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Star Trek V The Final Frontier
Star Trek The Original Series Movie 05
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Production Info
Director William Shatner
Story by William Shatner, Harve Bennett and David Loughery
Screenplay by David Loughery
Production Code
IMDB Ref tt0098382
Previous Up The Long Ladder
Next Manhunt
Release Info
Season Movie
Episode 05
Release Date 9 June 1989
Certificate
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Chronology
Stardate(s):
Previous Star Trek IV The Voyage Home
Next Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country

PlotEdit

The crew of the Federation starship Enterprise is called to Nimbus III, the Planet of Intergalactic Peace. They are to negotiate in a case of kidnapping only to find out that the kidnapper is a relative of Spock. This man is possessed by his life long search for the planet Sha-Ka-Ree which is supposed to be the source of all life. Together they begin to search for this mysterious planet. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

Errors and ExplanationsEdit

The Nitpicker's Guide for Classic TrekkersEdit

Plot OversightsEdit

  1. At the beginning of the movie, an admiral claims they must send Kirk to resolve the situation on Nimbus III because he's the only experienced commander available. That may be true, but there's no need to send him on the malfunctioning Enterprise, especially since the transporters, which would be highly important in a hostage situation, are not functional. There is no time to transfer his crew to another ship. Besides, there might be a lot of resentment towards Kirk and his crew from personnel on other ships, especially aboard Excelsior.
  2. Spock using a tricorder on the surface to locate the hostages, instead of the sensors on Enterprise. The sensors may not be working any better than some of the other systems, forcing Spock to scan for the hostages on the ground.
  3. Kirk and the rescue party not using the wide angle stun setting on their phasers to subdue the insurgents in Paradise City. He doesn't want to appear as the aggressor.
  4. 'God' not landing the shuttle any closer. He probably wanted to watch them as they walked along, to see how they interact.

Equipment OdditiesEdit

  1. Kirk using Boreal climbing shoes. They could be an original pair, either passed down through the family or acquired by Kirk as part of his antique collection.
  2. The stone pillars still standing after the torpedo hits 'God's' meeting place. Chekov could have set a yield low enough to ensure Kirk and the others would remain alive, but high enough to have a chance of killing the entity.

Internet Movie DatabaseEdit

Character errorEdit

  1. After Dr. McCoy tells Spock that the secret ingredient in his beans is Tennessee whiskey, Kirk says, "Bourbon and beans, an explosive combination." But Tennessee whiskey is not bourbon. Although both are made from (at least 51%) corn mash, Tennessee whiskey undergoes a unique filtration process known as the "Lincoln County Process," and bourbon does not. (IMDB) This error is Kirk's, not necessarily the filmmakers'.
  2. At two different times in the movie, the Klingon captain says the exact same line of Klingon dialogue, though it is captioned differently each time. The subtitle for one is "Shooting space garbage is no test of a warrior's mettle", the other is "Then the Federation will be sending a rescue ship." The Klingon uttered both times is: vaj toDDujDaj ngeHbej DIvI'. The actor said the wrong words on one of them. (IMDB) Marc Okrand, who invented the Klingon language and did the Klingon dialogue for the film, came up with a backfit to explain how the same set of syllables actually could have these two radically different meanings.
  3. Sybok says that Columbus proved the world was round. In fact, the circular globe had been developed nearly 100 years before Columbus sent sail on his voyage, and the fact that the Earth is round had actually been proved by the ancient Greeks by measuring shadows at different distances from the equator. (IMDB) It could be argued that, being a Vulcan, Sybok has not received adequate knowledge of Earth history.

