USA 1993
CAST: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley. James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Mark Leonard
ONE WORD: Interesting, if vacuous, story.

I have never been a real fan of the Star Trek series, or films. My favorite science fiction-like films, still are FORBIDDEN PLANET, and the original THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. To my imagination, most of these things being done today are long on talk, and poor on the design. I suppose that one has special effects to look forward to help define a new/another world for our imagination.

It is said that it takes money to create quality in Hollywood, but the Star Trek film series is ample proof that money can be spent, and the sets will still look like the cardboard cut outs they have used since their inception. And it is starting to look tired and aged.

The nebulous story line takes the Enterprise crew to San Francisco in this day, to try and get a whale or two into the future. It seems that there is something out there, that is draining all energy systems ( might stop all wars for a change.... ), and is trying to make a connection with the animal it has an interest in..... the whales.

And trying to get the Enterprise ready for this undertaking is where this film is fun to watch, and stay with. Were it not for the middle of these films, one would be bored silly. In a strange time, and having to make connections, they work together until they get the results they need. Well, the weight of the water and the whales not withstanding, but then, what can stop the power of imagination.

Once successful, Captain Kirk is given his punishment, and let go, despite some opposition, from one specific group. Oh well, heroes are never punished.

At least, in this film, the chemistry between all the characters is smoothed over enough to make the film believable and interesting. With the exception of the exchanges in the bay area that the Vulcan is having, and Kirk doesn't enjoy, most of it is well done, and shows, if not overstated, that the crew of the Enterprise are just as worried about the same symbols and life that we take so much for granted.

While not a spectacular film, by any means, it is nicely directed, though I wish that they would FINALLY, get rid of that stage lighting designer, and start doing something that might actually resemble a place we have never been, something we have never seen, ... that other films, with less money, have done so well.... creativity it is called. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, seems to have too much script and ideas, and not enough creativity.

Not a bad film, though die hard fans will still like it. It is, after all, Star Trek.



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