‘Star Trek V: The Final Frontier’ at 35: Did William Shatner direct the cheesiest chapter in the franchise?


When some of the most memorable scenes in a “Star Trek” movie aren’t epic laser-blasting starship clashes, but Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and Bones (DeForest Kelley) sitting around a campfire eating beans laced with Tennessee whiskey and singing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” you know you might be in trouble.

Oh yeah, and how can we ever unsee Uhura’s (Nichelle Nichols) naked fan dance? “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” holds the ignoble distinction of being perhaps the low point in that era’s “Star Trek” feature film roster starring “The Original Series” crew, and its forced jokes, budget slashing nightmares, rushed reshoots, terrible special effects by Associates and Ferren, and a weird mission to meet their Maker in the middle of the galaxy have been dissected to infinity and beyond. 

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