Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) (86) This film catches a lot of flak for its self-indulgence (most notably the approaches on V’ger and the Enterprise). These excessive sequences are born out of director Robert Wise taking the Star Trek mythos seriously. The Motion Picture is one branch in a trinity of “perfect” Star Trek films. TMP is the finest sci-fi of the bunch, where Khan represents action, and Voyage Home personifies comedy. The dynamic that Ilia and Decker add to the existing cast makes one imagine what “Phase II” could have been.

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