Continuity mistake: At the beginning, the USS Excelsior detects an approaching shockwave. One of the bridge officers is standing next to Sulu, delivering a report. When the camera angle changes, the same officer is seated at a console behind two standing crewmen. When the camera cuts again, he's between Sulu and that console, then sits to operate it.
The killers were two crewmembers from the Enterprise. They tried to frame Kirk for the Chancellor's death to stop the Federation and the Klingons from making peace. The ship that fired on the Chancellor's ship was actually underneath the Enterprise and was a cloaked Klingon ship. Valaris, Chang, Colonel West, Cartwright and the Romulan Ambassador were all in on it. At the end of the movie, the Entrprise is retired and the cast literally sign off.
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Trivia: The Klingon who defends Kirk and McCoy at the trial is Michael Dorn, the actor who plays Worf in The Next Generation. The Klingon makeup is also identical, even though it is supposed to be a different character. (The makeup is actually more subdued than the makeup for TNG [flatter] but it looks similar because he is actually playing one of Lieutenant Worf's ancestors.)
Question: I always feel like I'm missing something with the scene where Kirk orders the Enterprise to reverse at the beginning of the battle. It confuses the Klingons and leads to a short respite in taking fire, which I would assume was exactly Kirk's intention, but then Kirk himself expresses confusion that the Klingons had stopped firing. What else could Kirk have been trying to do with that action?
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