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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Year: 1986
Studio: Paramount
Director: Leonard Nimoy
Producer: Harve Bennett
Writer: Leonard Nimoy/Steve Meerson/Peter Krikes/Harve bennet/Nicholas Meyer
Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Catherine Hicks

It's 'the time travel one with whales', where some Paramount executive had the bright idea about what the Star Trek crew would be like in the modern day. The result was the most overtly comical outing thus far, the fish out of water framework applied to the comic idiosyncrasies between them and us such as Scotty trying to rouse a computer by talking to the mouse or Kirk and Spock learning to employ 'colourful metaphors' to make their points (such as 'one damn minute').

When a strange probe pulls up over the Earth and starts transmitting, things go pear shaped as badly inclement weather and power outages threaten to destroy the world. Returning home in their purloined Klingon warbird after the destruction of their iconic ship at the end of Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock, the Enterprise crew is warned to stay away.

When they discover the probe is trying to communicate with now long-extinct whales, they decide to try a scientifically dubious manouver to travel back in time to collect two specimens to return to the future so they call the destructive probe off. They arrive in the late 20th Century and have to team up with a biologist (Hicks) who becomes Kirk's love interest as the rest of the crew try to stay out of the local's way and prepare the damaged Warbird for a return to the future.

The script keeps the laughs coming and the expensive effects to somewhat of a minimum, and the studio finally had a winning formula, returning a little over $130m from a $25m budget.

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