90px|William Shatner directed, co-wrote, and acted in Star Trek V: The
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is a 1989 American science fiction
film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the fifth feature in the
franchise and the penultimate to star the cast of the original Star
Trek science fiction television series. Taking place shortly after the
events of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the plot follows the crew of
the USS Enterprise-A as they confront a renegade Vulcan, Sybok, who is
searching for God at the center of the galaxy. The film was directed by
cast member William Shatner (pictured), following two films directed by
his co-star, Leonard Nimoy. Shatner also developed the initial
storyline in which Sybok searches for God, but instead finds Satan. The
original script was disliked by series creator Gene Roddenberry, while
Nimoy and DeForest Kelley objected to the premise that their
characters, Spock and Leonard McCoy, would betray Shatner's James T.
Kirk. The script went through multiple revisions to please the cast and
studio, including cuts in the effects-laden climax of the film. The
film's ending was reworked because of poor test audience reaction and
the failure of planned special effects. The Final Frontier was released
in North America on June 9, 1989, amidst a summer box office crowded by
sequels and blockbuster films. The film received generally mixed or
poor reviews by critics on release, and according to its producer
nearly killed the franchise. (more...)
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The United States signed the Treaty of New Echota with leaders of a
minority Cherokee faction, which became the legal basis for the
forcible removal known as the Trail of Tears.
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warship, the British Royal Navy launched the world's first iron-hulled
armoured battleship, HMS Warrior.
Sun Yat-sen was elected in Nanking as the provisional President of the
Republic of China.
Muhammad Iqbal introduced the Two-Nation Theory outlining a vision for
the creation of an independent state for Muslim-majority provinces in
northwestern British India.
The Constitution of Ireland, the founding legal document of the state
known today as the Republic of Ireland, came into force.
Physicist Richard Feynman gave a speech entitled "There's Plenty of
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
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