History Film / StarTrekTheMotionPicture

27th May '16 4:07:39 PM CaptEquinox
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* TakeThat: A number of early promotion materials released to the press during production contained the tag line "There is no Comparison", an answer to those who speculated Paramount was just going to make a ''Franchise/StarWars'' rip-off. Younger fans may not be aware of how important it not being a Star Wars ripoff was. ''Everyone'' was doing them at this time, and most of them were really ''bad''. Not only was this not a ''Star Wars'' ripoff, it's actually rather good (for a given value of good).[[note]]If anything, it was a ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' ripoff.[[/note]]

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* TakeThat: A number of early promotion materials released to the press during production contained the tag line "There is no Comparison", an answer to those who speculated Paramount was just going to make a ''Franchise/StarWars'' rip-off. Younger fans may not be aware of how important it not being a Star Wars ripoff was. ''Everyone'' was doing them at this time, and most of them were really ''bad''. Not only was this not a ''Star Wars'' ripoff, it's actually rather good (for a given value of good).[[note]]If anything, it was a ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' ripoff."ripoff", more like ''2001: The Star Trek Version''.[[/note]]
11th May '16 10:57:36 PM Statzkeen
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The plot sounds simple enough. An unstoppable entity calling itself V'ger is heading towards Earth, destroying all in its path, and the ''Enterprise'' is sent out to investigate. The story was originally written to be an hour and a half pilot to ''Phase II'' (two hours with commercials), stretched to 2½ hours, most of which involved the bridge crew staring at special effects in awe. This led to the film to receiving several {{Fan Nickname}}s based on its quite slow pacing, such as "The Slow Motion Picture". Wise's declared intent at the time was to create a ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' for that era. This film's criticized slow pacing was partly the reason towards making an [[ActionizedSequel Actionized]], SurprisinglyImprovedSequel, ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''.

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The plot sounds simple enough. An unstoppable entity calling itself V'ger is heading towards Earth, destroying all in its path, and the ''Enterprise'' is sent out to investigate. The story was originally written to be an hour and a half pilot to ''Phase II'' (two hours with commercials), stretched to 2½ hours, most of which involved the bridge crew staring at special effects in awe. This led to the film to receiving several {{Fan Nickname}}s based on its quite slow pacing, such as "The Slow Motion Picture" and "The Motionless Picture". Wise's declared intent at the time was to create a ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' for that era. This film's criticized slow pacing was partly the reason towards making an [[ActionizedSequel Actionized]], SurprisinglyImprovedSequel, ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''.
8th Apr '16 8:16:30 AM kyojikasshu
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** It's stated in the novelization that Commander Willard Decker is the son of Commodore Matt Decker from the ''TOS'' episode "Recap/StarTrekS2E6TheDoomsdayMachine The Doomsday Machine]]", and the ''Enterprise'' was his big chance to prove he wasn't crazy like his dad. That explains why he's none too pleased with Kirk casually commandeering the ''Enterprise'' (or some of his crew grousing about it). Notably, it's a complete inversion of of that episode; with Kirk now the [[InsaneAdmiral flag officer]] who commandeers ''Enterprise'' from her rightful [=CO=] and makes poor command decisions that nearly lead to the ship's destruction.

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** It's stated in the novelization that Commander Willard Decker is the son of Commodore Matt Decker from the ''TOS'' episode "Recap/StarTrekS2E6TheDoomsdayMachine "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E6TheDoomsdayMachine The Doomsday Machine]]", and the ''Enterprise'' was his big chance to prove he wasn't crazy like his dad. That explains why he's none too pleased with Kirk casually commandeering the ''Enterprise'' (or some of his crew grousing about it). Notably, it's a complete inversion of of that episode; with Kirk now the [[InsaneAdmiral flag officer]] who commandeers ''Enterprise'' from her rightful [=CO=] and makes poor command decisions that nearly lead to the ship's destruction.
25th Mar '16 4:43:16 PM jayhawk01
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** FridgeBrilliance: Kirk is at the red end of the spectrum, and Spock is at the green/blue end. Kirk's human blood is red, and Spock's Vulcan blood is green (presumably making Ilia's Deltan blood yellow).
4th Mar '16 8:30:38 PM HeraldAlberich
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->'''Kirk:''' (''in Scottish accent'') You're right.

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->'''Kirk:''' (''in ''[in Scottish accent'') accent]'' You're right.



Eight years after the {{Cancellation}} of the original ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' series, which had gone on to be [[VindicatedByCable Vindicated By Reruns]], Creator/{{Paramount}} Studios decided to greenlight a SequelSeries, ''Franchise/StarTrek: Phase II'', to serve as a backbone of a new fourth major television network, with ''Trek'' creator Creator/GeneRoddenberry running the new show. However, within a couple of years, and after substantial pre-production had already gone forward on the new series, Paramount ultimately vetoed the idea of starting a new network.

However, Paramount decided to use the work already put into ''Phase II'' to finally make TheMovie (Roddenberry and Paramount had tried to get a ''Trek'' movie off the ground four years earlier that fizzled), with noted director Creator/RobertWise (director of ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951'', ''Film/WestSideStory'' and ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'') at the helm.

As a side note, the general story is nearly identical to the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Original Series]] episode "The Changeling", with elements from "Obsession" and the [[WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries Animated Series]] episode "One Of Our Planets Is Missing" -- and in fact the movie's story was intended to be the pilot of the abandoned ''Phase II''.

