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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Summary

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Summary

  

The United Federation of Planets has been in conflict with the Klingon Empire for decades.

It's about to get real.

On its way back to Earth, the starship Excelsior witnesses a huge explosion on the Klingon moon Praxis—a key energy production facility. Confused, Captain Sulu notifies Starfleet of the strange event.

It turns out that an environmental crisis is unfolding on the Klingon home world and is threatening to topple Klingon society. Spock, the former first mate of Enterprise, has been secretly negotiating with the Klingon Chancellor Gorkon to build peace.

Here's the kicker: Spock has volunteered Captain Kirk to be the Federation's lead envoy.

There are two big problems with this. First, Kirk hates Klingons. Second, the crew of Enterprise is about to be decommissioned after this mission, which makes Kirk even less content with the order.

Regardless, Kirk has no choice but to follow the command. Enterprise meets up with Gorkon and company, and Kirk invites them over for dinner. It's awkward. General Chang, one of the Klingon leaders, is openly hostile to Kirk. On the bright side, Chancellor Gorkon proves to be an empathetic guy who's sincerely devoted to peace.

Then something shocking happens. Out of nowhere, several torpedoes seem to launch from Enterprise, crippling the Klingon ship. In the aftermath, assassins beam aboard and murder Gorkon. Yikes. Although Kirk and McCoy try to save Gorkon's life, Chang blames them for his death and takes them into custody.

After a sham trial, Kirk and McCoy are sentenced to life in a labor camp. Meanwhile, Spock takes control of Enterprise and begins an investigation into the assassination, believing the killer to be aboard the ship.

The labor camp is as bad as you'd expect: our heroes must both perform backbreaking labor and rumble with nasty alien criminals. In what seems like a godsend, Kirk and McCoy meet a fellow prisoner who helps them escape the prison. This prisoner is revealed to be a Klingon plant, however, hired to put Kirk and McCoy in a compromising situation in which they can be murdered. Gasp.

Spock beams Kirk and McCoy aboard Enterprise at the last second, having tracked them ever since they left the ship. He reveals that he's come closer to finding the assassin, and he says that he's learned that the torpedoes were not fired by Enterprise—they were fired by a cloaked Klingon warship.

Finally, the assassin is revealed to be none other than Lieutenant Valeris, Spock's mentee and his choice as his successor on Enterprise. Valeris is part of a conspiracy along with General Chang and several members of Starfleet, and they're planning to assassinate the Federation President at a peace meeting later that day.

Enterprise rushes over to the peace meeting and battles General Chang. At the last second, Excelsior arrives, giving Enterprise the space it needs to take Chang down.

The battle won, the crew rushes down to the surface and stops the assassination. Kirk gives a big speech in favor of the peace talks and shares a bonding moment with Chancellor Azetbur, daughter of Gorkon and new leader of the Klingons.

Back aboard Enterprise, the crew is ordered to return to Starfleet for the last time. That's the biggest bummer ever. Ever defiant, however, Kirk decides to take Enterprise for one last joyride before turning her in.

Atta boy, cap'n.

  • Scene 1

    Scene 1

    • The film begins with a dedication to Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek. He passed away shortly before the film was released.
    • Ominous music rises, and the title appears. Not exactly a triumphant way to start things off.
    • The credits end abruptly with a huge blue-and-purple explosion. It sends out wide shockwaves.
    • We cut the interior of a ship while a Starfleet officer records his captain's log. The captain is revealed to be our buddy Hikaru Sulu, formerly of Enterprise, but now the chief officer aboard the USS Excelsior.
    • Sulu's just finished his three-year tour exploring the "Beta Quadrant" and is now heading home. Everything has been dandy.
    • Suddenly, the ship shakes violently. Alarms blare. The crewmembers look on the view screen and see the shockwave heading directly towards them.
    • The ship is rocked by violent waves of energy. Everyone is taken off his or her feet (and clear into walls, in some cases,) but the ship makes it through the other side in one piece.
    • An officer informs Sulu that the "subspace shock wave" originated from Praxis, a moon of Kronos. Kronos is the home of the Klingons, the Federation's chief adversary.
    • Sulu notes that Praxis is the Klingons' "key energy production facility." He shoots them a message offering help.
    • Uh-oh. The crew looks at the screen and sees that Praxis has been blown to smithereens.
    • The crew receives a message from the surface. We see a Klingon shout before being consumed by an explosion.
    • Excelsior receives another message, this time from Klingon High Command, basically telling them to mind their own business and move along.
    • This seems shady. Time to contact Starfleet HQ.
  • Scene 2

