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Refers to the 1979 film, the first in the Star Trek Movie series. Kirk, now an Admiral, takes control of the Enterprise to deal with an oncoming threat - a power of unprecedented power heading straight towards Earth. This tag is to be used when referring to this film. Use this tag with the [star-trek] tag.

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Gene Roddenberry and "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"

In Roddenberry's novelization Star Trek: The Motion Picture 40th Anniversary Edition there are some curious items that are added that I don't recall in the film or the series: Page 1: Starfleet ...
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Why was the Enterprise the only ship in interception range?

In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Kirk states that the Enterprise is the only ship that can intercept the anomaly. The thing is, it's only three days from Earth. It can't be traveling that fast, ...
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Why is there a long star field sequence at the beginning of “Star Trek: The Motion Picture?”

Star Trek: The Motion Picture opens with a long pull back from a field of stars, for almost three minutes, with music playing. The first time I saw it, I kept expecting something to happen, but ...
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Is there a hidden message or easter egg behind the number sequence in Star Trek The Motion Picture?

At the end of the film Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), it is revealed that at the center of the massive ship, V'Ger is the Voyager 6, a 20th-century Earth space probe believed lost in a black ...
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Which Starfleet division did Admiral Kirk belong to in Star Trek: The Motion Picture?

Shortly after the events of TOS, Captain Kirk was promoted to admiralty and assigned as Chief of Starfleet Operations. In most versions of Star Trek that I'm aware of, operations is something usually ...
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Why did Spock wear a Science Division uniform [TOS] while Decker wore Command [TMP]?

In TOS, Spock was assigned as both Kirk's First Officer and his Science Officer. Throughout the duration of the series, except for in "Where No Man Has Gone Before", Spock wears a Science ...
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What is printed in Vulcan script on Spock's black robe in 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture'?

As seen in the following screenshot, running vertically down the center of his suave jacket/coat. I've compared to supposed charts of the Vulcan alphabet. It appears to be three large letters that ...
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Who was the relief navigator in Star Trek: The Motion Picture?

After Ilia is taken by V'ger, another woman takes the navigator station. Who was this character?
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How did the transporter malfunction in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"?

In TMP, Kirk beams up from Command to an orbital base because the Enterprise's Transporters are broken. Minutes later, they decide to go ahead and beam up the science officer directly, and the ...
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Where do the major space battles in Star Trek: The Motion Picture take place?

Star Trek: The Motion Picture mostly seems to take place in interstellar space, with brief stops at Vulcan, Earth and prolonged sequences aboard the Enterprise. But where in interstellar space does V'...
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Why would Ilia put her oath of celibacy on record?

One of the strangest moments in Star Trek: The Motion Picture is during Ilia and Kirk's first meeting where she bluntly tells him that his womanizing ways won't work on her: My oath of celibacy is ...
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What was the general critical reaction to Star Trek: The Motion Picture?

I thought it was a good movie, yet I'm always hearing people complain about how the plot was terrible and so on. What critical reactions were there to the film and which elements failed in the eyes of ...
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What happens to the stardrive of a Long Ranged Shuttle?

Surak was a long ranged shuttle seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture: Memory Alpha describes a long ranged shuttle as: These long range shuttles featured a detachable fuselage pod, capable of ...
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Star Trek - Why "The Motion Picture"?

The first Star Trek film is 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and it is stylized as such on the posters: That turn of phrase has stuck me as odd. I assume it was done to distance itself somewhat ...
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Why did V'Ger think that was its name?

In the movie Star Trek: The Motion Picture they show or imply why/how V'Ger was named, however, this is confusing and makes no sense. Why would a computer call itself something based on the name "...
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What are those boxes on the uniforms in TMP?

I was watching Star Trek: The Motion Picture yesterday and saw their uniforms (below): you will note there is a box of some description they wear around their waists. I was just wondering what is ...
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Giant's Causeway in Star Trek: The Motion Picture

In The Motion Picture, V'ger creates or extends a walkway between himself and the saucer section of the Enterprise, allowing Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Decker, and the Ilia probe to walk down the hull in ...
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture dress uniforms

Is there any additional information regarding formal dress uniforms for Starfleet personnel, from the first motion picture? Some could say the admiral's uniform seen in the first movie was a dress ...
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What becomes of V'ger at the end of Star Trek: The Motion Picture?

At the end of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, after Decker and Ilia "join" together somehow, is it stated what happens to them afterwards or the 300million km long ship? Was there any crew ?
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Was the Enterprise in "The Motion Picture" actually a refit of the one in the TV series?

In Star Trek The Motion Picture it is mentioned at least twice that the Enterprise has been undergoing a refit. Being that this was the first Star Trek movie following the TV series, the choice of ...
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Are the similarities between TOS:The Changeling and ST:The Motion Picture coincidental?

The original Star Trek series episode TOS2x08: The Changeling features an old Earth probe that was presumed lost, returns and on its way to discover its point of origin sterilizes planets it find to ...
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Why did V'ger choose Ilia?

In Star Trek - The Motion Picture the V'Ger entity takes Ilia to use as a template with which to make its probe for interface with the crew of the Enterprise. Is there an in universe reason as to why ...
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Was V'ger responsible for the creation of the Borg?

I remember reading somewhere a theory that V'ger (the being that the Voyager probe had become in Star Trek: The Motion Picture) was somehow responsible for the creation of the Borg. Is this canonical?...
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