Welcome to my new blog

The plan here, is to update this blog at least once a week. That will probably depend greatly upon time and theme, but I think that schedule is at least slightly doable. It will also cover a lot of varying subjects, again, depending on my mood and what strikes me at the time. You can honestly expect a lot of Star Trek content though, so you are now forewarned.

With that in mind, we come to our first post. For this week, and probably a few more if things work out the way I plan, we are going to be exploring STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE. With that in mind, let’s hit the ground running…

The profitable and expansive Star Trek franchise (with bigger budgets and the widescreen’s advantages) was spawned from an original 3-season TV series that debuted in September of 1966. The original crew’s journeys into space didn’t end in 1969, but continued on with six films beginning 10 years later, from 1979 to 1991, headlined by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy as Admiral Kirk and Captain Spock respectively. After that came a new TV series in 1987 (Star Trek: The Next Generation) for seven seasons that also generated another series of four theatrical Star Trek beginning in 1994 with the Next Generation crew anchored by Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard. After the disastrous Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)the franchise was rebooted or relaunched in 2009, with director J.J. Abrams at the helm, beginning with Star Trek (2009), and followed by the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). 

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) 
d. Robert Wise, 132 minutes.

When plans to launch a second Star Trek television series in the late 1970s were scrapped by Paramount Pictures, the show’s creator, Gene Roddenberry, instead transformed the aborted program’s 2-hour pilot into this big budget theatrical feature. Five years after the legendary voyages of the starship Enterprise, James T. Kirk (William Shatner) is an unhappy, desk-bound admiral at Starfleet headquarters. Kirk goes aboard his old vessel to observe its re-launch under new captain Will Decker (Stephen Collins). Soon, however, an escalating crisis causes Kirk to take command of his old ship. A mysterious, planet-sized energy force of enormous power is headed for Earth. Reunited with Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy (DeForest Kelley), and the rest of his former colleagues, Kirk takes the Enterprise inside the massive energy cloud and discovers that it is the long-lost NASA space probe Voyager. Now a sentient being after accumulating centuries of knowledge in its deep space travels, the alien, which calls itself V’ger, has come home seeking its creator.

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Although not a critical home run, box office receipts for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) were strong enough to inspire a revamped television series and a long-running line of theatrical sequels.

I remember an uncle taking a bunch of us to go see this when it first came out. I remember liking it, but being about seven at the time most of the movie was over my head.  It took a long time, and numerous viewings before it finally started to make sense.  Personally, I think this movie gets better with time, and the more I watch it the more it makes sense, and the more I like it.

To be continued…