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Review Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986): After thirtysomething years I can safely this is my all time favourite Star Trek film!

genre: science fiction, action, adventure, comedy

This is one of the few Star Trek films I can watch over and over again without getting bored by it. And there is a very good reason for it. I think from all the films, including the modern ones, this is the most relatable one. 

What happens when OG Star Trek crew travel back in time and venture into Earth during the Eighties. If you ask me, this is a brilliant move. The original cast had always been regarded as old and outdated. But set in an Earth that resembles our time more, you can clearly tell that the people and world has advanced significantly. Kirk, Spock, Scotty, Uhura, Chekov and Sulu demonstrate this when they are put in contemporary situations. And while the crew do have a very pressing and urgent reason to be there, the adventure is incredibly light-hearted and funny. Only not at the expense of credibility. In fact, OG Star Trek crew can't believe how barbaric some customs and traditions are. Like, for example, concerning medicine and healthcare. This Star Trek film is being critical of our world without being too preachy. 

Actually, that was one of the main reasons why I love the original Star Trek series so much. They confronted you with certain moral and scientific issues without telling you what to think. Most of the time, all the different perspectives would be discussed, and you would get a good insight of the pros and cons overall. The Prime Directive is simple: Starfleet is not to interfere with the development of a culture that is living and growing. Granted, A Voyage Home pokes fun at this by repeatedly breaking that rule with hilarious consequences but it is still very much in line with the philosophy created by Gene Roddenberry. Look, I am not going to pretend to know everything about Star Trek. But I know what's important. Roddenberry never had intended for Star Trek to become what it has become. It's OK to modernize certain aspects of Star Trek, but not the philosophy, since even today it's still one I would like to happen. 

Anyway, the adventure is full of laughs, thrills and even a message. What more do you want? A must own!

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