Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Synopsis: After an explosion on their moon, the Klingons have an estimated 50 years before their ozone layer is completely depleted, and they all die. They have only one choice - to make peace with the Federation, which will mean an end to 70 years of conflict. Captain James T. Kirk and crew are called upon to help in the negotiations because of their experience with the Klingons. Peace talks don't quite proceed, and Kirk and McCoy are convicted of assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor, and imprisoned on Rura Penthe, a snowy hard-labor prison camp. Will they manage to escape? And will there ever be peace with the Klingons?
Director(s): Nicholas Meyer
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations.
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110 min

Stardate 9521.6.

Captain's Log, U.S.S. Excelsior.

Hikaru Sulu commanding.

After three years,

I've concluded my first assignment

as master of this vessel,

cataloguing gaseous planetary

anomalies in Beta Quadrant.

We're heading home

under full impulse power.

I am pleased to report

that ship and crew have functioned well.

According to this, we've completed

our survey of the entire sector.

I have an energy wave

at 240 degrees mark 6 port, sir.


My God.

Shields. Shields!

She's not answering her helm.

Starboard thruster.

Turn her into the wave.


Quarter impulse power.

Damage report.

Checking all systems, Captain.

Don't tell me

that was any meteor shower.

Negative, sir.

The subspace shockwave

originated at bearing 3-2-3 mark 75.


It's Praxis, sir. It's a Klingon moon.

Praxis is their key

energy production facility.

Send to Klingon High Command.

"This is Excelsior,

a Federation starship.

"We have monitored

a large explosion in your sector.

"Do you require assistance?"

-Aye, sir.

-Mr Valtane, any more data?

Yes, sir. I've confirmed

the location of Praxis, but...

What is it?

I cannot confirm the existence of Praxis.



Computer enhancement.


-What's left of it, sir.


I'm getting a message from Praxis.

Let's have it.

This is Brigadier Kerla

speaking for the High Command.

There has been an incident on Praxis.

However, everything is under control.

We have no need for assistance.

Obey treaty stipulations

and remain outside the neutral zone.

This transmission ends now.

"An incident"?

-Do we report this, sir?

-Are you kidding?

What are we doing here?

Maybe they're throwing us

a retirement party.

-That suits me. I just bought a boat.

-This had better be good.

I'm supposed to be chairing a seminar

at the Academy.

Captain, isn't this just for top brass?

If we're all here, where's Sulu?

Captain Sulu. On assignment.

Where's Spock?

This briefing is classified.

Ladies and gentlemen, the CinC.

As you were.

To break this information down


the Klingon Empire

has roughly 50 years of life left to it.

For full details,

I'm turning this briefing over

to the Federation's special envoy.

Good morning.

Two months ago, a Federation starship

monitored an explosion

on the Klingon moon Praxis.

We believe it was caused

by over-mining

and insufficient safety precautions.

The moon's decimation means

the deadly pollution of their ozone.

They will have depleted

their supply of oxygen

in approximately 50 Earth years.

Due to their enormous military budget,

the Klingon economy does not have

the resources

with which to combat this catastrophe.

Last month, at the behest

of the Vulcan ambassador,

I opened a dialogue with Gorkon,

Chancellor of the Klingon High Council.

He proposes to commence negotiations

at once.

Negotiations for what?

The dismantling of our space stations

and starbases along the neutral zone,

an end to almost 70 years

of unremitting hostility,

which the Klingons can no longer afford.

Bill, are we talking

about mothballing the Starfleet?

Well, I'm sure that our exploration

and scientific programmes

-would be unaffected, Captain, but...

-I must protest.

To offer Klingons safe haven

within Federation space is suicide.

Klingons would become

the alien trash of the galaxy,

and if we dismantle the fleet,

we'd be defenceless

before an aggressive species

with a foothold on our territory.

The opportunity here

is to bring them to their knees.

Then we'll be in a far better position

to dictate terms.

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Nicholas Meyer

Nicholas Meyer (born December 24, 1945) is an American writer and director, known for his best-selling novel The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, and for directing the films Time After Time, two of the Star Trek feature film series, and the 1983 television movie The Day After. Meyer was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976), where he adapted his own novel into a screenplay. He has also been nominated for a Satellite Award, three Emmy Awards, and has won four Saturn Awards. He appeared as himself during the 2017 On Cinema spinoff series The Trial, during which he testified about Star Trek and San Francisco. more…

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