History Film / StarTrekTheMotionPicture

21st Jan '17 4:38:21 PM FordPrefect
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** At least, it tries until [[spoiler: the scenes where all the "The Creator mus join with V'ger" business takes a turn into ultra-mystical wackiness.]]

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** At least, it tries until [[spoiler: the scenes where all the business about "The Creator mus must join with V'ger" business takes a turn into ultra-mystical wackiness.]]



* 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 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''.



* RubberForeheadAliens: The Klingons appear with forehead ridges for the first time ever. Though here, they share the same sort whereas later Trek installments would show different varieties of ridges amongst Klingons.

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* RubberForeheadAliens: The Klingons appear with forehead ridges for the first time ever. Though here, they share the same sort sort, whereas later Trek installments would show different varieties of ridges amongst Klingons.



** [[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.]]

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** [[spoiler: This story takes place a few hundred years after the voyager 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 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.]]



* SplitDiopter: The film is famous for its heavy use of these shots, in which the right side of the frame is focused differently from the left, allowing people standing in different areas of the bridge to all be in focus at once. While most directors attempt to hide the hide the line where the focus changes, Wise chose to leave it [[https://cinemashock.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/audiovisual-split-focus-012.png?w=1280&h=544 obvious]], creating a very surreal effect almost as though two shots have been combined into one.

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* SplitDiopter: The film is famous for its heavy use of these shots, in which the right side of the frame is focused differently from the left, allowing people standing in different areas of the bridge to all be in focus at once. While most directors attempt to hide the hide the line where the focus changes, Wise chose to leave it [[https://cinemashock.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/audiovisual-split-focus-012.png?w=1280&h=544 obvious]], creating a very surreal effect almost as though two shots have been combined into one.



* UnfinishedUntestedUsedAnyway: ''Enterprise'' has just gone through an 18-month refit and pretty much the entire ship has been rebuilt. They haven't even gotten to engine tests yet. Kirk orders it pressed into service anyway, because the more time they have to 'meet' it, the more time they have to figure things out. RealityEnsues when they finicky warp engines glitch out, nearly getting the ship destroyed.

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* UnfinishedUntestedUsedAnyway: ''Enterprise'' has just gone through an 18-month refit and pretty much the entire ship has been rebuilt. They haven't even gotten to engine tests yet. Kirk orders it pressed into service anyway, because the more time they have to 'meet' it, the more time they have to figure things out. RealityEnsues when they the finicky warp engines glitch out, nearly getting the ship destroyed.



** 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 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; 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" show's creators.
* MindlinkMates: Spock hears Kirk's thoughts from light years away, and later on it's mentioned that, "It was common knowledge that telepathic rapport between Vulcan and human was possible only in cases of [[HoYay extraordinarily close friendship]]."

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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''. 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 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 production's 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" show's creators.
* MindlinkMates: Spock hears Kirk's thoughts from light years away, and later on it's mentioned that, that "It was common knowledge that telepathic rapport between Vulcan and human was possible only in cases of [[HoYay extraordinarily close friendship]]."
21st Jan '17 4:24:10 PM FordPrefect
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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 "Decker Unit". as it still retains enough of Ilia to recognise her former lover--etc., to describe 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]].

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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 "Decker Unit". as it still retains enough of Ilia to recognise her former lover--etc., to describe 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 similarly, 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]].
21st Jan '17 4:17:49 PM FordPrefect
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** Gene Roddenberry's {{novelization}} reveals the identity of the woman killed in the transporter accident as Lori Chiana and it's implied that Kirk knows here. Later expanded universe novels will establish that she was, in fact, Kirk's girlfriend at the time, though the movie gives no indication of this.