    Scene 2

    • We cut to the Golden Gate Bridge. There's a sleek, futuristic cluster of buildings in the distance.
    • (For context, Starfleet HQ is located in San Francisco.)
    • Now we go inside the building. Admiral James T. Kirk and Leonard "Bones" McCoy, Enterprise's medical officer, walk on screen. Their loyal engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott follows close behind.
    • None of them seem to know why they're here. Well that's inconvenient.
    • Kirk, McCoy, and Scotty are joined by a group of other high-ranking Starfleet officers, including comrades Nyota Uhura and Pavel Chekov. No Spock?
    • Everyone sits down at a big conference table but stands at attention when the commander of Starfleet arrives. He begins his presentation.
    • The commander claims that the Klingon Empire will only last for another "fifty years." For real? The Klingons seem like tough dudes, so this is quite unexpected.
    • Instead of presenting further detail, the commander turns over the table to "the Federation's special envoy."
    • To everyone's shock, this "special envoy" turns out to be Spock, Kirk's best bro and former first mate of Enterprise.
    • Spock describes the explosion on Praxis that was depicted in the beginning of the movie. That incident occurred two months ago.
    • The cause: general environmental exploitation. Pollution is so bad on Kronos that the planet will run out of oxygen in just fifty years, and the Klingons can't stop it, because they've spent all their money on weapons.
    • That doesn't sound familiar at all. Nope.
    • Last month, Spock began negotiations with Gorkon, the Chancellor of the Klingon High Council. Spock has agreed to dismantle all Federation space stations along the neutral zone between the two empires, which has stood on high alert for "seventy years."
    • Kirk looks shocked. One officer describes this as the "mothballing of Starfleet." Another describes the Klingons as "alien trash" and advocates a more aggressive approach.
    • Kirk agrees with the second man—Admiral Cartwright. He too distrusts the Klingons by their very nature.
    • In disagreement, Spock says that failing to support this moderate "Gorkon Initiative" would encourage the conservative, militant wing of the Klingon Empire, making peaceful resolution impossible.
    • Spock tells Kirk that he's been made the Federation's "olive branch" to the Klingons. Kirk will be charged with rendezvousing with and escorting Gorkon to Earth for a meeting.
    • Kirk is confused and displeased. Why wouldn't they use a real ambassador for this job?
    • Either way, there's no time for questions—the meeting is adjourned. Everyone leaves, except for Kirk and Spock.
    • Kirk is ticked at Spock for volunteering him for the job. He's especially annoyed because this will be his final mission as captain of Enterprise—the ship will soon be turned over to a new crew.
    • Spock responds by quoting an old "Vulcan" proverb: "only Nixon could go to China."
    • (In other words, only someone who's perceived as tough on the Klingon Empire would be publicly accepted to make peace with them, as was the situation when President Richard Nixon visited the People's Republic of China for the first time in 1972.)
    • Spock claims that his father helped lead the negotiations. This is a historic occasion.
    • Kirk is furious and unrelenting, however. He calls the Klingons "animals" and says that Starfleet should "let them die." It's a long, awkward, and sort of racist moment.
  • Scene 3

