2 April 2012

Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released 10 years after The Original Series had come to an end (in fact, it was actually cancelled) on our TV screens. To set the scene, the year is now 2271 and Kirk has been promoted from Captain to Admiral. Even though he now has desk space within the Starfleet Headquarters, he is itching to get back on board a starship. Spock, being a Vulcan, is on his homeland undertaking a ritual to get rid of all his emotions forever. 

All is not well in the universe, as there is an alien lifeforce on the rampage, moving through the galaxy on a direct path to Earth. The starship Enterprise is dispatched into action to explore exactly what is going on and Kirk is back at its helm. Spock also returns to the Enterprise saying that he has felt the consciousness of the alien lifeforce that he has called V'Ger. They catch up with the cloud but exploration isn't simple. An Enterprise crew member is abducted and the strange discovery of a long lost Voyager space probe is made at the heart of V'Ger. 

Star Trek: The Motion Picture was the most popular of the Star Trek feature films, selling the most tickets until the 2009 release of the aptly named Star Trek. At the time of it's release in 1979, it received critical acclaim for its special effects receiving Academy Awards nominations for Best Art Direction - Set Direction, Best Effects - Visual Effects and Best Music - Original Score. 

If, like me, you've caught a bit of a trekkie bug after finding out more about the film, here are a few facts for you that I came across... 

- There has been six Star Trek TV series, The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and finally Enterprise

- As well as the 726 TV episodes (wow!) there have been 11 feature films, the first being Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979 and the last one being Star Trek in 2009. 

- There has been several famous actors and actresses making guest appearances in the Star Trek films. The include Kim CattrallStephen HawkingChristopher Plummer and even Kelsey Grammer! It is well worth a few minutes out of your day to check out the YouTube links here, I promise. 

Star Trek: The Motion Picture will screen on 4 April at 6.30pm and forms part of our Robots and Avatars film programme. Tickets cost £6 or £5 for FACT Members and concessions. You can buy them online, in person at the Box Office, or by calling 0871 902 5737.  

Further films in the Robots and Avatars film programme include The Terminator, Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis and THX 1138.