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Episode #150: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Listen to Episode 150 of the Podcast here while you enjoy the show notes.


SUMMARY - In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, a Klingon moon explodes and threatens the extinction of their race. Captain Kirk (played by William Shatner) is chosen to be an ambassador to entertain the key Klingon personnel as the talks for peace between these two warring factions begins. When the chancellor is assassinated, all signs point to Kirk and the Enterprise and now the crew must try to discover the true culprit.


Screenplay by Nicholas Meyer and Denny Martin Flinn; Directed by Nicholas Meyer; and released on December 6,1991.



FILM DISCUSSION

The movie starts out with that classic mix of new graphics

and cheesy practical effects like people diving to the right

Thankfully they don't spend a lot of time lingering on the cast or the ship like most movies

The pacing moves quick but the thread of the narrative shifts away from the political allegory

And then get into the trial and prison segment

and then the assassination thwarting and internal intrigue

Along the way, there are some strange characters and sequences like Iman's shapeshifter

And tons of Klingons quoting Hamlet

But yeah, overall this was strangely one of our favorites of the six.

Awards Talk: It earned Oscar nominations for Best Makeup and Sound Effects Editing. At the Saturn Awards, it was nominated for Make-up, Costumes, Writing, Supporting Actress (Cattrall) and won for Best Sci-Fi Film. Finally, at the MTV Movie Awards it was part of the quotes montage and was in the 'Best hairdos' fake nominees category.


TRUE CRIME & POP CULTURE

This week we don't have any true crime to talk about so we're going into TV

We discussed the short lived show "Man of the People" - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101140/


Then we talked about John Davidson's final episode hosting "$100,000 Pyramid" which is available to view here:


RANKINGS & RATINGS

Nikki 1-5 star scale - 3 out of 5

Jon 0-4 star scale - 2 1/2 out of 4

Would you watch it again? - Neither of us were Star Trek fans going in and nothing about the process of watching all 6 movies converted us. There were a couple that were tolerable, including this last entry with the original cast, but generally none of them were all that entertaining to watch again. We'll watch the TV series or other newer films but aside from Star Trek IV, we aren't going back.


If you want to watch Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, as of this recording in February 2024, it’s available on Max, Digital Rental, VHS, DVD. Check your local listings.


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