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

Synopsis:

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:

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Star Trek: The Original Series, created by Gene Roddenberry: a Television Review

Synopsis:

It is now 2266 and the Federation has sent out one of its most important missions: an extended exploration of the Milky Way galaxy led by the starship Enterprise and her crew.  As they “boldly go where no one has gone before” we follow their adventures and mishaps of living life out in the endless bounds of space…

General Information:

-Genre: Science-Fiction, Action/Adventure

-Creator: Gene Roddenberry

-Length: 3 Seasons, 79 Episodes (50 minutes per episode)

-Rating: TV-PG (for mild violence and gore, mild use of alcohol, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Paramount+ (with subscription), 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, Grace Lee Whitney

-Page of Reference in RP1: 25

Review (contains spoilers):

I watched this show a long time ago and on a quick rewatch had forgotten just how hard it was for me to get through this show.  Its so nice to get to see where the entire universe came from but I’m very glad that my first real introduction to the world of Star Trek was Star Trek: The Next Generation…

Season 1:

This show was such an innovation in the 1960s but now it is very hard to get through.  We are so used to the action and fighting that we see in the more modern series (even those that are set in the past of the universe like Enterprise) that going back to a series that has a lot of sitting around and philosophy to it is really hard for modern audiences.

But I do appreciate it.  There are some amazing moments in this first season.  I actually really liked the episode Charlie X and The Enemy Within is a classic… but the episode that really caught me from this season was The City on the Edge of Forever.  It is one of the first episodes that deals with time travel and does it well.  We get to see these kinds of episodes following through almost every rendition of Star Trek.

Looking at TOS from present day it is hard to see how it becamse so popular but I’m so glad it did.  Overall, this was a decent and solid start to a show that paved the way for over 50 years of science-fiction exploration.

Season 2:

Season 3:

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Happy Star Trek Day!

official star trek day logo from paramount.com

September 8th has been dubbed Star Trek Day.  It was on this day in 1966 that the very first episode of Star Trek was ever shown on television.  When Gene Roddenberry came up with the idea for this incredibly innovated science-fiction television program… something focused on diversity, inclusion, exploration, and hope… I’m not sure he was expecting it to last for over 50 years!

“The Man Trap” premiered September 8, 1966 on television starting a journey that would send audiences to the deepest reaches of space and break barriers all along the way.

From the first interracial kiss on television, to gender inclusive clothing, the exploration and acceptance of other cultures no matter the differences from our own, new religions, lots and lots of sexual tension and a plethora of wonderful adventures told by the crews of our beloved Enterprise and beyond.

Star Trek has captured the hearts of humans around the globe and through the ages. With over 13 feature length films, 11 television series, a ton of shorts, video games, theme park attractions, books and comics, graphic novels, exhibits in museums…the list is endless. 

This entire series has changed so many people’s life and continues to do so as more and more series, more of the worlds, more exploration and hope and compassion…and inclusion!

If you want to join in today to celebrate there is so much you can do…sit down and watch your favorite episode or two.  Share the show with your kids.

And if you have Paramount+ then log in tonight at 8:30 ET/5:30 PT for a live celebration of everything Star Trek with hosts Wil Wheaton and Mica Burton as they bring to you live-stream panels, programing, meet ups with some of our favorite characters as they all celebrate 55 years of Star Trek with the people who kept it going: US!  The Fans!