Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Air Date: 11.26.1986
Stardate: 8390


While Kirk and his crew – including the resurrected Spock – prepare to end their self-imposed exile and return to Earth to face the consequences of their actions in The Search for Spock, a powerful alien probe appears out of nowhere with the power to drain energy from any source and begins to tear Earth’s atmosphere apart.

To save their home, Spock and Kirk must go back in time and brave a savage era… the 1980’s!

Star Trek IV is just a fun and light-hearted romp.  A fish out of water story told with the Star Trek characters in which culture clashes and the jokes just keep coming.

Many say that “The Wrath of Khan” is their favorite Star Trek movie and, while I can’t fault their choice, “The Voyage Home” is mine. This movie is just perfect – it’s ideals and satire and commentary all rolled into a joyous little ball with no hammy villains, no unnecessary action, and bare minimum technobabble. It’s a fish out of water story that’s so perfect you have to wonder why no one thought of it before.

Watching the Enterprise crew wander around 1986 San Fransisco is fun enough, but the reason why they were there was a great science fiction idea in that it was original and it raised a little social consciousness. This movie is eco-friendly and does it without being preachy.

This is also a fucking hilarious movie. The beats are hit and it’s all done without making the crew look like complete retards.

For part four, it was time to take a break from the heavy themes of life, death, and aging and just have fun.

Add to this the great character chemistry and writing and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home becomes appealing to both trekkie and non-trekkie alike… as witnessed by it’s 110 million dollar take at the box office.  If ever you want to turn one of your friends on to Star Trek, this is the movie to do it with.

Sorry Khan, this is and probably always will be my favorite.

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Jason Donner

Jason Donner devoured the universe and you are all living inside him.