Standard Orbit: A Star Trek Original Series Podcast
131: Go Climb A Rock Monster!

No One Sets Out To Make A Bad Movie.

In this episode of Standard Orbit, your Refit Crew continues their voyage through the Original Series Cast Movies with Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; heading towards July 22 and BEYOND! After the enormous box office success of The Voyage Home, the studio decided to continue the cinematic universe with a fifth production: The Final Frontier. William Shatner, who had a contract that ensured he and Nimoy got equal footing, was given the reins to direct. The Final Frontier was a very challenged production and the Chief and Mr. AtoZ try to unpack the issues that plagued ST:V.

Was the plot an all too familiar and common trope in Star Trek? Did Shatner elevate the screen presence of the “Big Three” - Kirk, Spock and McCoy - at the expense of the rest of his crew and acting comrades? Did Laurence Luckinbill’s portrayal of an emotionally charged Vulcan fly in the face of what we knew of Vulcan canon from TOS Join us as we warp ahead into the finer points of The Final Frontier. We also reflect on the untimely and tragic passing of Anton Yelchin; a brilliant, young actor who will forever be loved by Star Trek fans as the Kelvin Era's Ensign Pavel Chekov.

Ken Tripp and Jeffrey Harlan

Welcome to Standard Orbit! (00:01:08)
Remembering Anton Yelchin (00:03:00)
What Does God Need With a Shatner? (00:06:33)
A Very Familiar Final Frontier (00:12:20)
B…as in Barricade and B Plots (00:20:56)
Going Through the Motions? (00:26:00)
Playing to a Captive Audience (00:30:43)
A Very Volatile Vulcan (00:38:22)
Not So Special Effects (00:46:00)
It Could Have Been SO MUCH MORE! (00:55:45)
Thank You for Listening to Standard Orbit (01:06:54)

C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer), Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer), Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer), Charlene Schmiedt (Executive Producer), Ken Tripp (Editor and Associate Producer), Renee Roberts (Associate Producer), Richard Rutledge (Associate Producer), Aaron Harvey (Associate Producer), Richard Marquez (Production Manager), Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

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