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This is all a dream or story by Kirk

  • It is usually the worst cop-out a writer could pull on an audience but think about it: Star Trek V is All Just a Dream. Specifically, it's one of Captain Kirk's dreams. As such, it reveals a lot about his inner psyche:
    • Kirk doesn't have any moments of weakness. Wouldn't Captain Kirk like to think of himself this way and dream of himself in this way?
    • Spock and Sybok: is there a deep-seated pyschological fear of someone, even a (gasp) strange relative that Kirk has never even met coming and taking Spock away from him?
    • With the ease at which Sybok "converts" the Enterprise crew members, is Kirk worried about someone taking them away? Or does he have a deep-seated fear of loss of control ("I'm LOSING COMMAND!")
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    • Uhura dancing naked: Kirk Fantasy #546. 'Nuff said.
      • And pretty much everyone else's too. Did adolescents in the 60s really watch TOS to see Kirk or were they looking over his right shoulder?
    • Scotty is shown as pretty bumbling in this movie. Could it be that Captain Jimbo doesn't have an entirely positive view of his Chief Engineer?
    • For that matter, does he not have entirely positive feelings for the Enterprise? It is shown as being constantly breaking down in this movie. Or is it just the "new" Enterprise? Maybe Kirk is pitching an unconscious hissy fit: "Starfleet gives me a replacement Enterprise, but it's not my Enterprise! I want my old Enterprise back!"
      • "I miss my old chair."
    • The Crack Pairing of Scotty and Uhura: again, is Kirk afraid the Uhura might not devote all her attention to him, or does this show that he is just a closet shipper?
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    • The Special Effects Failure: Things in a dream would seem this way.
      • YMMV. When black-and-white film was first introduced, some people started to dream in black and white (there's research on whether this increased when black and white TV came in), so the only way to have a Special Effects Failure in someone's dream is if s/he enjoys watching films with a Special Effects Failure. If, instead, s/he only watches movies with good special effects, his/her dreams will be full of awesome.
    • The Klingons destroying a poor, helpless, little Pioneer 10 space probe (complete with pathetic scream!) deep in Federation space! Those bastards! They killed my son!
    • On that note, of course they want to track me down and engage me in battle ("if I could defeat Kirk..." "'d be the greatest warrior in the galaxy!")! I'm James ***ing Kirk the Magnificent! ...Okay, killing Kirk may have been a dream of a lot of Klingons at this point, but remember from Star Trek IV that Kirk is more infamous than revered by Klingons at this time. The "Kirk is a great legendary warrior" thing doesn't seem to stick until well after he's dead... or at least Star Trek VI.
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    • More than once, Spock talks about whether life is a dream, as he deals with the image in the bookending song "row, row, row your boat".
    • "The Planet of Galactic Peace" is a lawless wasteland, with the posted ambassadors nothing more than misfits that nobody else wants to deal with. His belief that the three powers can't ever find peace? Naturally, the very next film thrusts him into the great unknown of attempting to navigate a political minefield and ensuring peace between the Federation and the Klingons, despite his personal feelings.
    • It was directed by William Shatner. Of course it's one of Kirk's dreams.
  • Or, alternately, he's just telling this as a camp-fire story to Spock and McCoy (note how they are sitting around the fire at both the beginning and end of the movie) who probably, because of all of the examples above call him out on his crappy story telling and tell him to just shut up already so they can drunkenly sing "Row, row, row your boat."

Psybok was created by God of Shakaree from Spock
In Star Trek The Motion Picture Spock meditates so deeply that his mind is able to pick up a powerful mind from far across the galaxy, that mind was V'Ger. What if in his cosmic astral travels God of Shakaree got hold of his psychic 'scent'? Using Spocks mind God was able to manifest a psychic projection of Spocks hidden inner self. Further, God was able to psychicaly influence Spock enough that when Spock saw Sybok he gained a false memory of Psybok being his brother. Psybok ended up rebelling because it was actually deep in Spock's mind that Spock realized it was his own inner arrogance that brought them here. When Spock then blew God up, fixing his mistake, the Psybok creation faded and Spock realized it was all just a trick by this powerful being, so no ever mentioned it again.
  • Then, feeling a deep sense of guilt and regret over the whole thing and wanted to atone for it in his own way Spock 'volunteered' Kirk to go get Chancelor Gorkon, the rest is how do they say?