The plot sounds simple enough. An unstoppable entity calling itself V'ger is heading towards Earth, destroying all in its path, and the ''Enterprise'' is sent out to investigate. The story was originally written to be an hour and a half pilot to ''Phase II'' (two hours with commercials), stretched to 2½ hours, most of which involved the bridge crew staring at special effects in awe. This led to the film to receiving several {{Fan Nickname}}s based on its quite slow pacing, such as "The Slow Motion Picture". Wise's declared intent at the time was to create a ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' for that era. This film's criticized slow pacing was partly the reason towards making an [[ActionizedSequel Actionized]], [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel Surprisingly Improved]] [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Sequel]].

The novelization of the film is noteworthy for two reasons: it is the only prose ''Star Trek'' fiction ever written by series creator Gene Roddenberry, and it contains a footnote [[WordOfGay explicitly addressing]] [[HoYay rumors that Kirk and Spock were lovers]] (it [[AmbiguouslyGay may or may not have cleared that up]])

The movie is also noteworthy for its score, composed by JerryGoldsmith, who would go on to score four more ''Trek'' theatrical films (he had been Roddenberry first choice to score the original ''Trek'' first pilot, "The Cage", but was unavailable at the time). Goldsmith's main theme would be re-purposed as the theme for StarTrekTheNextGeneration, and his Klingon themes would be adapted in other ''Trek'' film scores and in the new series.

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Eight years after the {{Cancellation}} of the original ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' series, which had gone on to be [[VindicatedByCable Vindicated By Reruns]], Creator/{{Paramount}} Studios decided to greenlight a SequelSeries, ''Franchise/StarTrek: ''Star Trek: Phase II'', to serve as a backbone of a new fourth major television network, with ''Trek'' creator Creator/GeneRoddenberry running the new show. However, within a couple of years, and after substantial pre-production had already gone forward on the new series, Paramount ultimately vetoed the idea of starting a new network.

However, Paramount decided to use the work already put into ''Phase II'' to finally make TheMovie (Roddenberry and Paramount had tried to get a ''Trek'' movie off the ground four years earlier that earlier, which fizzled), with noted director Creator/RobertWise (director of ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951'', ''Film/WestSideStory'' and ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'') at the helm.

As a side note, the general story is nearly identical to the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Original Series]] episode "The Changeling", "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E3TheChangeling The Changeling]]", with elements from "Obsession" "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E13Obsession Obsession]]" and the [[WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries Animated Series]] episode "One Of "[[Recap/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeriesS1E3OneOfOurPlanetsIsMissing One of Our Planets Is Missing" -- and Missing]]"--and in fact the movie's story was intended to be the pilot of the abandoned ''Phase II''.

The plot sounds simple enough. An unstoppable entity calling itself V'ger is heading towards Earth, destroying all in its path, and the ''Enterprise'' is sent out to investigate. The story was originally written to be an hour and a half pilot to ''Phase II'' (two hours with commercials), stretched to 2½ hours, most of which involved the bridge crew staring at special effects in awe. This led to the film to receiving several {{Fan Nickname}}s based on its quite slow pacing, such as "The Slow Motion Picture". Wise's declared intent at the time was to create a ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' for that era. This film's criticized slow pacing was partly the reason towards making an [[ActionizedSequel Actionized]], [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel Surprisingly Improved]] [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Sequel]].

SurprisinglyImprovedSequel, ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''.

The novelization of the film is noteworthy for two reasons: it is the only prose ''Star Trek'' fiction ever written by series creator Gene Roddenberry, and it contains a footnote [[WordOfGay explicitly addressing]] [[HoYay rumors that Kirk and Spock were lovers]] (it [[AmbiguouslyGay may or may not have cleared that up]])

up]]).

The movie is also noteworthy for its score, composed by JerryGoldsmith, Music/JerryGoldsmith, who would go on to score four more ''Trek'' theatrical films (he had been Roddenberry first choice to score the original ''Trek'' first pilot, "The Cage", "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E0TheCage The Cage]]", but was unavailable at the time). Goldsmith's main theme would be re-purposed as the theme for StarTrekTheNextGeneration, ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', and his Klingon themes would be adapted in other ''Trek'' film scores and in the new series.







* AdvertisingCampaigns: No less than OrsonWelles narrated the original trailers and ads for the film.
* TheAestheticsOfTechnology: The pastel aesthetics of the ''Enterprise''`s interior and the crew uniforms were criticised both at the time and for many years later. But now, what with EverythingIsAnIPodInTheFuture, they seem ahead of their time.
** [[HilariousInHindsight Interestingly]], [[http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/tmp2/tmphd0388.jpg the Starfleet uniform belt buckles]] actually look a bit like [=iPhones=] or [=iPod=] touches.

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\n* AdvertisingCampaigns: No less than OrsonWelles Creator/OrsonWelles narrated the original trailers and ads for the film.
* TheAestheticsOfTechnology: The pastel aesthetics of the ''Enterprise''`s ''Enterprise'''s interior and the crew uniforms were criticised both at the time and for many years later. But now, what with EverythingIsAnIPodInTheFuture, EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture, they seem ahead of their time.
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time. [[HilariousInHindsight Interestingly]], [[http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/tmp2/tmphd0388.jpg the Starfleet uniform belt buckles]] actually look a bit like [=iPhones=] or [=iPod=] touches.



** The production diary has elaborate backstories for many of the bizarre aliens shown at the Federation headquarters. As an interesting subject of what constitutes {{Canon}}, almost none of this backstory has featured in later Star Trek productions. One species was even stated as being expert cloners and that the Federation relies on them for [[StarWars cloning soldiers in times of war.]]

