Star Trek: The Motion Picture
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Ten years after the original series and five years after the animated series, Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the crew of the Enterprise head to the cinema – and just in time, too! Something is headed to Earth, killing everything in its path. Big screen! Big adventure! Get your ticket to Star Trek: The Motion Picture!

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  • My personal favorite was this comic book cover art for TMP

  • Lauralee von Husen Albert

    Even though this was a recycled story line, I really enjoyed watching this movie again after all these years. Even though I just recently finished watching TOS and TAS, so it hadn’t been that long since I had been with the original crew, but I still got quite emotional during the opening scenes like I could almost feel like audiences felt at the time. At some point when you love the characters so much, you’re just so darn happy and nostalgic to see their story go on.

  • Low Mileage Pit Woofie

    Kirk is a killer. Oh yes – hear me out. He boarded the Enterprise and interrupted Decker and Scotty while they were working on the transporter systems. Then while his new Vulcan science officer (Sonak?) and another are having trouble while beaming onboard, Kirk rushes up and pushes aside Transporter Chief Rand to work on the panel, despite not being familiar with the new designs, despite not having logged a single space hour in 2 1/2 years. And then afterwards, he has the gall to tell Rand, “There was nothing you could have done.”
    Yeah, no kidding, Admiral. Your need to take charge fixed that.

  • Chris C

    I give due deference to the critics and to some of the problems with the film, but I LOVE TMP. I resonate with much of your commentary and the futuredude article. In the context of its release in 1979, it delivered. I was 10 years old. I had spent those years watching ST reruns in syndication with my dad. It was a special part of my life and imagination from my earliest days.

    Young though I was, I remember being hyper with anticipation. As much as I looked forward to being with those people again, I looked forward to being in the environment, and to see THE SHIP. When the shuttle pod makes the wide turn to finally see the ship in all her glory, the look on Kirk’s face is mine, sheer adoration and wonder. It was an emotional reaction to the ship as a character in Star Trek. I’m reminded of Kirk in The Naked Time; “Never lose you. Never.” Probert’s take on updating Matt Jeffrey’s design was a masterpiece…. my favorite ship ever, the Constitution Class Refit. Yeah, so they over-delivered. Good! The movie’s audio-visual treatment of the ship is almost masturbatory. It’s true, TMP really is “starship porn” and I unapologetically approve! As you pointed out; never before, never since, and never again, will we be treated with such long scenes of unabashed worship of the Enterprise herself. I’m so glad those scenes are there for all posterity, even though it wouldn’t make sense to ever do it that way again. Plus, TMP is a great ‘episode’ of Star Trek. Yeah it’s got inescapable parallels to The Changeling, but Spock’s own duality and Decker’s merging make it so much more than that. It’s thoughtful science fiction. While I absolutely love subsequent films, many have been locked into a single basic paradigm. Before many Star Trek movies start shooting, we can already start asking, “who will be….. -the villain-?” There is no “villain” in TMP. V’ger is a massive threat, a grave danger, but V’ger alone is not even capable of manifesting the conscious experience of malevolence, which by the way adds quite a new element of risk to merging V’ger with a human being!

    All that, AND a truly horrific transporter accident….. “Oh no…… they’re forming.”