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on June 27, 2013
The second, third, and fourth Star Trek movies are the best of the Star Trek movies in my opinion. While second and third movies are dark, this comedy brings light taste to the movies and is very enjoyable. It has always been my favourite of the Star Trek movies. While the second and third really are more dramatic (I did love them as well), this movie still shows how important teamwork is (they would not leave Chekov behind. Also, while the story is a bit weird (i.e. the spaceship that wants to talk to humpback whales) as Spock points out there is more intelligent life on the planet than just humans and does demonstrate how destructive humans have been.
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on August 17, 2007
i enjoyed this installment of the Star Trek franchise quite a bit.in my opinion,it's better than the previous ones.i think they did a very good job here,balancing many different elements.there is certainly the action/adventure element here but there is also so quite a bit of humour.the writing is very intelligent and witty.there is also the element of danger,which is very real in this one.the threat is very grave and imminent.the suspense factor is high here too.the story itself is very well written and well paced.this is almost a comedy at its heart.the dialogue is very sharp and fresh.it's more of a family movie than the previous ones.there is some mild language,but it is not used maliciously.it does actually serve the story.the movie is also a cautionary tale i think,to humanity.i think it's just as relevant today as it was then,maybe more so.generally,this movie is probably the most fun of the original Star Trek movies,in terms of comedic value.i also think it is probably the best of the original movies.for me,Star Trek 4:The Voyage Home is a definite 4/5
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on January 26, 2007
"The Voyage Home" was the fourth of the Star Trek films and hit the movie screens in 1986. It focuses on the crew of the original series, commanded by James Kirk, and ties up a few loose ends from the previous two films.

The film opens in 2286, three months having passed since the end of "The Search of Spock", with the approach of a strange probe - apparently on a course to Earth. The first Starfleet vessel to encounter it is the USS Saratoga - unfortunately, the energy signal being transmitted by the probe leaves the Saratoga powerless and drifting in space. Affecting every starship and starbase it meets in the same way, it finally reaches Earth. Settling into orbit, it directs its signals towards the planet's oceans - which are promptly ionised, leading to raging storms around the planet.

Having stolen - and subsequently destroyed - the Enterprise, visited an off-limits planet and commandeered a Klingon Bird of Prey, Kirk and his crew are on Vulcan preparing to return to Earth. In preparation for the trip, they have carried out a few minor alterations to their captured ship. Fully expecting to be court-martialed when they arrive at Earth, McCoy has also renamed it the HMS Bounty. They only hear about the probe's approach and its effects en-route, however. Spock - whose rehabilitation is not yet complete - analyses the probe's signals and believes the language to be that of humpback whales. Unfortunately, given that the species is extinct in the 23rd Century, there can be no response. This leaves the crew with only one option : they must travel back in time to a period to when humpback whales weren't extinct, capture at least one of them and return with it (or then) to the 23rd Century. Using the 'slingshot' method they discovered during their famous 5-year mission, Kirk and his crew travel to the late 20th century. There, they decide to target two whales living in captivity in San Francisco. Naturally, there are complications...

Directed by Leonard Nimoy, "The Voyage Home" also saw Nicholas Meyer (director of "The Wrath of Khan" and "The Undiscovered Country") contribute to the screenplay. Meyer - whose involvement in a Star Trek movie is practically a guarantee - initially wanted the bulk of the action to take place in Paris, rather then San Francisco. Nevertheless, despite the odd 'serious' point - most obviously, the damage caused by humans hunting the humpback to extinction - this is still a very funny movie. The comments on, and the attempts to use, the period's vernacular are sure to raise a smile, while the interplay between Kirk, Spock and McCoy has rarely been bettered.
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on July 17, 2004
Another classic trek movie, this one from 1986, is awesome, and the most shocking thing about it is that it doesn't even take place in space, save for about 15 minutes! Instead it takes place in 1986, where the crew members go back in time to capture two whales to stop the destructive calls of an intergalactic whale species trying to contact the long-extinct whales. The whole plot sounds like it would suck beyond belief, but it comes close to being the best trek movie, and is one of my faves ever.
