The ‘60’s hit TV series made its big screen debut in 1979’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”. The crew of the Enterprise returned to save Earth from a destructive anomaly that’s annihilating everything in its path. While watching this sci-fi favorite, try to find these movie mistakes!
· At the very beginning, there are three Klingon ships approaching the entity. When they engage the cloud, two of the ships are attacked and then disappear. But the third ship is never shown again!
· Kirk is talking to Scotty for the first time on the shuttle transport to the Enterprise. When Kirk says “I wouldn’t consider myself untried”, the close-up shows him turn his head towards Scotty. It cuts to a view of the two of them and he turns his head again. They’re both turned, facing each other at this point. It cuts to a front view of the two of them and they are now side by side, only their heads are turned to each other.
· Spock detaches the thruster on his way to the alien spacecraft. The rear view of Spock shows the thruster is moving in a counter-clockwise motion. It cuts to a close-up of Spock and the thruster is still behind him in the same counter-clockwise motion. Since the angle/point of view has flipped, it should be in a clockwise movement!
· In the hospital area when Kirk is talking to Spock about V’Ger, Dr. Chapel is holding the metal scanner in her right hand on the pillow near Spock’s head, a few inches away from the edge. It’s in the same position in the close-ups of Spock and in the views with Kirk but when Spock says “V’Ger is barren, cold”, Dr. Chapel is now holding the scanner at an angle with the tip balanced off the edge of the pillow. It’s back in its original position when Kirk asks “what should you have known?” But it’s back over the edge when he asks again in the close-up of Spock. It switches back and forth again before the end of the scene.
· There are different colored arm bands on the tan coats that Kirk, Decker, Spock and Bones/McCoy wear when they go to meet V’ger. Spock has an orangey-red band while Bones/McCoy is wearing a white one. When they return to the ship, Spock and Bones/McCoy are still wearing their coats with the same colored arm bands. But when it cuts to a front view when Kirk says “Mr. Sulu, ahead Warp 1”, the arm bands are switched, Bones/McCoy has the orangey-red band and Spock’s band is white.
“Star Trek: The Motion Picture” stars William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Persis Khambatta and Stephen Collins. It runs 132 minutes and is rated PG for sci-fi action and mild language.
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