The fourth movie in the Star Trek franchise might be the most enjoyable to watch, but it is far from being the best. It does a great job of capturing the comedic moments in the show, but maybe goes a bit too far with it. The whole movie ends up playing as a comedy, and while it is really funny, one wonders whether or not it’s appropriate. It’s an odd choice for sure, and it seems like a big risk they took, but if you ask me it payed off. Like I said, this is the most fun to watch out of any of them, and by the time you hit the fourth sequel, that’s really all you’re looking for. Having said that, I do have some complaints. Firstly, the overarching environmental message. It just seems out of place. It’s a Star Trek movie, I don’t want to hear about the problems with whaling. Secondly, the stupid girl from the 20th century is annoying and can’t act. Thirdly, nobody really seems to give a crap about changing the past. Sure, time travel is nothing new for the crew of the Enterprise, but in the past (no pun intended) they’ve always seemed very cautious about messing up the timeline. In the season 1 episode City On The Edge Of Forever, when Kirk and Spock go back to the 1920’s, Kirk falls in love with a woman, then finds out she is supposed to die, and must let it happen to avoid altering the future. In The Voyage Home, they pluck some girl right of the 1980’s and bring her with them to the 23rd century. Not to mention the old woman in the hospital whom McCoy saves, and Scotty giving some plexiglass manufacturer the formula for transparent aluminum before it’s been invented. Seems kinda sloppy to me. Despite it’s flaws, however, this movie manages to be one of the better entries in the series.
Overall Rating: Nuclear Wessles/10