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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Revisiting "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"

The other night (Tuesday night, to be exact), I went over to the local CD Trader Store (they sell new and used DVDs, CDs and vinyl) to pick up some movies.

I was in the mood to re-visit the Star Trek movies featuring the original cast of the 1960s television show.

It was just my luck that they had a set of all of the movies, beginning with Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) and ending with Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country (1991). It is pictured at left.

After I got home, I sat down to watch the movie over some chocolate chip ice cream.

The movie, directed by Robert Wise, hasn't aged very well, to say the least. Frankly, it was a colossal bore when it came out in 1979 and it remains a colossal bore today. The special effects were a disappointment, despite having John Dykstra and Douglas Trumbull on board. Granted, the special effects were before digital imaging. Matte lines and other flaws were very apparent.

Above, the refitted and rebuilt Enterprise in space dock.

At least the next entry in the movie series, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982) had a much better story and much better special effects.

It was interesting to see a much younger and thinner William Shatner.

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