The first "Star Trek" movie, from 1979. Bonkers as ever, but gorgeous.
Amen to that. I love the character of Commander Decker, who was also the basis of TNG's Will Riker. And the high theology of the longer TV version and directors cut, where Decker says "Of course! We all create God in our own image!" referring to V'ger's inability to conceive of humans having created it (aa the Voyager 6 space probe) and instead imagined it was created by rhe machines present on Earth, which though not as sophisticated as those that upgraded Vger on the machine planet, by the 23rd century would surely appear capable of making do without the "carbon based units" that are "not true life forms" (humans) that "infest" Earth and the USS Enterprise, and which Vger prepares to exterminate.
Then Decker intervenes and joins with Vger and the robotic replica of Lt. Ilia in a literal apotheosis which is utterly transcendental and brings tears to my eyes every time. It's the most epic Star Trek movie; The Wrath of Khan is good, and has moments of deep emotional impact with the death of Spock, but The Motion Picture is like 2001: A Space Odyssey done right. 2001 is an epic film and without it we wouldn't have had TMP, but 2001 has only one three dimensional character, HAL 9000, whereas both Vger and the Enterprise crew are equally intense in TMP. The transcendental conclusion of 2001 appeared to many with shall we say first hand knowledge as a mere LSD trip, on film, whereas the transcendental conclusion of TMP is comprehensible and part of a coherent plot. That said, the 2001-imitation scenes where the Enterprise penetrates the cloud surrounding Vger and over flies the vast object itself are more than a little "trippy" and not as impressive as the effects directors thought they were; they could have been cut and the film wouldn't have suffered.
The same director by the way who did Star Trek: The Motion Picture also directed the original versions of The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Andromeda Strain, both masterpieces of cinematic SF in their own right. Star Trek was his final SF film, also the one movie where Gene Roddenberry had the most input, and was IMO a crowning achievement for both men. As it says at the conclusion of the film, "The Human Adventure Is Just Beginning", which I think is something Orthodoxy with its promise of Theosis can agree with, surprisingly. Also, fun fact: the script was originally written for the cancelled Star Trek: Phase 2 television series (along with a lot of the film), and was entitled In Thy Image. The characters Lt. Commander Surak and Commander Decker were jointly intended to replace Spoxk as Nimoy who at the time struggled with alcoholism initially did not wish to,return to the roll, but money persuaded him otherwise, hence Surak's gruesome death in the transporter malfunction and Decker's apotheosis. Lt. Ilia I believe was written specifically for the film. Also if I recall Gucci did the awesome uniforms, where the leather boots are sewn into the pants leg, providing a sleek dignified and professional look that in the future might actually be highly practical (imagine just jumping into your pants and shoes in one move); a nice contrast to the silly bell bottoms of Space: 1999 or even Star Trek 2.