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STAR TREK 4: THE VOYAGE HOME (1986)

This time around Captain Kirk and his (fugitive) crew travel back in time to the 20th century, paying a visit to 1986 San Francisco where, in an attempt to save mankind, the crew must battle through a foreign punk rock world of fast food pizza, video arcades, and of course, humpback whales?...

The cast includes: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Jane Wyatt, Catherine Hicks, Mark Lenard, Robin Curtis, Robert Ellenstein, John Schuck, and Brock Peters.

Director Nicholas Meyer, with "Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home" provides one of the most audience pleasing "Treks" ever.

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Promotional Lines: "The key to saving the future, can be found only in the past."

"They travelled back to where 23rd century man had never gone before. To a mad, crazy, outrageous time: 1986."

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Star Trek 4: The Journey Home, continues the story of Star Trek 3, where the crew of the enterprise go against orders and rescues Spock (Nimoy), returning him to Vulcan, where he is put back together, with his contra from McCoy. The spirits of the crew at the beginning of Star Trek 4, are glum, as they vote to return to earth to face charges, in a Klingon Bird of Prey, as their ship was destroyed. As they approach Earth, they receive an emergency broadcast, warning them to stay away, as this 23rd century Earth was being assaulted by savage storms, apparently as a result of a strange object orbiting the Earth. Spock analyzes the sounds coming from this unknown space probe, and determines that in order to cope with the crisis, Kirk (Shatner) and company must undertake a dangerous time voyage back to 2Oth century Earth, in search of humpback whales. They find themselves back in 1986 San Francisco, and land in Golden Gate Park, invisible because of the cloaking device.

Upon arrival, however, Scotty (James Doohan) discovers that the Klingon engine is in need of atomic energy to rebuild the engine's energy crystals, or their Bird of Prey will become dead and visible to all. Kirk divides the crew into three teams. One team was to gather materials to make a whale tank aboard ship, one team was to sneak aboard a nuclear sub and get the atomic energy, and one team (Spock & Kirk), was to find some humpback whales to beam aboard the ship. Of course, things go wrong, but the crew and the marine biologist, Dr. Gillian Taylor (Catherine Hicks), work together to accomplish their mission, after some twists and turns, and surprises.

Star Trek Four has a lot of clever humor, witty dialog skillfully written into the screenplay. The crew has to face challenges, as they always had to do in alien worlds; such as exact fare buses, money, and cultural phenomena, such as bad language, and pizza. The scenes of the Classic "Trek" gang in 1986 San Francisco are great fun. Check out the obnoxious punk on the bus: that's former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's son. Also amusing is Spoack's attempts to completely recover, and fit in with the Star Trek crew, relearning social / working relationships.

If you are a fan of marine animals, particularly whales, than "Star Trek 4" will be your cup of Saurian brandy. Some of the whales are real, some are robotic, and all are fun to watch.

Catharine Hicks is quite likable as a concerned marine biologist, Dr. Gillian Taylor. She has great chemistry with Shatner. Hicks can currently be seen in the television series "Seventh Heaven." Interestingly, her co-star, Stephen Collins, appeared in "Star Trek--The Motion Picture" (1979).

Favorite scenes include:

1) Spock jumps into the whale tank, much to the consternation of the marine biologist giving a tour of the marine museum. The sight of Nimoy giving the ol' Vulcan mind meld to the great sea mammal is much fun.

2) Chekov's adventures, on the nuclear aircraft carrier... Enterprise

3) Hospital rescue of Chekov

4) Saving the whales from hunters

5) The uplifting ending.

If you enjoyed STAR TREK 4, you may like BACK TO THE FUTURE, STAR TREK, TIME AFTER TIME, STAR TREK 3, THE TIME MACHINE, STAR TREK 6, 12 MONKEYS, and/or STAR TREK GENERATIONS.

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