Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) (part 2 of 6)
I’ll mention it a few more times, but by god, Christopher Plummer is great here as General Chang. Such an awesomely slimy prick! Hell, even his fellow Klingons think he’s a tiresome asshole!
The assassination sequence is an impactful, nicely gruesome affair, with zero-G pink blood and guts galore.
I always got a kick out of John Schuck’s belligerent ambassador character here and in the fourth movie. Generally, the best Klingons are the hammy ones (see Christopher Plummer here, and Christopher Lloyd in the third film), and Shuck always threw every ounce of himself into every line reading. He has a classic moment at the end that I’ll get to shortly.
No idea why there’s a Romulan ambassador in this scene, though. Yeah, he turns out to be in on the plot, but the film works just as well without him.
And just so we cover all the bases: Yes, the president’s glasses do look stupid.
The trial scene is a nicely done bit of acting on the part of all involved. As usual, Plummer steals the scene with a cross examination that would make Sam Waterston nod in approval.
The notion of a Klingon ship that can fire when cloaked and is basically untraceable (until the plot requires it) is a pretty cool one, and for once the Enterprise is appropriately outmatched, making the ass-kicking it will take logical.
Just a note: the third movie doesn’t count, as the ship was already basically falling apart, and it did fairly well for itself at first.
As cool as the ice planet stuff is, it does sort of function as just something to cut away to while the rest of the crew tries to find a way to exonerate Kirk and McCoy.
Still, it gives Shatner and Kelley a rare chance to play off each other, which they do nicely. DeForest Kelley was always a pretty funny deadpan performer, and he has some really good moments throughout.