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Star Trek Reviewed Plus The Odd-Numbered Films Reassessed
Dean Sobers , May 12th, 2009 07:09

Has the new Star Trek finally broken the curse of the odd-numbered Trek film? Dean Sobers decides and takes another look at the much maligned 'odd' half of the franchise.


Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Robert Wise’s almost universally maligned extrapolation on The Original Series (TOS) episode ‘The Changeling’ almost killed Trek stone dead. But everyone should see it again. Yes, it’s slow, pretentious, confusing and unashamedly rips off 2001: A Space Odyssey. But it’s also one of the most beautiful-looking of the films, has an incredible score, and boasts the most chilling opening scenes in the franchise (approximated most closely by the new Star Trek). It’s also got the enigmatic, relentless V’ger as its villain who taught the Borg everything they know (or was it the other way around?). Only Khan competes there.