Thursday, May 16, 2019

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Praxis a Klingon moon explodes causing the severe environmental damage to the Klingon home world. With the Klingons having to refocus their financial efforts they begin peace talks with the Federation. But not everybody wants peace.

The Enterprise is tasked to escort the Klingon Chancellor to Earth for a peace summit but during the trip the Enterprise fires on the Klingon ship knocking out their gravity generators and two Starfleet crewman transport over and kill the Chancellor After the attack, Kirk and McCoy transport to the Klingon ship to help claiming that they didn't fire the torpedoes. They are taking into custody and tried and convicted of assassination. Their sentence is to work in the Rura Penthe mines.

Meanwhile Spock and the Enterprise begin an investigation into what happened delaying their return to Earth by claiming technical difficulties. They discover that they did not fire the torpedoes but the computer log shows they did. They find the two crew that beamed over but they were already dead. Using a trap they discover that Lt. Valeris was the one involved in a conspiracy and that it included the head of Starfleet security, and high ranking Klingons.

They rescue Kirk and McCoy and fly to Khitomer with Captain Sulu and the USS Excelsior and fight a Klingon bird of prey that can fire while cloaked. Once they win, they transport down and prevent the assassination of the new Klingon chancellor.

This movie is one of the better Star Trek movies. I probably watched it a dozen times as a child, only beaten by Star Trek IV. Kim Catrall and Christopher Plumber are extras in the movie that added depth and a sense of something new that we hadn't had much of in previous movies. The use of Shakespearean quotes used by Klingons was an interesting choice.


"I've never trusted Klingons, and I never will. I could never forgive them for the death of my boy. It seems to me our mission to escort the Chancellor of the Klingon High Council to a peace summit is problematic at best. Spock says this could be an historic occasion, and I'd like to believe him, but how on earth can history get past people like me?" - Captain Kirk

"You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon." - Chancellor Gorkon

"To be or not to be? That is the question which preoccupies our people, Captain Kirk. We need breathing room." - General Chang
"Earth, Hitler, 1938." - Captain Kirk
"I beg your pardon." - General Chang

"There is an old Vulcan proverb: only Nixon could go to China." - Captain Spock

"Mr. Scott, I understand you're having difficulty with the warp drive. How much time do you require for repair?" - Captain Spock
"There's nothing wrong with the bloody thing." - Captain Scott
"Mr. Scott, if we return to Space dock, the assassins will surely find a way to dispose of their incriminating footwear, and we will never see the Captain or Doctor McCoy alive again." - Captain Spock
"Could take weeks, sir." - Captain Scott

" Perhaps you have heard Russian epic of Cinderella? If shoe fits, wear it." - Commander Checkov

"Not everyone keeps their genitals in the same place, Captain." - Martia

"Spock, you want to know something? Everybody's human." - Captain Kirk
"I find that remark, insulting." - Captain Spock

"Doctor, would you care to assist me in performing surgery on a photon torpedo?" - Captain Spock
"Fascinating." - Doctor McCoy

"It's about the future, Madame Chancellor. Some people think the future means the end of history. Well, we haven't run out of history quite yet. Your father called the future the undiscovered country. People can be very frightened of change." - Captain Kirk

"If I were human I believe my response would be, go to hell. If I were human." - Captain Spock
"Course heading, Captain?" - Commander Checkov
"Second star to the right and straight on till morning." - Captain Kirk

"This is the final cruise of the Starship Enterprise under my command. This ship and her history will shortly become the care of another crew. To them and their posterity will we commit our future. They will continue the voyages we have begun, and journey to all the undiscovered countries, boldly going where no man, where no one has gone before."

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