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Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

G   |    |  Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi


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When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk resumes command of the overhauled USS Enterprise in order to intercept it.

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29 December 2010 | bkoganbing
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| It's Continuing Mission
Star Trek: The Motion Picture has its unique place in cinema history as probably the first television series to get a big screen motion picture. Completely due to its special fan base, the like of which has never been seen before or since.

In order to keep the phenomenon going Gene Roddenberry knew he had to have something special to offer and he did. The continuity from the television series was accomplished effortlessly, in fact one of the new characters Commander William Decker is the son of William Windom who was another starship captain in an episode. More I can't say less I give the plot away.

In fact Decker played by Stephen Collins would be commanding the newly fitted Enterprise if it were on a routine mission. But with the threat of an immense alien being on a direct path to earth now Admiral James T. Kirk takes command of the starship himself and with Decker reunites all the old crew from the TV series to meet the threat.

Fans of the original series will also see the similarities in plot between another episode involving the Enterprise meeting up with an old space probe that now has taken on some new functions. The same idea forms the basis of this film's story although in every way it has been expanded and a new ending conceived. Here's a hint, a budding relationship between Collins and new ship's lieutenant Persis Khambatta is what ultimately saves the earth.

Just as you remember them William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, and Walter Koenig are all back and completely in character as you remember them. The new people Collins, Khambatta and the rest are integrated nicely into the story.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture received three Academy Award nominations, for Best Art&Set Direction, Best Visual Effects, and Best Musical Score. The special effects never overwhelm the telling of a good story which is the primary mission and best asset of the original television series and its successors.

If you're not a Trekkie before seeing this film, you may be come one upon viewing.

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Trivia

Gene Roddenberry had first proposed a Star Trek feature at the 1968 World Science Fiction Convention. The movie was to have been set before the television series, showing how the crew of the Enterprise met. This was later used in Star Trek (2009).


Quotes

Klingon captain: Tactical...


Goofs

When the Enterprise is departing from Earth the Sun is seen to rise above the Earth. However sunrise is normally due to the rotation of the Earth, or in the case of the International Space Station the vehicle moving in a posigrade orbit round the Earth. In this case, the Enterprise is moving in the opposite direction, so if we were following it then the Sun would be seen to set if the Enterprise was in orbit. On the other hand, if the Enterprise was moving in an almost straight line, the Sun could come into view as the apparent size of the Earth diminished due to the Enterprise moving away from it. As the size of the Earth does not appear to change, the Sun can only appear to rise if the position of our viewpoint is moving in that same direction, but if that were so, we would be moving upwards, away from the Enterprise. This isn't happening either, so the scene might look nice but it is incorrect.


Crazy Credits

End title: "The human adventure is just beginning."


Alternate Versions

Some scenes from the theatrical version were also slightly edited for the Director's Edition. Details are:

  • Some footage of the Klingon cruiser at the film's beginning is trimmed. Specifically, when the Klingon captain is sitting in his chair, and when the Klingon captain asks for a visual.
  • In the same scene, a large amount of footage in the Epsilon 9 station is deleted, mostly of the computer relaying voice information.
  • After the transporter accident, Kirk's line "Oh, my God" is deleted.
  • Some of the briefing footage is trimmed. Notably, after Epsilon 9's destruction, Kirk now says "Viewer off" only once instead of twice.
  • Decker's reaction to Ilia's presence aboard the ship is trimmed by one second.
  • A shot of an Enterprise instrument powering down is deleted and replaced with a shortened version of a scene where Ilia and Decker exchange glances and smile.
  • Some of the wormhole explosion reaction shots have been trimmed/deleted; notably, Chekov's line "We're out of it" is removed.
  • The shot of Kirk leaving for the Bridge as the Enterprise enters the V'Ger cloud is trimmed.
  • After Chekov burns his hand, some footage is rearranged, deleted or replaced.
  • When the energy torpedo powers down, Sulu's remark "The new screens held" is removed.
  • A large amount of shots of V'Ger's interior are trimmed for pacing.
  • After Ilia's capture by V'Ger, some footage relating to the Enterprise being held by a tractor beam is trimmed/deleted.
  • When Spock arms his thruster pack, the computer's relaying of instructions on how to use it is removed.
  • Spock's sickbay scene is slightly trimmed.
  • When the vessel approaches Earth, some footage is trimmed/deleted. Also, some footage of Kirk reasoning with the probe is deleted.
  • A shot of the Ilia probe turning her head near V'Ger is trimmed.


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Theme from 'Star Trek: The television Series'
Written by
Alexander Courage and Gene Roddenberry

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Adventure | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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