Episode 409: Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home

Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home (1986)Watch the trailer!

The second film in our pairing of Star Trek movies brings us to 1986, and the fourth film in the franchise! Directed by Leonard Nimoy, this story begins with a strange probe entering Earth's orbit and creating world-wide cloud cover, thus blocking the solar power that provides all the energy for the planet. Only the crew of the Enterprise, including Captain Kirk (William Shatner), a newly-returned-to-live Spock (Nimoy), Dr. McCoy (DeForrest Kelley), Sulu (George Takei), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Chekov (Walter Koenig), and Mr. Scott (James Doohan), can save the Earth! Unfortunately, they no longer have the Enterprise (it was destroyed in Star Trek III), so they must take a stolen Romulan bird of prey back to the 20th century in search of humpback whales! Assisted by Dr. Gillian Taylor (Catherine Hicks), at least... once they convince her they're not crazy, the crew must navigate the strange cultures of the 1980s and both save the whales and themselves! Also starring Robin Curtis (who took over the role of Saavik from Kirstie Alley), Robert Ellenstein, Brock Peters, and Mark Lenard as Spock's father, Sarek (a role he played in the TV series as well)! Plus, the trio unveil which two recently-passed actors they'll be honoring in their next pairing!

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