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FILLERVISION- Star Trek V Review
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In actuality, the weather is that of a very heavy blizzard, and the neighbor is actually an abominable snowman, who replies in a threatening roar.
Jarvisrama99: Ha ha, good to hear it, buddy. (Closes the door) Ah. Hey, you know what? Let’s do another movie review. (Turns to audience) Would you like that, friends?
Jarvis, instead of talking to a group of people, is instead talking to a blank wall.
Jarvisrama99: Oh, right…I keep forgetting no one reads this shit…Ah, fuck it! Let’s get that empty feeling out with a good old bad movie! (Jarvis opens his closet, with multiple varieties of different films) No, no…Wait, when the hell did I get that? Ew, god no!(Jarvis surveys one shelf, only to do a double
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Something I've wanted to do for a while is have an animated intro for my Filler Vision reviews. When I picked the name, I though the phrase "Filler Vision", the idea of an eye filled, was humorous whenever I saw a movie padding out the run time with pointless nonsense. So seeing the logo in an iris type void was a dream come true.

When working on the intro, I wanted to capture a more 'old school' feel as oppose to a modern, crisp look. With the intro done in Adobe After Effects, I was able to add a wobble effect, as well as some grain to give it a more older feel to it. I also added a film dirt overlay to make it look somewhat authentic. www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX_rhs…


Some inspiration that went into the final result were:

The 'Filler Vision' part a nod to 1953's Peter Pan, one of my favorite childhood movies I grew up watching. bplusmovieblog.files.wordpress…

Orion Pictures Logo. I like how simplistic it is. 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdRxnZ…

The Universal intro from the 1940s. I didn't intend to have a nod to that, but seeing how the iris action lines look exactly like the Universal one, I guess it was my subconscious that made that call. XD 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLx4uc…

This is a rough test of what the final intro might be. The issue now is trying to find some music to go along with it. 


(In a Colorado residency, buried deep in snow…)

Jarvisrama99 stands at his doorway, wearing a bathrobe and holding a glass of soda.

Jarvisrama99: M-mm! What a beautiful day. Only in Colorado do you get such a gorgeous view. (waves) How goes it neighbor?!

In actuality, the weather is that of a very heavy blizzard, and the neighbor is actually an abominable snowman, who replies in a threatening roar.

Jarvisrama99: Ha ha, good to hear it, buddy. (Closes the door) Ah. Hey, you know what? Let’s do another movie review. (Turns to audience) Would you like that, friends?

Jarvis, instead of talking to a group of people, is instead talking to a blank wall.

Jarvisrama99: Oh, right…I keep forgetting no one reads this shit…Ah, fuck it! Let’s get that empty feeling out with a good old bad movie! (Jarvis opens his closet, with multiple varieties of different films) No, no…Wait, when the hell did I get that? Ew, god no!(Jarvis surveys one shelf, only to do a double take on one certain movie- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Jarvis goes over and picks it up) Ah, of course. How could I forget this… odd combination of bizarreness that was wrapped in a burrito of pure madness, delivered on a silver ‘what did I just watch’ platter…Alright, I’m game. Let’s give this bad boy a watch…

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Hello and welcome to Filler Vision, where time is wasted. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, which celebrated with the release of Star Trek Beyond in July, as well as the announcement of a new show, Star Trek Discovery. With the franchise still going strong, it’s hard to imagine it was nearly killed off in 1989. And that blame goes to the fifth theatrical film, which is universally panned to death - Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Just the mere speaking of this title tends to get Trekkies pissed off, as it is considered the worst in the franchise…though it might have changed with the new reboot films, but it was for a long time.

But exactly what caused the film to be bad?

Well, yes, but not in the way you think.

Back when the original 1966 Star Trek show was on television, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy’s lawyers created a “favored nations clause", meaning that whatever Shatner was given, aka control over a script or raise in pay, the same went to Leonard Nimoy. The agreement came back when the Star Trek films began in 1979’s The Motion Picture, but was brought up again to Shatner following The Search for Spock and The Voyage Home, which Nimoy directed. William was offered the position of being the director for the following film, which Shatner accepted, having experience directing on television.

Now, William Shatner is an…odd individual. On the one hand, he’s a talented actor who, when given the right material, gives off a great performance and captures your attention.

…On the other hand…

He’s nuts. How so? Well, Shatner tended to always have an ego, and seeing how Star Trek was heavily tied into Shatner’s career, it was usually where it was shown the most. Shatner bumped heads with his co-stars, Leonard Nimoy when fan letters made it seem like Kirk seemed to be written more like he couldn’t come to a solution, with later scripts taking other character’s lines andgiving them to Kirk, Nichelle Nichols wanting to quit due to his antics but stayed on after talking to Martin Luther King, Jr, and most notably George Takei, Walter Koenig and James Doohan, whom found Shatner hard to work with, with Takei and Shatner having a feud go on for nearly five decades. And too be fair on Takei, Shatner killed Rocketman.


