It’s worth repeating that “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” is the least beloved of the 13 extant “Star Trek” movies. The budget went mostly to the cast, and very little time and money was spent on even the most basic special effects, leaving the film looking cheap and slapped-together. The script began with an interesting concept — what if the Enterprise met the physical manifestation of God? — but it was so hastily written and poorly thought out that the concepts don’t land with any notable impact. Despite this, Cargill recalls:
“Kevin made an assertion to me that melted my brain because I’d never heard it […] He made the argument that ‘Star Trek V’ is better than ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture.'”
Look at Feige being an edgelord with his hot takes.
And why did Feige feel that “Star Trek V” was not the worst Trek movie? It seems it was that campfire scene. Feige liked the moments when legendary characters, often described as heroes, could pause to have a conversation and display their humanity. He didn’t like the heady coldness of “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” preferring smaller inter-character moments that had nothing to do with the sci-fi. Cargill described Feige’s theory thus:
“You cannot find a great character moment in ‘The Motion Picture’ that comes close to matching anything with the campfire scene, and the campfire scene gives us our three favorite characters from the show together, outside of the norm, and lets us experience who they are as people and not legends.”
Think of the party scene in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” where the heroes merely hang out and converse. Or the moment when Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) shares a popsicle with his daughter in “Avengers: Endgame.” That was what Feige lived for.