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** The production diary has elaborate backstories for many of the bizarre aliens shown at the Federation headquarters. As an interesting subject of what constitutes {{Canon}}, almost none of this backstory has featured in later Star Trek ''Star Trek'' productions. One species was even stated as being expert cloners and that the Federation relies on them for [[StarWars [[Franchise/StarWars cloning soldiers in times of war.]]



** It isn't mentioned onscreen, but Willard Decker is the son of Commodore Matt Decker from the TOS episode "The Doomsday Machine".

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** It isn't mentioned onscreen, but Willard Decker is the son of Commodore Matt Decker from the TOS episode "The "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E6TheDoomsdayMachine The Doomsday Machine".Machine]]".



* ArtifactTitle: It is no longer 'The' (only) Star Trek Motion Picture.

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* ArtifactTitle: It is no longer 'The' (only) Star Trek ''Star Trek'' Motion Picture.



* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: The 2001 special edition. The original version ''was'' rated G,[[note]]"Not Rated" according to the packaging of the recent DVD/Blu-Ray release,[[/note]] but it had a truly frightening moment and frank sexual discussion.

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* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: The 2001 special edition. The original version ''was'' rated G,[[note]]"Not Rated" according to the packaging of the recent DVD/Blu-Ray release,[[/note]] release[[/note]] but it had a truly frightening moment and frank sexual discussion.



* BodyHorror: Not clearly seen, but the transporter malfunction apparently results in this.
-->'''Transporter Operator''': What we got back didn't live long... fortunately.

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* BodyHorror: BodyHorror:
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Not clearly seen, but the transporter malfunction apparently results in this.
-->'''Transporter Operator''': --->'''Transporter Operator:''' What we got back didn't live long... fortunately.



* {{Bookends}}: Mentioned on the commentary of the Director's Edition - the traveling pass over the Klingon vessel in the beginning of the film and the traveling pass under the ''Enterprise'' at the end.
* CelebrityParadox: A rare nonhuman example is PlayedWith in that the real life Space Shuttle Enterprise was named after the starship Enterprise as a work of fiction, but is shown in-universe as a precursor and namesake to the starship.
* ComicBookAdaptation: MarvelComics published a mini-series adaptation of the film, which was followed by short-lived series chronicling what happened after the movie. Meanwhile, [=McDonald=]'s featured a serialized comic strip adaptation of the film on the boxes of its first-ever Happy Meals, released as promotional tie-ins with the film.
* CommanderContrarian: Decker. Justified early on; Decker ''did'' know the refit ''Enterprise'' better than Kirk at that point. Overriding an order from Kirk even saved the ship from being destroyed by an asteroid. Later on, however, he continues to advocate actions which are obstructive or downright contrary to their mission, even recommending ''[[TooDumbToLive firing on V'ger]]'' to escape its tractor beam.
** Decker justifies this with his claim that [[DevilsAdvocate giving the captain alternatives]] is the duty of an executive officer, a point which Kirk reluctantly agrees is true. This does nothing to alleviate the hostility between the two.
* ContinuityNod: Various supporting characters from the original series turn up, with various promotions. Janice Rand has a brief scene attempting to resolve the TeleporterMalfunction, and Nurse Chapel [[MDEnvy is now an MD]] serving aboard ''Enterprise''.
* DullSurprise: Two crew members suffer a hideous death at the hands of a malfunctioning transporter. Kirk's response is a flat, affectless 'Oh my God.' without a change of expression. Particularly startling when it comes from [[LargeHam William Shatner]].

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* {{Bookends}}: Mentioned on the commentary of the Director's Edition - the Edition--the traveling pass over the Klingon vessel in the beginning of the film and the traveling pass under the ''Enterprise'' at the end.
* CelebrityParadox: A rare nonhuman example is PlayedWith in that the real life Space Shuttle Enterprise ''Enterprise'' was named after the starship Enterprise ''Enterprise'' as a work of fiction, but is shown in-universe as a precursor and namesake to the starship.
* ComicBookAdaptation: MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics published a mini-series adaptation of the film, which was followed by short-lived series chronicling what happened after the movie. Meanwhile, [=McDonald=]'s UsefulNotes/McDonalds featured a serialized comic strip adaptation of the film on the boxes of its first-ever Happy Meals, released as promotional tie-ins with the film.
* CommanderContrarian: Decker. Justified early on; Decker ''did'' ''does'' know the refit ''Enterprise'' better than Kirk at that point. Overriding an order from Kirk even saved saves the ship from being destroyed by an asteroid. Later on, however, he continues to advocate actions which are obstructive or downright contrary to their mission, even recommending ''[[TooDumbToLive firing on V'ger]]'' to escape its tractor beam.
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beam. Decker justifies this with his claim that [[DevilsAdvocate giving the captain alternatives]] is the duty of an executive officer, a point which Kirk reluctantly agrees is true. This does nothing to alleviate the hostility between the two.
* ContinuityNod: Various supporting characters from the original series turn up, with various promotions. Janice Rand has a brief scene attempting to resolve the TeleporterMalfunction, TeleporterAccident, and Nurse Chapel [[MDEnvy is now an MD]] serving aboard ''Enterprise''.
* DullSurprise: DullSurprise:
**
Two crew members suffer a hideous death at the hands of a malfunctioning transporter. Kirk's response is a flat, affectless 'Oh my God.' without a change of expression. Particularly startling when it comes from [[LargeHam William Shatner]].LargeHam Creator/WilliamShatner.