So, with Shatner being a cast member, you can guess all hell broke loose. After all, the premise of the movie is the crew of the Enterprise setting out to physically meet GOD, with a script at one point entitled An Act of Love, having Kirk going to Hell to save the crew of the Enterprise when God turns out to be frigging Satan.

So, what was the end result?

Overview:
Shortly after the events of The Voyage Home, the crew of the Enterprise are on a shore leave due to the newly constructed USS Enterprise having faulty equipment and not ready for proper use. However, a hostage situation breaks out on the planet Nimbus III, consisting of human, Romulan, and Klingon representatives held by a renegade Vulcan named Sybok. Responding to the distress, Starfleet Command breaks up the crew’s leave and send them to rescue the hostages, only to fall into a trap laid by Sybok with the intention of taking over a Starfleet ship…and taking the Enterprise to Sha Ka Ree, a place where he believes is the location of God himself…


I…I can’t hate this one. Its story is bizarre, the effects don’t usually mesh well together, the humor misses in some cases…but my God, I love it. This is a movie that, while being bad, is fun to watch.

There’s a charm to watching these characters’ kind of act like regular people that wasn’t seen before in a Trek film, which is kind of cool. They’re acting like regular people, which yeah, was shown in previous films prior, but here feels more grounded. I buy these are people who have lives outside of their profession and just wanting to take a breather for once. True, it doesn’t help since no real action is happening, but I enjoy most of it. Also, I like in these scenes we get some character insight.

Perhaps one of the best moments of the film is the sequence where Kirk flat out tells how he feels he’ll one day die: alone. And you know what, it’s fitting. For a guy that we watched constantly take risks, only three films prior losing one of his oldest friends to an old advisory, learn he was a father only to lose his son immediately, I get why Kirk feels that way and feels in character for him.

One of the later sequences where Sybok uses his ability to try and win over Spock, Bones, and Kirk is great, with us seeing Bones’ just breaking at the sight of his dying father, Spock getting emotionally crushed by his father’s comment towards him at his birth, it’s a wonderful sequence. Heck, despite the Mary Sue-esque version of Kirk in this film, the answer of him wanting his emotions because that makes him who he is works. I love how it’s done, and Shatner gives a genuine feeling towards him not wanting to lose who he is.

Heck, minor bits like the camping sequence in the opening with the row, row, row your boat sing along is funny. It still cracks me up how Bones is still annoyed by Spock still being unfamiliar with Earth customs after the years they’ve spent together, and instead of shrugging it off, he’s still getting pissed off. Though Bones being pissed off and drunk is just hilarious to watch.

But perhaps the best moment in the film...is this line delivery.


Now, while there are some good aspects I like, there are some issues I do have with the film. While I enjoy Kirk’s take on his supposed fate, it’s odd to buy that a guy who came to grips with getting older in the second film is now suddenly mountain climbing like he’s suddenly younger. And seeing how this was the fifth in the series, especially how everyone’s ages were showing through more, it’s kind of hard to swallow.

Sybok, while being a breath of fresh air from the usual ‘I want to take over the universe’ villains, does come out of nowhere. True, while it is revealed he is Spock’s half-brother, I won’t lie that seems slapped on. Maybe it would work if it was on the show, but when Spock spent years with the same crew and grown close to them to the point they’re family, you’re telling me that NEVER came up once?!


The new Enterprise…I don’t get this. The joke is the Enterprise isn’t fully working, but when Starfleet demands the crew to go save the hostages, why not put them on a different ship? This is a HOSTAGE SITUATION, with three pretty important ambassadors, and you’re telling me you’re sending a barely functioning starship to save them? If the President of the United States was captured, we wouldn’t send in the best Navy SEALs with faulty equipment! ...Although with who we elected, it wouldn’t surprise me if we didn’t try to save him. I swear, if this is Starfleet’s way of pranking Kirk for years of violating the rules, wow, these guys really can’t let old shit go.

There’s a sequence where the crew arrives on Nimbus III and attempts to distract some guards to sneak into the city to save the hostages. How do they do so?


Now, while I do like the way the sequence looks, and the execution is okay…I still can’t buy the crew actually coming up with this. You’re telling me these guys at one point sat down and thought erotic dancer…was the best idea to go with… Really?

And funny enough, at one point it wasn’t the original idea. Apparently during post-production meetings, screenwriter David Loughery joked about the idea of Uhura being an erotic dancer, and was surprised the producers approved of the idea right away. Well, good to know that never happened again…until Zach Snyder joked of the idea of Superman fighting Batman as a sequel to Man of Steel…which they immediately approved…creating one of the most depressing and uncomfortable movie experience I’ve ever had…You know, if you have a funny joke when working on a film, maybe keep it to yourself.

I really wish the film explained certain issues. The sequence where Sybok takes away Bones and Spock’s emotions through visions is fantastic and well done, but it’s still odd because while his ability to take away emotions was established before, the visions part is out of nowhere. I assume Sha Ka Ree gave him this ability, but only because he seems to be a cosmic force and I could see Sybok believing him to be God.

