Peace between Klingons and the rest of the galaxy... could such a thing be possible? When the Klingon moon Praxis explodes due to excessive mining, the Klingon atmosphere is poisoned, rendering their planet void of all but 50 years worth of breathable air. The Klingon High Counselor wishes for peace, and an end to 70 years of conflict.
Thanks to Spock, Kirk & Co are assigned the task of escorting their vessel to Earth, though Kirk isn't particularly happy with the mission.
Along the journey, however, The Enterprise fires on their escorted ship, and two perpetrators make their way aboard in an attempt to assassinate the counselor. Kirk and Bones beam to the ship to help, but the counselor dies while they're trying to save him, and accused of killing him (Kirk bearing the responsibility of his crew - the doctor of incompetence), they are condemned to death as laborers in the mines of Rura Penthe.
Did the Enterprise really fire upon the Klingons? Kirk's own words and hatred for the Klingon's stand against him, but eventually he conquers his prejudice, and the Enterprise crew are the ones who, with seconds to spare, avert a complot to kill the Counselor's daughter. Peace between races finally ensues. This after the impostors have finally been revealed, and control of the Enterprise regained.
Compared to previous movies, this one holds a larger dose of intrigue, and most of the fight plays out in the shadows. It's an empowering finale to the series as we know it - the same crew spanning a decade and six movies. Where the next generation leads, I'm looking forward to following.
Also notable, is that the newer movie from 2013 fetches plenty of inspiration from this one. Always nice to see references not everyone might recognize or know of. Overall, it was another great watch!
rated 4/5: fo shizzle