* EarthAllAlong: [[spoiler:kind of - V'ger turns out to be the (fictional) UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} probe ''Voyager 6'']]
* EnhancedOnDVD: Twenty years after the movie debuted, Robert Wise came back and massively overhauled and ReCut everything for the DVD release. That included fixing some unfinished special effects, removing some useless scenes and adding some others, sweetening the audio, and most importantly, chopping down the waaaay too long special effects shots. Many fans point to the DVD edition as being far superior to the theatrical release.
** Unfortunately, the only Blu-Ray release to date has the original theatrical version.

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* EarthAllAlong: [[spoiler:kind of - V'ger [[spoiler:Kind of--V'ger turns out to be the (fictional) UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} probe ''Voyager 6'']]
6''.]]
* EnhancedOnDVD: Twenty years after the movie debuted, Robert Wise Creator/RobertWise came back and massively overhauled and ReCut everything for the DVD release. That included fixing some unfinished special effects, removing some useless scenes and adding some others, sweetening the audio, and most importantly, chopping down the waaaay too long special effects shots. Many fans point to the DVD edition as being far superior to the theatrical release.
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release. Unfortunately, the only Blu-Ray release to date has the original theatrical version.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Spock describes V'ger's homeworld as "a planet populated by living machines with unbelievable technology." [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration 10 years later]], came the Borg... (see also {{Leitmotif}} for a possible connection between V'ger and that race)

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Spock describes V'ger's homeworld as "a planet populated by living machines with unbelievable technology." [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration 10 years later]], came the Borg... (see (See also {{Leitmotif}} for a possible connection between V'ger and that race)race.)



* FutureSpandex: The movie has this in spades. The main cast threatened to quit if they didn't get rid of them seeing how not everyone looked good in them. Plus, the spandex costumes were hard to get into and out of, requiring the help of assistants every time the actors needed to use the bathroom, hence the uniform change in the rest of the Star Trek movies.

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* FutureSpandex: The movie has this in spades. The main cast threatened to quit if they didn't get rid of them seeing how not everyone looked good in them. Plus, the spandex costumes were hard to get into and out of, requiring the help of assistants every time the actors needed to use the bathroom, hence the uniform change in the rest of the Star Trek ''Star Trek'' movies.



* HighTechHexagons: All over the place - the Klingon ships' tactical displays, the light gantries in Spacedock, and the steps Kirk and company walk over to reach V'ger near the film's end.

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* HighTechHexagons: All over the place - the place--the Klingon ships' tactical displays, the light gantries in Spacedock, and the steps Kirk and company walk over to reach V'ger near the film's end.



* JerkassHasAPoint: Decker isn't really a jerk at all, in fact he has a very good reason to be pissed at Kirk, but a lot of his arguments as to why Kirk is unfit to command the Enterprise is justified and in the best interest of the ship, not due to personal resentment. [=McCoy=] even realizes this and tells Kirk so.
* {{Jetpack}}: Sort of. To get a closer look at V'ger's nerve center, Spock steals a "thruster suit" -- a space suit with a rather impressive thruster pack attached.
** This is implied to be an emergency escape system, and during the destruction of Epsilon 9 someone can briefly be seen attempting to use one in this manner. What else you could plausibly do with a rocket booster that has only a single, fixed duration burn in it attached to your spacesuit is somewhat difficult to imagine.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Decker isn't really a jerk at all, in fact he has a very good reason to be pissed at Kirk, but a lot of his arguments as to why Kirk is unfit to command the Enterprise is ''Enterprise'' are justified and in the best interest of the ship, not due to personal resentment. [=McCoy=] even realizes this and tells Kirk so.
* {{Jetpack}}: Sort of. To get a closer look at V'ger's nerve center, Spock steals a "thruster suit" -- a suit"--a space suit with a rather impressive thruster pack attached.
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attached. This is implied to be an emergency escape system, and during the destruction of Epsilon 9 someone can briefly be seen attempting to use one in this manner. What else you could plausibly do with a rocket booster that has only a single, fixed duration burn in it attached to your spacesuit is somewhat difficult to imagine.



* KickedUpstairs: Admiral Kirk, before the movie begins. Ironically, Gene Roddenberry infamously got kicked upstairs as well because of the film's disappointing critical reception.
* LampshadeHanging: [=McCoy=] remarks that he expects the entire sickbay has been redesigned, because engineers just ''love'' making changes, in reference to the Movie!Enterprise being substantially redesigned compared to the Series!Enterprise.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning / {{Padding}}: Its FanNickname isn't ''The Motionless Picture''[[note]]Alternately, "The Slow Motion Picture".[[/note]] for nothing. The movie feels like it has more than enough plot for a 46-minute running time TV episode or even a two-parter with a little padding, but that 70-80 minute plot is crammed into a ''132-minute'' movie, so about halfway through the action stops dead while we watch long distance shots of the ''Enterprise'' cruising through what were undoubtedly the pinnacle of special effects at the time (in other words, a cheap screensaver by modern standards) for about half an hour.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The Klingon theme that would echo in later movies and tv shows, and a love theme that plays during Decker/Ilia and Kirk/Enterprise scenes.

