Two years later, on Friday, December 7th, 1979 a dorm mate and I hopped in the 1965 Oldsmobile Delta 88, nicknamed the Battlestar, of another dorm mate at around 11 am and headed into downtown Rochester, New York so we could catch the first showing of a movie that unbeknownst to us would link Voyager and a beloved not-yet franchise. That movie is, and always shall be, the BEST Star Trek movie ever! Oh, Wrath of Khan was better, yes, but Star Trek the Motion Picture is the best and here’s why:
Without it and all its flaws, there would be no Wrath or any of the other four sequels, no Next Generation or any of its four films, no other spinoffs. There were a handful of post-Original Series novels that might have spawned more, but odds are that avenue would have dwindled. There might have been fanfictions and hackneyed attempts at “new” episodes, and given Hollywood’s propensity for short/under-cutting creativity by remaking old stuff, that is more probable than not.
Still, despite its cheesiness, the visuals were awesome and Jerry Goldsmith’s soundtrack, especially the sequence of the slightly re-imagined Enterprise leaving spacedock to Goldsmith’s epic score? Still gives me chills.
Voyager became V’ger, and Star Trek burst open. Voyager is still projected to continue to operate until 2025… Amazing engineering for the 1960-70s. And Star Trek is getting a new series. Continuing missions. Fantastic!