As content creators, we at BoroughCon don’t intend to make a habit of re-blogging others’ posts. But every now and then someone is going to say what we were thinking, say it first, and say it better.
So we tip our nerdy propeller caps to Dan Greenfield from 13th Dimension. His son 17-year-old son Sam, who “doesn’t have a starship’s worth of baggage and is able to judge the movie on its own merits,” declares Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) to be “an underrated masterpiece”. Considering the hash that’s been made of the franchise on the big screen, we agree (strenuously, J.J.) It might not be on anyone’s list of the best films of all time, but Sam’s point is hard to argue against.
Make that “Sam’s points”. He has 13 of them, per Dan’s web site’s idiosyncrasy. We’ll go over a few of them here, but encourage you to read the entire post.
2. The return of Captain Kirk and the old gang. For the first time in 10 years, the original crew of the Enterprise was embarking on a mission to save humanity, and to see them as more mature and experienced really adds emotional continuity to the Trek universe.
3. The Enterprise. I know we see the Enterprise in every episode of the Original Series, but seeing it with this kind of scope makes my neck hair stand up.
The Klingons. They only have a few minutes of screen time, but in The Motion Picture, we see the first glimpse of what modern-day Klingons look like, with their ridged foreheads and Germanic language.
7. All the uniforms, actually. Most people hate the uniforms, but they look so damn comfortable.
10. The visual effects. The effects are better than any other Trek film. From the look of V’Ger to the Enterprise moving through space to Spock’s encounter with V’Ger’s history, the visuals in the film are awe-inspiring.