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* KickedUpstairs: Admiral Kirk, before the movie begins. Ironically, Gene Roddenberry Creator/GeneRoddenberry infamously got kicked upstairs as well because of the film's disappointing critical reception.
* LampshadeHanging: [=McCoy=] remarks that he expects the entire sickbay has been redesigned, because engineers just ''love'' making changes, in reference to the Movie!Enterprise Movie!''Enterprise'' being substantially redesigned compared to the Series!Enterprise.
Series!''Enterprise''.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning / {{Padding}}: Its FanNickname isn't ''The "The Motionless Picture''[[note]]Alternately, Picture"[[note]]Alternately, "The Slow Motion Picture".[[/note]] Picture"[[/note]] for nothing. The movie feels like it has more than enough plot for a 46-minute running time TV episode or even a two-parter with a little padding, but that 70-80 minute plot is crammed into a ''132-minute'' movie, so about halfway through the action stops dead while we watch long distance shots of the ''Enterprise'' cruising through what were undoubtedly the pinnacle of special effects at the time (in other words, a cheap screensaver by modern standards) for about half an hour.
* {{Leitmotif}}: {{Leitmotif}}:
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The Klingon theme that would echo in later movies and tv TV shows, and a love theme that plays during Decker/Ilia and Kirk/Enterprise scenes.



-->'''Kirk:''' Well, for a man who swore he'd never return to Starfleet-

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-->'''Kirk:''' Well, for a man who swore he'd never return to Starfleet-Starfleet--



* MechanisticAlienCulture: The Ilia Probe struggles to comprehend carbon-based life (the probe is a humanoid android created by a society of MechanicalLifeforms to interact with the ''Enterprise'' crew), so it uses extremely mechanistic language, like "Carbon Units," "Kirk Unit," - not "Decker Unit". as it still retains enough of Ilia to recognise her former lover - etc., to describe humanoid(oid) society and individual "carbon units." The Ilia Probe created by the machine entity V'ger, being an android, is not an example, but its perception of humanoid society is, as it is colored by the machine belief (as it is on the machines' homeworld) that "carbon units" exist to "serve the creator" (which, according to the machine logic, must be a living machine as well, like V'ger, its creation; similar V'ger and the Ilia Probe perceive the USS ''Enterprise'' as a MechanicalLifeform serviced by "Carbon Units"). [[FridgeBrilliance Interestingly, this implies that "Carbon Units" (carbon-based life) on the machines' homeworld are considered "artificial" by the]] [[MechanicalLifeforms living machines]], [[WildMassGuessing which raises some very interesting questions about their evolution and technology]].

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* MechanisticAlienCulture: The Ilia Probe struggles to comprehend carbon-based life (the probe is a humanoid android created by a society of MechanicalLifeforms to interact with the ''Enterprise'' crew), so it uses extremely mechanistic language, like "Carbon Units," "Kirk Unit," - not Unit,"--not "Decker Unit". as it still retains enough of Ilia to recognise her former lover - etc.lover--etc., to describe humanoid(oid) human(oid) society and individual "carbon units." The Ilia Probe created by the machine entity V'ger, being an android, is not an example, but its perception of humanoid society is, as it is colored by the machine belief (as it is on the machines' homeworld) that "carbon units" exist to "serve the creator" (which, according to the machine logic, must be a living machine as well, like V'ger, its creation; similar V'ger and the Ilia Probe perceive the USS ''Enterprise'' as a MechanicalLifeform serviced by "Carbon Units"). [[FridgeBrilliance Interestingly, this implies that "Carbon Units" (carbon-based life) on the machines' homeworld are considered "artificial" by the]] [[MechanicalLifeforms living machines]], [[WildMassGuessing which raises some very interesting questions about their evolution and technology]].



*** [[spoiler: Bill Shatner has claimed to have come up with that ending. In large part because between the writer, director, producers, and any and all other people who should have made sure they had at least all the required components of a completed story line before starting the movie didn't actually have one. And they needed to start filming it. This afternoon.]]

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*** [[spoiler: Bill Shatner has claimed to have come up with that ending. In large part because between the writer, director, producers, and any and all other people who should have made sure they had at least all the required components of a completed story line before starting the movie didn't actually have one. And they needed to start filming it. This That afternoon.]]



* TheMovie: Or rather, ''The Motion Picture'', because we're classy, dammit. [[note]] With no less than OrsonWelles narrating the original trailers. [[/note]]

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* TheMovie: Or rather, ''The Motion Picture'', because we're classy, dammit. [[note]] With [[note]]With no less than OrsonWelles Creator/OrsonWelles narrating the original trailers. trailers.[[/note]]



* NakedOnArrival: Probe!Ilia is beamed in sans clothing. V'ger helpfully beamed her into a sonic shower so she wouldn't be strutting around in the buff, and the shower comes with some kind of instant clothing button that puts her in a spacey bathrobe.
* NeverFoundTheBody: "List... list them as "missing"."
* NoSeatBelts: Averted--the fact that seat belts were a subject of public discussion in the late 1970s and that the bridge crew kept thrashing around falling out of their seats in TOS probably helped. This bridge has chairs with armrests that fold down over the legs. They do look kind of awkward, though.
** Played straight for the handful of poor [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_XNPD380IpBQ/SNGo-lpGkwI/AAAAAAAACgM/hb-0XyydpW4/s400/P74_1_TMPBridge.jpg bridge officers who don't even get chairs]], let alone restraints.
* NothingIsScarier: All you see of the transporter accident is a woman screaming mid-transport, their outlines slowly melting, and just when her screams get loudest, the beam vanishes, and you get the aforementioned Body Horror line. Brrrrrr...
* OhCrap: A [[DangerDeadpan fairly subdued one]] from a Starfleet officer after observing the [[CurbStompBattle results]] of the engagement between V'ger and the Klingon cruisers:
-->'''[[NoNameGiven Lieutenant]]:''' We've plotted a course on that cloud, Commander. It will pass into Federation space fairly close to us.
-->'''Commander Branch:''' Heading?
-->'''Lieutenant:''' Sir, it's on a precise heading for Earth.

