TrekMovie finishes out our 20th anniversary coverage of Star Trek V The Final Frontier with 20 fun facts all about William Shatner’s turn in the director’s chair.
STAR TREK V: 20 Fun facts
1. The original title for the film that William Shatner wanted was "Star Trek: An Act of Love"
2. The name "Sha Ka Ree" is a sound-alike for Sean Connery (the actor they production team originally hoped would play Sybok)
3. STV is the first feature film made after Star Trek: The Next Generation went into production, and there is much to "engage" in Star Trek V. For example, the corridors in the film are from the Enterprise D as is the sickbay set. The steps that were brought out for Kirk and company to utilize when disembarking from the shuttle were reportedly those of Patrick Stewart’s trailer (they had forgotten to make stairs and quickly redecorated what was available).
4. Laurence Lunkinbill is married to Lucy Arnaz in real life. That means he was Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s son-in-law (it was Lucy’s production company Desilu who originally owned and produced Star Trek).
5. Klaa’s ship is named the Okrona, after Marc Okrand who wrote much of the Klingon language.
6. The crew person to whom Kirk gives his jacket when first appearing on the Enterprise is Shatner’s daughter Melanie Shatner (who was also featured during the episode "Miri").
7. The band Hiroshima which plays the ‘Uhura fan dance’ song "The Moons A Window" on the soundtrack is still an active band with a new album. They are well known in the jazz and new age music community.
8. The history and origins of the alien who pretends to be God in Star Trek V is the subject of The Q Continuum books from Greg Cox.
9. Harve Bennett, the producer and writer who helped save Star Trek starting with The Wrath of Khan, is featured as Admiral Robert Bennett who gives Kirk his orders during the film.
10. Owens Dry Lake in the Mojave Desert is the real world location for Nimbus III. Its stark environment is contrasted with the beauty of Yosemite during the film’s first moments.
11. Both Todd Bryant (Klaa) and David Warner (St. John Talbot) would return with roles in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Bryant played the Klingon interpreter and Warner was Gorkon.
12. Uhura’s erotic fan dance was initially suggested as a joke by writer David Loughery, to his surprise it was approved.
13. Kirk continues his tradition of calling Klingons "bastards" in this film, something that starts in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
14. The comic book adaptation features all the deleted scenes, including what the infamous Rockman scene could have looked like.
15. Star Trek V was the first Star Trek film that both Herman Zimmerman and Mike Okuda were crew
16. Star Trek V was #1 at the box office its first week earning $17 million dollars. It would eventually earn $52 million domestically and about $70 million internationally. While profitable it was a disappointment, earning about half of what Star Trek IV did a few years before.
17. Star Trek V The Final Frontier wasn’t the first "Star Trek V" that William Shatner starred. In 1986 while on Saturday Night Live, he played Captain Kirk in the infamous skit "Star Trek V: The Restaurant Enterprise"
18. Before Nokia and Budweiser’s product placement in ST09, this film also had product placement. Kirk and company are wearing Levi Jeans and Levi Strauss & Company is credited in the film.
19. Star Trek V is one of the few films that has been allowed to film at Yosemite National Park. Because of its environmentalism themes, Star Trek was allowed to film where few have filmed before.
20. The special edition regular DVD release of Star Trek V has an Easter Egg worth checking out. On the special features of disc 2, go to the main menu and click on "Deleted Scenes" Go to "Behold Paradise" and then move the DVD arrow to the left. A symbol will be there and you could now enjoy a brief joke scene. Other bonus features are a very cool press release video and Shatner discussing how Kirk represents every person and hugging mountains
Bonus: Good Morning America 1989 Shatner and Nimoy interview
See you at the 30th anniversary
Well that pretty much wraps up our 20th anniversary coverage for Star Trek V. Maybe some day Paramount will give Shatner the money to create a digitally enhanced special edition of The Final Frontier, but we won’t be holding our breath.