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The Daily Scrapbook: 5/14/13 (8/1979) Progress Report: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Here’s today’s flashback:  From Starlog Magazine, August 1979 – the latest progress report on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  We discover here that Trek had now doubled its original budget of 15 million; mainly because special effects alone were costing 16 million, and that it was Robert Wise who was partially responsible for the look of the horrible bland polyester uniforms in the film, mainly because, as Roddenberry mentions : “…Wise kept to the idea that the uniforms should be utilitarian”  Yuck!   And for heaven’s sake, I hated that De Kelley had to wear such revealing mommy stretch pants in his first scene (with the beard).  Thank goodness the tunics covered the uniform hip-areas!  (By the way, this is the last article from my second Star Trek scrapbook! Volume III starts tomorrow!)

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The Daily Scrapbook 3/22/13 (August,1978) Starlog Magazine From the Bridge of the Enterprise”

Here’s today’s flashback: From an August 8, 1978, Starlog Magazine their monthly update on the set making the Trek movie.   I gotta say, the black and white picture I saw in a previous article didn’t have me too thrilled about the new Starfleet uniforms, and seeing the color pictures in this article had me even less thrilled.  Gray and Beige Uniforms?  Ugh!  How non-original technicolor dream Star Trek uniform could you get? Even the cast doesn’t look too happy in these shots, maybe they sensed something wasn’t quite right… Well, at least it was nice to see that The Enterprise bridge would have a ceiling! Dig the very hairy disco dudes in the background of the first picture! V2-018AV2-018B

The Daily Scrapbook 2/5/13 — March 29, 1978 ‘Starship on a Silver Screen’

Hi Kids, here’s today’s flashback:  From March 29, 1978, the news all Trekkies longed to hear: Star Trek was finally coming back, and now as a movie! Now in my lifetime, there had been many movies turned into TV series, but never vice-versa.   The first Trek movie was a pioneer in this aspect.   I was so happy that Nimoy was back as Spock, and recall being cautiously optimistic about the movie, which turned out to be with good reason.  Despite all the bells and whistles, the first movie to me just wasn’t Star Trek; the uniforms were ugly dull polyester onesies, the Klingons were bumpy,  Shatner’s toupee was all wrong! A tally of offenses abounded in first movie.   There were intensely loving but terribly long and  slo-o-o-o-ow close-ups of the Enterprise.  The splendid music and special effects were loud, but the dialogue was annoyingly whispered.  The plot meant well, but it was executed all wrong! But the worst offense was  that there was hardly any humor in it, (save for McCoy) with the characters so sombre I wondered if Nimoy’s character from Invasion of the Body Snatchers had turned the whole Enterprise crew into pod people!  I was so disappointed with it that I was ready to give up on my beloved series.  Was there anything I liked about the first movie?  Yes. Jerry Goldsmith’s  “Illia’s Theme” was dreamily beautiful, and still gives me chills. Alas, even the love story between she and Decker wasn’t utilized as well as it could have been.  I give Roddenberry and crew points for trying,  but unfortunately, it would be  three years until the second movie‘s glory made up for the first ones dearth of spirit (in spades!)                By the way — this was the final article posted in my original scrapbook– a fitting end to five years of clippings up to this point. Volume II will start tomorrow (there are four volumes in all).  Thanks for coming along for the ride so far! V1-pg 71 copy