Paper Moon wrote:
Honestly, though, I think I've watched STV about three times (as opposed to at least a dozen times each for STII, STIII, STIV and STVI), and I tend to just ignore it.
I used to ignore it, but more recently I changed my mind. The worst parts about it can be ignored or rationalized. There are only three lines referencing the center of the galaxy, so just ignore maybe half a minute of the film and that problem's solved. Ditto with the impossibly high turboshaft. And it's ridiculous that a photon torpedo -- an antimatter weapon more powerful than a nuclear bomb -- goes off maybe 50 feet behind the heroes and they're unscathed; but I rationalize it by assuming the torpedo actually detonated deep underground.
So that just leaves the plot and character issues, and while there are some annoyances there, I think a lot of it holds up fairly well. Sybok is an effective character, even if his abilities are nebulously defined. The key sequence with Sybok showing Spock and McCoy their pasts and Kirk refusing to have his pain released is actually quite effective and worthwhile. And Spock persuading General Korrd to help in the climax can be taken as the seed of his future diplomatic career and his role in UFP-Klingon detente in TUC.
So there's enough good stuff in the movie that I'm no longer willing to throw the baby out with the bathwater and dismiss the whole thing.
It just allows sooooo many things to be explained away, and since STV is referenced so infrequently, it's not that bad.
It's been referenced more than you'd think. In the Name of Honor
is a direct sequel to ST V. Nimbus III was a major story thread in Vanguard
. Klaa plays a major role in Mere Anarchy: The Blood-Dimmed Tide
. Korrd is in the novel Sarek
and in "The Unhappy Ones" in Seven Deadly Sins
. I've referenced Sybok briefly in Ex Machina
and Forgotten History
and discussed the death of McCoy's father in the former work. The "God" entity was in the Q Continuum
trilogy. Gravity boots (like Spock used to levitate at Yosemite) were featured in a couple of SCE installments.
One thing that has always surprised me is how much time passed between STV and STVI. One of the biggest gaps between movies we have.
That's because II - V spanned 7 years of real time but were only set a few months apart. VI "reset" the time interval to reflect the actors' real ages, just as the previous Nicholas Meyer film, TWOK, had done.