    Scene 3

    • A shuttle approaches a large space station. It's dropping off Captain Kirk and crew at Enterprise.
    • Lieutenant Valeris, a Vulcan, stands at attention as the old crew boards. She seems to know Spock. She also seems like a stickler for the rules.
    • Time to roll out. Everyone takes position and prepares Enterprise for departure.
    • Classic Star Trek music swells. We see the ship for the first time as it exits the space dock.
    • In his log, Kirk talks about how his distrust of Klingons is rooted in his son's death at their hands, which happened back in Star Trek III.
    • Kirk's interrupted by Valeris. The ship is almost at the rendezvous location.
    • Later, Spock performs some sort of Vulcan ritual with Valeris. We learn that Spock was her sponsor in Starfleet Academy.
    • Valeris seems nervous about the historical "turning point" they find themselves at, but Spock tells her to have faith.
    • Spock also says that this will be his final voyage aboard Enterprise. He tells Valeris that she will be the one to take his place.
    • Valeris is...perhaps confused. Regardless, she accepts the offer.
    • The two are interrupted by an announcement: a Klingon vessel is approaching.
    • Kirk enters the bridge and sees the ship pass. The two vessels are so close to one another. It's weird.
    • After a long moment, Kirk opens a channel of communication. Chancellor Gorkon responds. He reveals that the ship is named Kronos One.
    • Kirk invites Gorkon and his bros aboard for dinner.
    • Valeris suggests that they break out some "Romulan ale" for dinner, and Kirk quickly agrees.
  • Scene 4

    Scene 4

    • Kirk, Spock, and McCoy assemble in the transporter room as the Klingons beam aboard. It's a tense moment.
    • Gorkon introduces himself first. He seems like a nice dude. He also introduces his tag-alongs: Azetbur, his daughter; Kerla, his military advisor; and General Chang, his chief of staff and owner of one sweet eyepatch.
    • Chang is intense and confrontational. Unperturbed, Kirk leads his guests on a tour of Enterprise.
  • Scene 5

    Scene 5

    • Everyone is sitting down for dinner, enjoying a strange blue liquid. Romulan ale, folks. The Klingons seem perplexed by the purpose of silverware, which is hilarious.
    • Gorkon offers a toast to the "undiscovered country"—the future. Spock rightfully identifies this as a reference to Shakespeare. The Klingons seem to really dig the Bard.
    • McCoy offers a toast to Gorkon. This seems to be going well.
    • Then Chang speaks. He asks Kirk if the Federation is willing to "give up Starfleet."
    • There's a debate between Spock and Kirk over the nature of Starfleet, but Chang interrupts, saying that in space "all warriors are cold warriors." That's a T-shirt right there.
    • Things take a turn for a worse. The Klingons says that the peace treaty will lead to "the annihilation of [their] culture" in favor of human-centrism.
    • Kirk then compares the Klingons to Hitler. It's good to see that some things haven't changed in the future, we guess…
    • After dinner, the crewmembers say goodbye to their chummy guests. Gorkon tells Kirk quietly that their generation will have the hardest time adjusting to this new world.
    • Chang quotes Shakespeare a few more times before saying goodbye. What a weirdo.
    • Everyone looks exhausted. Yeesh. What a disaster.
  • Scene 6

    Scene 6

    • Kirk is looking at a picture of his dead son before bed. Bummertown: population 1.
    • Before Kirk can go to sleep, however, Spock orders him to the bridge.
    • Spock tells Kirk that there seems to be a great deal of radiation emanating from within Enterprise. The two struggle to figure this out as they nurse brutal Romulan ale hangovers.
    • Suddenly, a photon torpedo launches from Enterprise into Kronos One. What the hey? No one authorized that.
    • This is bad, folks. Another torpedo slams into the ship, this time destroying Kronos One's artificial gravity system.
    • Scotty tells Kirk some strange news: those torpedoes didn't come from Enterprise. She's still fully stocked.
    • Meanwhile, two figures in full space suits beam aboard Kronos One. They start blasting away, and it's surprisingly gory for a Star Trek movie.
    • Finally, the two figures reach Gorkon and shoot him in the chest. Whoa. Things sure took a turn, eh?
    • The crew of Enterprise knows that something bad is happening aboard Kronos One but can't figure out what. As they try, the two assassins transport off the ship.
    • Chang fixes the gravity system and radios Kirk, verbally assailing him for destroying their peacemaking efforts. He threatens revenge.
    • Kirk refuses to take responsibility for the attack, but Spock checks the data logs and confirms the news—the torpedoes indeed came from Enterprise.
    • Kronos One arms its weapons, but instead of putting up shields, Kirk tells Chekov to signal their surrender.
    • Kirk says that he's going aboard, unarmed. McCoy volunteers to join him.
    • Time to parlay, y'all.
    • Kirk and McCoy are led through Kronos One by several Klingon warriors. There are bodies everywhere.
    • Kirk and McCoy reach Gorkon, who's being tended to by Azetbur and Chang. Chang is ticked, but he agrees to let McCoy work his medical magic.
    • There's good news: Gorkon has a pulse. Within a few moments, McCoy has Gorkon moving once again, though his minimal knowledge of Klingon anatomy limits his abilities.
    • McCoy's solution: beating Gorkon's chest until he wakes up, which seems all right, if a bit brutal. When he comes to, Gorkon begs Kirk to not let it "end this way."
    • And then Gorkon dies. Oh, well.
    • Chang puts Kirk and McCoy under arrest for assassination. Uh-oh.
    • Spock takes control of Enterprise. He tells Uhura to contact Starfleet HQ. Valeris demands that they prevent the Klingons from arresting Kirk and McCoy, but Spock wants a peaceful solution.
    • First, Spock's got to figure out why Enterprise launched those torpedoes.
    • Despite Spock's confidence in the data logs, however, Scotty flat-out disagrees with the assessment that the torpedoes came from Enterprise.
  • Scene 7

