Episode 98 – Star Trek: The Motion Picture – Part 1

Rachel and Chris go to the movies and embark on an adventure like no other! 42% on Rotten Tomatoes. They call it ‘Star Trek the Motionless Picture’ and ‘Where Nomad Has Gone Before’. William Shatner saw it and thought it was the sure end of the franchise. Here we share the story, background, gossip and rate it for concepts, entertainment and sexiness.

Special thanks to Chad Fifer for our theme tune and to Greig Johnson for his vocal stylings!

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  1. In 1979 I entered a magazine trivia contest and won a ticket to see Star Trek The Motion Picture at the Paramount Theater in Manhattan at Noon on December Seventh. I cut school to see it and got on line at 8:00 am. There were about a dozen people crazier than me ahead in line. It was sunny, but bitter cold and everyone was in puffy down jackets. Television cameras were there filming and interviewing.

    You are definitely seeing special effects that have been significantly cleaned up and corrected from the versions in the original 1979 prints.

    The Klingon segment was brilliant and gave us the impression that the film would be filled with action and excitement. But…

    Here are some of the more memorable impressions I had. The cloud was always too dark. Those sections of the film were hopelessly underexposed and muddy. You can probably find some contemporaneous newspaper reviews that call attention to that problem. It was widely reported at the time. The transporter accident that you see is very different to the one we saw. In 1979, it was a blurry swirl of color and little else. This may have been due to the gruesome nature of the subject being deliberately hidden to keep its G rating. The most glaring error was the bridge probe scene. (The pillar of lighting). The effect was produced by filming the scene twice. First, with all the actors present on the left with the klieg lights on the right, then the same scene with the lights on the other side. The two takes were then spliced together down the center of the frame so it appeared that the light was coming from nowhere. Some animation was inserted to hide the seam. Unfortunately… Although the cameraman was careful to bolt down the camera, the set itself rocked and bumped during the action. So the splice failed utterly. The two sides of the film jiggled up and down so badly out of sync that several people behind me groaned. I’ve heard a number of contradictory explanations for the how the effect was produced and what went wrong, but whatever the reason, it left a lasting impression. It looked sloppy. Like the editor either didn’t notice, or didn’t care.

    On the bright side, it got the franchise restarted and Star Trek 5 was so much worse it made this one not so bad.

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