Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Name: Star Trek 01: The Motion Picture
Year: 1979
Rating: G
Running Time (minutes): 132
Description: An alien phenomenon of unprecedented size and power is approaching Earth, destroying everything in its path. The only starship in range is the U.S.S. Enterprise – still in drydock after a major overhaul. As Captain Decker readies his ship and his crew to face this menace, the legendary Admiral James T. Kirk arrives with orders to take command of the Enterprise and intercept the intruder. But it has been three years since Kirk last commanded the Enterprise on its historic five year mission… is he up to the task of saving the Earth?
Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley
Genres: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

I don’t know why I feel the urge to compare this one to Star Wars: A New Hope, but I’m going to do it anyway because resistance seems to be futile.

I didn’t know anything about Star Trek except Big Bang Theory references. I couldn’t start with the Original Series because only some episodes were available with audio description. The summary of this first film made me think it was going to be just like Star Wars: unprofound, superficial storylines full of unexplained references to events in the past we knew nothing about (or in this case, events that had happened in the series). What I did not expect was that this would be way better than A New Hope. Both are simple stories, but here everything makes perfect sense to someone who’s utterly unfamiliar with the universe. I would have liked to learn more about Spock’s background, but other than that, we had no pathetic ‘You fought in the Clone Wars?! / Learn about the Force!’ moments. I didn’t find it fantastic, but I’m sufficiently intrigued to want to watch more Star Trek films in the future. I especially loved the final twists regarding the alien ship. Way better than good guys fighting bad guys and then ending with a rushed celebration.

But Star Wars did have better music. I knew the Star Trek theme already, but was rather surprised that it was performed in such a fast-paced way. It was clearly inspired on the Star Wars fanfare, but it worked all the same. The rest was uneventful underscore.



Name: Moonraker
Year: 1979
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 126
Description: James Bond is back for another mission and this time, he is blasting off into space. A spaceship travelling through space is mysteriously hi-jacked and Bond must work quickly to find out who was behind it all. He starts with the rocket’s creators, Drax Industries and the man behind the organisation, Hugo Drax. On his journey he ends up meeting Dr. Holly Goodhead and encounters the metal-toothed Jaws once again.
Stars: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles and Michael Lonsdale
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Having James Bond films as a back-up plan when all the other films on TV are rubbish works every time. This one is derivative, yes, but I didn’t mind that at all. The villain, ending and bevvy of beauties (dixit audio-describer) were predictable, but still enjoyable. Really loved the Jaws subplot, he even spoke (three words)! Good humour throughout the film and really liked Chang’s primal cries as he’s fighting Bond.

And the score was not derivative. Very glad John Barry swapped the blaring trombones for more thoughtful and effective music.