Star Trek IV The Voyage Home (1986)

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Voyage Home was one of the more humorous movies of the Star Trek films. It was full of laughter and yet at the same time was serious about the ecological and social problems of the time. This film took the series into a new direction where they were not trying to please the critics but they were trying to please the fans. A movie that said this is Trek and we make it our own way and the fans will love us for it. Guess what, the fans did love them for it and have continued to do so for the last 32 years.

In the last film Spock was reunited with himself, if you do not get that then see the movie Star Trek III The Search For Spock, and now he is traveling to Earth to stand as a witness for his friends. As they are traveling home a probe of unknown origin is crossing both Klingon and Federation place on a course for Earth. No one knows how to stop it, all the ships that go near it are dead in space and it is left to the crew of the Enterprise. In a beat up old Klingon scout ship the crew has to time travel to the past to save the day, but can they find some humpback whales in time?

This film was also dedicated by the cast and crew in humble tribute to the crew of Challenger. Here is the quote directly from the first few frames of the film.

The cast and crew of Star Trek wish to dedicate this film to the men and women of the spaceship Challenger whose courageous spirit shall live to the 23rd century and beyond….

As said, this film is is full of laughter and it pokes fun at early 80’s culture. Again we see the banter back and forth between McCoy and Spock like we saw in the Original Series. Spock is learning all over again what it means to be part human and it sparks laughter along the way.

While the members of the Enterprise crew did exceptional well with their parts it seemed that Catherine Hicks had trouble with the part of Dr. Gillian Taylor. “And that is as they say that”, see the film and you will know what I mean. Much of her dialog seemed forced, miss timed and sometimes just flat out fake sounding. It was almost like she was experimenting with her lines and never really got them or their meaning at all. To be honest you will probably not notice it the first time watching the film but after a few time she will definitely rub you the wrong way. Sci-Fi is not the genre for her.

Even with its message of conservation and making jokes about the 80’s it is still a very entertaining film to watch. You will want to have this one in your collection so that you can watch it at least every few years or so *wink*

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