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Rand al'thor has done a great job of collecting reviews on the issue of The Motion Picture. However, I thought you might also appreciate the input of a die-hard Trek fan. While critics deplored the plodding pace of the film, Star Trek fans are no stranger to episodes with a contemplative pace (even if TMP is uniquely slow amongst Trek films). Going from ...


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Wikipedia has a section on "Critical reception". Quoting the negative parts: Gary Arnold and Judith Martin of The Washington Post felt that the plot was too thin to support the length of the film. Time‍'​s Harold Livingston wrote that the film consisted of spaceships that "take an unconscionable amount of time to get anywhere, and nothing of dramatic ...


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Consider the USS Intrepid (Museum in NYC now, served from the end of WW2 to 1974, I was just there the other day) aircraft carrier. During a refit in the 1950's they changed the deck, from a straight deck to angled, to handle jets vs prop fighters. This is pretty analogous to the change from round to sort of rectangular warp nacelles. The deck of an ...


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Because she is a Deltan From an early version of the script: ILIA: I'm sworn to celibacy, Mister Sulu. That makes me as safe as any human female. Sulu catches her eye but before he can reply, Decker has moved in beside Ilia. DECKER: I know the Captain ...


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It is not stated in the film; they simply leave, after first subjecting the audience to a poorly-executed attempt to duplicate the flashing lights scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey (Paramount actually sued the original special effects company for TMP, I believe, over the poor quality of their effects). In the screenplay (published in Star Trek: Phase II), ...


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It really depends on how you define coincidence. (This is long, since it involves background from several aspects of Star Trek -- but I provide links to some cool behind the scenes books, including one that has copies of two never-produced scripts for a Star Trek show that almost was and the other has the original draft of Harlan Ellison's The City on the ...


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Long answer, but for those unfamiliar with Star Trek: Phase II, I think you'll find some details interesting. (Plus I recommend a really cool book you can get on Amazon that even contains a rough draft from the 1970s for what became a ST:TNG episode!) It was random, like the 1,000th person over a bridge or because she was there. There's also a behind the ...


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V'ger was NOT the creator of the Borg, nor did the Borg have anything to do with V'ger, contrary to what is believed or written in the Star Trek lexicon to try to explain how the V'ger vessel was created. Here is why: Fact #1: The Borg have been in existence since the mid 15th century. Voyager 6 (V'ger) was created and launched into space in the late 20th ...


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I think this bit of dialogue pretty strongly suggested that V'Ger needed to join with a human so it could depart our universe for "other dimensions, higher levels of being": SPOCK: Perhaps not. Captain, V'Ger must evolve. Its knowledge has reached the limits of this universe and it must evolve. What it requires of its God, Doctor is the answer to its ...


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A few other things that Memory Alpha has to say on the movie's reception: Shatner thought it was the end: Shatner commented: "Well, that's it. We gave it our best shot, it wasn't good, and it will never happen again." But having recalled his reaction fifteen years later, he has added, "Shows you what I know." (Star Trek Movie Memories, 1995, p. 124) ...


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This is from Memory Alpha: System upgrades with new technologies after long deployments were far from unusual in her history, but the Enterprise's overhaul of the early 2270s became a nearly keel-up redesign and reconstruction project. The very heart of the ship was replaced with a radically different vertical warp core assembly, linked to new, and ...


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The shooting script for Star Trek : The Motion Picture (as written by Gene Roddenberry & Harold Livingstone) makes it pretty clear that at the end of the film, V'Ger has travelled into another dimension; Kirk, Spock and McCoy stand transfixed another instant. Around them, V'ger seems to be TRANSFORMING INTO BRILLIANT, LOVELY PATTERNS. They all ...


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A full set of uniforms (including Dress uniforms) were designed by the film's Costumer Designer, Bob Fletcher. This was discussed at some length in the book "The Making of Star Trek : The Motion Picture" by Gene Roddenberry: Fletcher not only devised uniforms for all the crew, but, as with most military services, there are several classes of uniforms. ...


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No "cashing in" Before Star Wars took the world by storm in 1977, Gene Roddenberry and Paramount were planning a television sequel to the original Star Trek series, to be titled Star Trek: Phase II. One of the episodes penned for the new series was called "In Thy Image", by Alan Dean Foster (based on a script by Roddenberry called "Robot Return", ...


