The Star Trek Movie Franchise Part 1: The Motion Picture.

 

star-trek-tv-show-cbs-2017With the release of Star Trek Beyond on July 22.  I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of my thoughts on the feature films from both the original cast and the reboot one.  Let’s boldly go where others have feared to travel and look at the one that started it all.  The Motion Picture.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Persis Khambatta

Writer: Harold Livingston

Director: Robert Wise.

* and a 1/2 out of FourStar Trek 1.1An unknown alien force that is hidden inside a cloud is moving towards earth. The Cloud has already destroyed a few Klingon ships and Starfleet is nervous that it could cause some damage for the planet as well.  Captain James T Kirk(William Shatner) has been promoted to Admiral but takes control of the ship because he’s experienced and you can’t have a Star Trek movie without him.  Captain Spock(Leonard Nimoy) joins him on the quest too but his intentions are not that clear because he believes that the alien cloud has some sort of consciousness that can help with his ritual.  While on the mission they discover that there is a space probe within the cloud and that they need to help get it in contact with it’s creator.  Otherwise certain doom will happen for our planet.

Many of my friends who are major Star Trek fans have told me to skip past this one and go right to “The Wrath Of Khan” instead.  I can see their reasons why because I barely remember what happens here.  For a movie that is way over two hours long, you would think the story would be more memorable, but that wasn’t the case here. Certain scenes go on for what feels like an eternity and they do nothing for the story except to show how cool The Enterprise looks on the big screen.  Do we really need a long moments of the crew docking the ship. I don’t think so, but I’m sure it must have been cool for a few fans to see it on the big screen.   Star Trek:The Motion Picture wants so bad to be a hybrid between Star Wars and 2001 a Space Odyssey, but sadly it never becomes either.  Even when you have Douglas Trumball(who did a lot of the cool shots for 2001) and John Dykstra (Who did a lot of the special effects in Star Wars) be a part of this production. It just felt small when you compare this to those other classics.  There is a moment when Spock gives the probe a mind meld that looks like a bad version of that famous triped out moment from the Kubrick movie I mentioned earlier. Even the bald chick Ilia(Persis Khambatta) is an obvious reference to George Lucas’ debut feature THX 1138.  If this was most people’s first introduction to this franchise I can understand why many would not want to continue on. If you were one of it’s loyal fans I could see hoards of you burning all of your toys and comics.  This did nothing to push the show further and just ends up feeling like a longer episode.

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I for one love Sci-Fi movies and shows that makes you think a little bit.  It goes deeper then your average laser gun fights and ship battles, but you have to still make the story interesting and Star Trek: The Motion Picture does nothing for me.  Maybe if there were some cool shots I could forgive it’s running time, but sadly there was not.  This could have been something better if it was not connected directly with the series. This concept of a space team that needs to stop a force from destroying the earth is a good set up, but there needed to be more of a better pay off then I got.  Sorry I’m not going to spoil the ending for you.  Why should I be the only one with any fun.  All I can say is that after watching this first movie I appreciate the second one even more now.  I will be looking at Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan tomorrow.

1979 --- Cast members on set of the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture include from left: George Takei, Stephen Collins, Persis Khambatta, Majel Barrett (in back), William Shatner, Grace Lee Whitney (in back), James Doohan, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Walter Koenig, and Nichelle Nichols. --- Image by © Steve Schapiro/Corbis

1979 — Cast members on set of the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture include from left: George Takei, Stephen Collins, Persis Khambatta, Majel Barrett (in back), William Shatner, Grace Lee Whitney (in back), James Doohan, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Walter Koenig, and Nichelle Nichols. — Image by © Steve Schapiro/Corbis

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About The Vern

I love movies and I enjoy writing about them too. They both go pretty much hand in hand with each other and it's fun to discover new classics. I co host the podcast The Film Pasture and As You Watch. While also contributing reviews and articles to other great sites when I can.
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2 Responses to The Star Trek Movie Franchise Part 1: The Motion Picture.

  1. Aye, it’s my least favourite Trek film; it is good advice to go straight to Wrath of Khan!
    Took me 3 attempts to actually finish this film; I mean that Enterprise docking scene that takes place in real time . . !

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