"God" is Gary Mitchell
Could a big rock really kill a being that was shown creating life? Perhaps Dr. Dehner came to as Mitchell was climbing out of the grave, and she decided the only way to stop him was to transport the planet into the center of the galaxy, past the barrier. The barrier was actually a hole in the galaxy, where Mitchells' powers were greatly diminished. Upon seeing that the Enterprise could penetrate the barrier, he immediately wanted onboard. That's what "God" needs with a starship.

Kirk's pain is a fear of dying alone.
Kirk mentions it during the camping trip at the start. He knew he wouldn't die, because he wasn't alone. This fear could've been creeping up on him since David was murdered, when Spock died, or even before that as part of his mid life crisis in Wrath of Khan.

"God" is an imprisoned Q.
Well, it's as good an idea as any.

Or an imprisoned Organian.
The Organians had their cultural renaissance when they decided to live as simple pacifists, but one of them wouldn't go along with that and though they should rule as Gods over the lesser species. So the rest of the Organians imprisoned it within the Great Barrier. Later a race of advanced, yet still corporeal, aliens felt his call and traveled to the Great Barrier and discovered this concept of being god like, however they did not free god. Instead they returned to the galaxy, discovered Earth, and liking this god idea became the Greek Gods.

The whole thing was All Just a Dream after all.
That's why the whole thing is so totally ridiculous, and explaining the Canon Discontinuity- as well as, possibly, why Kirk (as is alleged) reaches near Mary Sue levels. Kirk just dreamt the whole thing.
  • Maybe they really did go camping though, and McCoy did put (too much!) whiskey in the beans. The rest didn't happen.
  • The use of the "Life is but a dream" lyric could actually be lampshading this fact.

Spock and Sybok were actually pretty close before Sybok was banished from Vulcan.
Given his acceptance of feelings and his general good nature, it seems reasonable that Sybok would have gotten angry at the Vulcans for tormenting his younger brother. Spock would probably have felt secretly grateful for having one other person besides Amanda who didn't consider him a freak. This would also explain Spock's reluctance to shoot him.
  • Seemingly Jossed by Star Trek: Discovery, where Sybok is completely absent from flashbacks to Spock's childhood, and goes entirely unmentioned by Sarek, Spock, Amanda, and Michael Burnham.

God is a Time Lord
I mean, why the hell not?

The film is a subtle satire on Starfleet

(Borrowed from SF Debris)

I mean, look at it. The ships are broken piles of crap that are incapable of even the most basic of functions. All the captains except for Kirk are incompetent fools promoted through loyalty to party doctrine, not through merit. They can't even properly outfit one damn ship with competent people, but take whatever schlubs they can bribe with forbidden goods. Doctors practice euthanasia (even with their own relatives) like it's no big deal. Their public works projects (like Nimbus III, the "Planet of Galactic Peace") are unmitigated disasters.

No, my friends, William Shatner did not create a masterpiece to his own ego. He was mocking Gene Roddenberry's naive, socialist vision of the future and socialism in general.

Proof? The Berlin Wall fell five months after the premiere.


I think NOT!

Reagan didn't end Communism. BILL SHATNER did.

The rescue mission was really an orchestrated assassination attempt on Kirk

It just really fell off the rails.

