Thursday, June 11, 2009
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986, Leonard Nimoy)
Star Trek traveling back in time? Can they do that? Hey, why not? Kirk and crew do all kinds of wacky shit, what's a little time travel going to hurt? I noticed something strange about this movie. The female lead is played by Catherine Hicks, the mom from Child's Play and also the Mom from the show Seventh Heaven with Stephen Collins who played Decker from the first Star Trek film. Crazy, huh?
The Voyage Home begins shortly after The Search for Spock and is the final chapter in a trilogy starting with the Wrath of Khan. Spock is finally becoming his old self again and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are all back together. On their return home to Earth, they learn that a space probe is causing devastating weather preventing them from landing on their home planet. The only way to make contact with the probe and try to stop it from fucking up Earth is the call of the humpback whale, which has become extinct in the 23rd century. The crew must travel back in time to 1986 to try to retrieve some whales to save the planet.
Definitely a far out plot, but the film doesn't disappoint. In fact, it's very enjoyable and funny. Though the action of the previous two films is pretty non-existent, following the Enterprise crew through San Francisco 1986 is a riot. There are lots of jokes and one liners that work for the film, including my favorite one "Well, a double dumb ass on you!". Overall, not a perfect film and the plot is definitely silly, but the movie is still fun and very watchable.