Alex Rosenzweig said:
Allyn Gibson said:
Allyn also said:
I'm an agnostic, but I found its attitude toward religion pretty darned insulting.
Much more insulting, of course, was the character assassination of the rest of the crew. Uhura's fan dance and Scotty bumping his head were bad enough, but the fact that all of them succumbed so completely to Sybok is out-and-out despicable. The crew of the Enterprise were heroes until Star Trek V. Shatner and the screenwriters turned them into cannon fodder. And undignified cannon fodder at that.
Except, of course, for James Tiberius Friggin Kirk, who is the only person on this ship of four hundred people (not to mention the folks on Nimbus III) with the wherewithal to say, "Hang on a sec, maybe I shouldn't mind-meld with this Vulcan I never met and let him give me hallucinations, 'cause, you know, it might be a bad thing." (Except, of course, being James Tiberius Friggin Kirk, he had to say "I need my pain!" with his lips contorting in that way Shatner does so well.)
None of this even mentions the crappy production values, the crappy editing, the crappy visuals, the huge plot holes (how did Klaa's ship get to the center of the galaxy, anyhow?), and the tremendous stupidity of Spock, Chekov, Sulu, and Uhura still serving under Kirk in the same positions they were in almost two decades and 2-4 grade ranks ago.
Allyn, Trillian, Alex, I like and respect all three of you. I really hate to so totally disagree with the critical judgment of people who have said such nice things about my own work. *wry grin* But I really just can't see what you see in this film.
[First posted on the Psi Phi Star Trek Books BBS on 7 May 2001.]
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