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The Less Desirables Movie of the Week, brought to you by a/perture Cinema, the Official Movie Sponsor of The Less Desirables, is Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (photo© movies.trekcore.com)

I saw this on HBO in 1980 when I still lived in WV. I was a “fan” of Star Trek as far as knowing who the characters were, had the 10″ action figures for Kirk, Spock and McCoy. I had the playset with a pretty cool “transporter” that the toys fit into. You would spin it and it had these stickers on the sides that looked like the yellow spots that you’d see on the television show when they’d actually teleport. It created an optical illusion that it was actually doing the act. Then you’d hit either a red button for the Enterprise’s bridge or blue for the outside.  The whole thing was made out of that plastic vinyl that so many things things were made of back then. I loved the smell of that stuff. ANYWHAT!

The film takes place in 2273; years after the original series was set. The film stars all the originals: Shatner as Kirk, Nimoy as Spock, Kelley as Bones, Doohan as Scotty, Takei as Sulu, Koenig as Chekov, Nichols as Uhura, even the recently departed Grace Lee Whitney as Janice Reid who was a yeoman on the series but is now a transporter operator. Also starring former Miss India, Persis Khambatta, who passed away in 1998 at the age of 49, as Ilia, as well as Stephen Collins of 7th Heaven fame as Captain Willard Decker. Hard to look at him the same after all the allegations and admissions to sexually abusing young girls. Just sayin’.

A mysterious space cloud is detected by Starfleet’s monitoring stations and destroys the new Kingon K’t’inga-class warships as well as the monitoring station whilst on its to Earth as it looks for its “Creator.” Meanwhile, back on Earth, a new-look Enterprise is being upfitted to the nines and is being sent to investigate. Well, Admiral Kirk (yes he got a major promotion) puts in a request to command the new Enterprise on the mission to investigate, much to the chagrin of Captain Decker who put in a lot of time and effort into the ship’s up-fitting. Things aren’t good on the up-fit, either. Two officers, including the science officer are killed when the transporter encounters a bug and their atoms are basically obliterated. Spock shows up to take the now-vacated science officer position claiming that whilst on a mission to rid himself of emotion, he was called by a consciousness that was coming from the space cloud. Bones basically comes out of retirement, albeit reluctantly; he says he was drafted.

During the investigation the Enterprise intercepts the cloud and is attacked by a ship within it. Somehow Ilia is kidnapped and replaced by a weird copy of herself which is found to only be her body while being controlled by something called V’ger. You spend the next hour or so trying to figure out what V’ger is, which when you do, I think it’s worth the wait, but the whole thing moves a bit slow. It was cool to see all the characters in their aged bodies, but Shatner still looked like Kirk. The Priceline Shatner doesn’t really look like Kirk. I liked the over all idea of the film and think the execution was mostly good. I will be reviewing the subsequent sequels as well in the months to follow. The development of this was just too drawn out and sluggish. I’ll even go as far as saying for a lot of it i didn’t really know what was going on. That changed a little into it, but that should give an indication of its slowness. I do believe that it was trying to recapture a semblance of its old self whilst perpetuating the story line.

Like I said at the outset, I was a “fan” of Star Trek, even had a “phaser” that shot little discs, would roll my pants legs up and wear boots, cut out a triangle (I didn’t know that I wasn’t making a correct Starfleet symbol at the time) and already had a bowl haircut that looked like Spock’s.  And this was all after the original show had ended. I wasn’t born until 1970 and the show ended in 1969. But, I was there for the animated series, although it was when I was 4. I have always loved cartoons. The reruns started on Sunday nights when I was around 5 and that was at 11pm. So I didn’t get to see much of them until much later. I was always more a Star Wars kind of guy really, but I appreciated both. So, I was fan that really didn’t know much about the show itself, I just loved the idea.  If you’re a fan of the original series, I really do recommend you see it as it’s in the canon, however, I feel the films get better after this one. At least from what I know, I’ve only seen a few of them.  This one was directed by Robert Wise and produced by show/universe creator Gene Roddenberry. I rate it 3 Stars.

I don’t even know if this was really a review, but do you agree with what I did have to say? Have you seen it? Do you want to? Well I saw it on Netflix and so can you. Write me, tweet me or send stuff to The Less Desirables social media and tell me what you think.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!

“Each of us… at some time in our lives, turns to someone – a father, a brother, a God… and asks…’Why am I here? What was I meant to be?'” – Spock