“Homecoming Heroes” (Star Trek IV)

The Voyage Home (Poster)
The Voyage Home original poster art, from 1986.

This morning, I watched Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. This, in my opinion, is one of my favorite Star Trek movies. I really like to laugh at the cliche of going back in time anywhere you want, and choosing the time period that your movie or TV show is being made. Other than that, it’s just a great story, and great execution, and pretty much great everything! The tension was really good, and I didn’t see the whales thing coming when I first watched it. (That was years ago, this is my second time.) If you think that’s ridiculous, run it through your head for a second.”Oh! There’s a giant probe running around turning power out and screaming in weird shrieks! What does this mean!? Oh. It’s whale song. Well. That was surprising.”

Across the galaxy, a strange probe is traveling towards San Francisco, Starfleet Headquarters. The probe blacks out any electrical source near it, and when it reaches Earth, it starts to vaporize the oceans and tear apart the planet. On Vulcan, The crew of the Enterprise have completed their repairs on the Klingon Bird of Prey that they commandeered, and are approaching Earth. It is then that they receive the distress signal from Earth. “Stay away. Stay away.” There is only one way to save Earth. To go back in time.

George and Gracie (VH)
The two Humpback Whales, George and Gracie, in their tank on the Klingon Bird of Prey

This was a great movie. It was surprisingly funny, too. I liked pretty much all of it! I think fans of the Star Trek franchise will really enjoy it too. 8 out of 10.

Release Date: November 26th, 1986

Based on Star Trek, by Gene Roddenberry

Director: Leonard Nimoy, with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelly

Running Time: 119 Minutes.

The Voyage Home took in 109 Million Dollars, with a budget of 25 Million


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