Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) (part 3 of 13)
And so, Not-Connery’s not-Vulcan laughter takes us into the opening titles. As with all Star Trek movies (well, the first ten, anyway), the titles go on for way too long against a boring, slow-motion star field, though at least for this film they only use this tired format for the performer credits. They’re still using the 1980s Star Trek font—you know, the one with all the sharp edges you’re afraid you’ll cut yourself on—and music supervisor Jerry Goldsmith even went back and recycled his own theme from the first movie rather than coughing up something new, or reusing Leonard Rosenman’s (vaguely Christmas-y) theme from Star Trek IV.
Which means that the theme they’re using here is also the theme for Star Trek: The Next Generation, and that means I’m now nervously scanning the credits for Wil Wheaton’s name. Okay, so far so good. Whew. (Boy, remember how upset we all were that Wesley Crusher was almost completely cut out of Star Trek: Nemesis? When I saw him sitting there at Will and Deanna’s wedding, in his single, tiny remaining shot, I for one wanted to stand up and shout, “You missed one!”)
So, the titles are a snooze. Don’t worry, I’ll wake you up when something interesting happens. Unfortunately, that won’t be until Star Trek VI.