Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

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To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to 20th century Earth to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it, humpback whales.

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James T. Kirk who after rescuing Mr. Spock and bringing him to Vulcan where he is fully restored, is now the most hated man in the universe, because he disobeyed his superiors, killed a Klingon crew and took their ship. After three months on Vulcan, Kirk decides to return to Earth to face the consequences of his actions along with his crew who aided him. Also accompanying them is Mr. Spock, who is still trying to understand his human side. What they don't know is that an alien probe approaches Earth and is emitting a signal that nullifies all power systems. And it is now vaporizing the planet's oceans covering the planet in a cloud that covers the earth cutting them off from the sun - the planet's main source of energy. The President of the Federation sends a transmission telling everyone about what is happening and to stay away from Earth. Kirk upon hearing it, checks out the probe's transmission and Spock postulates that the alien is not hostile merely unaware that its transmissions... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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They travelled back where 23rd century man had never gone before. To a mad, crazy, outrageous time. 1986. See more »


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Star Trek IV: The Adventure Continues  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$109,713,132 (USA)
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When Kirk, McCoy and Gillian first enter the hospital and are walking around trying to locate Chekov, a voice on a loudspeaker in the background says "Paging Dr. Zober... Dr. Sandy Zober." Sandi Nimoy (nee' Zober) was director/star Leonard Nimoy's wife at the time. See more »

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The "On duty Commander" aboard the Enterprise Air Craft Carrier (i.e. U.S.S. Ranger CV-61) Stated, that their was an "Intruder in M.M.R. number 4". This is an questionable statement probably due to assumptions by some one not familiar with military terminology. M.M.R., possibly refers to "Main Missile Room" which at the time of this film (November 1986) did not exist except on paper. Though on the drawing boards was "Gerald Ford class (or Ford class, previously known as "CVN 21 class") which is a class of super-carriers currently being built to replace some of the United States Navy's existing Nimitz-class carriers." Designed originally in 1975. The first two ships, USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) and USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), will be commissioned in 2015 and 2019. The carrier(s) will be armed with the Raytheon evolved Sea Sparrow missile (ESSM), which defends against high-speed, highly maneuverable anti-ship missiles. This information most likely was classified "Top Secret" in 1986. CVN-80, U.S.S. Enterprise should be commissioned by 2025, She will be the ninth ship and the third aircraft carrier in the history of the United States Navy to bear the name. Trekkers rejoice! Magazine applies to any compartment, space, or locker that is used, or intended to be used, for the stowage of explosives or ammunition of any kind., also stowed separately from powder or fuel used to launch stated projectile(s) generally located below the main deck, and insofar as is practical, below the waterline.For safety reasons and only brought together during readiness for battle or defensive preparation(s).This is S.O.P. (Standard Operating Procedure) for many military branches. The "Big E, Grey Ghost" would not normally have had any nuclear weapons on board except in some form of transportation scenario. While a ship of the line might have defensive missiles on board as protection from airborne or surface enemy platforms. It is highly unlikely that the Enterprise would have a "Missile Room". See more »

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Spock: Admiral, if we were to assume these whales were ours to do with as we pleased, we would be as guilty as those who caused their extinction.
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Silly but Trek at it's best!
16 April 2006 | by (Dundee, Scotland) – See all my reviews

'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home' is the most popular of the Trek films and quite right too. Not only does it appeal to both fans and non-fans of the show but it revels in the spirit of what Trek has always been about: how perfect and Utopian the citizens of the twenty-third century are compared to their Neanderthal ancestors of the late twentieth century!

The film sees Kirk and his crew, in disgrace after disobeying Starfleet orders to save Spock following the events of 'Star Trek III: The Search for Spock', travel to 1986 San Francisco to retrieve a pair of hump-back whales, a species extinct by Kirk's era. The whales are the key to communicating with an alien probe that is in the process of destroying Earth. As well as the non-too-subtle eco-message ('don't allow any animal be hunted to extinction as they may save us all in the future!'), there is much fun to be had as Kirk, McCoy, Uhura, Sulu, Scotty and the ever-logical Spock struggle to integrate themselves into most alien situation they have ever been in. They are clueless about exact-change buses, pizzas and why 1986 doctors think it's a good idea to drill into someone's head.

It is very light-hearted at times but I imagine this is the film Gene Roddenberry is most proud of given the way it portrays the best of all our favourite characters and reaches the heart of the ethos of 'Star Trek'. When I first watched this as a child, I wished Kirk would come and let me join him in the twenty-third century. In fact, the only thing that could improve this film would be if the probe had aimed its venegeance entirely at Japan and Norway in retaliation for the sins of these countries' backward twenty-first century 'ancestors'. After all, it's these two countries who will surely bring about the extinction of whales.

While this doesn't delve too much into the mythology and background of Trek, it is a great film and deserves to be counted as the best of the ten films. It is also an excellent option for Trek fans trying to convert friends and family to 'seeing the light' and loving Trek!


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