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* NakedOnArrival: Probe!Ilia is beamed in sans clothing. V'ger helpfully beamed beams her into a sonic shower so she wouldn't be isn't strutting around in the buff, and the shower comes with some kind of instant clothing button that puts her in a spacey bathrobe.
* NeverFoundTheBody: "List... list them as "missing".'missing'."
* NoSeatBelts: Averted--the fact that seat belts were a subject of public discussion in the late 1970s and that the bridge crew kept thrashing around falling out of their seats in TOS probably helped. This bridge has chairs with armrests that fold down over the legs. They do look kind of awkward, though.
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though. Played straight for the handful of poor [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_XNPD380IpBQ/SNGo-lpGkwI/AAAAAAAACgM/hb-0XyydpW4/s400/P74_1_TMPBridge.jpg bridge officers who don't even get chairs]], let alone restraints.
* NothingIsScarier: All you see of the transporter accident is a woman screaming mid-transport, their outlines slowly melting, and just when her screams get loudest, the beam vanishes, and you get the aforementioned Body Horror BodyHorror line. Brrrrrr...
* OhCrap: OhCrap:
**
A [[DangerDeadpan fairly subdued one]] from a Starfleet officer after observing the [[CurbStompBattle results]] of the engagement between V'ger and the Klingon cruisers:
-->'''[[NoNameGiven --->'''[[NoNameGiven Lieutenant]]:''' We've plotted a course on that cloud, Commander. It will pass into Federation space fairly close to us.
-->'''Commander
us.\\
'''Commander
Branch:''' Heading?
-->'''Lieutenant:'''
Heading?\\
'''Lieutenant:'''
Sir, it's on a precise heading for Earth.



** There's also the sheer ''size'' factor of space - since Starfleet is supposed to be primarily an exploratory and research organization, and only MildlyMilitary, it makes sense that their ships are spread all across known space (and slightly beyond), and rarely in a position to immediately come to another ship or planet's assistance.

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** There's also the sheer ''size'' factor of space - since space--since Starfleet is supposed to be primarily an exploratory and research organization, and only MildlyMilitary, it makes sense that their ships are spread all across known space (and slightly beyond), and rarely in a position to immediately come to another ship or planet's assistance.



* PilotEpisode: As mentioned above, the script was written as the pilot episode to a new television series, and was hastily being rewritten after filming had already started (hence the addition of {{Spectacle}}). In fact, if you watch it with this in mind, you might spot that the finished product still hits many of the beats required of most television pilots, such as introducing the characters, and relaunching the ship, elements which weren't ''strictly'' necessary for the story that's being told here, but which make perfect sense in context of setting up the format for a new television show.
** It also is the explanation for the main flaw of this film: It's a 2+ hour theatrical movie with only about 45 minutes worth of story in it.

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* PilotEpisode: As mentioned above, the script was written as the pilot episode to a new television series, and was hastily being rewritten after filming had already started (hence the addition of {{Spectacle}}). In fact, if you watch it with this in mind, you might spot that the finished product still hits many of the beats required of most television pilots, such as introducing the characters, and relaunching the ship, elements which weren't ''strictly'' necessary for the story that's being told here, but which make perfect sense in context of setting up the format for a new television show.
** It
show. This is also is the explanation for the main flaw of this film: It's a 2+ hour theatrical movie with only about 45 minutes worth of story in it.



* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[spoiler:They chose Voyager as the design of what became V'ger because it was a current event--Voyager 1 and 2 were launched in 1977, and by the time the film was released, both had already visited Jupiter. Mixes with a bit of HilariousInHindsight as there were only two Voyager probes... no matter that only two were ever planned.]]
** Sonak was killed in the transporter accident because he was intended to be in the film as Spock's replacement, and Leonard Nimoy agreed to come back late in pre-production, forcing them to add his introduction largely separate from everyone else. The full production history gets even more interesting, the replacement Vulcan science officer in the Phase II series was to be Xon and played by [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/David_Gautreaux David Gautreaux]], who was recast in a minor role as the Epsilon IX commander.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: RealLifeWritesThePlot:
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[[spoiler:They chose Voyager ''Voyager'' as the design of what became V'ger because it was a current event--Voyager 1 event--''Voyager 1'' and 2 ''2'' were launched in 1977, and by the time the film was released, both had already visited Jupiter. Mixes with a bit of HilariousInHindsight as there were only two Voyager ''Voyager'' probes... no matter that only two were ever planned.]]
** Sonak was killed in the transporter accident because he was intended to be in the film as Spock's replacement, and Leonard Nimoy Creator/LeonardNimoy agreed to come back late in pre-production, forcing them to add his introduction largely separate from everyone else. The full production history gets even more interesting, the replacement Vulcan science officer in the Phase II series was to be Xon and played by [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/David_Gautreaux David Gautreaux]], who was recast in a minor role as the Epsilon IX commander.



* TheResenter: Captain Decker is not at all happy that Kirk's hijacking his command after he just spent the last year and a half overseeing the ''Enterprise'''s refit. However when Kirk chews Decker out over it [=McCoy=] sides with Decker, saying that ''Kirk'' is the resentful one because Decker has the one thing Kirk wants - permanent command of the ''Enterprise''.

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* TheResenter: Captain Decker is not at all happy that Kirk's hijacking his command after he just spent the last year and a half overseeing the ''Enterprise'''s refit. However when Kirk chews Decker out over it [=McCoy=] sides with Decker, saying that ''Kirk'' is the resentful one because Decker has the one thing Kirk wants - permanent wants--permanent command of the ''Enterprise''.



* RobotGirl: Probe!Ilia. And intentionally or not, she strongly resembles the machine-man from Film/{{Metropolis}}.

