Monday, September 27, 2010

95. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)


Oh, him? He's harmless. Part of the free speech movement at Berkeley in the sixties. I think he did a little too much LDS.

Although nerds tend to stick together there are a few debates that will see no end: Who would win in a fight (Hobbits or Ewoks)? Who is the one true Green Lantern (Hal, Kyle, John, or Guy)? and the grandaddy of them all... Star Trek or Star Wars? I've always fallen on the Star Wars side of the debate (and Ewoks and Hal Jordan for the record), but that doesn't mean there isn't a very special place in my heart for the classic Star Trek cast. I'll be the first to admit that the even numbered Star Trek movies are all pretty awesome and this is my favorite. Star Trek always was at its best with over-the-top social commentary and time travel. The Voyage Home takes both of those concepts and cranks them to 11. Kirk and Spock "blending in" on the streets of San Francisco is absolutely hilarious. Not to mention the crew's mission, which is seriously to go back in time to save the whales.

This will not be the last Star Trek film in the 365, but it will be a really long time. If this was a list of the 370 or 380 best films of all time Wrath of Khan, The Undiscovered Country, and probably First Contact would have made it.

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