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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!
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.
McCoy: "You're proposing that we go backwards in time, find humpback whales, then bring them foward in time, drop 'em off, and hope to Hell they tell this probe what to do with itself?"
Kirk: "That's the general idea."
Oh man. I was not expecting this. For those who haven't seen it, The Voyage Home is a situational comedy involving the crew of the Enterprise back in 20th century California. If I had gone into it expecting that I think I might have been able to enjoy it more, but I've basically been hoping for more Wrath. This is certainly constructed well enough as far as comedies go, and once I figured out what it was doing I got a few good laughs out of it, but personally I prefer the more space adventure-oriented installments in the franchise.
The heck is wrong with me? When I went to log this I had apparently given it 3.5/5. Star ratings are stupid, and this movie is amazing. To me, this is Star Trek at its finest, and most fun.
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 started off by wondering why I was even continuing to watch this franchise. They're not bad films at all, but I'm just not getting into them.
And then about 40 minutes in I started to really enjoy this one.
Very unexpected. More of a comedy but fair play to just going out there a bit more. Really good fun and my favourite of the old Trek films so far.
The wonderful thing about Star Trek is you can tell any kind of story, First Contact is essentially a zombie film, The Final Frontier a religious exploration, Generations the inevitable crossover episode, and then there's The Voyage Home, which can only truly be described as a comedy caper.
Not only is it one of the best the franchise has produced, it's also the most accessible, while still having a plot ludicrous enough to rival the adventures of Bill & Ted.
Silly, an daft yet some how it pulls it all off to be one of the most fun films in the franchise. With help of the time travel element we get to enjoy the crew out of their comfort zone. Which opens up some really fun moments for the cast to shine in.
"Spock: To hunt a species to extinction is not logical.
Dr. Gillian Taylor: Whoever said the human race was logical?"
My favorite Star Trek picture, this one has the crew going back in time (as they sometimes did on the show) to get a bunch of whales so they can save the future. I love this movie, it's very funny and it has a message too.
Odd how the best of the series so far (in my opinion) travels back in time, has no real villain, and lacks the Enterprise. Fantastic character moments, great fun.
FBI agent interrogating Chekov: What do you think?
FBI Agent 2: He's a Russki.
FBI agent interrogating Chekov: That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard in my life, of course he's a Russki but he's a retard or something...
For the second time (and quite possibly the last, so far) we get a Star Trek film that doesn't contain a plot that depends on the involvement of a villain or anything resembling a revenge story. It's more sci-fi that most of the entries but not as successful on that front as The Motion Picture. The appeal here is that, as goofy as the proceedings transpire, what keeps this afloat is that its character-driven. That's what makes it such a breath of fresh air: after all of the death and destruction of Wrath of Kahn & Search For Spock, the emphasis on comedy and humanity is so sincere and appealing.
but i mean whales
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