It’s the year 2286. A mysterious probe threatens the Earth. Once again an opportunity for the Star Trek heroes to demonstrate their creativity and heroism. However, this time their adventure doesn’t lead them to the final frontier, but to the Voyage Home.
THE VOYAGE HOME IN BRIEF
The strange probe moves through space towards the Earth. Moreover, it completely drains the energy of everything that passes its way. Furthermore, the probe creates planetary storms.
Unfortunately, these form such a dense cloud cover that sunlight is completely blocked. If this situation continues, it means the end of planet earth.
During these events, Spock recovers from his rebirth on the planet Vulcan. Meanwhile, his friends, and the crew of the USS Enterprise, prepare for The Voyage Home.
Of course, a Starfleet tribunal will surely await them at home. In their search for Spock, Kirk and his crew have broken just about every Starfleet order and regulation imaginable.
However, when they receive the distress call from Earth, they realize that the Voyage Home will turn out differently than planned. Because there is only one solution to the danger that threatens the Earth. A journey back in time.
Too bad that James T. Kirk once again wrecked the Enterprise during Spock’s rescue operation. As a replacement, the crew has hijacked the Klingons’ Bird of Prey. And so Kirk, McCoy, Spock, Uhura, Scotty, Chekov, and Sulu embark on a mission that will take them 300 years back in time, to 1986’s San Francisco, to be precise.
A SPECIAL VOYAGE HOME
Like its predecessors, Star Trek: The Voyage Home moves on a three-dimensional level. Once again the film shows a close and visionary connection to reality. Furthermore, The Voyage Home can be considered the first blockbuster to deal with the issue of environment, species extinction, and welfare in such a comprehensive way, combined with an oh-so-beautiful message at the end.
Also, Star Trek: The Voyage Home is arguably the only Si-Fi film set on present-day Earth. The scenes in San Francisco are just too delicate. Chekov (Walter Koenig), Scotty (James Doohan), and Spock (Leonard Nimoy) show their comedic talent here. And always, the humor is at the highest level.
Never before or since has a Star Trek film been so light and easy and profound at the same time. The lightness provides entertainment, and this provides fun as well as the interest to deal with this serious topic in the long term.
For me, Star Trek: The Voyage Home is the highlight of the franchise, although, of course, all the other films are cult and absolutely worth seeing.
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Text: Marco Kokkot
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