* AwesomeMusic: The score by JerryGoldsmith. He returned after 10 years and gave it his full orchestra treatment. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qGLqxzR0L0 Star Trek V Theme]]
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The infamous scene where Uhura does a naked fan dance.
* CanonSue: What Shatner turns Kirk into. He freeclimbs El Capitan, personally leads a squadron of {{space marine}}s [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything who don't do anything]], charges into a hostage rescue operation on horseback, is the only character who flat-out refuses Sybok's EpiphanyTherapy, and is the first person to think of asking God what he needs with a starship.
** Still, it could have been a lot worse - it actually ends up being [[spoiler:Spock and the drunken Klingon general]] who save the day.
** The original script was actually worse, featuring Spock and [=McCoy=] also succumbing to the EpiphanyTherapy, thus leaving Kirk as ''the only heroic character'' for a good portion of the movie.
* ContestedSequel: It won a GoldenRaspberryAward, is widely considered the shining example of the StarTrekMovieCurse and at the very least the worst movie with the original Enterprise crew, with some going so far as to consider it the worst ''Star Trek'' movie overall, or even one of the worst films of all-time. But has some defenders (see VindicatedByHistory)
-->[[http://ew.com/ew/article/0,,1169126_10,00.html My favorite Trek joke goes "What do they call Star Trek in Japan?" Answer: Sulu, Master Navigator. My least favorite? The Final Frontier.]]
* CrackPairing: Uhura and Scotty? Seriously? Granted, it probably wouldn't have been out of place in TOS or one of the earlier films, but the attraction between the two comes out of absolutely nowhere, and is never referenced again.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: In a movie full of painful humor, Spock says this after saving Kirk:
-->'''Spock:''' (''when Kirk tries to hug him'') Please, Captain. Not in front of the Klingons.
** When Klaa blasts the Pioneer 10 probe, it emits a cartoonish shriek (?!).
** Maybe it spent the previous 300 years becoming sentient? [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture There are precedents...]]
** Uhura catching Sulu and Chekov in their attempt to avoid admitting they were lost. More specifically, Chekov's response without missing a beat:
-->'''Chekov:''' Sulu look, the sun's come out! It's a miracle!
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Kirk: "I thought I was going to die." Spock: "Not possible. You were never alone."
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Jerry Goldsmith, AcademyAward nominee for ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', returns. Highlights include "The Mountain" and "A Busy Man".
* FridgeBrilliance: A possible reason for the numerous problems the almost mint-condition ''Enterprise''-A is having in this movie? It was in Spacedock during the Probe's sojourn to Earth.
** Alternatively, [[WordOfGod Roddenberry suggested]] it's problems were because it was actually the ''Yorktown'', having been renamed and rushed back into service after the loss of the ''Enterprise'', hence why it comes across as a second-hand ship.
** If Scotty knows the ship "like the back of his hand", why does he end up smacking his head on an overhanging bulkhead? Because he was likely thinking of the ''Enterprise'', not the ''Enterprise-A''. Furthermore, it's likely that not all ''Constitution-class'' vessels were refit in ''exactly'' the same way, particularly if this ship was originally the ''Yorktown''.
** It's never outright stated, but as noted below and elsewhere, it's a safe bet that Kirk's greatest pain is the death of his son.
** {{SF Debris}} has pointed out that the movie becomes a lot better if you view it as a satire of Roddenberry's ideal "Communist sex utopia" future.
* FridgeLogic: Why ''can't'' you use the brig toilet while in spacedock? [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/File:Brig_toilet_warning.jpg See the sign for yourself!]]
** Obviously, for whatever reason, once it's flushed and resealed the waste is vented right into space. Which, when in spacedock, would mean probably splattering some poor maintenance worker's windshield.
** The same reason you can't use train toilets in the station. Anywhere else on the Enterprise they probably just use the transporter...
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: It's a bit uncomfortable in retrospect watching the scene in which Scotty hits his head on the bulkhead (after saying "I know this ship like the back of me hand!") knowing that James Doohan developed Alzheimer's disease towards the end of his life.
** At the press conference for this film (as seen in the special features), [=DeForest=] Kelley says [=McCoy's=] line, "He's dead, Jim." ''Oh, De!'' Kelley died only a decade later.
* HoYay: "Please, Captain. Not in front of the Klingons."
-->Q: Who hates Klingons with a fiery passion?
-->A: Every YaoiFangirl ever.
