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The following were all inhabitants of Nimbus III in 2287. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

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Named Edit

Unnamed Edit

The following names were taken from the names these individuals were given in the production screen tests.

"Ape Face" Edit

Ape Face

Ape Face


Bar patron Edit

Nimbus III bar patron

Nimbus III bar patron


Bartender Edit

Nimbus III bartender

Nimbus III bartender


"Bone Head" Edit

Bone Head

Bone Head

This alien shares certain qualities with another unnamed pink species. Also, two other aliens have shown with bone plating on the face; Runepp and an an inhabitant of DS9.


Cat Woman Edit

Cat Woman

Cat Woman

This cat woman worked as an exotic dancer in the bar in Paradise City on Nimbus III. She had feline facial traits, a tail, striped skin, hairy hands, and three breasts. She produced cat-like sounds, such as meowing and screeching. When James T. Kirk entered the bar in his attempt to rescue Sybok's hostages, the feline dancer attacked him by aggressively jumping at him. Kirk eventually defeated her by throwing her into a water pool table, rendering her either unconscious or perhaps even dead. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

Background information Edit

Linda Fetters-Howard make up test

A make-up test shot of Linda Fetters

The cat woman was played by stuntwoman Linda Fetters.

Due to her three breasts, there is some speculation that this character may be a Draylaxian, a species known to have three. This remains to be confirmed by an official source. It is also possible that she is a felinoid.

It has often been reported, including by Ian McLean, she was jokingly referred to by some backstage source or sources in connection with the film as a "Kzinrrett". [1] In Larry Niven's Known Space works, Kzinrret (plural Kzinrretti) is a term that refers to Kzinti females. Fetters (now Howard) has stated that she herself was unaware of being called this. [2]

This character's appearance was designed by Kenny Myers. He spent many weeks testing different patterns of striping, from such exotic animals as zebras and Bengal tigers. The make-up was tested on a willing model, who was required to stand for hours at a time while Myers and his team experimented with the various markings on her. Because the striping was intended to cover the character's entire body, the make-up team had to work around some extremely delicate areas. "My wife used to get jealous," Myers laughed, "until she came along with me a few times to sessions like these. Then she realized that, after a while, it's like working under a car." After a lot of experimentation, Myers eventually settled on the Bengal tiger striping as his guideline. (Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, p. 154)

While testing the different stripings, Kenny Myers took a body mold of Linda Fetters' chest area, so he could start to sculpt the character's third breast onto the mold. After the sculpting was complete, Myers crafted an appliance piece that would be glued onto Fetters' body during production. He also created an appliance piece for her face, to lend her facial features a feline quality. (Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, p. 155) It was actually a full face mask. (Information from Linda Fetters-Howard) Similarly mimicking the features of a cat, special contact lenses were designed to look like a cat's eyes and were custom made for Fetters to wear. (Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, p. 155) Two make-up artists worked on preparing the make-up. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier - Handbook of Production Information) The other was Kenny Myers' wife, Karen, who carefully prepared a tail and a wig that were also included in the design of the character. (Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, p. 155) The wig and tail were made from Human hair. (Information from Linda Fetters-Howard)

Cat woman make-up

The cat woman's facial make-up being applied to Linda Fetters

Applying the entire make-up scheme was scheduled to take nearly six hours. (Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, p. 155) Linda Fetters started her day at two a.m. (Information from Linda Fetters-Howard) She was then given a four a.m. call to be ready by ten a.m. (Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, p. 155) According to the performer herself, the application of the make-up subsequently took approximately six hours. (Information from Linda Fetters-Howard) According to the reference book Star Trek: Costumes: Five Decades of Fashion from the Final Frontier (p. 78), however, Kenny Myers took "eight long hours" just to add the character's stripes. In total, as many as six make-up artists exclusively worked on the character, which impressed Fetters. Her entire body was covered with airbrushed special effects make-up, she had claw-like false nails on her hands and feet, as well as donning the wig, tail, mask, and pair of contact lenses. (Information from Linda Fetters-Howard) She was dressed in a brief felt spandex costume created by Dodie Shepard. (Star Trek: Costumes: Five Decades of Fashion from the Final Frontier, p. 78)