    Scene 7

    • A Klingon diplomat is freaking out at the President of the Federation, for obvious reasons.
    • The President wants McCoy and Kirk to be released, but the Klingons are unrelenting. Sarek, Spock's father, agrees with the Klingon's assessment. Uh-oh.
    • On Enterprise, Uhura receives a message from Starfleet to return to Earth, but she doesn't want to leave Kirk and McCoy defenseless. Valeris convinces her to ignore the request.
    • Meanwhile, Azetbur calls the President to announce that she is the new chancellor.
    • Azetbur promises to go to the peace conference if the Federation accepts the arrest of Kirk and McCoy. Any rescue attempt will be seen as an act of war.
    • The conference can't be held on Earth, either. That'd just be stupid on Azetbur's part, right?
    • The President agrees to Azetbur's terms.
    • On her side, Azetbur is being prodded by advisors who want her just to attack Starfleet already. She responds, intriguingly, by saying that "war is obsolete."
    • Chang, who's apparently been creeping in the corner the whole time, is one of these war mongers. Bet you didn't guess that.
  • Scene 8

    Scene 8

    • Kirk's name is being chanted loudly as he's brought before a massive assembly hall of Klingons. In case you don't know, Kirk has killed his fair share of Klingons in his day. They don't like him.
    • Starfleet officers, watching this, call it a "show trial." This must be the murder case.
    • Kirk and McCoy are represented by someone named "Colonel Worf." This character is a reference to Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation (and is played by the same actor). Many fans believe this to be an ancestor of that character.
    • Chang claims that Starfleet officers, wearing magnetized boots, boarded the ship and assassinated his men.
    • Chang interrogates McCoy and implies that he is either an "incompetent" doctor or a legit assassin. Azetbur looks uncomfortable about all of this.
    • Chang then accuses Kirk of being the "architect" of this plan. He also quotes Shakespeare. Because of course.
    • Shockingly, Chang plays the captain's log, in which Kirk blamed the Klingons for the death of his son. How did he get that? This is smelling fishy...
    • Needless to say, the room goes wild. Chang goes hard in the paint, referencing events of past movies to drive his point home.
    • Chang rests his case. Ouch.
    • Kirk and McCoy are found guilty. Double ouch. Colonel Worf angrily says that the evidence is all "circumstantial" and demands that this be taken into account during sentencing.
    • In the interest of keeping the peace, the judge forgoes the death penalty. Phew. However, the two men will be sentenced to the "dilithium mines on the penal asteroid of Rura Penthe" for the rest of their lives.
    • Sounds lovely.
    • Chekov says that Rura Penthe is known as the "alien's graveyard."
    • Needless to say, everyone on Enterprise is bummed.
    • Spock asks Valeris to replay the recording of the torpedoes hitting Kronos One. Scotty still thinks that it's impossible that Enterprise fired them.
    • Spock now agrees. But if it wasn't Enterprise, then who was it?
    • Chekov suggests that the "neutron surge" recorded before the explosion could have been produced by a ship. Perhaps it was a cloaked Klingon Bird of Prey, Spock suggests, despite the fact that these things usually can't fire weapons when in stealth mode.
    • Spock determines that someone involved with the plot is aboard the ship—and that this person forged Enterprise's data records.
    • In order to finds out who, Spock needs to find those magnetized boots.
  • Scene 9

