Episode 52 - Star Trek: The Motion Picture turns 40
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.
The build-up to the our 40th-anniversary celebration concludes with an exploration of Star Trek in the 1970s.
This decade saw a lot of social changes. The transforming science fiction genre that started with Soylent Green but ended with Close Encounters challenged Star Trek and Paramount as they tried to figure out the best way to bring back this much-loved series following its ill-judged cancellation back in 1968.
These ideas included low budget movies to a big-budget TV series and then an even bigger budget movie that became Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Terry, Graham, and Derek take you through this tumultuous decade and wonder what Star Trek might have been had Planet of Titans or Phase 2 come to fruition. We also chuck in some hot TNG takes as well.
As close in on our celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture we take some time to discuss one of the all-time great movies of the science fiction genre with a direct influence on the revived Stare Trek film made eleven years later: Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Derek, Terry and Graham discuss the production, themes and structure of a film that defies the usual conventions of the cinema to deliver what is as much an art installation as it is a film.
Whom Pods Destroy continues its build-up to the 40th anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture with a discussion on the second season original series episode which gare many similarities to the Motion Picture without having been acknowledged, The Changeling.
In the first of our series marking the 40th anniversary of Star Trek The Motion Picture, Whom Pods Destroy goes back to when Star Trek was but a glint in Gene Roddenberry’s eye and explore the 1956 science fiction masterpiece, Forbidden Planet.
It is an established fact that the MGM classic directly informed Gene Roddenberry’s thinking when developing the original series of Star Trek and if you’ve watched the film you can easily understand why. Terry, Derek and Graham reflect on this genre classic and celebrate its similarities with Trek.
Terry, Graham, and Derek are back after their brief hiatus with another episode of Whom Pods Destroy – A Star Trek Discussion Podcast.
In the episode, we discussed a much loved and much memed but very controversial episode fro the first series of the Original Series: “The Enemy Within”. This is the story of how Captain Kirk is separated into two, beings. One is intelligent, rational, compassionate while the other is savage, devious and violent. The episode contains a scene with sexual violence against a woman and the handling of this sub-plot is considered to be highly problematic.
Whom Pods Destroy is back with Graham, Derek & Terry getting all loved up for the one and only Spock.
Well, I say the one and only but in fact there have been a number of iterations of that “green blooded sonofabitch” and we spent a pleasant 45 minutes discussing the portrayal, development and characterisation of one of Star Trek’s most beloved Starfleet officers throughout his nearly half a century of association with the franchise.
We are delighted to return for another episode of Star Trek chat.
Harcourt Fenton Mudd is one of the most notorious characters on the history of the Star Trek. A sex trafficker, drug dealer, misogynist and rogue.
And that’s just in his first appearance.
Mudd appears in two episodes of The Original Series, one from the Animated Series and made his return to Star Trek Discovery, to some consternation. Although Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Mad is probably one of the best episodes from Series 1 of Disco.
On Whom Pods Destroy, Graham and Derek discuss a character that is both celebrated and derided. We talk about Mudd’s development and ask why the creators persist with this “lovable rogue”. Did they recognise, in Mudd, characteristics of some the public figures in our time?
We also speculate as to what shape the proposed Mudd Next Generation episode might have taken.