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20 years ago today the original Star Trek crew embarked on their final big screen adventure with the premiere of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country on December 6, 1991. Today TrekMovie takes a look back with a retrospective of video interviews, features and promotional clips for STVI from 1991. So get into your wayback machines below.
Remembering Star Trek VI
1991 was a major year for Star Trek. It was the 25th anniversary of the franchise, which saw a new wave of interest in Trek with TV specials, marathons and new merchandise. Star Trek: The Next Generation entered its 4th season and had grown into a hit TV series. It was also a bittersweet time as 1991 also saw the passing of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.
1991 is also the year Paramount chose to release the sixth (and final) feature film with the original Star Trek crew. After the critical and box-office disappointment of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier in 1989 there was some talk about that being the final TOS film. Producer Harve Bennett proposed moving to a younger cast with a prequel set at Starfleet Academy (sound familiar?). But the studio felt the 25th anniversary should feature the original crew one last time. This disagreement led to the departure of Bennett from the franchise, with Leonard Nimoy moving in as executive producer and Ralph Winter moving up to full producer. Nimoy developed a cold-war allegory story with Star Trek II director Nick Meyer who also returned to helm the film.
The final result was a much more satisfying swan song for the original crew of the USS Enterprise. The film was much better received than Star Trek VI by both fans and general film audiences. It grossed around $75 million domestically which made it the 15th highest earner for the year (ahead of films like The Prince of Tides and JFK). The film was also well-received by critics. After previously panning Star Trek V, this new film led Roger Ebert to ask "Why on earth (or anywhere else) would Paramount want to retire this crew, which is as familiar and comforting as old family friends, and which does its job with the effortless grace of long familiarity? "
So today TrekMovie looks back at Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country with a video retrospective. Enjoy.
Entertainment Tonight STVI Cast interviews + behind the scenes + 25th anniversary
MTV feature on 25th anniversary and STVI, hosted by Marina Sirtis
Good Morning America behind the scenes on Star Trek VI
William Shatner on The Tonight Show promoting STVI
Current Affair feature on STVI
Direct TV commercial (2006) w/ STVI footage and new Shatner
Star Trek VI (as directed by JJ Abrams)…by wcleere
The Wrath of Sulu…by zOtasAki
Happy Anniversary to Star Trek VI!
POLL: Rating Star Trek VI