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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
The key to saving the future can only be found in the past.
Fugitives of the Federation for their daring rescue of Spock from the doomed Genesis Planet, Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew begin their journey home to face justice for their actions. But as they near Earth, they find it at the mercy of a mysterious alien presence whose signals are slowly destroying the planet. In a desperate attempt to answer the call of the probe, Kirk and his crew race back to the late twentieth century. However they soon find the world they once knew to be more alien than anything they've encountered in the far reaches of the galaxy!
Beginning with "save the world" importance and ending with life-affirming joy, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a film which shreds its urgency as it goes along, supplanting stakes for a sweet dose of environmentalism and shaggy comedy. Our characters are already so iconic in their traits that creating a humble hangout film feels like a natural progression in the Star Trek series. The heroes are obviously involved in the imminent threat, but the audience is carried away by slack scenarios and sublime mini narratives; slices of comedy which could only be achieved by a molecular understanding of these personalities. The hilarious chemistry is built around this team, their pasts, and the iconic energy their adventures hold, and even when the tone couldn't be breezier, it feels authentic. You'd have to be a double dumbass not to enjoy this.
You're proposing that we go backwards in time, find humpback whales, then bring them forward in time, drop 'em off, and hope to Hell they tell this probe what to do with itself?!
With 24 seasons over 5 television series and 12 feature films, The Voyage Home has to have the most ridiculous plot in Star Trek's over 45 year history and yet it ends up being one of it's greatest films. Not only does the film feature no real villain, but it's a lighthearted comedy featuring the Enterprise crew time traveling back to 1986 San Francisco to try and locate a couple of Humpback Whales to bring back to the 23rd century to save Earth. The concept is…
A Written Tribute to Leonard Nimoy.
We all have figures in entertainment who touch us in some way. Move us. Inspire us. They may not always be the most virtuous of people. They may not always make the greatest art. We as individuals however have found a reason to respond to them, the person we see behind the camera, or hear behind the microphone, or whose words we digest. And when those people pass on, we feel it more than you would other such strangers. To us they're nothing such - we own that piece of them we have admired, grown up feeling connected to. When that piece is no longer there, we mourn. This happened to me last year…
While I like the poster LB is currently using, this one is much better:
it's my favourite Star Trek movie because a) it's entertaining as all hell, b) Nimoy directs the shit out of it, and c) it's a classic Trek story in that the "villain" is inscrutable and/or not villainous at all. Plus, my favourite scene in Star Trek history:
I actually love Star Trek. Don't @ me about it. Unless you want to make the comment section a place for discussing how boss Star Trek is.
My favorite part is when McCoy gives an old woman on kidney dialysis a pill and she literally grows a new kidney within minutes.
can you imagine a fourth entry in a lucrative franchise taking a hard swerve into comedy like this these days? although it's certainly choppy since it's still got a goofy, expository and "relevant" sci-fi adventure to deal with, you put a few beers in me and i'll start arguing for it as a Hawksian hangout movie born inadvertently out of nostalgic familiarity and outright fan service.
This movie is so genuinely insane and amazing and I can't believe it actually happened. The central conceit is time traveling to rescue Humpback Whales! But the movie is actually amazing, it's funny and heartwarming in all the ways Trek can be, while still having a strong centralized story. I really love this one.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The one with the whales! And colorful metaphors!
Time Travel is an infallible formula for a science fiction movie, especially when they have historical references from the movie's era, something that Star Trek writers love and, by the way, it's really quite appealing.
However, it seems that in this movie they didn't use right the time travel plot: the time travel resource is not explained in the movie. For those who are unaware of the series, this feature appears completely random.
Secondly, the plot of the alien probe and its connection to a particular species of whales is even more random and ill-explained.
Anyway, it seems that the film expects the viewer to ignore these two random questions, being drawn and overshadowed by the seductive plot of time travel.
If nothing else, this movie should stand as a reminder to Paramount and future film writers & directors that you can make a successful and beloved Star Trek film without shoehorning in a boring Khan-type villain. Often considered among the best of the Trek films, "The Voyage Home" is a fun, lighthearted conclusion to the trilogy within the series ("The Wrath of Khan," "The Search for Spock," and this). It's a message film, and it's heavy handed. But it's still a great deal of fun. And there are plenty of great character moments, which tend to be the best elements of the feature films. Everyone gets a chance to shine. This movie will always hold a special place in my heart, because it was the first Trek movie I saw on the big screen.
Things are fairly comatose in space, and you may start feeling passive and depressed, but then the seven crewmates travel from the 23rd century back to 20th-century San Francisco to save a pair of humpback whales, and the encounters there between the seven and the more primitive San Franciscans allow for a few modest jokes. Here's a typical scene: Chekov (Walter Koenig) has been badly injured and is unconscious in a hospital, where he is about to undergo an emergency operation. In order to save him from the barbarities of 20th-century surgery, Bones (DeForest Kelley) hurriedly--and furtively--cures him by placing a small disk on his forehead. The scene is meant to be comic, but, with Leonard Nimoy directing, Chekov doesn't…
I watched this at a late night 35MM showing at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. The print wasn't in great shape, but that didn't matter too much.
I loved this movie as a kid and it had been maybe 10 years since I last saw it. My wife, who was with me, hadn't seen it and knew absolutely nothing about it. When the "whaliens" showed up, she could hardly believe it. When the movie makes a sharp turn from a Star Trek movie to a broad 80s comedy at the start of the second act, she about jumped out of her seat.
It made for one of the best movie going experiences I've had in a while.
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley, George Takei, James Doohan, Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols return to to save humanity with Whales and somehow it works. Like in the original show this movie involves time travel with the crew of the USS Enterprise traveling back to 1986 the year this film came out. There are a lot of jokes about being in a more primitive time heck because of that reason Scotty and Mccoy help develop an alloy that is common in their time but has never been heard of in 1986. (oddly enough in the reality years later in 2009 the same alloy was invented.) There really isn't anything really bad about this film only that it's more goofy than what came before it.
SAVE THE WHALES.
Such a dumb movie!
aka "It's been a while since I did a gimmicky list."
aka "Boy, I sure do love me a lot…
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