Star Trek IV is arguably the best Star Trek movie. This is a video review, retrospective, anaylsis, mistake montage, whatever. Basically, I made a list of everything that crossed my mind while watching it and included in this video.
Star Trek III is a pretty good Star Trek movie. It’s an ambitious movie in that it follows up the wildly successful Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan, but it doesn’t try to repeat the same formula. Fantasy movies were popular in the early 1980s and Star Trek III can arguably be put in that genre. It deals with the metaphysical; Spock’s spirit living on within Dr. McCoy while his body is reborn on a artificial planet. Planet Genesis itself has jungles, frozen tundras and volcanic mountains within a few hours walk from each other. The movie essentially looks like Legend or the Never Ending Story. As anyone bothering to read about Star Trek III already knows, Leonard Nimoy directed it. Considering all the unique makeup, costumes, sets, special effects, locations, and on-set security precautions that went into creating this movie, it’s clear Nimoy did an amazing job pulling all those components together.
It’s a waste of time covering production history of this movie. Everything you’ll ever want to know is available elsewhere on the internet. Instead, the video above covers a mishmash of plot holes and random observations.
In a personal note, Star Trek III was the first Star Trek I ever saw. It was as a VHS rental in 1986. It was one of the most amazing things I’d ever seen. I’d seen some of TOS on reruns, but this movie gave many people their first glimpse of how expansive the Star Trek universe could be. At the time when I first watched this movie, I wasn’t aware of The Wrath of Khan or anything that happened in it. I went in Star Trek III cold, so when the Enterprise was returning to Space Dock, I figured she’d been out in space for 30 years and was only now returning home. The image of her damaged hull as onlookers watched her dock left a strong impression on me. It opened my mind to notions that all things begin and end. It sounds pretty simply, but to a 5 year old kid, it was pretty profound.
Anyway, even though I love the movie, I decided to have some fun with it so I made this video.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture is long, boring and long but you already know that. If you’re a Trekkie, you probably like this. If you’re a Trekker, you take yourself too seriously and if you’re neither you’ve probably forgotten that this movie exists. In case you need a refresher, the crew of the starship Enterprise is reassembled to go check out a space cloud named Vger that’s approaching Earth. They discover it’s a machine having an existential crisis. There’s an insane amount of character reaction shots, then the movie’s over. Now let’s take a look at some plot holes, production mistakes and other Trek stuff. The following is a summary of the info in the video above.
1. When Admiral Kirk arrives at the transit hub at Starfleet HQ, you can briefly see a movie crewmember and a blonde extra trying to avoid the camera as it pulls back from Kirk’s close-up through the shuttle window.
2. On Vulcan, Spock squints as he looks towards the sky. He also shields his eyes with his hand which casts a shadow on his face. However, in the verse shot we see that he’s looking at the night sky. (Edit: The Director’s Edition corrects this, but so what. I’m talking about the Theatrical cut.)
3. Moons are also visible in the Vulcan sky despite cannon establishing that Vulcan does not have moons.
4. An exterior establishing shot shows Admiral Kirk beam aboard a starbase near Port 5, which does not have any shuttles or pods docked. Immediately after beaming on to the starbase, he boards a pod that’s docked at Port 5.
5. Following Commander Sonak’s untimely transporter death, Kirk says he wants a Vulcan as Science Officer. Decker replies there aren’t any, however in the debriefing scene on the Recreation Deck, there are at least two Vulcans clearly visible.
6. Vger is approaching Earth from Klingon space. It passes a deep space communications array along the way. Then we’re told that the USS Enterprise, which is docked at Earth and barely functional, is the only ship within range. It’s highly unlikely a single partially operational starship is the only ship between Starfleet Headquarters and Klingon space.
7. Vger’s diameter is 82 AUs. 1 AU is the average distance between the sun and Earth. At 82 AUs, Vger would destroy our solar system before getting anywhere near Earth’s orbit.
8. When the USS Enterprise’s Navigator is dematerialized by the Vger light beam probe, the ship’s computer alerts, “NEGATIVE CONTROL AT HELM.” However, helm is the position directly left of Navigator manned by Sulu.
9. Spock’s side-burns are inconsistent when he’s laying in Sick Bay.
10. The Ilia Vger probe breaks through a wall in Sick Bay, but the edges of the hole are bent in the wrong direction.
11. Spock and Bones jackets swap during the final scene on the Bridge.
12. Kirk’s wearing a different uniform during the final Bridge scene too. The neckline design is absent indicating it’s a completely different uniform.
So, there’s my mish-mash of production errors, continuity errors, plot holes and other miscellaneous inconsistencies in Star Trek The Motion Picture.
Here’s just something I whipped up to hopefully give a better look at the bad guy’s ship in Star Trek Into Darkness. It’s being dubbed the USS Vengeance or Dark Enterprise. I blew the exposure out to help better see the outline against space.
Here’s a visual history of Superman’s shield evolution. This anthology selects significant variations of this logo from over the past 75 years.
All the infographics I’ve seen of the Superman shield history are flawed, so I decided to make my own. This is the only video on the internet that displays all these classic shields in high definition too.
I’ve created this video showing the evolution of the iconic A’s logo since 1901. The old english A that first appeared in 1902 and is still used on the caps and alternate gold jerseys is the oldest continuous logo motif in Major League Baseball. The Detroit Tigers didn’t start using their old english D until 1904, the Yankees didn’t adopt the interlocking NY until 1913 and the Red Sox didn’t adopt the serif B until 1933. Anyway, just some trivia. Enjoy!
PS: I’ve omitted the interlocking KC logo and a few other variations of the “A’s” logo for the sake of time and simplicity.