* HypocriticalHumour: One could view Creator/GeneRoddenberry's comments that he considered the film apocryphal to be this, considering that the ''Enterprise'' going on "the search for God" was ''his'' original pitch for the ''first'' movie.
* IdiotPlot: Most of the movie, see PlotInducedStupidity.
* MemeticMutation: "What does God need with a starship?"
** From the DVD bonus features: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kestt5BI3eg "Captain Kirk is climbing the mountain,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HU2ftCitvyQ why is he climbing the mountain?"]]
* {{Misblamed}}: Granted Shatner is the cause of a lot of the mess that is this movie, but he tends to get all of the blame even though there were several other factors such as ExecutiveMeddling and the WGA strike.
* {{Narm}}: Spock's "pain."
** When "God" chases Kirk near the end, it wails out "Yyyyyyyyyyooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!" It's supposed to be haunting and scary, but sounds like an elderly ghost from ScoobyDoo trying to scare someone, and failing miserably.
* NeverLiveItDown: Sarek's disappointment in his "so human" son from the moment of his birth, despite Spock looking just as Vulcan as you could want. Though for a good contingent of fans it's just one more piece of crappy writing better left forgotten.
* SoBadItsGood
* SpecialEffectFailure: Nearly every damn special effect in the movie. The phaser and transporter effects (handled by the same team that produced the corresponding effects on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'') are decent, as is the StockFootage of the Klingon Bird-of-Prey from the two previous films, but most of the effects would be barely passable for a movie made in the ''1950s'', never mind 1989.
** As mentioned, ILM was busy (this was the summer of ''IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', ''[[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Ghostbusters II]]'' and the pseudopod in ''TheAbyss''). Shatner sought out another special effects creator who showed a few amazing demonstrations in person, and then delivered ''complete and utter crap'', to the point that it necessitated further emergency script rewrites to accommodate how completely unusable the shots were.
** Ironically, the Rock Monsters that were originally going to be chasing Kirk rather than the disembodied head of not-God were tossed out because the one suit they made looked "like crap," according to many. [[http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/202840/no_love_for_the_star_trek_v_rockman.html Seen here]], we can see that they actually looked far better than the effects in the damned movie.
*** They look pretty decent standing posed for still photography, but that's still different than looking good in motion and intended to be watched on the big screen. Also there were apparently worries about the wearers' safety, since the suits were designed to emit smoke but the device to do so kept malfunctioning.
** Most of the effects problems were apparently to do with the motion control photography being done at [=16fps=] instead of the usual [=24fps=], as a cost-saving measure. Notably, the static shots of the ''Enterprise'' and the Klingon Bird-of-Prey are generally okay (if a bit flatly lit), but whenever they move they do it in a stuttery, jerky fashion that looks like something out of an old Ray Harryhausen flick.
** On the topic of the Enterprise, the model representing it was vandalized during the film's production by employees of Universal Studios Florida.
*** Basically, the fact that Bran Ferren (the man behind the effects) has never been allowed near another movie to this day (he currently works for {{Disney}} Imagineering) says it all.
** Sha Ka Ree as seen from space is clearly a ''star'', not a planet.
* TearJerker: The scene with [=McCoy=]'s dying father. DeforestKelley gets to '''[[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct act]]'''.
-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' Not soon after, they found a ''cure!'' A '''GODDAMN CURE!'''
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The Nimbus III parts ''could'' have been amazing. Desert planet filled with rogues and criminals? It easily could have been Star Trek's [[Franchise/StarWars Tatooine]] but alas the Shat happened.
** For comparison: Nimbus was revisited recently in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' for a 5 episode arc which gave it a ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' feel (a mix of SpaceWestern and {{Steampunk}}) for a good story. Imagine if this movie had Kirk in a SpaceWestern setting?
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Lawrence Luckinbill as Sybok. He gives a pretty decent performance and one suspects that he would have provided a truly memorable villain, if his character had been given a less ridiculous motivation and plot.
* VindicatedByHistory: To a ''very'' slight degree. For about a decade or so after its release it tended to be up there with things like ''Film/HowardTheDuck'' and ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' on "Worst Films of All-Time" lists, and wasn't much better regarded among ''Star Trek'' fans. Nowadays it tends to be regarded as just a mediocre sci-fi flick, with the likes of ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'' attracting more BileFascination from casual viewers, and ''Trek'' fans turning their ire toward ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' and ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' instead. It has a few heartwarming character moments that elevate it slightly as well.

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