A lot of people were let down when Star Trek: The Motion Picture premiered, myself amongst them. I had such high hopes! Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to those hopes. The motion picture did, however, accomplish a lot in regards to rebooting the “franchise business,” and also laid the groundwork for the appearance of whatever to find after it, the critical story as well as personality interaction left a great deal to be preferred. Recognized to Trekkers as the writer of “City On The Edge Of Forever,” writer Harlan Ellison examines the lackluster movie in an issue published in April of 1980, # 33 of Starlog.
Harlan handles to allot much of his temper at Roddenberry and also business over his regarded ill-treatment when creating the TV script, and also in much of his evaluation I concur with him, something I seldom do. As an example, I felt that the modifications made in the filmed script for the series were for the best, and also far better “Trek” compared to his initial script. The majority of his criticisms of the motion picture, however, are spot-on, and regretfully called for. However, it does upright a note of expect the follows up, as well as in that he (and also the fans) were rewarded.
As an aside, I am not so entirely down on ST: TMP that I cannot appreciate the good ideas about it. Seeing the new upgraded Business in caring close-ups was worth the price of admission; the legendary rating, and so on. I still get the one that Wise re-edited, the Director’s Edition, and occasionally view it, as it is the most effective variation. The fixed sound and visual effects add to the experience and allow me to enjoy it even more than ever in the past as well as the tightening up of the movie. But I can still wish for much better pacing as well as story!