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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Draft Review by Dean Duncan Jun 16, 2015

A simple, great-hearted parable, fascinatingly & consciously updating the TV series’ 60s liberalism, pushing a didactic agenda & daring resistance, getting none (at least from me) because we sense by now that the hammy performances & heavy moralizing are like the beloved bumps in the character of a familiar, and to remove them would eliminate that which is beloved;

As a witness to that original series, at least in its first round of re-runs, I find the character camaraderie to be very pleasing; just as importantly, quite successfully (I think), the Chernobyl/post-cold war parallels are made just strange enough in the resetting to yield telling lessons & insights; the climax is both swashbuckler thrilling & quite touching