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2022-05-18 7:37:21 PM  
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2022-05-18 8:54:29 PM  
Causing problems for Voyager
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2022-05-18 9:07:45 PM  
Star Trek: The Motion Picture gets a lot of flack, but it's not a bad movie.  It's just an extra long episode of TOS, that's why it didn't work as a movie.  Wrath of Khan is the farking bomb, though.
 
2022-05-18 9:19:33 PM  

Jake Havechek: Star Trek: The Motion Picture gets a lot of flack, but it's not a bad movie.  It's just an extra long episode of TOS, that's why it didn't work as a movie.  Wrath of Khan is the farking bomb, though.


Yeah, but it was one of the thinky episodes, not one of the action episodes that would have translated better to the big screen.
 
2022-05-18 9:23:59 PM  

Jake Havechek: Wrath of Khan is the farking bomb, though.


Indeed, I do love that one.   But I still think The Undiscovered Country is the better story.  And Christopher Plummer hamming it up as a Shakespearean Klingon is just delightful.
 
2022-05-18 9:32:36 PM  

Jake Havechek: Star Trek: The Motion Picture gets a lot of flack, but it's not a bad movie.  It's just an extra long episode of TOS, that's why it didn't work as a movie.  Wrath of Khan is the farking bomb, though.


It also didn't help that what was shown in theaters was little better than a workprint.

The Director's Edition tightens up the pacing quite a bit.
 
2022-05-18 9:45:20 PM  

NeoCortex42: Yeah, but it was one of the thinky episodes, not one of the action episodes that would have translated better to the big screen.


Where NOMAD has gone before.

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Exact same story, no "thinking" about it.

Wrath of Khan had a lot more thinking. in it.
 
2022-05-18 11:49:05 PM  
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2022-05-19 12:21:35 AM  

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2022-05-19 12:36:21 AM  
You assholes.  We need to drop down a dimension and reduce the speed of light, AGAIN.
 
2022-05-19 1:37:40 AM  
VGER is finally free.
 
2022-05-19 1:54:56 AM  
Effect of hitting the bow shock?

Some part of the spacecraft finally got holed by a dust flake moving at 60,000mph?
 
2022-05-19 1:59:18 AM  
Nerd alert! The spike in the center is a Voyager 1 transmission.

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2022-05-19 1:59:34 AM  
Jeez, even Voyager 1 has better internet
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2022-05-19 2:35:12 AM  

NeoCortex42: Jake Havechek: Star Trek: The Motion Picture gets a lot of flack, but it's not a bad movie.  It's just an extra long episode of TOS, that's why it didn't work as a movie.  Wrath of Khan is the farking bomb, though.

Yeah, but it was one of the thinky episodes, not one of the action episodes that would have translated better to the big screen.


They were going for a 2001: A Space Odyssey vibe when mass market SF had moved on to the "pew pew" of Star Wars.
 
2022-05-19 4:08:46 AM  

Jake Havechek: Star Trek: The Motion Picture gets a lot of flack, but it's not a bad movie.  It's just an extra long episode of TOS, that's why it didn't work as a movie.  Wrath of Khan is the farking bomb, though.


I've seen people say, and I sort of agree with them, that TMP stands up better and better with time.

The biggest problem with TMP is that if you're going to do a 2-hour episode of Star Trek, your script should be a new two hour episode of Star Trek. Not "The Changeling" except stretched to two hours mainly with the Dekker/Ilia love story, other pointless scenes (hi transporter malfunction scene!) and an excess of starship porn special effects (no matter how beautiful they might've been).

But I won't pass up an opportunity to post a modern re-take of the drydock departure scene.

Star Trek TMP - Leaving Drydock - A Space Opera CG Animation
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I still think it's mind-boggling though that the original movie's effects, after forty three years, have held up as well as they have. They were meant to convey the absolutely incomprehensible scale of V'Ger, and show what Roddenberry dreamed of TOS looking like, and boy did they ever succeed.
 
2022-05-19 4:11:51 AM  
So far, the Voyager team believes the AACS is still working, but the instrument's data readouts seem random or impossible.

I would guess that this is caused by the high level of cosmic radiation outside of the heliosphere interfering with the function of the probe's instruments.
 
2022-05-19 7:38:16 AM  
I still cannot get over the fact that the thing is still operating at all. A remarkable confluence of design, execution, and luck.
 
2022-05-19 7:41:58 AM  
"so the call and response of one message between NASA and Voyager takes two days."

The ex said the same thing about me in the divorce
 
2022-05-19 8:19:15 AM  

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2022-05-19 9:13:17 AM  

Jake Havechek: Star Trek: The Motion Picture gets a lot of flack, but it's not a bad movie.  It's just an extra long episode of TOS, that's why it didn't work as a movie.  Wrath of Khan is the farking bomb, though.


Oh it is a mediocre movie. That thing about it being a long episode is no quite right.  It is actually a short episode padded with boring sequences which nothing happens to get it to movie length. And what is worse, a good deal of the plot is lifted from various episodes of TOS.

And Subby, it is Star Trek: The Motionless Picture.
 
2022-05-19 9:48:03 AM  

HighwayBill: VGER is finally free.


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2022-05-19 9:59:41 AM  

bloobeary: Jake Havechek: Star Trek: The Motion Picture gets a lot of flack, but it's not a bad movie.  It's just an extra long episode of TOS, that's why it didn't work as a movie.  Wrath of Khan is the farking bomb, though.