Wearing the contacts was extremely uncomfortable for Linda Fetters, so much so that normal vision was virtually impossible. (Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, p. 155) A technician was on set to bring in and remove the contacts, which Fetters was allowed to wear for only twenty minutes at a time because of possible damage to her eyes. (Information from Linda Fetters-Howard) In order to remove the contacts, a special suction cup was needed to pry them loose. (Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, p. 155)

Make-up screen tests of the cat woman were filmed on 21 November 1988. ("Make-Up Tests", Star Trek V: The Final Frontier  (Special) DVD/Blu-ray special features)

By the time the cat woman's scenes went before the camera, Kirk actor and Star Trek V Director William Shatner had, for months, imagined her dancing atop the bar on Nimbus III. The fact Linda Fetters could wear the contact lenses for only brief amounts of time was, however, a major concern. "That meant if I didn't get it right away, we'd have to wait while we got her off the bar, took out the lenses, and then back in them again after she rested [....] I had to think quickly, because I didn't want Linda to suffer needlessly," said Shatner. "She couldn't see at all, and at one point the camera knocked into her. A funny moment occurred when she said, 'I really can't see.' Glenn Wilder then responded, 'In that case, what are you doing Friday night?'" (Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, pp. 155-156)

For the scene in which the cat woman attacks Kirk, William Shatner expected the character's leap called for a trampoline, to enable Linda Fetters to jump from behind the bar onto his back. His daughter, Lisabeth Shatner, later recalled, "[Fetters] easily sailed over the bar and landed hissing and clawing on him as they twirled around." (Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, p. 156)

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A publicity photo

William Shatner was more concerned with how Linda Fetters would handle the scene wherein the cat woman is thrown into a water pool table by Kirk. To lend a sense of realism to the shot, Fetters was attached to wires at her wrists and feet, so she would be lifted into the air as Kirk threw her forward. Despite Fetters being an experienced stuntwoman, Shatner was somewhat anxious about her safety in performing the scene. "I had been worried she'd get banged around while floating in the air," explained Shatner, "especially because she would be dangling near the ceiling until they could lower her to the ground. As it turns out, not only was she a first-class athlete, but she was a real trooper. She was able to keep her body sideways the whole time so she didn't get hurt. And through the whole ordeal, she didn't complain once. She was a true professional." Fetters' attitude and abilities impressed everyone so much that they burst into applause upon completion of the shot. (Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, pp. 156-157)

Linda Fetters' cooperation had gone a long way towards making the day's filming successful. (Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, p. 157) At the end of the day, the make-up was removed in two hours. Fetters later remembered her part in Star Trek V as a unique experience. (Information from Linda Fetters-Howard)

In 2007, a trading card from Rittenhouse Archives including Linda Fetters' autograph and image from Star Trek V was released as part of the set "The Complete Star Trek Movies". [3]

"Dark Eyes" Edit

Dark Eyes

Dark Eyes

The forehead appliance is re-used from the Zaranite design from Star Trek: The Motion Picture. "Dark Eyes" may be a Zaranite without a breathing mask.


"Leather Face" Edit

Leather Face

Leather Face


"Long Face" Edit

Long Face

Long Face


"Lost Soul" Edit

Lost Soul

Lost Soul

This alien bears some resemblance to the bounty hunter Kago-Darr from ENT: "Bounty".


Pitchman Edit

Pitchman, Star Trek V

The Pitchman

The Pitchman was an individual on Nimbus III, who was seen on a computer console in the bar on Nimbus III. It seems he made an advertisement for visitors, to enjoy Nimbus III. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

The Pitchman was played by actor Steve Susskind.


"Round Eyes" Edit

Round Eyes

Round Eyes


"Wrinkles" Edit

Wrinkles

Wrinkles

Wrinkles was portrayed by uncredited background performer Adrian Tafoya.


Background information Edit

In her book Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, writer Lisabeth Shatner frequently refers to the inhabitants of Nimbus III as "Nimbosians".

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