Bad episode/movies donít stop being canon simply for being bad
Iím watching bonus features of Star Trek V right now at the end William Shatner is talking about showing the rough cut to Paramount and every told him that they were awesome in his praise and that he was a terrific director. He he showed it to Harve Bennett and he asked whether it was good as he think it is and he nodded silently which he assumed that the movie was so great that made him speechless that he canít even say how good it is.
That completely astounds me. I donít know whether he is being delusionally honest or being brilliantly sarcastic/self-aware parody there. I guess thereís the fine line between genius and insanity. I guess in Shatner defence, thereís nothing particularly wrong with the director and filming.
Afterwards Shatner goes on about how he is really good at self-denial so maybe itís an extension of that.
Listening to directors cut in the past and Shatner comment, he is convince that the movie ďfailure/disappointmentĒ is purely due to production/special effects reason. Not able to use the rock monster and cutting out the epic ending where he described as Dante infernal with fire exploding
It just show how much lack of insight regarding the movie failure. The movie failed because of the script was bad with bad humour and character assassination of the entire Enterprise Crew. Thank god for Deforest Kelley and Leonard Nimoy for staging a mini rebellion by fighting that they would not have betrayed Kirk which would have made the movie even worst. Adding a more exciting action scene at the end does not fix the core issue. In fact there is actual nothing particular bad about the special effects/set production in the movie.
What did astound me though is that Harve Bennett who essentially rescued Star Trek and seems to be a really really good Trek writer seems to legitimately proud of this movie