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Landing on Sha Ka Ree by thefirstfleet Landing on Sha Ka Ree by thefirstfleet
I just watched The Final Frontier and realized that this movie is not one of the worst, but one of the best Trek movies of all time. These are the reasons why:

- Flawless Golden Trio character dynamic. Kirk, Spock and Bones spend more time together in this movie than in any other, and be it fun or grave danger, you can feel the friendship and respect that binds them together.

- The secondary characters are also great. The Scotty/Uhura hinted at in this movie is much more believable than the Spock/Uhura nonsense in the Abramsverse. Also, there is a fun cameraderie between Sulu and Chekov.

- The Pain Relief scenes of Spock and McCoy are great. Especially that of McCoy. A chilling experience even to watch. I think these scenes add great volumes to the characters. Also, Kirk's classic I need my pain! scene is the pure embodiment of Jim's character: an unyielding leader who would never allow even his own self to endanger the Enterprise and the crew.

- Tons of foreshadowing, including the future alliance between the Federation and the Klingon Empire (and possibly the Romulans), as well as Kirk's death. Whle we all hate the way he died, he was right all along: Spock and Bones were not there, he died alone.

- A plot that combines science fiction and philosophy, and its resolution by Kirk: God is within us all. To find Him, you have to find yourself.

Now I won't say the movie is perfect. Most VFX scenes are horrible, although they were touched up in the Blu-Ray release. I also miss the deleted scene which shows a completed Mount Rushmore, with an added female President's face. The commonly cited mistake of the Enterprise making it to the center of the Galaxy in a matter of hours doesn't bother me. TOS speeds were different to those in TNG (a new thing at TFF's release, screwing over the previously established tech and timeline), and let's not forget the Enterprise also travelled beyond the edge of the Galaxy.

Anyway, I think TFF is better than most TNG movies, not counting First Contact. But enough of the blah-blah-blah, I hope you like my tribute image :D





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hallgarth Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
I can see where you're coming from. There are strange oddities, such as the Enterprise having 70 decks. I think the script needed tightening up a lot.

Just a note on your warp speed commentary. I believe (could be mistaken) that in TOS warp was the factor squared, so warp 1 was 1x1x1=1 - the speed of light, where as warp 2 was 2x2x2=8 - 8 times the speed of light.  warp 3 would be 3x3x3=27 etc.

TNG and later had some kind of wonky graph that suddenly went to infinity at ten for some unexplained reason.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Yeah, 'cause Roddenberry said that Warp 10 would equal infinite speed, which cannot be reached. Thus the TNG era's obsession with Warp 9.999xxxx factors (which are somehow squared after each .9's) and the legendary Transwarp and Quantum Slipstream drives. Man, TOS was so much better than the newer series...
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master-ninjabear Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
"What does God need with a starship?"
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Dammit, Jim, you don't ask the Almighty for his ID :D
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master-ninjabear Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Star Trek 5, still better than the crap JJ Abrams poops onto the screen.
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agentofthenight Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
The Final frontier is better than what Jar Jar Abrams crapped out. All the lens flare in his movies = massive migraine for me. The character dynamics in that movie were way better than in Jar Jar's.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Amen to that :D
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cuddlesaurus21 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's been a little while since I've commented in your gallery, I'm afraid (I was really letting my watches pile up while my laptop was being repaired ^^;), but this is as good a place as any to start again! :) I just wanted to say that, wow, you really summarized my feelings and arguments about this movie very well, too. It's honestly my second-favorite of the six TOS movies (The Voyage Home being first, and The Undiscovered Country coming in for a close third), and I agree with virtually everything you said here--the Golden Trio's bond being celebrated and emphasized so wonderfully; the other four also having some great scenes, and Scotty/Uhura being more believable (and more sweet and more likely to end happily for both parties, IMHO) than Spock/Uhura; the foreshadowing of the Federation and the Klingons making peace (heck, as far as I can recall, Gen. Korrd was the first Klingon in TOS history to not be portrayed as an antagonist); and to a point the philosophy as well (how the first place we should look for God is not on another planet somewhere but inside our own hearts). I really hate it when Trekkies (and others) put this movie down. Very well-said, sir! :clap:

