STARRING: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, James Doohan, Persis Khambatta

1979, 132 Minutes, Directed by: Robert Wise

april3.jpg (12434 bytes)Description: Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) leads his crew into the vast structures surrounding V'Ger, an all-powerful being that is cutting a destructive course through Starfleet space. With his new First Officer (Stephen Collins), the bald and beautiful Lieutenant Ilia (played by the late Persis Khambatta) and his returning veteran crew, Kirk must decipher the secret of V'Ger's true purpose and restore the safety of the galaxy.

Ridiculously expensive movie (one of the most expensive ever made) which no self-respecting trekkie, sorry, trekker, admits to liking. Fans often dub it the "slow motion picture." Ho-ho.

The plot involves the Voyager space probe returning as a semi-deity after being augmented by robotic aliens and in search of its makers, threatening to destroy the earth if need be. So okay, perhaps the plot is somewhat substandard, but the special effects thrown up by director Robert Wise (Sound of Music) and a no doubt expert team of special effects craftsmen actually makes this one well worth seeing.

To be honest, I enjoyed this film more than its more highly regarded sequel Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - but then again I'm probably the only person on the planet who feels this way . . .

It was however the commercial and critical success of its less-expensive sequel, Wrath of Khan, that ensured the franchise's longevity: several TV shows and big screen sequels. The latter are: Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek III - The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home (1986), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), all of which featured the old crew of Kirk, Spock, et al.

The baton was passed to the Next Generation crew in Star Trek - Generations (1994), Star Trek - First Contact (1996), Star Trek - Insurrection (1998) and Star Trek - Nemesis (2002). The series was rebooted in 2009 with J.J. Abrams' Star Trek.



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