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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Review

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Star Trek VI is an improvement over its immediate predecessor, but it lacks the energy and thrills supplied by some of the lower-numbered sequels. The original crew of the Enterprise is apparently fated to fade away rather than going out in a proverbial "blaze of glory."

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  • 67

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Star Trek VI is just pleasantly diverting, business-as-usual hokum.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    The film has a conviction and pulp-adventure integrity that cannot be underestimated. Director Nicholas Meyer keeps his camera hopping and the production has a dark, atmospheric sheen that persistently suggests mystery and danger. Not the best of the series, but a suitable farewell. [6 Dec. 1991]

  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Star Trek was never about gizmos, but about relationships - both among its crew members and with its audience. Star Trek VI more than upholds the tradition, making it a satisfying send-off for a mighty ship of foils. [6 Dec. 1991, p.1D]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Cold War-influenced exit of classic space crew.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the narrative centers on an assassination, which, even though it involves ray-guns, spills a lot of (Klingon) blood and shows gore. There are assorted fistfights, a man quick-freezing to death, and spaceships battling. References to heavy drinking, smoking (apparently a marijuana-like drug) and, less obviously, how Captain Kirk manages to have sex with most every attractive alien girl who crosses his path. Unimpeachable military authority (Starfleet) is cast in doubtful light.

  • Families can talk about the Cold War historical parallels (Gorkon -- Gorbachev, hmmmm...), and phrases such as "the end of history" surfacing in the dialog, that were prominent with the fall of the U.S.S.R. Gen. Chang's fondness for quoting Shakespeare -- it's practically half of everything he says -- could inspire some reading of the Bard. Also, can you spot Mr. Spock's reference to Sherlock Holmes?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Starfleet is notably racially and species-integrated, and there is a strong sense of friendship, duty, and loyalty. There is also the theme of militaristic types (in both the Federation and Klingon Empires) being unable to let go of old grudges when the chance comes for reconciliation. Kirk, initially, can't forgive Klingons for killing his son, but he sees the bigger picture.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Ray-gun fire that both disintegrates flesh, dismembers, and draws blood (floating in zero-gravity globules). Kirk vs. alien fights. A man freezes to death.

  • sex false0

    Sex: A joke about locations of alien genitalia. A coy reference to Kirk having made love to an alien (and how often that happens).

  • language false0

    Language: Kirk starts to say "Son of a..." but leaves it unfinished. "Go to hell" uttered by Spock, of all people.

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    Consumerism: Keep in mind that Star Trek is a wealth of products all by itself.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Humans and Klingons go overboard with social drinking of "Romulan ale." Inmates of the Klingon prison smoke an unspecified substance.