Episode 52 – Star Trek: The Motion Picture turns 40

A simple feeling in an otherwise cold film?

We are delighted to present our celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. A film that, in many ways, only a Star Trek fans could love.

Robert Wise’s epic proved to be something of a false start for the Star Trek franchise. It is a mid-70s sci-fi film made in the latter part of the decade as the audience palate was changing in the wake of Star Wars and Close Encounters. More than that the film is accused, by its critics as overly ponderous and lacking warmth.

The film’s defenders, however, argue that it’s a portrayal of Gene Roddenberry vision of humanity and Starfleet.

Join Terry, Graham and Derek as we weigh up the pros and cons of this film and consider the films perhaps surprisingly considerable legacy.