    Scene 9

    • We cut to a hazy, purple planet with two moons in the distance. A group of robed figures trudges across the snowy surface.
    • The figures have reached their destination: a large hatch. It opens, and a Klingon brings out a box.
    • We see Kirk and McCoy among the travelers.
    • Another Klingon appears and stands on the box. That's anticlimactic. He welcomes the prisoners to the "gulag Rura Penthe," which seems rather ham-fisted to us.
    • This dude also has a Russian accent. Because duh.
    • Anyway, no one will be able to escape, because the planet has a magnetic field that prevents transportation. If they try to escape, they'll be thrown out on the surface, where they'll quickly freeze to death.
    • Oh, hey, and there's a guy freezing to death. Hey, buddy. Sorry about what happened.
    • Our heroes climb down the hatch and walk through a series of tunnels. The mines are filled with slaves, guarded by armed Klingon warriors.
    • All the prisoners eye our heroes as they walk past. One particularly large one tries to take the coat off of Kirk's back.
    • A mysterious woman explains that the alien is demanding Kirk's obedience to the "brotherhood of aliens." And he's demanding his coat. Kirk says sure to the first, but nixes the second.
    • The woman tells the alien to relax. Her name is Martia, and she already knows who Kirk and McCoy are.
    • There's a reward for our heroes' deaths, after all, she explains. Not good. To Kirk, this confirms that they've been set up the whole time.
  • Scene 10

    Scene 10

    • Crewmembers on Enterprise are hard at work searching the ship. No luck so far.
    • Valeris is skeptical that the boots are here, but Spock is certain. Chekov suggests that the killer could have destroyed them with a phaser, but there's no way of doing that without alerting the ship.
    • Uhura and Scotty arrive. Uhura tells Spock that Starfleet still wants them to return home.
    • Spock tells Scotty that the warp drive is too damaged to travel (it isn't). This is just a ruse to buy more time for their investigation.
    • Spock is confident that Kirk is currently "planning his escape."
  • Scene 11

    Scene 11

    • It turns out that Kirk is fist-fighting with a blue, horned alien at the moment. Well, that's something.
    • Kirk gets beaten badly, but he manages to break the alien's kneecaps before the dude delivers the death blow. That was close.
    • Martia reveals that those were not the alien's knees but its genitals. Did you really have to tell us that?
    • But that's not the main topic of discussion—Martia wants to help Kirk escape.
    • Later, Kirk and McCoy chat while they lie in their bunks. Kirk talks about how "terrified" he was by the notion of peace with the Klingons. He now realizes that Spock was right.
    • Kirk also suspects that whoever killed Gorkon will be planning another assassination, given that the peace talks are resuming. And they've got to stop it.
    • Suddenly, Martia appears. That's creepy, girl.
    • Martia says that she can get Kirk and McCoy outside of the shield, but she needs them to beam them out once they're on the surface. Cool beans, says Kirk.
    • And then Martia and Kirk make out. McCoy rolls his eyes.
    • The three will meet up at seven in the morning before mining duty.
  • Scene 12

    Scene 12

    • Captain Sulu is woken up by a crewmember, who asks him for information on Enterprise's location, as Enterprise hasn't been responding to Starfleet's messages.
    • Sulu tells the crewmembers that he has no idea—which we suspect might not be entirely accurate.
  • Scene 13

