A rare, positive review of the successful at the time but badly remembered 1979 Star Trek revivial… Star Trek The Motion Picture.
I liked how powerful, serious and “BIG” the energy int he first Star Trek film, but I thought, then and now, it didnt pay enough attention to character interplay. That line at the end , that apparently Nimoy ad-libbed…. “If Dr. McCoy is staying then my presence here is imperative” was brilliant… it needed more of that.
On the flip side, the complete opposite of the first movie is the fourth: “The Voyage Home” That is nothing BUT character interaction and has a sense of humor that TMP had NONE of. But part 4 also didn’t have any of the sense of epic cinema that the 1979 film had. “The Voyage Home” is the Star Trekmovie for people that don;t like STar Trek/ Just a cursory knowledge of Kirk, Spock and The Starship Enterprise ( which even Trek haters had) is all one needs to enjoy the lighthearted comedic romp that is “The Voyage Home” While “Star Trek The Motion Picture” can be one of the most confusing movies ever. But isnt that the whole point of Star Trek? That its challenging as well as entertaining? And doesn’t it have a reputation of only appealing to “nerds” ( ie smart people) as opposed to regular, (dumb) entertainment?