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** Gene Roddenberry's {{novelization}} reveals the identity of the woman killed in the transporter accident as Lori Chiana and it's implied that Kirk knows here.her. Later expanded universe novels will establish that she was, in fact, Kirk's girlfriend at the time, though the movie gives no indication of this.
21st Jan '17 4:16:09 PM FordPrefect
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In (funnily enough) 2001, a Director's Cut was released. It is faster paced and actually includes a shot that shows the entirety of V'ger. It also revealed that the original film was more of a workprint and Wise was not allowed to trim it to a more reasonable length because [[ExecutiveMeddling the suits]] feared such information would [[TaintedByThePreview ruin the reputation ahead of time]], and Wise was so comically slow at filming the movie that when the prints were delievered for the movie's premiere, they were still wet from last-minute editing.

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In (funnily enough) 2001, a Director's Cut was released. It is faster paced and actually includes a shot that shows the entirety of V'ger. It also revealed that the original film was more of a workprint and Wise was not allowed to trim it to a more reasonable length because [[ExecutiveMeddling the suits]] feared such information would [[TaintedByThePreview ruin the reputation ahead of time]], and Wise was so comically slow at filming the movie that when the prints were delievered delivered for the movie's premiere, they were still wet from last-minute editing.
21st Jan '17 4:15:29 PM FordPrefect
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The movie is also noteworthy for its score, composed by 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, "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E0TheCage The Cage]]", but was unavailable at the time). Goldsmith's main theme would be re-purposed as the theme for ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', and his Klingon themes would be adapted in other ''Trek'' film scores and in the new series.

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The movie is also noteworthy for its score, composed by Music/JerryGoldsmith, who would go on to score four more ''Trek'' theatrical films (he had been Roddenberry Roddenberry's first choice to score the original ''Trek'' first pilot, "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E0TheCage The Cage]]", but was unavailable at the time). Goldsmith's main theme would be re-purposed as the theme for ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', and his Klingon themes would be adapted in other ''Trek'' film scores and in the new series.
8th Jan '17 8:57:56 AM skidoo23
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** Gene Roddenberry's {{novelization}} reveals the identity of the woman killed in the transporter accident as Lori Chiana and it's implied that Kirk knows here. Later expanded universe novels will establish that she was, in fact, Kirk's girlfriend at the time, though the movie gives no indication of this.
28th Dec '16 2:21:11 PM KneadToKnow
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* JustAMachine: Played with. Deckard initially dismisses Ilia-bot as the thing that ''killed'' Ilia. However, he starts falling in love with Ilia-bot, causing [=McCoy=] to harshly remind him, "Commander... this is a ''mechanism''." By the film's end, Ilia-bot is basically V'Ger in humanoid form.

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* JustAMachine: Played with. Deckard Decker initially dismisses Ilia-bot as the thing that ''killed'' Ilia. However, he starts falling in love with Ilia-bot, causing [=McCoy=] to harshly remind him, "Commander... this is a ''mechanism''." By the film's end, Ilia-bot is basically V'Ger in humanoid form.



* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: V'ger, via Probe!Ilia, falls in love with Deckard, but is completely confused with this emotion.

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* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: V'ger, via Probe!Ilia, falls in love with Deckard, Decker, but is completely confused with this emotion.
11th Dec '16 4:37:29 PM LarryMullen
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* ShootTheMoney: Since much of the $40 million (in 1979 dollars) budget went into pre-production work for the ''Star Trek Phase II'' TV series, every ''Enterprise'' interior set that would have appeared in a series is used in this film. The officer's lounge and recreation deck sets would never again be seen in any other ''Star Trek'' movie.
10th Oct '16 10:37:23 AM AnotherGuy
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* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: V'ger, via Probe!Ilia, falls in love with Deckard, but is completely confused with this emotion.
10th Oct '16 10:32:14 AM AnotherGuy
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* HeroicBSOD: In the theatrical cut, Uhura has one after the Federation starbase is taken by V'ger, forcing Kirk to repeat his order, "Shut it off!" Why Wise removed it in the director's cut is a mystery, since it punctuated the horror of the situation.
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