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Following the destruction of three Klingon battle cruisers by a mysterious cloud formation, Starfleet puts Admiral Kirk in command of the newly refurbished Enterprise to investigate the phenomenon which is on a direct course for Earth…

The Trekzone Review

Oh myy… as my sister noted while watching this with me today,
‘If I wanted real-time Trek, I’d sign up for Starfleet Academy.’

With that said, this movie is a product of it’s time… much as the original series is. The uniforms, the themes, the pacing – it all stinks of a 70’s scifi movie that tried too hard to replicate 2001. With that said, I certainly can empathise with dedicated fans that were tormented for 10 years between the end of the TV series’ run and this movie’s release given what we’ve just gone through waiting for Discovery.

In my opinion, almost of Trek fandom seems to have forgotten the Klingons at the beginning of this movie when criticising the newest series’ lead protaganists, those ridges just stand out like a sore thumb!

With almost 5 minutes of ship porn as Kirk and Scotty fly around the Enterprise in spacedock and another 5 minutes of reaction shots and flying through the energy cloud to V’ger’s heart I totally get why this movie is the longest in the franhcise, at 2 hours and 12 minutes. Additionally, right up until the final ten minutes we still hadn’t had any resolution and I was wondering whether we were heading for a 2 parter!

This is the movie that almost cost the Trek fan series, and as Larry Nemecek and I discussed in a podcast a few years back – it took Harve Bennett to right the ship in the next few movies.

Cast and Crew


William Shatner as James T. Kirk

Leonard Nimoy as Spock

DeForest Kelley as Leonard McCoy

James Doohan as Montgomery Scott

George Takei as Hikaru Sulu

Walter Koenig as Pavel Chekov

Nichelle Nichols as Nyota Uhura

Majel Barrett as Christine Chapel

Persis Khambatta as Ilia

Stephen Collins as William Decker

Guest Cast

Grace Lee Whitney

Mark Lenard

Teleplay By

Harold Livingston

Story By

Alan Dean Foster

Directed By

Robert Wise

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