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Transporters work by breaking down the subject into a matter stream, sending the matter stream from an emitter, and reassembling it on the other end. The TNG Technical Manual steps through an example ship-to-surface beam-down procedure. It also notes that beaming site-to-site (i.e. not starting or ending in the transporter room) consumes twice as much energy ...


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The excellent Star Trek: Star Charts gives us the route taken by V'Ger through Klingon space and then into Federation space. The initial conflict with the Klingons seems to have taken place near to Khitomer, just inside the Federation/Klingon border, hence why the Epsilon Monitoring Station was able to detect the event. V'ger then proceeded toward Earth, ...


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Memory Alpha explains that: The center contained the oldest part of V'ger – Voyager 6, an unmanned space probe launched by NASA in the late 20th century. The entire vessel surrounding the Voyager probe was built by an unknown race of machine entities in order to help it complete what the latter interpreted to be its primary programming: "learn all ...


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The stardrive section (referred to by its designers Andrew Probert and Richard Taylor as the warp sled) can fly and park itself on autopilot. As Probert said: "At the time, I was intrigued by the idea of total instrument flying. Certainly 200 years from now such technology will be commonplace. [...] The sled, incidentally, parks relative to the Enterprise ...


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Chief DiFalco From her official Star Trek page: Starfleet officer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise under the command of Willard Decker and later James T. Kirk. She was serving as relief navigator when the Enterprise intercepted the V'Ger machine lifeform. When Ilia was abducted by V'Ger, DiFalco replaced her in her post on the bridge. She was played by ...


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From this Tumblr posting, it's claimed that the characters don't translate as letters but rather as words, specifically Rata, Tafar, Tapan, meaning "Concept, Mental Discipline, Cerebral Process". This appears to agree with an image and translation provided under "Vulcan language" on Memory Alpha here: Rata ("Concept"), Tafar ("Discipline"), and Tapan ("...


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Let me see what I can recall from memory. Voyager 6 amassed an amazing amount of information, and shortly afterwards, encountered a machine-based race which recognized (what they thought was named) VGer as one of its kind, repaired it as best they could, and build it a ship so it could get home. It's made pretty clear that until Q send the enterprise to ...


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According to the Memory Alpha page on this particular uniform, that little black box they wear is: a life support monitor belt buckle (non-canonically named the perscan device) Out of canon, we learn more about the Perscan device The perscan (or perscan device) was a medical device used by Starfleet in the 23rd century. It was a tiny scanner-...


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In a way, yes. Most of the story elements for The Motion Picture were taken from what was to be the pilot episode of a proposed second Star Trek series, Star Trek: Phase II. The story was called "In Thy Image" and had the characters of Decker, Ilia, and V'Ger. Decker and Ilia were going to be series regulars, so the pilot of course would have been open ended ...


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The big question is how the machine planet aliens learned how to read and pronounce English. Obviously Voyager 6 could have carried some visual and audio records which enabled the machine planet super duper ultra hyper computers to figure out to read and speak English. But apparently there were some gaps in the records due to space hazards which just ...


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Looking at http://korsaya.org/standard-vulcan-script-%E2%80%A2-gotavlu-zukitaun/, which is the "standard" script - your chart appears to be the "calligraphic" script - they appear to be somewhat stylized versions of the letters rata, shai tafar, and Sa tapan, read from top to bottom. (Edited: I thought originally the struck ones, but after reading the ...


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I was fortunate to serve aboard the USS Aspro (SSN648) in the 1980's. She was in docks for a refit at Mare Island, and was completely gutted to be given upgrades for nearly every system including her propulsion, but her shape remained intact. This however isn't how surface ships are affected by refits. The Aspro's shape was critical to her sub-surface ...


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Yes, this is the same Enterprise, NCC-1701 though, since the refit was so extensive, there is an argument to be made that this is a case of a broom being given both a new handle and a new brush! In release order, the first totally new Enterprise we see is the NCC-1701-A, the renamed Yorktown, at the end of Star Trek IV.


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I think McCoy states after joining with the Sagan et al. designed NASA satellite, V'GER, and Commander Will Decker is that they just witnessed a new species being born. I guess this new species is half-man half-machine and the result of evolution. Although, most species evolve at a much slower rate instead of deciding to meld with each other as in this ...


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You'd think that in a refit the major structural features would be largely unaltered e.g. the main pressure hulls. To make any significant changes there would amount to a rebuild rather than a refit. But, they called it a refit in dialogue, so it's a refit in canon. Yes, you can see changes in pretty much all the ship's lines, including what would be ...


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