William Shatner Apologizes for the Ending of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Monday, 22 August 2016 - 3:55PM
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Monday, 22 August 2016 - 3:55PM
William Shatner Apologizes for the Ending of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
William Shatner was widely beloved as Captain Kirk, but his directorial debut, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, was not nearly as well-received. Critics and fans savaged the movie for its underdeveloped storyline and cheap-looking special effects, and is generally considered to be the worst of the original Star Trek film series. Now Shatner is looking to take responsibility for nearly ending the Star Trek movie franchise, at least in part.

In a new interview with EW, Shatner apologized for screwing up The Final Frontier, particularly the anticlimactic ending, but also attributed some of the mistakes to Paramount:

Opening quote
I got the chance to direct a several-million-dollar movie, Star Trek V, and I did not get the help I needed in allocating my budget, so when it came to shooting the ending - needing a good villain and lots of computer graphics - I had run out of money. Sorry about that. [Laughs.] I had to use footage that I had already shot - and spit on it a lot. I wanted to give [the audience] earth-breaking granite monsters spewing rocks and fire. Instead, I had a few pebbles in my hand that I threw at the camera.
Closing quote

Better special effects would have gone a long way, but to be fair, the writing was also heavily criticized, especially the addition of Spock's half-brother, who stages a hostage crisis in order to force the Enterprise crew to help him find God. Perhaps if Shatner had had more resources, it would have been slightly better-liked, but I'm not sure "earth-breaking granite monsters" would have been sufficient to fix this movie's problems.

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