ContinuityEdit

  1. At the start of the fight on Nimbus III between the away team and the insurgents, at the cut to Sybock negotiating with Chekov, a loud explosion is heard outside the establishment as if the building has been hit, yet in the viewer image, Chekov reacts as if the Enterprise has been hit. He wasn't expecting any explosions during the rescue.
  2. The level of whiskey in McCoy's bottle changes during the camping scene (and not because he and Kirk are drinking it). For example, the bottle is mostly empty in the "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" shots, but nearly full when we cut to McCoy saying, "It's a song, you green-blooded Vulcan . . .," then empty again (and in his other hand) when we cut back to him for "God, I liked him better before he died." McCoy could be doing slight of hand with more than one bottle.
  3. When Kirk, Bones and Spock are flying up the turbolift shaft, the deck number gets higher as they go upwards. However Star Trek ships are numbered the opposite way round with the higher decks having lower numbers. For instance, the bridge (at the top of the ship) is on deck 1.The maintenance or construction staff probably got confused, and put the deck numbers in the wrong place.
  4. When Kirk and McCoy climb on to Spock while hovering in the turbo shaft, both of them step onto foot supports on Spock's boots. However, when the camera points down, both Kirk and McCoy's feet are dangling. With the way they are hanging onto Spock in regular shots, there is no way they could hold on. Both would fall to the bottom of the turbo shaft. Spock could be using his upper body strength to stop them falling.

Incorrectly regarded as goofsEdit

  1. The Enterprise-A has a different bridge layout in this film from others in the series. This is due to the fact that the original bridge set, redressed for use as the "battle bridge" of the Enterprise NCC-1701-D and the U.S.S. Stargazer bridge in the first season of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," was left in storage outdoors and essentially destroyed by the elements. Subsequent non-canon Star Trek publications have attempted to explain the very different appearance of the new bridge by suggesting that Starfleet ships have bridge modules which can be easily swapped out and replaced with new ones. In practical terms this seems unlikely; the turbolift doors are farther apart (2 stations between them) in the new bridge than the old (1 station between them), which would require ripping out and replacing the entire vertical shaft below the bridge deck. The second deck could have been designed to allow this.
  2. The Enterprise's deck numbering changes radically in the turbo shaft scenes (with deck numbering as high as 70 and repeating.) (IMDB) The beginning of the movie established that the Enterprise was assembled very poorly and things were falling apart or plain not built right. It would make sense that even the labels were incorrect as well.

=Factual errorsEdit

  1. Even at maximum warp the Enterprise could not travel from Earth or Nimbus III to the center of the galaxy in the crew's lifetime. It would take thousands of years to make it one way. The distance from earth to the center of our galaxy is about 22400 light years.There could have been a number of warp highways in the area, which temporarily allows faster than normal travel.

Incorrectly regarded as goofsEdit

  1. The Enterprise-A has a different bridge layout in this film from others in the series. This is due to the fact that the original bridge set, redressed for use as the "battle bridge" of the Enterprise NCC-1701-D and the U.S.S. Stargazer bridge in the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, was left in storage outdoors and essentially destroyed by the elements. Subsequent non-canon Star Trek publications have attempted to explain the very different appearance of the new bridge by suggesting that Starfleet ships have bridge modules which can be easily swapped out and replaced with new ones. [In practical terms this seems unlikely; the turbolift doors are farther apart (2 stations between them) in the new bridge than the old (1 station between them), which would require ripping out and replacing the entire vertical shaft below the bridge deck.] The corresponding area on deck 2 is probably designed to allow this.

Plot holesEdit

  1. With only one shuttle craft on Nimbus III, and the transporters offline, there is no way that all of the insurgents could have gotten off the surface and onto the Enterprise as it warps away immediately. This is most likely why Sybok decided to 'recruit' so many members of Kirk's crew.
  2. As Kirk and McCoy are climbing the turboshaft, the walls of the turboshaft can be seen to flex.As stated above, the ship was poorly constructed.
  3. In wide shots of the mountains on Sha Ka Ree, dirt roads are clearly visible on a planet supposedly uninhabited.Possible creations of the beings that imprisoned the false God.

SourcesEdit


Star Trek Films
Star Trek The Motion Picture I Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan I Star Trek III The Search For Spock I Star Trek IV The Voyage Home I Star Trek V The Final Frontier I Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country I Star Trek Generations I Star Trek First Contact I Star Trek Insurrection I Star Trek Nemesis I Star Trek I Star Trek Into Darkness I Star Trek Beyond

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