    Scene 13

    • On Enterprise, Chekov touches a small splatter of pink liquid in the transporter room. He looks at it through a portable microscope.
    • It's Klingon blood. Spock claims that this evidence corroborates his theory. Now it's time to look through the crewmembers' uniforms for more bloodstains. Everybody's uniforms.
    • The effort is frenzied. Finally, someone locates a single gravity boot in a locker marked with the name Dax. Score.
    • Meanwhile, McCoy and Kirk get on a lift for mining duty.
    • Crewman Dax enters the room. It's immediately obvious that he couldn't have worn the boots, as his feet are large and oddly shaped. Valeris responds to this with a strange look...
    • Back in the gulag, Kirk and McCoy realize with a shock that Martia is in the elevator with them—though she doesn't look like she usually does. Girl's a giant yeti beast now. Sure makes that make-out sesh feel weird, huh?
    • After the three exit the elevator, Martia transforms into a child so that she can escape her restraints. She must be a shapeshifter. Things are getting weirder and weirder.
    • The three creep through a narrow passageway. It ends in front of a large cliff, which they climb.
    • After our heroes ascend, they reach the frozen surface, passing by several rigid bodies as they go.
    • And so our heroes walk—for a really long time, if the slow music and crossfades are any indication.
    • Finally, our heroes reach the sheer face of a cliff. Is this the end?
    • Aboard Enterprise, Spock observes that Kirk and McCoy are nearing the edge of the shield. He prepares the crew to make a rescue.
    • As this happens, McCoy collapses. He says that he's "finished." Kirk explains that Spock slapped a tracking device on him before they left, which means that they will be rescued.
    • A Klingon officer sees Enterprise on the radar as it barrels toward Rura Penthe. He contacts Enterprise to determine if it's a Klingon vessel, and Uhura makes a rather laughable attempt to speak Klingon back to them.
    • It somehow works. Klingons must be dumb, after all.
    • Meanwhile, our trio of escapees sets up a makeshift camp as night falls.
    • Martia reveals that she's a "Chameloid," also known as a shapeshifter. As they talk, Kirk strolls up to her and casually punches her in the face. Huh?
    • Kirk claims that Martia's setting them up. This turns out to be true: Martia was offered a full pardon for snaring them in a trap.
    • Martia transforms into Kirk and head-butts McCoy. Okay, guys, the weirdness levels are now off the charts.
    • The two Kirks fight. We swear we've dreamed this before.
    • The duel is interrupted by a group of Klingon warriors. These must be the folks who paid Martia off.
    • Although they don't know which Kirk is which, the Klingons go ahead and blast one of them. Luckily, it's the shapeshifter. Good guess, guys.
    • Just as the villains are about to reveal their big plot, Spock beams Kirk and McCoy aboard the ship. Frankly, Kirk is more ticked about the missed intel than he is grateful for having his life saved.
  • Scene 14

    Scene 14

    • Scotty is sipping coffee in a conference room when he notices a rattling vent. He opens it up and finds a space suit—presumably one worn by an assassin.
    • Meanwhile, Chang receives a message from the Klingons who were hunting Kirk. Could he be behind the plot? We don't find out for sure, but he orders his ship to intercept Enterprise.
    • Spock catches Kirk up on everything they've learned so far. While he does, Scotty appears with the spacesuit.
    • As if on cue, our heroes open a door and see two unconscious crewmembers. Scotty says that these crewmembers are Burke and Samno—the two men to whom the spacesuits belong.
    • Burke and Samno are dead—killed by stun blasts from a phaser shot from a tight distance. McCoy wonders why they weren't vaporized.
    • Kirk pulls Spock aside and whispers something in his ear. Spock responds by simply saying, "It's possible." Sounds juicy. We want to hear.
    • Suddenly, a "Code Blue" rings through the ship saying that Samno and Burke will be interrogated in the sick bay. We thought they were dead?
    • A figure creeps into the darkened sick bay with a phaser in hand. This figure approaches two figures who are lying in bed.
    • Suddenly, one of the figures—Spock—turns on a light and reveals the intruder. It's none other than Valeris. Dun dun dun. Spock tells her to shoot him. She doesn't.
    • Kirk pops up a moment later. So does McCoy. Spock knocks the phaser out of Valeris' hand. Dang.
    • The crew surrounds Valeris on the bridge. She claims that they have no evidence against her, but Kirk argues that her thievery of his captain's log is proof enough.
    • Valeris claims that she was just "saving Starfleet." She uses Kirk's critical words against the Klingons as further evidence of this.
    • While she talks, Kirk realizes that Valeris was collaborating with some Klingons. She won't reveal their names, however.
    • Spock doesn't let up. He performs a Vulcan mind meld on her, which is basically a fancy way of saying he's reading her mind.
    • The collaborators are Admiral Cartwright, General Chang, and the Romulan Ambassador Nanclus. Spock tries to determine the location of the peace conference, but Valeris doesn't know it.
    • Spock tells the crew to contact Excelsior. Sulu, defiant of Starfleet orders, tells them that the conference is occurring at Camp Khitomer, near the Romulan border.
    • Kirk tells Excelsior to meet Enterprise at the conference ASAP for backup.
  • Scene 15

