17 August 2011

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

Whales.  Fourth Star Trek movie and they go to whales.  Not the worse choice.  They could have searched for God. (see Star Trek V)

Really, not that bad of a film.  Final part of the 'Spock' Trilogy sees the crew deciding to return to Earth and face the whale music for their actions.

So, on their way home a probe of unknown origin starts seriously messing with the Earth.  Sapping power, kicking up storms, looks like Earth is seriously screwed.

Have no fear!  Kirk and company shows up just in time, and with their stolen Klingon Bird of Prey figure out that the transmission coming from said probe is a whale song.  Shit!  We killed off all the whales.  Time for time travel.

So, in our seriously rickity ship, we hit warp holy crap and go back to 1986 (hint: the movie was made in 1986.  Coincidence?)  So we find the whales, placed for our collection at the Oceanic Institute.  There now follows some comedic hi-jinks.  Your pretty standard stuff... Russian Chekov looking for the nuclear wessels.  Cultural misunderstandings.  Using a mouse to talk to the computer.

So, we get the whales into the Klingon ship and back to the present.  Whales make it into the ocean and Earth is saved.

Kirk is yelled at, and by yelled at I mean demoted and given back the job he so desperately wants... commanding a starship.  So, lesson here... be enough of a bad ass, screw up, you still get to do what you want.  The future is going to be AWESOME!

A decent movie, used to be one of my favorites, but I think my opinion of it has dropped a bit.  Has its issues, sure.  Still very watchable.  I  like it.  Another one of my favorite things that I can't wait to show my son.


  1. I've always said that while Wrath of Khan is the best Star Trek TOS movie of the series, The Voyage Home is the best all around movie. It is standard Trek fare, time travel to contemporary settings to reduce cost, heavy-handed morality tale, etc. but it also appealed to a much broader audience than just us fans. Ask around and many non-Trek fans will know about 'the one with the whales'. Not my fave, to be sure, but yeah, still very watchable.

  2. I agree. Wrath of Kahn is by far the best, although, I think Undiscovered Country gives it a run for its money.

    The wide appeal of this I found odd. As the tail end of a trilogy (of sorts) you need to have at least watched one of the previous two to follow what is going on.

    That being said, I'm fairly certain this was the first Star Trek I was ever exposed to; and as such it will always hold a place in my heart.