A Look Back: Star Trek VI – The Undiscovered Country

One of the interesting things about the cinematic Star Trek universe is that it’s considered all the even-numbered movies are good movies, and all the odd-numbered movies are considered shockers.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) was deemed a bore, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) so-so (although, as I wrote, I think this movie is under-appreciated), and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) a mess.

But Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) is still considered unparalled for Trek and science-fiction movies, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) was the biggest grossing Trek movie to that time.

So what did the sixth installment have in store? And would it be a fitting swansong for the aging crew?

Nicholas Meyer – who’d written and directed The Wrath of Khan, reinvigorating the franchise; and who’d written the 1987 portion of  The Voyage Home – was back.

Star Trek had often mirrored contemporary issues and events, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) would be no different.

Meyer and Leonard Nimoy came up with a story that reflected Chernobyl, the collapse of the Soviet Empire, and the end of the Cold War.

The story also plays into Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s (1987 – 1994) univer