James Rolfe: "Star Trek 4 - The Voyage Home". If you thought the plot of "Star Trek 3" was crazy, well listen to this... There's a log of shit with a disco ball floating around space, and it talks to humpbacked whales on Earth. But in the 23rd century, the whales are extinct and that means the shitlog is gonna destroy the planet, just because it can't talk to the whales. Yes, that's the plot.
So Kirk and company have to go back to 20th century Earth, abduct a pair of whales, bring them back to 23rd century and let them have their little conversation or whatever... What do they wanna talk about anyway? This one and "Star Trek 3" were directed by Leonard Nimoy. He came up with the idea that perhaps the purpose of whale-songs was to speak with life outside of Earth. Man, what kind of drugs was he on? But what makes the movie great is that it tries something new.
Spock: What does it mean: 'exact change'?
James: It's a fresh concept to see the crew out of their place and time period. It gives you the chance to see how they work outside their element. And it actually gives the actors a chance to diversify. They're not aboard the starship speaking in technobabble – they're just walking around in real life, trying to blend in with society.
Taxi driver: Hey, why don't you watch where you're going, you dumbass!
Kirk: Well, double-dumbass on you!
James: This loosens it all up for some comedy. The funniest scene is this one right here. It's the polar contrast: here we have two guys from the future who don't fit into society and a guy who's deliberately trying not to fit in society. He's probably not even into punk rock; he's just a poser who wants to be loud and obnoxious. Every time I watch this, it's still just as funny as ever.
Kirk: Excuse me!? Would you mind stopping that damn noise?!
[A punk holding a portable radio flips Kirk off.]
Singer on radio: And I say SCREW YOU!!
[Spock gives the punk the Vulcan nerve pinch and he passes out, turning off the radio in the process.]
James: So what happens here is that the crew splits up. Kirk and Spock are trying to find some whales. Scotty, McCoy and Sulu are trying to find a tank to hold the whales. And Uhura and Chekov are trying to find a source of nuclear power to replenish the ship's dilithium crystals, otherwise they can't get back to the future. So they really have a lot to accomplish and it's all so much more complicated that they don't understand the world they're in.
There's also a real funny scene where Kirk's trying to establish a relationship with the female lead, Gillian. She works at an institute that has whales and, obviously, she can't just give them the whales. So Kirk invites her to dinner and hopes that he can explain the situation. Now, the funny part is that Spock doesn't like Italian food.
Gillian: You guys like Italian?
James: What's his problem?! They're trying to save the world and Spock wants to give them a hard time about Italian food? The comedy makes it entertaining, but it goes beyond just cheapening out for the sake of reaching a wider audience. The whole movie has a theme. Whereas "Wrath of Khan" was all about death, "Search for Spock" was about life, "The Voyage Home" is all about communication. We have a log of shit with a discoball trying to talk to humpback whales. Humans will never understand what they're communicating about and ignorantly assume that any signal transmitted through space is intended for them.
The movie begins with a trial and we see Kirk being blamed for his actions in "Part 3". It's all a lack of communication. We have Scotty trying to explain transparent aluminum to an industrial worker. We have McCoy complaining about the medical equipment. We even have Scotty trying to talk to a computer.
Scotty: Hello, computer.
James: It's all a lack of communication. We also have Spock being reeducated after being reborn in the last movie. He's able to answer complicated math problems, but can't understand something as simple as a basic emotion. Overall, to some fans, it may stick out like a black sheep of the series. But this, I think, is one of the best. Probably my favorite of the whole franchise. But let's do a little warp speed through the rest of the series.
"Star Trek 5 - The Final Frontier" is another one that doesn't have much rewatch value and it's often considered to be the worst. Without a thorough evaluation, all I can say is that it's one I usually skip.
"Star Trek 6 - The Undiscovered Country" is another really good one and the final movie with the original cast.
"Star Trek - Generations" is basically the movie that bridges the two generations. It's cool to see both Captain Picard and Captain Kirk in the same movie. There's a lot of funny moments...
Data: I hate this!
James: And it's overall not one of the absolute best, but still very entertaining.
"First Contact" was the first movie to solely feature the "Next Generation" cast. Picking up with the series' most popular villains, the Borg, was a great idea. All-around a satisfying film.
"Insurrection" was more or less like an average episode of the TV series. So, this is another one I would skip and instead focus on any of the great 2-parters that the TV series has to offer.
"Nemesis" was another good one, and it was a fitting closure to the "Next Generation" film series.
As I'm making this video the prequel isn't out yet, so you're probably gonna see that review on its own. But anyway, I just wanted to give an overview of the "Star Trek Trilogy". And just because I call it 'the trilogy' doesn't mean I think those are necessarily the three best, but those are the three that I immediately think of when I think "Star Trek". The only question is what the series continues to do to keep it fresh, and how the new cast and characters will grow in time. That's all, signing out.
Kirk: Let's get the hell out of here.