.

See you in The Undiscovered Country, A Man Undercover. Until then..."parting is such sweet sorrow". :)

You'll understand what I'm talking about when you get to the next movie.

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-The “quest for God” plot is all kinds of stupid that I won’t even try to unravel here. It really says something when even Gene Roddenberry–a man that you yourself once described as a “God-hating athiest”–thinks that it’s too on-the-nose.

That’s actually why I found this movie to be so confusing and hard to get. I could barely understand how God could be tracked to the very center of the galaxy, and the whole quest seemed to be the stupidest since that robot’s mission in the first film. Insulting as well, if I may add.

5245739
Ignoring the little barb about "the robot", yeah, the whole "God is at the center of the galaxy" thing is pretty dumb. I mean, isn't the guy supposed to be omnipresent? Like, he's everywhere? Honestly, if I was living in the 23rd century, I'd start questioning things long before the "Almighty" starts asking for the Enterprise from that alone.

To be fair, though, the God that Sybok is looking for seems to be from Vulcan mythology rather than Christianity, so I guess there's a little wiggle room for that.

Also, random side-note: this movie convinced me once and for all that the whole man-with-a-long-white-beard look for God is dumb and really needs to go.

I have never seen any Star trek before, one day I aim to see what all the hype is about

5245739
If creation revolves around God, then wouldn't it be logical to assume that God is in the exact center of the known universe?:derpytongue2:

I'll show myself the door

Oh, something else I remembered. Originally, the "God" entity was going to morph into a horde of rock creatures to chase after Kirk and co. after being blasted by the photon torpedo. The cost to make all the suits was too much, so they cut it down to just one, and then they scrubbed the scene entirely because they thought it "didn't look convincing enough" (HA!), and went with the floating laser-shooting head that we got. It was also explicitly said to be still alive even after Klaa's Bird-of-Prey blasts it, roaring in anger as the ship takes back off into space.

So I was rewatching this last night, and something occurred to me. The first half of the movie essentially consists of diplomats being taken hostage by a radical force in a desert setting, and the government launching a rescue operation which goes pear-shaped. Sound familiar?

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If we're going literally, I guess. But most depictions of God, or at least the Judeo-Christian one, portray him as an omnipresent being; he's not in one specific spot in space, he's everywhere.

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Then having said that: is it possible that God is the Universe?

5263488
But if God is the Universe, and he created the Universe, wouldn't that technically imply he created himself?

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Isn't that consistent with the Christian belief for the origin of God : that God simply willed itself into existence out of nothing?
That in a perfect vacuum, something decided "I Am", and that entity, the 'firstborn' of existence, was God?

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It’s rather complicated. But, I can definitely tell you that God didn’t create himself. He doesn’t have a beginning or an end, that’s why he’s referred to as the everlasting God.

5263619
Not actually all that complicated a belief: that God simple always was.:eeyup:

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