Leonard Nimoy’s second directorial effort in the Star Trek film franchise is a fast, funny, crowd-pleasing adventure that finds the whole Trek crew traveling back in time from the 23rd century to present-day (i.e., mid-1980s) San Francisco in order to save the future!
“Satisfying … this is easily the most absurd of the Star Trek stories – and yet, oddly enough, it is also the best, the funniest and the most enjoyable.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the beloved series returns to one of the favorite themes of the original TV show – time travel – to bring Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Uhura and Chekov from the 23rd century to modern-day San Francisco. In their own time, the Starfleet heroes encounter an alien probe threating to destroy Earth by evaporating the oceans and obliterating the atmosphere. The probe is emitting a mysterious message – a message delivered in the song of the now-extinct Earth species of humpback whales. Failure to respond to the probe will result in Earth’s destruction, so Kirk and company time-travel to 20th-century Earth – in their captured Klingon starship – to transport a humpback whale to the future in an effort to communicate peacefully with the alien probe. However, what the brave Enterprise crew hasn’t counted on is navigating big city life on Earth, circa 1986 – a world of punk rock, fast food and exact-change buses that are as alien as anything they’ve ever encountered in the far reaches of the galaxy. With Star Trek IV, director Nimoy keeps things lighter and looser than in previous installments, filling the story with humor, action and affectionate banter between our favorite Trek characters, all of which helped this become one of the biggest box-office successes in the “classic Trek” series. (Dir. by Leonard Nimoy, 1986, USA, 119 mins., Rated PG)