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!
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…
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.
Quite possibly the silliest piece of media ever conceived.
After seeing Star Trek III, I remarked that it was maybe too tied to its TV roots at that point in the series, as it seemed like a sort-of cynical attempt to reset the series narratively much like a TV show would. If that's so, then Star Trek IV is the positive side of that coin, as it's thrilling to see such a big budget blockbuster (in 70mm!) basically take a step back and do a "funny episode." It's the kind of thing you almost never see, and it's so much fun here. It helps that these guys are so at home in their characters, and in full hangout mode. Even Shatner seems hilariously in on the joke, schmoozing his…
I have never craved whale meat more thoroughly in all of my life.
While The Voyage Home seemingly serves as an end to a three film long arc, it's really just a distraction and excuse to get the crew to 1980s San Francisco for some fish out of water hijinks, and in returning back to the ways of The Motion Picture, is just an extended episode.
Admittedly though, it's a fun if very silly episode. Little is done in the way of blowing up the conflict of the crew having to remain incognito and more is done to, say, make fun with it. Storywise this film is lackluster but in terms of a distraction, it's hard not to see why a lot of Trek fans love the hell out of this one. As a casual purveyor into the series, this one is alright. Funny even if some of the jokes are dated, and managing to be just a little bit exciting without action.
Whales man. Whales.
Utterly preposterous plot, really dated eco-politics, and nonsensical situations. After the po-faced seriousness of the first three films, the tone takes a turn for the comedic and you know what- it works. The franchise finally realises the potential of the supporting cast and has some much welcome fun.
It has aged less gracefully than the rest and between the maverick status of the crew and their age, it often feels like you're watching a film about loveable pensioners escaping from the rest home but it revives a comedic tone from the series which had hitherto been absent from the films.
Film 4 on the journey towards Into Darkness, and this is by far the funniest of the Star Trek films so far. After the first 3 being very dark in subject matter, they decided to lighten things up. You are still dealing with the end of Earth, but the banter is hilarious. I forgot just how funny some of the interactions are. "Well double dumb ass to you!" This one is right up there with Wrath, but I'd have to leave it #2 for now.
Pretty cute for a dumb '80s movie. This is one of the first movies I remember ever seeing in the theater. (The very first being Ghostbusters a couple years earlier.) I was a pretty excited 6-year old because, well, it's Spaceships and stuff! Plus, I think I'd seen the 1970s Star Trek cartoons and the original series was still a very prevalent cultural phenomenon; even kids my age knew "Beam me up, Scotty" and "Live long and prosper" and stuff like that. I even had this little Enterprise pencil topper I'd won at school for some reason and I brought it with me to the theater to see this movie.
This one was also extremely relevant because I lived in…
A welcome change in tone. Very watchable. A close relation to First Contact.
One of the best in the series. Good story and fair amount of humor.
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Fans may not enjoy this Trek. It's comedic, silly, preposterous, campy, and a little too much fun for its own good. But those are exactly the reasons why I really loved this sci-fi voyage. While the previous three films were focused a bit too much on seriousness and the strict need to tell the story at hand, this time around everyone seemed to take it easy and have a little fun.
The film starts off right where the previous entry, The Search for Spock, ended. Spock is alive and well, but he seems to have lost some of his memory. The Enterprise is destroyed, but the crew luckily still has a Klingon ship available for them after the conclusion of…
3 out of 5 (B-)