It also didn't help that what was shown in theaters was little better than a workprint.

The Director's Edition tightens up the pacing quite a bit.


I downloaded the DE last week and watched that movie for the first time since I don't remember when.

Either the original version was garbage, or I just don't remember the movie being better than I originally thought it was. Probably a combination of both.

The clothing/uniforms in the movie was basically terrible. Something about the 70s made people think pastels and that fashion of the time was going to extend hundreds of years into the future, and it wasn't looking good.
 
2022-05-19 10:03:18 AM  

erik-k: an excess of starship porn special effects (no matter how beautiful they might've been)


The starship Enterprise from the TV show was old junk. When finally getting a movie budget, they built the new model with the story that the Enterprise was basically the same down to the frame of the ship, but totally overhauled after Kirk's first 5-year mission.

Go back to what the original television special effects were of the ship and you can't have that in a film. The fans wanted to see a real starship and the big budget for the movie gave them that.
 
2022-05-19 10:54:31 AM  

erik-k: Jake Havechek: Star Trek: The Motion Picture gets a lot of flack, but it's not a bad movie.  It's just an extra long episode of TOS, that's why it didn't work as a movie.  Wrath of Khan is the farking bomb, though.

I've seen people say, and I sort of agree with them, that TMP stands up better and better with time.

The biggest problem with TMP is that if you're going to do a 2-hour episode of Star Trek, your script should be a new two hour episode of Star Trek. Not "The Changeling" except stretched to two hours mainly with the Dekker/Ilia love story, other pointless scenes (hi transporter malfunction scene!) and an excess of starship porn special effects (no matter how beautiful they might've been).

But I won't pass up an opportunity to post a modern re-take of the drydock departure scene.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/gvPrYMczF3k]

I still think it's mind-boggling though that the original movie's effects, after forty three years, have held up as well as they have. They were meant to convey the absolutely incomprehensible scale of V'Ger, and show what Roddenberry dreamed of TOS looking like, and boy did they ever succeed.


plus the soundtrack.  jerry goldsmith really nailed it.  it's one of the more beautiful movie soundtracks I've ever heard, and I'm a big fan of them.
 
2022-05-19 11:04:22 AM  
I love how the article claims "mysterious readings" when it's really just communications issues
 
2022-05-19 2:37:23 PM  

PerpetualPeristalsis: I still cannot get over the fact that the thing is still operating at all. A remarkable confluence of design, execution, and luck.


A read a fascinating article on the original team and how, for many years, they'd forgone retirement, due to the fact that their arcane programming skills that kept the craft alive, were lost to history.

The thing has fuel to run experiments until 2030.  Not sure what else it will be able to do after that.
 
2022-05-19 3:29:32 PM  

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: Effect of hitting the bow shock?

Some part of the spacecraft finally got holed by a dust flake moving at 60,000mph?


Or insterstellar radiation, which Voyager has inadequate shielding for, playing havoc with the instruments.
 
2022-05-19 3:59:04 PM  

Spermbot: Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: Effect of hitting the bow shock?

Some part of the spacecraft finally got holed by a dust flake moving at 60,000mph?

Or insterstellar radiation, which Voyager has inadequate shielding for, playing havoc with the instruments.


Get out of here with your "reasonable assumptions" and "sensible likelihoods".

It's OBVIOUSLY alien nanobots built by a civilisation of space reverse vampires from the fourth dimension, in conjunction with the Saucer People, trying to reprogram the probe to cover up the fact it is attempting to move through the holographic boundary that separates us from the real universe is full of life and advanced civilizations, and we can't get through until we stop being dumbasses and touching ourselves at night so we can be displayed in the Cosmic Zoo without embarrassing everyone by fapping openly like the spider monkeys that we are
 
2022-05-19 4:15:55 PM  
Do we get to see V-Ger forming?

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2022-05-19 4:18:09 PM  

zeroflight222: Do we get to see V-Ger forming?

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Damn... gotta read ALL of the comments first.
 
2022-05-19 7:59:52 PM  

Gordon Bennett: So far, the Voyager team believes the AACS is still working, but the instrument's data readouts seem random or impossible.

I would guess that this is caused by the high level of cosmic radiation outside of the heliosphere interfering with the function of the probe's instruments.


Does that mean Voyager's going to turn super-stretchy, become invisible, catch on fire, or turn to rock?
 
2022-05-19 8:59:23 PM  

hammettman: A read a fascinating article on the original team and how, for many years, they'd forgone retirement, due to the fact that their arcane programming skills that kept the craft alive, were lost to history.


Heh, they should have done what smart people do: retire, and then get hired back as consultants for about 2x the pay because their skills are essential and cannot be replaced.
 
2022-05-19 9:01:53 PM  

erik-k: other pointless scenes (hi transporter malfunction scene!)


That scene answered a lot of questions I had about how reliable transporters are. Even as a kid I thought that people are killed in car accidents and other random accidents that involve escalators and elevators. Were transporters 100% reliable in the future? Dr McCoy seemed to have a lot of fear of them.

Then this movie showed what can happen, with some random Starfleet officers ending up as mutated, smeared grease stains on the transporter pad at some ground station. They got them back and what they did get back thankfully didn't live long. Indeed.
 
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