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The Voyage Home

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Title : The Voyage Home Rating : 4
First Aired : 1 Jan 1986 Stardate : 8390
Director : Leonard Nimoy Year : 2285
Writers : Harve Bennet, Leonard Nimoy Season : 4
Rating : 4.0000 for 3 reviewsAdd your own review
Reviewer : Indefatigable Rating : 3
Review : While it may not be the best Trek film, it's certainly one of the most enjoyable. It also had the ability to reach out beyond the ordinary fan-base, with it's strong conservation message and 'present time' (now 'past-time' of course) setting. Many elements seemed to work well. The cast worked perfectly together, and had now known their characters for almost twenty years, so that is not surprising. Leonard Nimoy is obviously a good director, and produced a result which not only fitted together well, but where everyone was able to contribute. There were some great moments, probably too many to list, and all the main cast got at least one good line. As a zoologist, I think they did a fairly good job at making the whales look and behave realistically. They also remembered that they migrate, and have to be released in the right place at the right time of year. Finally, this was one of the least violent films, with no fistfights, one weapon fired at a door and two slightly comedic chases. However, it had its flaws. The alien menace going for Earth (a gigantic chocolate Swiss roll) might have been a bit over-used by now. I also can't understand why they shrank the Bird of Prey, then made it bigger again for the scene menacing the whaling ship. Then there was the new bridge. Why not be a bit more consistent? Of course, the whales weren't quite perfect either. Just releasing them might not work, they have to learn to bubble-net their food and must know the migration routes. However, I'm not quite sure if they went too far trying to get through to non-Trek fans. Maybe they sacrificed a little too much to do it. Also, because of its setting in 1986, it does not date very well. Still, let's not ruin it. Overall, it was a very enjoyable film. I wanted to give it a 4, but it just doesn't quite make it. Pity I can't give it a 3.5
Reviewer : =NoPoet= Rating : 4
Review : While it's basically a load of old tosh, this has always been one of the notable Trek films, albeit noticeable for being "the funny one about whales". There are lots of funny scenes in this film and as with much of Trek, its heart is in the right place. We see the twenty-third century crew looking totally out of place in the 20th century with inevitably laugh-out-loud results, particularly for Scotty, who cannot quite comprehend how primitve the technology is. Highlights: Scotty trying to talk to a computer, Spock swimming with a whale during a tour, the initial attack on Starfleet, the scenes on the bus and most of the dialogue. It doesn't exactly feel like Star Trek, but its legend as one of the most popular TOS-era films was cemented decades ago.
Reviewer : Meste17 Rating : 5
Review : I have to admit, as a diehard scifi fan (that includes both Star Trek AND Star Wars), this one was more enjoyable than the rest, but not quite my favorite, as to the likes of First Contact and Nemesis. But this is a lot better than most attempts. As the creator of this site said, I like the culture clash between the crew and the whole city. There is a lot of things which seem very .... alien .... to them, but yet are pretty standard to the populace around them. The Whale Probe was certainly menacing enough and yet .... understandable as it was only doing its job, thinking there is no wrong in that. What really got me in tears was the ending, where the crew thinks they are going to the new Excelsior for their new command ..... only to reveal the new Enterprise-A behind it. That to me truly was special and I will NEVER EVER forget it. 5 out of 5.
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