The awesomeness of the movie, unlike the rest of the series, comes not from suspense and action scenes, but the hilarious and often touching culture shock the crew faces in mid-80's San Fransisco. There is so much to laugh at: the crew earnestly walking along the SanFran streets, Sulu in his cape, Kirk in his red StarFleet uniform, and unforgettably, Spock in his monk robe with the belt tied around the tops of his pointy ears, making him look like an angry ninja master with a botched Botox job. Also hilarious is McCoy's disgust at how rudimentary 20th Century medical practices are/were. In a scene inside a hospital, he asks a woman what ails her, she responds she has kidney dialysis, and he's like, "What is this, the dark ages?! Swallow this, and call me if you have any problems." Several scenes later she is wheeled out claiming a miracle.
There is much more in the movie I won't spoil for you (or more like I'm too f*#&ing lazy to write any more), so turn the PC off and rent this great flick, also it's been on AMC recently, so try that too.
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STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME (Special Edition) is a great edition to the Star Trek collection and for those who enjoy extras and features the second DVD has a lot to offer. There are retrospectives, behind the scenes, histories, graphics, illustrations, deleted scenes and features that include the original cast, crew and some insights from NASA and other scientists.
The DVD extra's are fantastic and filled insight, education and perspectives. Even Eugene Roddenberry, Star Trek's Creator Gene Roddenberrys (Earth II, The Questor Tapes) son makes some interesting commentary on his father.
The movie was the second direction by Leonard Nimoy (Three Men and A Baby, The Good Mother) and written by Harve Bennet, Leonard Nimoy and Nicholas Meyer (The same team responsible for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek III: The Search For Spock) and has been the critics, general publics and Star Trek fans favorite of all the Star Trek movies. (That includes The Next Generation features too!)
The story is simple - all the good ones are - mankind is in trouble and our crew of the Starship Enterprise are the only ones who can save humanity. How? They need to go bring two humpback whales back in to the 23rd century. Why? There is an alien space probe that is communicating to the Earth's oceans on a level of intensity that is destroying Earth.
The fun begins when you take 23rd Century philosophies and through them into the 1986 San Francisco mentality. Seeing this crew in the middle of San Fran trying find their way around, spend money and ride the busses is hysterical.
The best performances come from Captain Kirk himself - William Shatner (Miss Congeniality, Loaded Weapon 1) and a Zoologist played by Catherine Hicks (7th Heaven, Child's Play.) When they interact with each other. They are charming, funny, witty and energetic. Leonard Nimoy (Golda, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers) himself does a stunning and hysterical job as Spock who just got his "mind" back. He has some of the funniest lines in the whole movie. The whole original cast seems to be having the best time throughout this movie.
It has action, adventure, a great story, special effects and the best humor a movie could possibly want. The DVD extra's are by far the most educational of all the DVD's of Star Trek series. The funniest is listening to the commentary of Shatner and Nimoy as the film runs. Fun for the whole family and a must for any one who likes these types of movies; Science Fiction, Comedy, Adventure! 5-20-03 & 11-14-04
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on April 25, 2003
Considered by many to be the best in the series, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home finds Kirk, Spock, and crew traveling back in time to the twentieth century in hopes of finding humpback whales whose unique sounds are similar to those of a mysterious probe which is ravaging Earth. The storyline may sound flat on paper, but thanks to a smart and humerous script, capable directing from Leonard Nimoy, and the great chemistry between the Trek crew (and the interaction between them and the San Francisco of 1986), this installment is undoubtadly the most fun and entertaining in the series. The film was a phenominal hit when released, and paved the way for more sequels to come. The Special Edition DVD is worth noting as well; the commentary from Nimoy and William Shatner is a must hear for any Trekkie, and the production featurettes on the making of the film are actually very interesting. Next to The Wrath of Khan Director's Edition DVD, this is Paramount's best DVD edition of a Star Trek film.
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on December 23, 2002
STAR TREK IV: The Voyage Home is considered one of the most entertaining Star Trek films of our time, and it's considered a success due in large part to Leonard Nimoy's directorial efforts and the great interaction between the cast members, especially Kirk and Spock...who, together, provide some funny moments.
