Star Trek The Motion Picture

Year Released: 1979
Main Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Majel Barrett, Nichelle Nichols, Persis Khambatta, Stephen Collins
Review Date: June 2012
Last watched: June 2012
Number Watches: 4

“Damn it, Bones, I need you. Badly.”

I saw it in the flesh in 1979 and none of us then could believe how great it was to see Star Trek again! It was an institution but not the the effect that it is now so these things were not normal. And to see the Enterprise on a massive cinema screen?? The gods smiled on the Odean in Glasgow that day and the world was awash with cereal packet command bridge, card books, you name it!

Since then I’ve seen it two or three times although it’s always been difficult to find because it’s rubbish and no channel wanted to broadcast. It’s all about the old school team and gleaming white surfaces. They’re all so young, even though at the time they were all so old! However, as a film now-a-days it’s got too much filler. You might get something out of this but have a backup option of magazines and a Suduko for the long winded sections travelling through ‘veeger’.  I tried watching this once by fast forwarding through these bits and it makes a difference becoming more of a Star Trek episode. If only they had a shorter version I’d be able to give it a thumbs up.

Even ignoring the cloud show, the effects are troubled to say the least and the acting from the side lines personnel is stunted and shoddy. Trekkies might say “Come on, it’s 1979 so they did what they could.” Hmmm. Green screens show

dark outlines, computers are nonsense. The saving grace would be the ‘old people with experience and crabby natures’ plot line as that’s what kept Star Trek going through the other movies. Also note that the relationships of the main crew are a business plan for the Next Generation series. Even the second in command is called Will.

Rife with nostalgia, watch it as part of the set but try to forgive things like the obvious TV screen view of Kirk and Scottie shuttling across to the Enterprise, the terrible crew outfits, the the ‘external view’ and the penis headed alien in the crowd during Kirk’s briefing talk, the less than effective jiggling of actors as the ship rumbles through the movie.

I forgot to mention…. there is a good point – commander Persis and the big shirt outfit. Oh, yeah.

Keep DVD?
No.There would have to be serious extras for that. Or part of a box set.
Watch if on TV?

No. I’ve served my time.
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Can there be love between a man and a …. rubbish film? No. Avoid, Jim.

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