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New Escapist Column! On “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country”, and Saying Goodbye to Old Friends…

I published a new In the Frame piece at The Escapist this evening. With the passing of Christopher Plummer recently, and with the film celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this year, I thought it might be worth taking a look at Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

The Undiscovered Country was the last Star Trek film to focus on the entire cast of the original show. However, it is not an entirely celebratory farewell. Instead, it’s a movie that makes a valid and convincing argument for the need to move on, for characters like Kirk and Spock to get out of history’s way and to surrender the stage to Star Trek: The Next Generation. It’s an introspective (and occasionally even acerbic) rejection of nostalgia that is particularly hard to imagine today, particularly in the era of films like Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker.

You can read the piece here, or click the picture below.

3 Responses

  1. The scene I always find the most is the one after Gorkon is assassinated and Kirk instantly signals the surrender of the Enterprise rather than mix it up with the Klingons over, what he presumes to be, a tragic misunderstanding of his crew as being responsible.

    It’s the first real indication we see from Kirk that, despite his obstinance and long-held prejudices, knows that this historic peace is much bigger than his ego or hurt feelings. He knows the moment is much larger than himself and does the unthinkable – surrenders his ship to the Klingons. Something that the old swashbuckling Kirk of yore would never entertain.

  2. Really good text. I do really like a lot your book about the movies from Nolan, I have even got a paperback one on Brazilian Amazon site. This is something I would really enjoy: a new book from you writing about the Star Trek movies 🙂 I have already suggested one to the movies from Michael Mann. And I would really love to see one published with your texts about Millennium (1996-99).

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