Starfleet wanted to rid themselves of James Kirk, by then a glory hound, egomaniac, and all around embarrassment, but was at a loss as to how. Since Kirk was viewed as a hero throughout the Federation, the admiralty couldn't just kick him out of Starfleet or simply kill him. Therefore, they had to devise this "rescue mission" on Nimbus III by having a rogue Vulcan named Sybok kidnap the ambassadors, sending the broken Enterprise with a skeleton crew under the guise of "Kirk you are so awesome!" to "rescue" them.

This plan served as a precursor to the assassination of Chancellor Gorkon aboard the Enterprise in "The Undiscovered Country", meant to create a casus belli for war against the Klingon/Romulan Empires, and to rid themselves of Kirk while allowing them to use Kirk's "death" as propaganda.

Starfleet, however, was not aware of Sybok's powers and failed to account for them.

"God" is an evil Cytherian (the aliens we met in the Next Generation episode "The Nth Degree").
Live at the centre of the galaxy? Check. Apparent godlike powers? Check. Non-corporeal, with the appearance of a giant floating head? Check. It's never explicitly confirmed, but the similarities seem too numerous to be accidental.
  • It would also explain how the ship got there, if it was a Cytherian that planted that knowledge in Sybok's head. Presumably the Klingon ship would have followed through the resulting subspace rift.

The triple-breasted cat woman in Star Trek V had previously had a triple mastectomy.
Think about it. Cats, even hyper-evolved ones, have six nipples.

Sybok's pain runs deep
Similar to the entry above, Sybok's rejection of Vulcan teachings is rooted in the way Spock was treated, but it runs much deeper than that:

Sybok presents the inner pain of McCoy and Spock via mind-meld (Kirk having demurred from the process). McCoy of course he wouldn't have had any prior knowledge about; he's a human born and educated on Earth. Everything he knew of McCoy's inner trauma came from McCoy's own memories and subconscious.

Spock is different. Spock is his younger brother by several years. It's entirely possible that Sybok was present for the events he showed to Spock (maybe the whole family is there for the birth under some Vulcan ritual, or Sybok was where he shouldn't have been—take your pick). Sybok is showing Spock that Sarek's rejection of him was from birth and in fact was what led to Sybok abandoning Sarek and his influence in an adolescent fit of rage characteristic of a Vulcan who decided to embrace his emotions. Sybok is sharing his own pain with the one being in the universe who could possibly understand.

This move and ST:TMP explain why the Constitution Class was decomissioned.
Stay with me on this one. The TOS-era Constitution Class was the workhorse of Starfleet, and proudly served for a number of years. In Star Trek: The Motion Picture , however, the original Enterprise was re-designed with newer technology and a new, art-deco look. This led to several integration issues in the V'Ger incident. After being destroyed, the new Enterprise-A was commissioned, but, being a Constitution Class with the new design, it too experienced several integration issues with the new tech/design. Other, newly-designed classes (Excelsior, Miranda, Oberth, etc) were able to successfully integrate the tech that was being developed, allowing these vessels to serve with distinction well in to the 24th Century. Ultimately, Starfleet retired the Constitution Class.
  • Remember that time the starship Constellation took a hit from a planet buster, and it only took Scotty and a small team of engineers a few hours to repair it enough to participate in a running firefight? This theory would neatly explain how he could manage that, but it took him and a full staff months of effort just to make Enterprise-A semi-spaceworthy.

The film takes place inside the Nexus as Kirk is backtracking through his life.
Which fits in with the all-just-Kirk's-dream theories outlined above, as well as the "technically canon but never recognized in other material" approach by the creators- the events do happen to Kirk, but not as part of the regular course of events.

Kirk didn't forget about his brother Sam.
Kirk mentions near the end of the film that he lost a brother once... and then got him back. While this is normally taken to be the writers forgetting that James T. Kirk's brother Sam died in the Original Series episode "Operation: Annihilate", this is Star Trek so maybe his brother was somehow brought Back from the Dead via crazy space phlebotinum or a Sufficiently Advanced Alien or time travel or who the heck even knows what.


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