The crew of the Enterprise is chosen to mediate peace talks between
the Federation and the Klingons, but murder sparks a possible war.
Star Trek VI: The
It's hard to believe that the original run of Star Trek movies actually stuck the landing. It appears that every other film is awesome, with the even-numbered films being the critically-acclaimed darlings. The Undiscovered Country is really a story about the fear of change, with Nicholas Meyer using peace talks with the Federation and the Klingons as a metaphor for the end of the Cold War. It works because Meyer was a master at storytelling, and he made what are arguably the best films of the franchise.
Kirk is on the eve of retirement, and learns that the Federation is pursuing a treaty of peace with the Klingon Empire. Kirk despises Klingons, and will never forgive them for his son's murder, but is chosen nonetheless to mediate these talks and receive the Klingon chancellor as a guest. This forces Kirk to confront his own demons and his own prejudice, as well as drives a wedge between him and Spock (for a time). This film features some awesome scenes, including Kirk and Bones in a Klingon prison camp and an epic space battle with a prototype Klingon bird of prey captained by the psychotic General Chang (Plummer).
The original six Star Trek films were a solid sendoff to one of the most popular TV shows of all time. In the early 90's, The Next Generation was just starting to gain traction, and it was the end of an era. This film is a simple yet effective ending to the original crew's story,