Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (cable and video in the 80’s and 90’s, 13 Mar 2014)
Brief Synopsis – The Enterprise crew is sent on a mission to stop an alien planet from trying to destroy Earth.
My Take on it – I am really shocked that this is the movie that created a franchise.
The only reason to watch this is to see the Enterprise crew in action again. The story is extremely boring and there were so many times that I wished I could just skip ahead to a point where something meaningful actually happened.
I remember that I once watched this with a friend where we did just that and it took us maybe 30 minutes to watch the entire story unfold.
The reason for this is quite simple; this movie was originally proposed as a new TV series, but after the success of Star Wars (1977), Paramount felt that they too should make a series in space and since they had the characters and the pilot episode story, they decided to go for it and create a feature length movie.
The problem with that is there wasn’t enough going on for 130 minutes of screen time, so they added in A LOT of slow moving scenes that get us nowhere fast (I wish).
I was quite surprised to find out that the theme music for The Next Generation actually originated in this movie. Whenever the music started playing, I started to look around for Picard, Riker, Data, Gordi and Westley Crusher. But alas, they were no where to be found.
I also loved the quote above since it is pseudo foreshadowing of the Borg 🙂
They should have just kept this one as a 45 minutes TV episode; it would have been much more enjoyable that way.
Eventhough this is probably one of the worst Star Trek movies, it earned so much money in the theater that it spawned a movie franchise that to date has 13 movies
Bottom Line – Pretty mediocre ST movie. It seems to possibly work better as a TV episode than as a feature length movie.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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