Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Directed by: Leonard Nimoy
Friday, May 23 - Sunday, May 25, 2014
“[A] rousing adventure… a flat-out four-thruster blast… The episode is dedicated to the Challenger crew, but there’s nothing solemn about this warp-time trip back to the 20th century. It crackles with comedy, but it’s no space cartoon, nor self-lampoon. It’s 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…
“In this instance, 23rd-century Earth is endangered by an alien mothership gone amuck as it searches the seas for the extinct humpback whale. The Trekkers must warp back to 20th-century San Francisco to save the whales — and so mankind.
“Exiled on Vulcan after destroying the Enterprise in “III,” the crew is forced to save the day in a stolen Klingon Bird of Prey (with cloaking device). Naturally, the di-lithium crystals destabilize, leaving the veteran mariners just 24 hours to beam up the leviathans and beat it back ’round the sun to the 23rd century. Cross-cutting between our present and their future, Nimoy manages to keep the proceedings as tense as they are funny.” – Washington PostPG, 119 Minutes