This has replaced the Motion Picture for me! Re-designed to play like an episode of the Original Series, the pacing in this edit is great! Orginal sound effects from the TV show have been inserted to give it a classic trek feel, opening titles that suggest what the planned phase two TV series might have been like.
This edit cuts straight to the story - any background details (Spock leaving Vulcan) are told in flashback - none of that overlong Enterprise porn (camera shots of the starship lasting for days on end) - none of the annoying bickering between Kirk and Decker - in all, a shorter more concise and therefore gripping version of the film. I always felt that the Motion Picture was a padded out TV episode, this proves that - and makes a flawed film that is difficult to watch so much more enjoyable and exciting!
This is a great edit, and IMO, a great movie in this form.
It is easy to see why this movie didn't become a blockbuster--there is no finale. There is no big fight scene. The plot doesn't call for it, and what a cerebral plot it is!
This movie doesn't back away from the biggest question everyone faces, the big existential Why Am I Here? Is There A God?
And this plot will always be relevant. Anyone watching Cosmos or Through The Wormhole on TV in 2014 has seen questions like these posed. But because of this plot, instead of a big space battle finale, like Star Wars had, we get Decker hooking up with the bald chick in some glowing lights. Again, I can see how it was perhaps disappointing to the masses, but this is the story they told and I still think it was a damned brave one.
I've watched BionicBob's first 3 Star Trek movie edits in order, but am reviewing this one 3rd because I have virtually nothing to say about this edit other than it is flawless. It is never going to be my fav movie, but this is def my fav edit of the movie. And, of the first 3 Trek edits that Bionic Bob has done, this is my fav. Though I am looking forward to Trek 4-6!
I just watched Bob's newest version of this edit (v2)
Technically it is a much more proficient edit. It looks better, the cuts are better. The Decker/Kirk relationship is explained and makes sense. The ending is slightly more ambiguous, which is more in the spirit of the original (and also better.)
On the whole, this turns a bad movie in to an enjoyable TV special (which is almost as good as good movie.)
Maybe one day we'll get treated to the same edit in HD, but for now this is as good as Star Trek: The Motion Picture can be.
I first saw this edit over two years ago, and I’m ashamed to say I’ve only just got around to writing a review about it. Overall, I thought it was very well done. BB’s intention of keeping it inline with the original TV series, and as a start to a second 5 year mission, works very well. The original music, fade outs, it all fits, and works very well. It is also an achievement that he managed to take a movie that’s 135 minutes long, and condense it down to 80 minutes, and STILL tell the same story.
UPDATE: April 2013
BionicBob has released an updated version of this edit, which has slight improvements in the video, with a few added extras to boot. Still a good edit, the added bits make this even better.
Is it an improvement? I don’t think it’s a question I can answer, because I still think the original version is a classic Trek story, whereas BionicBob’s version is a different take on it altogether, so it would be unfair to compare them both side by side. What I will say is that it is an excellent way to start a series of edits based on the first 6 Original Series movies, and moulding them into something that he has thought a hell of a lot about.
This is the start of the crew’s second 5 year mission. It would be rude to not join them.
Review by UnkwnFactor — January 10, 2011 @ 11:35 pm
This was the first “Trek” edit I watched at FE – of course there aren’t that many to begin with! ;-)
I wasn’t quite sure what the edit was going to be about from just reading the synopsis, so I decided, prior to watching, to read the reviews. I did exactly what Flyboy707 said and did not read his or anyone else’s review until AFTER I watched the edit. I am glad I followed his advice!
I was blown away by this edit! This edit was something quite different than I watched before and really liked what he did with ST:TMP.
I will not bore you with re-hashing all the other reviews already posted, but merely echo what has been said. Is this a perfect edit? No, but darn close for a first outing (I think this is BionicBob’s first edit, yes?)
Again, a MUST-SEE even if you don’t like Trek. This edit showcases what, to a newbie like me, FE is all about.