A massive alien spacecraft of enormous power destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers as it makes its way towards Federation space. Admiral James T. Kirk is ordered to take command of the USS Enterprise for the first time since her historic five-year mission. The Epsilon IX space station alerts the Federation, but they are also destroyed by the alien spacecraft. The only starship in range is the Enterprise, after undergoing a major overhaul in drydock orbiting Earth. Kirk rounds up the rest of his crew, and acquires some new members, and sets off to intercept the alien spacecraft. However, it has been three years since Kirk last went into deep space - is he up to the task of saving Earth?Written by
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Measuring four feet x ten feet x six feet (1.22 meters x 3.05 meters x 1.83 meters), the Enterprise's 56 neon panels required 168,000 volts of electricity to operate, with a separate table to support the transformers. The final price for the dock setup was $200,000. See more »
As Spock arrives on the Enterprise, he's met by Chekov and a security officer, and Spock immediately walks off, leaving Chekov behind. As he arrives on the bridge, Chekov is already there, ahead of him. See more »
End title: "The human adventure is just beginning." See more »
Network television and pan-and-scan home video versions run 143 minutes. Here is the added footage:
Decker asks Sulu to take Ilia "in hand". He then gives her a brief explanation of the computer. Ilia reminds Sulu of her oath of celibacy, and Decker informs Ilia that the captain didn't mean anything personally, and Ilia says she would never take advantage of a sexually immature species.
After the wormhole, and after Kirk, Bones and Decker depart for quarters, there is another short Sulu/Ilia exchange about current speed and current heading. Ilia then confirms it. Both these scenes were apparently shot to provide a sense of romance between the two, but were deleted to clear up Decker's same relation.
Rather than Kirk saying, "Make your point, Doctor" when discussing the obsession with the Enterprise, there is one brief exchange, and McCoy gives his line in a medium shot, rather than a shot of the two standing side-by-side.
During the attack on the Enterprise, the ship actually gets hit by an extra energy torpedo. We hear it, and the lighting also suggests it, but we never see it. Some minor scene extensions are added. There is also an alternate take of Spock's analysis.
There is a short scene in which Spock reveals the frequency of V'Ger's transmission. This appears in the Director's Edition.
Decker takes over Chekov after his hand is burned, and a female crew member takes over for him. Decker goes to help Spock, and we return to the theatrical footage of the second (or third) energy torpedo being fired.
Chekov returns to his post after a humorous exchange from Spock and Bones reveals that V'Ger emits more radiation than the Sun.
The famous footage of Kirk shadowing Spock during the space walk sequence is included.
There is an alternate take when Nurse Chapel gives Ilia's headband to the Ilia probe.
The Ilia probe mentions that the creator is on the third planet. She then removes the headband, and asks why two carbon units have entered V'Ger. Bones replies that they wish to contact it. Decker asks if V'Ger has a problem with that, and Ilia says no. V'Ger will find out their purpose. Bones says it is to survive, and Ilia says it is V'Ger's purpose as well to survive. Decker implies that V'Ger's purpose was to find and join with the creator, and Ilia replies that is how V'Ger will survive.
Bones says V'Ger says its creator is a machine, to which Decker replies "We all create God in our own image."
Of all the Star Trek films, this is the most impersonal and epic - which necessarily isn't a bad thing. This film really isn't about the Star Trek crew, but about the vast visual effects laden V'Ger and how the Enterprise spends 2+ hours exploring it. The score by Jerry Goldsmith only accentuates this epic-ness - this is one of his best scores and brings a majestic quality to the Star Trek crew. Never really is this film funny (unlike 4) or action-packed (unlike II) but regardless will always have a place in my heart because it tries to be as epic as Star Trek can possibly be. Overall, a 7 out of 10 (mostly because of the state-of-the-art effects of its time in 1979 and a superb score by Jerry Goldsmith RIP).
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