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* RobotGirl: Probe!Ilia. And intentionally or not, she strongly resembles the machine-man from Film/{{Metropolis}}.''Film/{{Metropolis}}''.



* ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: V'ger (or rather, the cloud surrounding it) is originally classified as being over 82 [=AUs=] in diameter, which would make it comically large (the size of the entire solar system). It's brought down to 2 [=AUs=] in the DVD release, which would make the cloud the entire size of Earth's orbit around the sun, which is still quite massive but far more reasonable to hide a ship which, at best, can't be much larger than a planet.
** [[spoiler: This story takes place a few hundred years after the voyager probes were launched. Voyager 6 fell into a black hole to emerge at the planet of the machine intelligences. At the speeds that the voyager probes left the solar system, it would take thousands of years to reach the nearest celestial body (Alpha Centauri), so presumably much longer to rendezvous with a black hole somewhere in space.]]
** Director Robert Wise was afraid that audiences would have no sense of scale to the size of V'ger. He gave that as a reason for the infamous shuttle trip around the ''Enterprise'' -- A two man shuttle contrasting the size of ''Enterprise'', then ''Enterprise'' compared to the cloud.
* SceneryPorn: The effects budget was huge, and they waste no time in showing it. Sometimes, [[LeaveTheCameraRunning even]] [[{{Padding}} too much]]. (as [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] said: "Yes, I understand you spent a lot of money in this!")

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* ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale:
**
V'ger (or rather, the cloud surrounding it) is originally classified as being over 82 [=AUs=] in diameter, which would make it comically large (the size of the entire solar system). It's brought down to 2 [=AUs=] in the DVD release, which would make the cloud the entire size of Earth's orbit around the sun, which is still quite massive but far more reasonable to hide a ship which, at best, can't be much larger than a planet.
** [[spoiler: This story takes place a few hundred years after the voyager probes were launched. Voyager 6 ''Voyager 6'' fell into a black hole to emerge at the planet of the machine intelligences. At the speeds that the voyager probes left the solar system, it would take thousands of years to reach the nearest celestial body (Alpha Centauri), so presumably much longer to rendezvous with a black hole somewhere in space.]]
** Director Robert Wise was afraid that audiences would have no sense of scale to the size of V'ger. He gave that as a reason for the infamous shuttle trip around the ''Enterprise'' -- A ''Enterprise''--a two man shuttle contrasting the size of ''Enterprise'', then ''Enterprise'' compared to the cloud.
* SceneryPorn: The effects budget was huge, and they waste no time in showing it. Sometimes, [[LeaveTheCameraRunning even]] [[{{Padding}} too much]]. (as (As [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] said: "Yes, I understand you spent a lot of money in this!")



* [[SexGod Sex Goddess]]: Ilia, although she'd never take advantage of a sexually immature race, as Commander Decker can tell you.
** Hilariously, one of the first thing Ilia tells Kirk after reporting for duty is that her oath of celibacy is on record. Apparently she'd heard about Kirk's [[BoldlyComing reputation]], and felt she needed to cut him off at the pass.

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* [[SexGod Sex Goddess]]: Ilia, although she'd never take advantage of a sexually immature race, as Commander Decker can tell you.
**
you. Hilariously, one of the first thing Ilia tells Kirk after reporting for duty is that her oath of celibacy is on record. Apparently she'd heard about Kirk's [[BoldlyComing reputation]], and felt she needed to cut him off at the pass.



* TakeThat: A number of early promotion materials released to the press during production contained the tag line "There is no Comparison", an answer to those who speculated Paramount was just going to make a ''Franchise/StarWars'' rip-off. Younger fans may not be aware of how important it not being a StarWars ripoff was. ''Everyone'' was doing them at this time, and most of them were really ''bad''. Not only was this not a ''Franchise/StarWars'' ripoff, it's actually rather good (for a given value of good).[[note]]If anything, it was a ''2001ASpaceOdyssey'' ripoff.[[/note]]

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* TakeThat: A number of early promotion materials released to the press during production contained the tag line "There is no Comparison", an answer to those who speculated Paramount was just going to make a ''Franchise/StarWars'' rip-off. Younger fans may not be aware of how important it not being a StarWars Star Wars ripoff was. ''Everyone'' was doing them at this time, and most of them were really ''bad''. Not only was this not a ''Franchise/StarWars'' ''Star Wars'' ripoff, it's actually rather good (for a given value of good).[[note]]If anything, it was a ''2001ASpaceOdyssey'' ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' ripoff.[[/note]]



* [[WeWantOurJerkBack We Want Our Kirk Back]]: No one at the end seems terribly upset at the departure of Captain Decker.

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* [[WeWantOurJerkBack We Want Our Kirk Back]]: WeWantOurJerkBack: No one at the end seems terribly upset at the departure of Captain Decker.
Decker and the return of Kirk to full-time command.
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* AllThereInTheManual: It's stated in the novelization that Commander Willard Decker is the son of Commodore Matt Decker from the ''TOS'' episode "The Doomsday Machine", and the ''Enterprise'' was his big chance to prove he wasn't crazy like his dad. That explains why he's none too pleased with Kirk casually commandeering the ''Enterprise'' (or some of his crew grousing about it). Notably, it's a complete inversion of of that episode; with Kirk now the [[InsaneAdmiral flag officer]] who commandeers ''Enterprise'' from her rightful [=CO=] and makes poor command decisions that nearly lead to the ship's destruction.

