Admiral Kirk commands the starship Enterprise, and intercepts a massive alien spacecraft that is carving a trail of destruction towards Earth. Lavish visual effects, but very slow pace.
The review of this Movie prepared by Artemis
At first I thought that it was a very boring movie. Then I watched again with a newfound passion, and I noticed some very interesting things. First, V-ger used a tractor beam to bring the Enterprise inside the same way that the Borg does. Second, in parts of V-ger there power units with energy flowing though them very simular to a Borg alcove. Third, Spock says "I feel any resistance would be futile". Then he goes out and mind-meld with V-ger. A mind-meld is an exchange of thoughts,leaving me to believe that the phrase was shortened to "Resistance is futile". Fourth, when Ilia was examined, McCoy stated that her body was made up of tiny probes. Possibly, Borg nanoprobes? Also the fact that she was bald and when one is assimilated they become bald. Finally, at the end after Ilia merges with Decker, McCoy says " I think we just witnessed the start of a new lifeform". In closing watch the movie just the clues that I mentioned.
The first of the full-length Star Trek motion pictures (1979) hobbled itself by trying to present a good but only 45-minute concept (story by Alan Dean Foster, screenplay by Harold Livingston) within a more than 2-hour film. Respected director Robert Wise, best known for "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music," was probably out of his depth here, too. As a result the movie spends all too much time alternating between fairly cool traveling-through-space visual shots (backed by lots of bombastic Jerry Goldsmith music), and reaction shots of various crew members looking astonished, scared, awed, etc. It takes a good 15 minutes to communicate that the starship Enterprise is big and Kirk is sure glad to get back to her! This is a movie where on-board intercom announcements can be heard in the vacuum of space, and the locale where an isolated spacecraft has been destroyed can still be seen on a distant video screen. The reunion scene of Kirk and McCoy has to be among the worst written and acted exchanges in the entire canon. The decent story smothered in all this production is: A huge cloud of immense power and apparent intellect has destroyed three Klingon ships and a Starfleet station and is headed for Earth in 3 days. Kirk, now an Admiral with 2-1/2 years of desk job work under his belt, wangles his way back to command of the Enterprise and gathers his old crewmates. The displaced captain of the Enterprise, Decker (Stephen Collins), is resentful but responds honorably. He also has a romantic history with Lt. Ilia (Khambatta), who is apparently taken over and duplicated by the mysterious cloud (known as "V'ger") to serve as a probe of the Enterprise. Poor Bombay-born model Khambatta, despite her gorgeous eyes, had to spend most of the film acting like a never-blinking machine with shaved head, and her acting career never recovered. She died of a heart attack in 1998 at the age of 49. The original film was 132 minutes, the video version 143 minutes, and the 2001 DVD cut back to 136 minutes.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus
Often called "Star Trek: The Motionless Picture" or "Star Trek: The Emotionless Picture", this is the very slow story of "misunderstood probe threatening earth--must learn how to understand probe".