Commentary: Trek Stars 99: Hey, It Ain't The Black Hole! / by Mike Schindler

Wise, Part 1: Trek.

In 1979, ten years after the cancellation of the original series, Star Trek made the jump to the big screen. In an effort to pull out all the stops, Paramount hired Oscar-winning director Robert Wise to helm Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The rest is history.

In this episode of Commentary: Trek Stars, Max and Mike are joined by Larry Nemecek to look at Wise's work on the film. We discuss Wise's place in film history, the atmosphere of fan culture leading up to the picture's release, and whether or not Wise was the right choice to direct the first Star Trek movie.

Running Time: 1 hour 23 minutes 49 seconds


Max Hegel and Mike Schindler



Larry Nemecek


Editor and Producer

Mike Schindler


Associate Producer

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Robert Wise (1:55)
TMP Fan Culture (8:20)
Fan Reaction to TMP (29:06)
Was Wise the Right Choice? (40:37)
Final Thoughts (1:00:44)
Wrap-up (1:11:26)


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