Star Trek The Motion Picture launched 3 awesome ships
Star Trek The Motion Picture featured three cool ships to captivate viewers.
Whatever your opinion on Star trek the movie (TMP), it occupies a central place in the history of Star Trek and the cinema.
He opened a series of 13 Star Trek films (with more, it seems, on the way). And it was “the first TV movie released long after the original TV show ended”, as GS Perno notes for Cinelinx.
He is also often hailed as “the most beautiful Star Trek movie”, Whatever his other merits or missteps. Much of its visual appeal lies in its new spaceship designs.
Here is my ranking of the three coolest ships in Star trek the movie.
# 3 – K’t’inga-class Klingon battle cruiser
The original series Klingon D-7 battle cruiser is cool. But the trio of K’t’inga-class warships revealed in TMP’s opening sequence is simply Magnificent in their malice.
The K’t’inga shares the basic configuration of the D-7. But its exponentially more detailed surface and ominous illuminations make it much more formidable.
When ships’ launch tubes light up, they appear to be ignited by hellfire itself. You wouldn’t be surprised to see chunks of sulfur instead of spitting photon torpedoes.
Skillful Motion control camera by Doug Smith from John Dykstra’s Apogee, Inc. shows the models with frightening clarity.
The name K’t’inga means “bearer of destruction,” according to the Memory Beta wiki. Every time I watch the first few minutes of TMP I can believe it!
At Jeff Bond and Gene Kozicki Star Trek The Motion Picture: Inside the Art & Visual Effects (Titan Books, 2020), Dykstra says the Klingon battle sequence “had to be kind of ‘catch them’” (page 167). Aided and encouraged by Jerry Goldsmith’s click-clack and hunting horn score, he grabs viewers but Well.
As wonderfully villainous as this K’t’inga trio is, they’re not strong enough to survive a reckless close encounter with V’Ger. But he is capable of sowing terror in the hearts of Starfleet cadets who pass the Kobayashi Maru test! Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan recycles the images of the ships during the simulation sequence.
# 2 – V’Ger
Arguably, V’Ger, the energy cloud-shrouded spacecraft that houses the 20th-century NASA space probe (alas, only fictitious) Traveler 6– should have been the coolest ship in Star trek the movie.
Much like the alien wreckage from the “Beyond the Farthest Star” animated series, V’Ger is an extremely high-end ship.
Sadly, bringing this conscious “living machine” to the screen in a completely convincing way has proven to be too great for several TMP visual effects units. As Nick Ottens explains to Forgotten Trek, the plans of artistic director Richard Taylor “turned out to be too ambitious.”
The glimpses we get of the breathtaking interior of V’Ger never quite fit into a complete whole. The transitions between the outer layers of the V’Ger cloud, the cathedral-shaped vaults on which the Business the flies, and the inner sanctum where V’Ger meets his maker are jarring and don’t make sense of the “thing” as a whole.
The director’s 2001 edition attempted to remedy this flaw by including scenes from the V’Ger model as a whole.
You can see it clearly in this video starting at around 11:33 am, where “the intruder,” his cloud entirely cleared, glides into orbit around Earth:
Or in this video, around 8:12 am, where you can see Vejur in his entirety just before he soars in a blaze of glory to another dimension:
But as it stands, V’Ger only gets the silver medal. Like many in the movie, it’s beautiful to watch but not quite hold together.
# 1 – USS Enterprise Fairing, NCC-1701
Is there another logical choice? The coolest ship in Star trek the movie is Admiral Kirk’s obsession and original Star Trek the fans first love, the spaceship Business.
In the classic series episode “I, Mudd”, Kirk proclaimed, in an android joke, the Business “is a beautiful lady, and we love her!” But TMP leaves no doubt that Kirk truly believes in this passionate profession with all his heart.
Andrew Probert and Richard Taylor’s refinement of Matt Jeffries’ original design has left Star Trek fans in total agreement. For every viewer who complains that Kirk’s inspection tour drags on too long (although Goldsmith’s score alone makes the minutes worth spending), several others – myself among them – will insist. for the sequence to last. exactly as long as it takes.
The refit Business is a gorgeous design, perfectly done as a template.
The flattened and raised pods give it the impression of being in motion even at rest.
The thicker “neck” and saucer section makes it look even more like the reliable and hardworking flagship that it is.
And its new lights, from the color-changing deflecting dish to the “spots” on its name and badges, express a deep pride in Starfleet’s crown jewel.
I first studied the details of this version of the NCC-1701 as a kid in 1980, looking at the now famous cutaway poster by artist David Kimble on my bedroom wall. I wasn’t even a Star Trek fan yet, but I was and still am a fan of it Business.