And here we come to the end of our journey together of the original crew of Star Trek. Kind of.
The sixth film in the series was initially planned as a prequel to the original series, with younger actors portraying the crew of the Enterprise while attending Starfleet Academy, but the idea was discarded because of negative reaction from the original cast and the fans. Faced with producing a new film in time for Star Trek 's 25th anniversary, Meyer, who previously directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), and Denny Martin Flinn wrote a script based on a suggestion from Leonard Nimoy about what would happen if “the Wall came down in space”, touching on the contemporary events of the Cold War.
I watched it in the theater the day it came out. The Next Generation was on the air at the time, and I was a big fan. I wasn’t really familiar with the Original crew as much, so while I enjoyed the movie, I didn’t understand why this was a movie while something of similar quality was on the air every week on TV in Next Gen. You have to understand, Star Trek: TNG had just finished airing it’s 4th Season, (and was in the middle of it’s excellent 5th season) it was in its prime and firing on all cylinders by that point, so I’m not going to blame me from 1991 from feeling this way.
But in retrospect, of course, looking at it from the perspective of The Original Series, this was definitely my favorite episode/movie/game with the original crew.
Now it’s time to re-watch it and see if that holds up!