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Star Trek: The Motion Picture, created by Harold Livingston based on characters created by Gene Roddenberry: a Film Review


James T. Kirk has been promoted to Admiral at the end of his successful captaincy of the starship Enterprise which is currently docked on Earth for a refit.  When a Starfleet station, Epsilon Nine, detects a strange energy cloud that has the power to take out three brand new highly advanced Klingon warships the Enterprise is assigned to intercept the cloud and discover just what is going on.

Citing his experience Admiral Kirk lobbies to take command of the ship much to the ire of the current captain Willard Decker.  As the ships testing of new equipment go from bad to worse things seem to start looking up with Commander Spock returns to the ship.

What will happen when the crew finally gets to intercepting the cloud?

General Information:

-Genre: Science-Fiction

-Creator: Harold Livingston based on characters created by Gene Roddenberry

-Length: 132 minutes

-Rating: PG (for mild violence and gore, mild profanity, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelly, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Majel Barrett, Persis Khambatta, Stephen Collins

-Page of Reference in RP1: 25

Review (contains spoilers):

There is just so much to say about this film.  Firstly, I can’t decide if this is the perfect continuation to the story that TOS started…or the worst way to bring back Kirk as the captain of the Enterprise.

And second, as much as I love Leonard Nimoy I have to say that his Spock that undergoes the ritual purge of emotion is really hard to digest sometimes for me.  Having him try to mind meld with the cloud was just bizarre to me…but you know…I don’t write this stuff.

I’m so glad they kept the style of TOS when they did this film.  It really does feel like a continuation of the series. Not sure if that’s good or bad.

The film isn’t as philosophical as the show is.  It has a few cerebral moments that are reminiscent of other science-fiction works of the times…but honestly, its just…ok.

Once again it’s a great start to where things ended up and as a fan I am so glad I can go back and watch these to see where things came from…but really.  Its not my jam and I love the later series and movies a lot more.


Rating: 3 out of 5.

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