TREKCORE > MOVIES > STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER > Synopsis
In 2287, Kirk,
Spock and McCoy are enjoying shore leave on Earth at
Yosemite National Park when suddenly their vacation is
interrupted by an emergency call to duty by Starfleet
Command. Kirk and his friends learn that the Klingon General
Korrd, Romulan Caithlin Dar and Federation counsel St. John
Talbot are being held hostage on the planet Nimbus III, the
planet of galactic peace. The new U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-A
warps to investigate the situation.
Meanwhile, on a nearby Klingon Bird-of-Prey, Captain Klaa
learns of the mission of the U.S.S. Enterprise and the hated
Kirk and sees an opportunity for advancement in the Klingon
ranks. In an effort to intercept the U.S.S. Enterprise, he
orders the ship to Nimbus III.
The U.S.S. Enterprise is the first to arrive at Nimbus III and
Kirk sends a shuttlecraft and landing party to the planet's
only town. It is soon discovered that the town is held by a
band of scruffy colonists led by a telepathic insane Vulcan,
Sybok. In addition, the team learns that the hostage
situation was just an elaborate ruse to obtain a Federation
starship. Sybok believes that his destiny, the discovery of
Sha Ka Ree, meaning "heaven" in Vulcan, has finally been
fulfilled, but he needs a starship for transportation. Sybok
forces the shuttlecraft to take his people to the U.S.S.
Enterprise, where he fights with Kirk for control.
Strangely, Spock has the opportunity to kill the insane
Vulcan, yet he doesn't. Forced to explain his actions, Spock
reveals that Sybok is his half-brother, exiled from Vulcan
for choosing emotion over logic. Family relations aside,
Kirk and the rest of the crew are thrown in the starship's
Scotty finally helps Kirk, Spock and McCoy escape from the
brig and sends an urgent message to Starfleet. But the
message is intercepted by Vixis, Klaa's first officer.
In an effort to gain valuable followers, Sybok uses his powers
to reveal to McCoy and Spock their inner-most pain, then
helps each "heal." Kirk, however, refuses to allow the
Vulcan to use his telepathic powers. Sybok is angered, yet
he knows that he needs Kirk to pilot the Enterprise to "Sha
Ka Ree," and thus a reluctant truce is declared.
The starship then sets course for the center of the galaxy, a
mythical planet bound by an energy field—the Great Barrier. Sybok and the captured crew are successful in penetrating
the barrier, and find a small blue planet. Sybok takes a
landing party to the planet's surface, where he suddenly
calls out to God. In a blinding flash of light, an entity
appears, questioning him about the U.S.S. Enterprise. When
Kirk asks why a god would need to ask such mundane
questions, he is stricken down with bolts of electricity.
McCoy brusquely tells Sybok that he has trouble believing in
a god who enjoys inflicting pain. This seems to affect
Sybok, and the Vulcan slowly begins to doubt his own quest.
Afraid that the entity might be let loose in the galaxy,
Sybok tries to use his telepathic powers to make the
creature realize its own pain. The two grapple and
mysteriously disappear underground. Convinced that the
entity must be destroyed at all costs, Kirk orders a photon
torpedo be fired at the planet. The U.S.S. Enterprise
transporter can only bring up two crewmen at a time, so Kirk
sends McCoy and Spock. With Kirk left all alone on the
planet's surface, the enraged being suddenly appears and
tries to destroy the Captain for ruining its plans of
escape, via the starship, and subsequent galactic conquest.
Just then, Captain Klaa's ship arrives and uncloaks to fire on
the U.S.S. Enterprise. Spock demands that the first officer,
General Korrd, pull rank and beam Kirk up to the Klingon
warbird and fire upon the mysterious being. Spock transfers
with Korrd to the Klingon ship in order to insure that his
"suggestion" is carried out.
With Kirk saved and the evil entity destroyed, there is a
reception on board the Enterprise to celebrate this unusual
Klingon-Starfleet cooperation. Scotty and Korrd enjoy drinks
while Klingons cautiously mingle with U.S.S. Enterprise
crew. McCoy suggests that the Great Barrier is in place to
keep the entity boxed in, not to keep others out, which
implies an even greater being at work.
Having saved the galaxy yet again, the three officers return
to their interrupted vacation at Yosemite.