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Monday, June 24, 2013

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


For the rest of this week. I am boldly going where I have never gone before.  Each day I am going to be looking back at the first four original Star Trek feature films. I have never watched these films in their entirety before nor have I seen much of the shows either.  This is going to be written from the perspective of a film fan.  Not a Star Trek one .  So let's beam up the reviews and get going on the adventure.



Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Persis Khambatta

Writer: Harold Livingston

Director: Robert Wise.

* and a 1/2 out of Four

An 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 its Captain Spock(Leonard Nimoy) joins in 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.   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 of those two.  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.  There is a moment when Spock gives the probe a mind meld that looks like a bad version of that famous last scene from the Kubrick movie I mentioned earlier. Even the bald chick Ilia 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.


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.

14 comments:

  1. This should be an interesting read. I'm looking forward to your thoughts. We pulled this marathon over Christmas. I was the first time I had seen them as well.

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  2. "Each day I am going to be looking back at the first four original Star Trek feature films"

    Hey, Vern, interesting, but why only four? There is seven with the original cast and four with Next Generation cast (overlapping with Generations). Why only the first four, if you don't mind me asking

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    1. Dave I am starting with just the four for right now but will go back and watch the rest. I picked these four because the storyline in number 2 3 and 4 does go together. Thanks for the comments

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    2. Understood. Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised how 2,3, and 4 were all connected - I am kind of doing the same thing you are, but not everyday. I have Star Trek 1-5 reviewed currently (along with J.J's two Star Trek's)

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  3. I saw bits of it and I didn't like what I was seeing. The sequence where we first see the Enterprise went on for way too long. There was stuff that needed to be trimmed down and stuff. I always go for The Wrath of Khan as the starting point. Oh, have you heard or seen of Free Enterprise w/ William Shatner? There's a scene where Shatner tells a young kid to not go see it because of the bad reviews.

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    1. That Free Enterprise movie sounds great will keep my eyes out for that one. Thanks for stopping by

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