Yet with that in mind, why is it so easy for the Enterprise to enter an impenetrable barrier if Sha Ka Ree was imprisoned there? If it was built up beforehand no ship entered and survived, why was it so easy for Kirk and company? Did the barrier become weak enough for something to break through? If that’s the case, who imprisoned him? When did that happen?

And with the subject of Sha Ka Ree on hand, when perhaps the best line in the film is delivered, why isn’t Spock asking that? Wouldn’t it make sense for an alien whose entire character is to think IN LOGIC raise question on why a celestial force needs a hunk of metal to leave a barrier he created? Maybe if Spock spoke to Kirk and Bones quiety and brought up how odd it was, THEN Kirk asks the question, that could have worked.

There’s a gripe people have had with the new films not giving a crap on continuity with areas of the ship. One being when in the 2009 film Spock leaves the shuttle bay, enters a transport, and ends up on the bridge. Now while it makes sense in film tense since the film needs to keep going forward and taking time to show the lift go section by section will slow done a bit on the run time, it’s odd when you’re at the back of the ship and suddenly at the bridge multiple floors above at the far front. Well, guess what, it happened here as well.

Cast:
William Shatner as James T. Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and DeForest Kelley as Leonard McCoy continue to do a good job recapturing their old TV roles, though here I enjoy how DeForest comes off more just pissed off from Spock. Some areas are a bit out of character, like Kirk being more athletic for no reason, and Spock having some odd comedic moments, but nothing that goes too far. Sadly, an area of the cast that is heavily effected is the other Enterprise crewmembers. Montgomery Scott (James Doohan) at least gets to show up later in the film and help the trio escape, but Hikaru Sulu (George Takei), Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig), and Nyota Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) feel like they’re pushed into the background and only play really minor actions that help the story. Yet, funny enough, wasn’t off from some episodes of the TV show so, point for staying true to the show?

Laurence Luckinbill’s Sybok is really fun to watch. I love how Luckinbill plays Sybok as a guy who just wants to heal the universe, all while completely not caring how he’s causing a bunch of people to just go gun crazy and become violent as hell. I think what helps is Laurence is purely into the role and is just a loveable guy you wish he wasn’t the bad guy.

But here’s one issue I have…Sean Connery was going to play him at one point, so Sean Connery was going to be searching for Sha Ka Ree.

DAMN, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN BEAUTIFUL!

Production:
Shatner does a good job directing the film, giving some great looking shots. In fact, a lot of the crew who butted heads with Shatner have talked fondly of him directing the film. Takei, who nearly walked off the film, was talked by Shatner to return, and was surprised how apparently, Shatner maintained a creative and enthusiastic atmosphere on set, which he claims was surprising pleasant.



The issue I do have is Shatner just directs standard shots well, and not so much on the action sequences. The actions okay, but it feels it should be engaging instead of ‘meh’. Though there might be a reason for it.

During the film’s production, numerous writer strikes and the films budget was cut in half. It was to a point the studio cut the film to one hour and forty-minutes as oppose to its slightly two hour cut to get more showings, which Shatner fought against. It kind of sucks because you can tell numerous times that the effects should have had another take with a bit more money. Some shots look good, and then others look odd. Heck, maybe some of the issues I had were answered but were just cut to keep the runtime shorter.

Though to be fair, Shatner apparently had a sequence where David Warner used a self-lighting cigarette prop, that while functional and cost thousands of dollars…was forgotten and didn’t get filmed.

…How? How do you forget something like that?!

Final Thoughts:
Star Trek V is a flawed and odd movie. It doesn’t try to be as sweeping as The Motion Picture, or action packed as Wrath of Khan. It’s more laid back and does its own thing. Yes, it isn’t as great as the other films in the series, but it isn’t without some good moments from its cast and some enjoyable, though tame, action set pieces. Is it the worst in the franchise? Maybe, though I don’t feel that way. I wasn’t left angry by it, or I wasted my time watching it. I was heavily amused and had a fun experience with it. Though if the premise isn’t something you can get behind, I can’t blame you for that.


Final Rating: 3/5
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Something I've wanted to do for a while is have an animated intro for my Filler Vision reviews. When I picked the name, I though the phrase "Filler Vision", the idea of an eye filled, was humorous whenever I saw a movie padding out the run time with pointless nonsense. So seeing the logo in an iris type void was a dream come true.

When working on the intro, I wanted to capture a more 'old school' feel as oppose to a modern, crisp look. With the intro done in Adobe After Effects, I was able to add a wobble effect, as well as some grain to give it a more older feel to it. I also added a film dirt overlay to make it look somewhat authentic. www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX_rhs…


Some inspiration that went into the final result were:

The 'Filler Vision' part a nod to 1953's Peter Pan, one of my favorite childhood movies I grew up watching. bplusmovieblog.files.wordpress…

Orion Pictures Logo. I like how simplistic it is. 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdRxnZ…

The Universal intro from the 1940s. I didn't intend to have a nod to that, but seeing how the iris action lines look exactly like the Universal one, I guess it was my subconscious that made that call. XD 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLx4uc…

This is a rough test of what the final intro might be. The issue now is trying to find some music to go along with it. 

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