And wow, after that long ramble I ought to also say that of course this is a great pic as well. Lovely re-creation of the Sha-Ka-Ree landscape. :aww:
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Thank for thesupport, Cuddles, much appreciated. TFF fans, arise! :D
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cuddlesaurus21 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, mon capitan! :salute: 
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dejesusscott Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
sweet yo........  yes da movie did get a bad rap for being the worst of da 6 org movies. but da beauty is in da eyes of da beholder.. :D (Big Grin) 
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Amen :D
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dejesusscott Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
thanks yo....  :D (Big Grin) 
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Ienkoron Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
I don't think they went to the Centre of the Galaxy, Sybock gave the Co-ordinates to a tripped-out Sulu, who knows where they were actually going? there are plenty of smaller clusters of stars in the arms of our galaxy that, to a slightly dazed out crew, could be tricked into being "the Centre of the Galaxy"
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Or maybe the False God manipulated Szkock too into thinking they are heading toward the Center of the Galaxy.
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Ienkoron Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Yup, a cascade effect...
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BaronNeutron Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
"Now I won't say the movie is perfect".....understatement of the year!!!!!  hahaha
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
It's still better than most of the TNG movies.
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Capachow Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
I always thought the final frontier got an undeserved bad reputation too.... 
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
TFF fans unite :D
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Agent505 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Writer
Agreed; it was the most character driven of the original movies.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Yupp!
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Jimlogan1701 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another image where you get it looking like a screengrab from the movie :-)
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Thank you :D
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Tuishimi Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Puuurrrrrple!
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Raaaainnnn! :D
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CharTeam Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
you did awesome on the shuttle. i love it. and i think the worst star trek movie is gennarations. it was boring and it kinda screws up the end of TNGs final episode with the epic dreadnaught style enterprise
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Thank you!

And yeah, that dreadnought was awesome!
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CharTeam Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
it kicks butt in star trek online
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LoneStranger Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah I can see your points, I usually did watch that movie even though the plot is weak (overall) and one or two scenes are a little too hokey.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
I like the plot. It's a decent TOS plot.
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LoneStranger Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Eh I suppose.
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GregStitz Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Filmographer
It is defiantly a good film. The only reason the VFX were bad was because ILM wasn't available to do the effects like they did for the other movies.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Yeah, I think it was Indiana Jones they were working on...
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GregStitz Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I think it was Ghostbusters as well.
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
A brilliant shuttle.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Thank you!
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Goppo713 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
totally awesomeness :D
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Thank you very much!
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SpiderTrekfan616 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"Brave Souls, Welcome!"
Well there's a reason the VFX were horrible in the original release, they didn't have ILM at the helm of the VFX department.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Yeah, they were busy on Indiana Jones if I'm not mistaken...
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SpiderTrekfan616 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm watching it right now.
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sbk1234 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
While I don't agree with EVERY ONE of your opinions here, I think TFF was a much better film than it is given credit for. Actually, the only point you make that I am not crazy about is the Scotty/Uhura romance hinting. I also think the secondary characters had more and better things to do in other films, especially #4. However, I think you were spot on with the rest. Also, the scene you represent here also picks up on another point I've always felt. For the first time in a long time, in that scene where they land on Sha Ka Re, it really felt like they were out there in the unknown and not somewhere familiar. (even though they got to the center of the galaxy WAY too fast, but like you said, it's not a perfect film.) I always figured there was some kind of wormhole element to going through the barrier that got them there faster.
I guess I need medication, too.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Welcome to the medication club :D
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sbk1234 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
:)
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zexonar Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Regarding your commentary, and not the art... I do believe you may need medication...
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Why do you think so?
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