We pick up where STAR TREK III left off, with Kirk and McCoy and Crew on the planet with the rejuvenated Spock ready to leave on the Klingon bird of prey. When they encounter a mysterious probe in their travels, they decipher it to realize that it is actually the song of a humpback whale. They travel back to Earth to San Francisco, where we have some of the greatest moments between Kirk and Spock as they travel in San Francisco in search of the woman who is trying to save the whales from being extinct. The crew of the Enterprise comes together to save the humpbacks and it brings some good action into the film, but this is more about the human interaction between the characters in the film, and not so much about the action. It's a refreshing approach, and it gives the film a lot of strength.
STAR TREK IV: The Voyage Home is a thoroughly enjoyable film from beginning to end, with a better premise and more enjoyable plot then the film to follow. Consider this: The Voyage Home is considered the best film in the Trek series, but I believe that honor goes to The Wrath of Khan. However, that doesn't mean Star Trek IV isn't as good; The Voyage Home is just as good a film, and makes for a wonderful addition to any Trekkie's film collection.
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on August 30, 2002
The last installment of the Trek trilogy is widely regarded as the best movie of the franchise by many because it was the most mainstream movie in the franchise. This film has a very light-hearted story based on what happens when mankind is too shortsighted that they end up almost causing their own extinction. It's also got some of the best comedy the Trek franchise has ever seen because the characters are forced to endure life in the 20th century for most of the movie. The humor works very well, and it helped Star Trek get more of an audience than it ever had before. It was a daring attempt to broaden the Trek franchise and it worked out for the best. As far as I'm concerned, this is where the Trek movies with the original cast should have stopped. I have no interest in parts V or VI because in my opinion, neither one of them had the excitement or the charm of any of the films in the II-III-IV trilogy. This movie is highly recommended for both Trek fans, as well as non-Trek fans.
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on July 31, 2002
This is a good movie if you want comedy. Anyways, the entire crew is back, back to the past that is. A probe causing earths atmosphere to go haywire sends the crew back to 1986 or so to find two whales, preferabbly Humpback. Spock calculates everyhing from memory, but leads the crew into a dilemma. The dilithium crystal in the "enemy wessel" (don't ask-they're in a klingon warbird) has run dry and they have to find more. They each split up into teams: Kirk and Spock find the whales; Scotty, McCoy, and Sulu find the plexiglass and helicopter; and Uhura and Chekov find the dilithium. Everybody but Uhura and Chekov find everything. Due to radiation, only one can beam up at a time. Uhura beams up, and the guards find Chekov. Prepare for the chase scene! It doesn't last very long though. He falls off a ledge and ends up in the hospital. Prepare for another chase scene!! Kirk and McCoy go to the hospital, and when they get back, they've got the beam up coordinates and everything set to go. The whale-chick(forgot her name) wants to go with them, and stay with George and Gracie(the whales), proving the point that "you don't see a marine biologists everyday in the 24th century." Using the sling-shot effect with the sun, the crew makes it back to the 24th century, to face the charges agaisnt them. But, since they did all that they did, the headguys forget all the charges, but demote Kirk back to Captain. The probe leaves and everyone is happy. The End!!!!
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on July 29, 2002
Star Trek IV was the well anticipated sequel to The Search for Spock. Trek III left a cliffhanger so large that the filmmakers had a veritable world of possibilities available. The mid-eighties Eco-trend was pulled off perfectly in its time, and the present. Species are still on the brink of extinction, global warming, and rainforests are still a problem. STIV takes the trek fans and non-trek fans on a wild ride back in time to 1986 to combat the extinct species problem. The 23rd century is devoid of: Whales. An alien probe is unleashing punishment on man for his abuse, and ultimate extinction, of the "humpback" whale. Kirk and crew (minus the Enterprise) have to go back in time to bring a couple of whales to the 23rd century to thwart the probes destruction. Spock is not himself, but he's far more hilarious, and the crew must travel in a rust bucket Klingon ship that is battle damaged from the late starship Enterprise. The movie is filled with twists and turns that are sure to still please fans and closet fans alike. Remember, Kirk and Co. are still outlaws in the 23rd century, and strangers in the 20th.
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