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\n* AllThereInTheManual: AllThereInTheManual:
**
It's stated in the novelization that Commander Willard Decker is the son of Commodore Matt Decker from the ''TOS'' episode "The "Recap/StarTrekS2E6TheDoomsdayMachine The Doomsday Machine", Machine]]", and the ''Enterprise'' was his big chance to prove he wasn't crazy like his dad. That explains why he's none too pleased with Kirk casually commandeering the ''Enterprise'' (or some of his crew grousing about it). Notably, it's a complete inversion of of that episode; with Kirk now the [[InsaneAdmiral flag officer]] who commandeers ''Enterprise'' from her rightful [=CO=] and makes poor command decisions that nearly lead to the ship's destruction.



* FramingDevice: The novel directly refers to the events of the original TV series as dramatizations based on the voyages of the Enterprise. So that means Star Trek is seen by its creator as a ShowWithinAShow. Justifiable since Roddenberry got fed up with being asked why the Klingons looked different from the ones seen in TOS. His answer remained that he always intended for everything, including the Klingons, to look more elaborate and detailed than they did on TV. They just didn't have the money or the technology to realize it. Making the original series an "in universe" dramatization takes care of that question. In terms of the productions looks, we might assume that what is low budget and {{zeerust}} to us in the real world is simply a stylistic choice on the part of the "in universe" shows creators.

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* FramingDevice: The novel directly refers to the events of the original TV series as dramatizations based on the voyages of the Enterprise. ''Enterprise''. So that means Star Trek ''Star Trek'' is seen by its creator as a ShowWithinAShow. Justifiable since Roddenberry got fed up with being asked why the Klingons looked different from the ones seen in TOS. His answer remained that he always intended for everything, including the Klingons, to look more elaborate and detailed than they did on TV. They just didn't have the money or the technology to realize it. Making the original series an "in universe" dramatization takes care of that question. In terms of the productions looks, we might assume that what is low budget and {{zeerust}} to us in the real world is simply a stylistic choice on the part of the "in universe" shows show's creators.
6th Feb '16 4:37:17 AM eroock
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* YouLookFamiliar: Spock's father is a Klingon Captain! (Although admittedly you wouldn't recognize him unless you knew it was the same actor under the heavy make-up.)
** He also looks suspiciously like the Romulan commander in the episode "Balance of Terror", making Mark Lenard notable for being the only actor to have played all three of the major recurring non-human races in the Original Series' canon.

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* YouLookFamiliar: Spock's father is a Klingon Captain! (Although admittedly you wouldn't recognize him unless you knew it was the same actor under the heavy make-up.)
** He also looks suspiciously like the Romulan commander in the episode "Balance of Terror", making Mark Lenard notable for being the only actor to have played all three of the major recurring non-human races in the Original Series' canon.
15th Nov '15 1:20:28 PM eroock
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'''''Star Trek: The Motion Picture''''' is the first movie in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' film series, released in 1979.

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'''''Star ''Star Trek: The Motion Picture''''' Picture'' is the first movie in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' film series, released in 1979.
10th Nov '15 6:03:28 PM ecuvulle6267
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* SpaceSuitsAreSCUBAGear: Averted. Both Spock's and Kirk's space suit air systems were contained within a backpack type suit which fed directly to the helmet.
21st Oct '15 11:38:17 AM FurryKef
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The plot sounds simple enough. An unstoppable entity calling itself V'ger is heading towards Earth, destroying all in its path, and the ''Enterprise'' is sent out to investigate. The story was originally written to be an hour and a half pilot to ''Phase II'' (two hours with commercials), stretched to 2½ hours, most of which involved the bridge crew staring at special effects in awe. This lead to the film to receiving several {{Fan Nickname}}s based on its quite slow pacing, such as "The Slow Motion Picture". Wise's declared intent at the time was to create a ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' for that era. This film's criticized slow pacing was partly the reason towards making an [[ActionizedSequel Actionized]], [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel Surprisingly Improved]] [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Sequel]].

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The plot sounds simple enough. An unstoppable entity calling itself V'ger is heading towards Earth, destroying all in its path, and the ''Enterprise'' is sent out to investigate. The story was originally written to be an hour and a half pilot to ''Phase II'' (two hours with commercials), stretched to 2½ hours, most of which involved the bridge crew staring at special effects in awe. This lead led to the film to receiving several {{Fan Nickname}}s based on its quite slow pacing, such as "The Slow Motion Picture". Wise's declared intent at the time was to create a ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' for that era. This film's criticized slow pacing was partly the reason towards making an [[ActionizedSequel Actionized]], [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel Surprisingly Improved]] [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Sequel]].
21st Sep '15 12:09:36 PM fauxtoast
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Eight years after the {{Cancellation}} of the original ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' series, which had gone on to be [[VindicatedByCable Vindicated By Reruns]], Creator/{{Paramount}} Studios decided to greenlight a SequelSeries, ''Franchise/StarTrek: Phase II'', to serve as a backbone of a new fourth major television network, with ''Trek'' Creator/GeneRoddenberry running the new show. However, within a couple of years, and after substantial pre-production had already gone forward on the new series, Paramount ultimately vetoed the idea of starting a new network.

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Eight years after the {{Cancellation}} of the original ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' series, which had gone on to be [[VindicatedByCable Vindicated By Reruns]], Creator/{{Paramount}} Studios decided to greenlight a SequelSeries, ''Franchise/StarTrek: Phase II'', to serve as a backbone of a new fourth major television network, with ''Trek'' creator Creator/GeneRoddenberry running the new show. However, within a couple of years, and after substantial pre-production had already gone forward on the new series, Paramount ultimately vetoed the idea of starting a new network.
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