Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Catherine Hicks
Directed by: Leonard Nimoy
Written By: Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, Harve Bennett, Nicholas Meyer
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 59 min
It’s easy to see why the fourth installment of the original casts Star Trek adventures turned out to be the most popular. For one, The Voyage Home is a great film, and secondly, it’s the most accessible to Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike. This is due to the temporal element of the story requiring our heroes to spend time with regular present day human beings right here on good old Terra-firma. Add to that the positive and always popular idea that humans should stop being assholes to whales, and you have a winning message that a lot of people can agree with and relate to.
It is also the lightest most fun Trek in the original series too. We get to spend time with each and every crew member as they negotiate through the task of acquiring two humpback whales. This provides us with lots of great little moments as our 23rd century crew interact with 20th century cultural adolescence and technology.
The Voyage home is the closing act in a three-part trilogy that started with The Wrath of Khan. But this film doesn’t require you to have watched the other two films to understand what’s going on. This is the Trek movie I would suggest non-Trekkies watch first. It’s an Earth based Eco-Friendly story, and a great introduction to the cast and crew.
This isn’t a huge visual spectacle, and you would enjoy this on pretty much any format or device.
Best moments for me:
So many great fun moments to mention here. Scotty’s interaction with a Mac! Chekov asking where he could find the ‘nuclear wessels’ (keep in mind the cold war was still being waged!) McCoy treating an elderly lady in a hospital with kidney dialysis. Spock’s frequent attempts to use bad language.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)