Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home

DVD Release: March 4, 2003
Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home


Widely considered the best movie in the “classic Trek” series of feature films, Star Trek IV returns to one of the favorite themes of the original TV series–time travel–to bring Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Uhura, and Chekov from the 23rd century to present-day San Francisco. In their own time, the Starfleet heroes encounter an alien probe emitting a mysterious message–a message delivered in the song of the now-extinct Earth species of humpback whales. Failure to respond to the probe will result in Earth’s destruction, so Kirk and company time-travel to 20th-century Earth–in their captured Klingon starship–to transport a humpback whale to the future in an effort to peacefully communicate with the alien probe. The plot sounds somewhat absurd in description, but as executed by returning director Leonard Nimoy, this turned out to be a crowd-pleasing adventure, filled with humor and lively interaction among the favorite Star Trek characters. Catherine Hicks (from TV’s 7th Heaven) plays the 20th-century whale expert who is finally convinced of Kirk’s and Spock’s benevolent intentions. With ample comedy taken from the clash of future heroes with 20th-century urban realities, Star Trek IV was a box-office smash, satisfying mainstream audiences and hardcore Trek fans alike.

Dove Review

The crew of the Enterprise travel back in time to save the humpback whales from going extinct, a plot that sounds outlandish and yet works very well. It is vital they do this to save their own fellow man in their present time. There is a lot of humor as the Enterprise arrives in America in the mid 80s. They deal with the customs and attitudes of the time (such as a punk rocker) and they make their plans to bring back a female whale named Gracie to the twenty third century. A whale specialist (Catherine Hicks) becomes fascinated with Kirk and Spock, realizing there is something “different” about them and she manages to help them as well. Spock discovers the “colorful” language of the time (i.e. profanity) and tries it out, only to have Kirk tell him it doesn’t suit him.

This is the problem with the film in regards to it being a family movie. The language prevents us from awarding our Dove Seal to the movie.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: An alien probe makes contact and the people of the twenty third century are attacked.
Sex: Woman gives Kirk a kiss on cheek.
Language: GD-2; G/OMG-6; H-17; A-4; D-7; S-2; SOB-1; "Sc*ew you" in a song.
Violence: An alien probe makes contact and the people of the twenty third century are attacked.
Drugs: The drinking of beer and a joke in which a character calls LSD "LDS".
Nudity: None
Other: A comment that whales were on the earth some ten millions years before man; a man gives the middle finger.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Gene Roddenberry and Leonard Nimoy and Harve Bennett
Director: Leonard Nimoy
Producer: Harve Bennett
Genre: Science-Fiction
Runtime: 119 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter