Star Date: 1986. How on Earth Can They Save the Future?
|To save earth from an alien probe, kirk and his crew go back in time to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it, humpback whales.|
"The Enterprise crew takes a sharp left turn toward comedy in this uncharacteristic--and very entertaining--movie. Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"A happy, heartfelt chapter that reunites the original cast with the original TV format, shying away from the cold and epic scale of the preceding movie adventures. Rita Kempley, The Washington Post
"The most successful and widely appealing of the Star Trek films...[with] some of the most humorous and humane moments in the Trek canon. Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"...warmer, wittier, more socially relevant and truer to its TV origins than prior odysseys. Variety
Editor's NoteWhile back on Earth, standing trial for their hijacking of the starship Enterprise (see STAR TREK III), Kirk and his crew are thrust into a new adventure. A space probe threatens to destroy the planet if it is not allowed to continue its longstanding communications with a certain species of Earth mammal -- humpback whales. Unfortunately, there is an obstacle to their simple demand; the whales are extinct in the 23rd Century. So Kirk, Spock and the gang travel back in time to San Fransisco, circa 1986, where they battle culture shock, as well as the clock, while trying to corral a few friendly whales to bring back to the future. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Cinematography, Best Original Score.
Cast & Crew
|Leonard Nimoy - Director|
Plot SummaryA contemporary Marine biologist becomes involved with Kirk and crew as they undertake a vital mission into Earth's past to save a species whose extinction poses a threat to the very existence of the planet. The Directors' Series version includes outtakes and commentary by director Leonard Nimoy.
|Donald Peterman, Nominee, Best Cinematography|
|Leonard Rosenman, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score|
|Mark A. Mangini, Nominee, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing|
|Terry Porter, et. al., Nominee, Best Sound|
|"Back in the '60s he was part of the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley ---- I think he did a little too much LDS" [sic] ---- Kirk (William Shatner) making excuses for Spock's (Leonard Nimoy) odd behavior.|
|"I may have carried your soul, but I sure couldn't fill your shoes." ---- Dr. "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley) to Spock (Leonard Nimoy).|
|"To hunt a race to extinction is not logical." ---- Spock (Leonard Nimoy)|