This is one of my favorite adventures with the old cast of Trek which combines great political conspiracy elements, prison movie and starship duels in one great package. The story is clearly taken from real life with the "Glasnost" between the U.S. and Soviet Union. Excellent action too and the supporting cast of Christopher Plummer, David Warner and Kim Cattrall is beyond superb.
In comparison to other variations of Trek 'Hell,' (angelic battles of II, pubescent ego insecurities of III, the double wasteland and re-literalizing of Milton in V), this segment finally finds Kirk-appropriate depiction that motivates sympathy: Rura Penthe is not about desolate isolation, it is an over-crowded tomb without "universal communicators" that finally illuminates a futility in understanding the 'other.'
Zusammen mit dem ebenfalls von Nicholas Meyer inszenierten zweiten Teil bildet "Das unentdeckte Land" die Speerspitze der bisherigen Star-Trek-Filme. Ein würdiger Abschied von der Enterprise-Crew um Kirk, Spock und Pille. Und nein: 'Generations' zählt in dem Zusammenhang nicht. "Der zweite Stern von rechts, bis zum Morgengrauen. Direkter Kurs."
My favorite big screen outing of the original cast. The end of the Cold War may have been the impetus for the socio-political allegories, but in the tradition of fine science-fiction storytelling, the message has remained poignant. Plus, how can you go wrong when Christopher Plummer gets to chew scenery, spouting Shakespeare...with an eye patch nailed into his head?