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Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home

A science fiction & fantasy movie directed by Leonard Nimoy.

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Star Trek + Whales = what will they think of next?

  • Feb 28, 2004
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Pros: Yay for Star Trek!

Cons: Aww no big space battles or ships exploding. =P

The Bottom Line: Save the whales - Star Trek style! Hey - why not? =P

Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot.

Just like with 12 Monkeys, I was flipping channels and landed on Star Trek the Next Generation. After that, however, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home came on. Now I'd seen bits and pieces before and knew something with whales was involved, but had never seen it the whole way through. Ok, so here was my chance!

We've come back from the previous Star Trek movie, after Kirk's son died and Spok's been brought back. While Admiral James T. Kirk and the others are on the planet Vulcan, preparing to go back to Earth, a strange probe has emerged and every starship and space station it encounters loses power and is essentially lost to space. As Kirk and his small crew cruise home, they receive a call from Earth stating to all to stay away from the planet at all costs. The strange probe has reached the planet and has begun to vaporize the oceans, and the repetitive call it's giving out can't be answered by anyone.

But then Spok and Kirk realize that the strange noise emitted by the probe is actually the language of the humpback whale - however they are extinct...but not in the 20th century they're not!

Hooray, hooray for time travel! The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, though in a Klingon ship (but hey, it's got a cloaking device so that's cool), go back in time and split up into separate groups, each with their own mission:

Uhura and Chekov have to go get some photon rays in order to help charge the ship back up.

Sulu has to secure a helicopter for transportation of materials needed to build a containment space for the whales.

Bones and Scotty have to go get those materials (and modify some).

And of course Kirk and Spok have to go and find some whales. As they're doing that, they meet up with a marine biologist named Gillian who gets caught up in their mission and eventually helps them out.

So will they be able to get all they need done? Will just a couple of whales save their planet?

I've seen a few other Star Trek movies, and I will say that this one was um, different. Not to say that it wasn't good - it's always a good time when you put Bones in a 20th century hospital and listen to him grumble about how barbaric it is. Or when a few of the others are forced to explain themselves to people, thus earning them the typical response, "He's crazy..."

The actors and actresses, as usual, do great jobs with their roles and William Shatner gives yet another memorable performance as Admiral Kirk. It was kind of funny actually to see him as Kirk, and Leonard Nimoy as Spok, and then 5 seconds later to see both of them in a Priceline commercial.
Of course I enjoyed the entire cast - it's always neat to see them in a serious movie having come from a long lasting television series that looks kind of goofy nowadays.

Before I close out, I'll give you a quick cast list:
William Shatner - Admiral/Captain James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy - Spock
DeForest Kelley - McCoy
James Doohan - Scotty
George Takei - Sulu
Walter Koenig - Chekov
Nichelle Nichols - Uhura
Catherine Hicks - Gillian

Beam me up Scotty...

NT - out


Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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Of all the Star Trek movies, this is probably one of the best and one of the few to make an impact with a wide audience (only Star Trek - First Contact compares). The plotline is funny, uplifting, and memorable. Having seen Humpback Whales in the wild, I also appreciate the movie's message - that in harming our environment, we are harming ourselves.    With that said, Star Trek IV is tough to follow if you aren't at least somewhat familiar with the Trek universe. This movie especially …
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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is the fourth feature film based on the Star Trek science fiction television series. It completes the loose story trilogy started in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and continued in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

Leonard Nimoy directed as well as starred in The Voyage Home, which earned four Academy Award nominations, for Best Cinematography, Best Effects, Best Music and Best Sound. The original music score was composed by Leonard Rosenman, reusing some material from his earlier score to Ralph Bakshi's animated The Lord of the Rings

Widely considered the best movie in the "classicTrek" series of feature films,Star Trek IVreturns to one of the favorite themes of the original TV series--time travel--to bring Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Uhura, and Chekov from the 23rd century to present-day San Francisco. In their own time, the Starfleet heroes encounter an alien probe emitting a mysterious message--a message delivered in the song of the now-extinct Earth species of humpback whales. Failure to respond to the probe will result in Earth's destruction, so Kirk and company time-travel to 20th-century Earth--in their captured Klingon starship--to transport a humpback whale to the future in an effort to peacefully communicate with the alien probe. The plot sounds somewhat absurd in description, but as executed by returning director Leonard Nimoy, this turned out to be a crowd-pleasing adventure, filled with humor and lively...
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Director: Leonard Nimoy
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
Runtime: 119 minutes
Studio: Paramount
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