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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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74994r7R0mk3y 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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