Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

The last Star Trek film to feature the entire Original Series cast, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, celebrates its 25th anniversary today.

A timely commentary on the end of the Cold War, The Undiscovered Country sees the crew of the Enterprise fight against conspirators intent on interrupting the potential peace between the Federation and Klingon Empire.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Joining the original cast is Christopher Plummer as General Chang, the Klingon mastermind who sabotages the peace between Kirk and Klingon Chancellor Gorkon. Gorkon is played by The Final Frontier veteran David Warner. The bridge of the Enterprise features Kim Cattrall as Valeris, the Vulcan helmsman of the ship. She replaces Sulu, who was promoted to captain of the Excelsior, a ship that ultimately helps the Enterprise defeat Chang and his conspirators.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

The movie was a financial success, grossing almost $97 million off a $27 million budget, and was much more successful critically than its predecessor, The Final Frontier. The film was directed and co-written by Nicholas Meyer, who is a producer on Star Trek: Discovery.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

This film was the inspiration for the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Flashback,” which saw Captain Janeway and Tuvok appear aboard the Excelsior during the events of the movie.

Director Nicholas Meyer and the cast of Star Trek VI
Director Nicholas Meyer and the cast of Star Trek VI

On a sadder note, The Undiscovered Country is the first Star Trek film to be released after the death of Gene Roddenberry, who died on October 24, 1991. The film is dedicated to him.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is available on standalone Blu-ray and DVD along with the Original Motion Picture Collection and the 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Blu-ray Collection.

(photos: Paramount Pictures)

Kyle Hadyniak has been a lifelong Star Trek fan. A graduate student at the University of Maine, Kyle spends his time either doing school work, playing music, reading history, or immersing himself in a good video game.

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  • THX

    I was there to see the film on opening day at the Westwood theater in west Des Moines Iowa!!

  • JAG

    This film will always be AWESOME. Always! Best farewell to a CREW ever!

  • jurassicbond

    I wish I was old enough to see this in theaters. I remember vividly when it came out.

  • Christopher Dalton

    Still my favorite Star Trek – TOS movie out of the first six films. I saw this film three times in the cinema, after I graduated from high school. This film started my life long interest in the works of Shakespeare. Star Trek VI – The Undiscovered Country was a brilliant and well-written conclusion to the original series era. It is also did what Star Trek always did its most best at – the addressing of the social and political landscape at the time, through the creative writing of the science fiction genre. The very key to Star Trek’s successful and continued longevity.

    And with a unique guest cast that consisted of Christopher Plummer, David Warner, Kurtwood Smith, Christian Slater, Kim Cattral, W.Morgan Sheppard, and Rene Auberjonois, among others, you know his film is going to be a winner!