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STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME
Dir. Leonard Nimoy
ADVENTURE COMEDY SCI-FI
In “Star Trek IV,” the crew of the starship Enterprise travels from the 23rd century to our own time, in search of (I kid you not) humpback whales. It seems that an alien probe has approached the Earth looking for the whales, which, we’re told, became extinct in the 21st century; in the process, the probe is destroying the Earth. So Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) figures the only way to save the Earth is to save the whales.
What follows is a comedy along “fish out of water” lines, as the voyagers learn their way around pizza and beer, money and what we call modern technology. Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelly) wouldn’t be “Bones” if he weren’t steamed up about something, and here, it’s the medical practices thatseem positively medieval to a 23rd-century eye. And there’s a hilarious running gag in which Admiral Kirk tries to teach Captain Spock (director Leonard Nimoy) how to swear like a sailor.
Shatner and Nimoy develop a delicious rhythm together, with the emotionless Spock providing the straightest of straight men, a sounding board for Kirk’s sardonic arpeggios. Having begun his career on the Shakespearean stage, Shatner presumably feels superior to the silly stuff that has made him a rich man, but he makes that feeling work for him. He builds Kirk out of smarmy aplomb, the aggrieved unctuousness of a foppish king in exile — delivering his lines with mock portentousness, moving with a dainty swagger. And the fish out of water formula suits the rest of the “Star Trek” cast perfectly. In heavy makeup and futuristic pajamas, they look like a chorus line of drag queens — they’d look out of place anywhere, in any time. (Washington Post)