“They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains the hottest blood of all” -D.H. Lawrence, Whales Weep Not!
I’m ready to review a film that should cause some division.
I know there are a lot of people, including several of my friends, despise this movie. They call it the “whale movie.” However, I think that Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is second only to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan as the best in the series.
Earth in the 23rd century is being attacked by an alien probe approaching from space. The probe’s message was the song of the Humpback whale which, unfortunately, was extinct at the time. So the crew, led by Admiral James Kirk (William Shatner) and Captain Spock (Leonard Nemoy), time traveled back to 1986 to try and find some whales to bring back to the future.
The Star Trek adventure turns into a clever “fish-out-of-water” story as the crew interacts with the world of 1986, the medical community, the language, the engineering. Some of the lines of dialogue from the deadpan Spock are very funny.
The crew split into groups, each with vital missions in the past, in order for them to accomplish their mission and return to their own timeline. The time travel aspect here is not really touched on much, though they implicate some ideas that, may or may not, work together.
The fact that this movie is willing to not take itself deathly serious really makes this a fun movie to watch.
Catherine Hicks joined the cast of the movie as the 20th century marine biologist Dr. Gillian Taylor, who helped Kirk and Spock find the humpback whales. She is a nice addition to the group, if not fairly unnecessary.
In the end, this was a lot of fun. I disagree with the complaints of the bits of the whale being dumb or that it is too preachy. The reasons behind the probe communicating in whale song is unimportant. It is simply a plot point to lead to the adventure. And a message of preserving the animals of the world cannot be bad.