Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Kirk and Decker share a moment.

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture took everything that was great about the TV series and got rid of it: having the original crew behave as if they were meeting each other for the first time; adding extra characters we couldn’t care less about and making them the focus; grinding things down to an excruciatingly slow pace.  Even with all of that, it’s still an interesting movie.  It might have been better had it not been a Star Trek movie, to be quite honest.  Some interesting film-making here, unmet expectations be damned.  What can you do?  I’ll still give it two and a half V’gers out of five.

This is our first request here at Movie Douche and we couldn’t be more pleased.  Matt Ward of California, thank you for your suggestion.  I won’t be doing a Star Trek Week – we just slogged through Star Wars Week and I don’t want to look like a complete geek/dork – but I do plan to roll out the original-cast movies in the near future.  Why not?

Keep those requests coming!

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2 responses to “Star Trek: The Motion Picture

  1. That’s a general consensus about this movie : it’s got an intriguing & intricate otherworldly plot; good design and decent characters; and Robert Wise is a very skilled director – but it didn’t need to be a Star Trek movie, especially the first original ‘Trek’ property in 8 years!
    Of course, there’s the ‘even-odd’ curse of Trek movies : odd-numbered ones are kinda crappy, even-numbered ones kick ass. The curse was broken by JJ Abrams & “Star Trek #11 : The Re-invention Prequel Time Travel Rebirth”

  2. I don’t know, but it seems possible that the story existed in some form and was adapted to Star Trek once the idea of a movie was hatched. The Klingons were cannon fodder; they could have been anyone, really. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Bones did not save the day; they weren’t much more than bystanders throughout.

    I wonder…

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