But it is a "fascinating" insight into Trek's cultural and creative origins--
|Okay--the movie costumes|
|are somewhat more beige!|
Moreover, the engine room is far closer to the engine room in Star Trek: The Next Generation than in anything else in the Star Trek name.
|Rimmer and Lister|
Roddenberry brought all the good and silly aspects of liberalism to Star Trek. His penchant for misunderstood aliens reminds me of Red Dwarf where Rimmer is convinced that a garbage pod contains an alien race wanting to communicate; it also reminds me of "Pangs" in which Spike points out that being shot at by a Native American--no matter how justified that Native American feels--doesn't exactly rouse the "oh, gosh darn, let's not shoot back" instinct.
|Spike Freaking Out|
Still, from a cultural analysis standpoint, it is . . . fascinating how solid a place this narrative occupies in the Trek universe. And it can be well-delivered as in the heart-breaking "Duet" and "The Wire" in which characters' identities continually shift, leading others from judgment to pity to a kind of comprehension.
|Garak in "The Wire"|
Regarding Star Trek: The Motion Picture, my conclusion: "Man, this is a boring movie!" But I also came away thinking, "That is so very Star Trek! Okay, so the weird Federation bureaucracy changed everybody's uniforms again, but hey, the movie still isn't as much an anomaly as I remembered!"