    Scene 15

    • Kirk finds Spock lying in bed with no lights on. Dude seems bummed.
    • Kirk gives a pep talk, and Spock ponders whether they've outlived their usefulness. We guess that means he's feeling better.
  • Scene 16

    Scene 16

    • We're taken to a pleasant-looking planet—presumably Camp Khitomer. Inside a building, the Federation President is giving a speech to representatives from several species, including the Klingons.
    • Chang's ship goes into stealth mode as it approaches the planet. Not good, folks.
    • Enterprise is close behind. They won't be able to see Chang's ship, but they might be able to locate it by tracking its neutron radiation surge.
    • Everyone looks super nervous as they approach the planet.
    • Suddenly, Enterprise receives a message from Chang mocking them for their inability to find him. He drops some more Shakespeare as well, because that's just how the dude rolls.
    • The Klingon ship launches a torpedo. Enterprise shakes violently, but Kirk tells the ship to back off. The Klingon vessel launches another direct hit. As this happens, Excelsior nears the scene.
    • On the surface, Azetbur is giving a speech about her father's idealism. Behind the scenes, a Klingon is seen walking through the hallways with a briefcase.
    • Another torpedo slams into Enterprise. Another Shakespeare quote gets spat out by Chang.
    • Aboard Enterprise, Spock realizes that they might be able to jerry-rig a torpedo to hone in on Chang's ship by programming it to track its fuel exhaust. He and McCoy rush down to the torpedo bay.
    • Meanwhile, the briefcase-carrying Klingon, now above the stage, cuts a circular hole with a direct view of Azetbur. Wonder what that's for.
    • Finally, Excelsior arrives. It eats a torpedo. Yum.
    • Amid the assault, Spock and McCoy perform electronic surgery on a torpedo. Hurry up, dudes. Finally, they finish their work and ready it for action.
    • It's a direct hit. With the target locked, Enterprise and Excelsior unleash a barrage of fire and vaporize Chang's ship. His last words: "To be, or not to be."
    • Kirk and his posse beam into the conference room as the assassin is about to pull the trigger. Kirk tries to push him aside, but the assassin lets loose an errant shot.
    • The conspirators are rounded up, and Scotty takes down the assassin before he kills Valeris. That was fast.
    • Kirk gives a big speech about Gorkon and his ideas on "the undiscovered country." He shares a bonding moment with Azetbur overs the deaths of their family members.
    • Commence the applause, peeps. The day is won.
  • Scene 17

    Scene 17

    • Enterprise and Excelsior lazily fly alongside each other.
    • Aboard the now-ragged Enterprise, Kirk extends his thanks to Sulu. Excelsior flies away.
    • This is a triumphant moment, but it's also a sad one, as the crew will be saying goodbye to Enterprise for the last time. They're being decommissioned.
    • Shockingly, Spock suggests that Enterprise tell Starfleet to "go to hell" instead of heading back to dock. Atta boy.
    • Kirk orders Chekov to take the ship for one last joyride.
    • Cue a captain's log. Kirk talks about how Enterprise's legacy will be carried into the future by her next crew—whoever they may be.
    • Enterprise heads into a bright star in the center of the frame, its light expanding until it overtakes the entire screen and sets the credits a-rolling.