Classic Cinema: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) – By Jason S. Lockard

Leonard Nimoy’s life after Star Trek the original series would be a busy one. After Star Trek ended he joined the cast of the spy series Mission: Impossible. He also stayed busy with roles in other TV shows including guest starring roles in Rod Serling’s Night Gallery and Columbo and made for TV movies most notably A Woman called Golda in which he received an Emmy Award nomination for best supporting actor.

Nimoy would continue with his love for acting on the stage, he would produce direct and lend his voice to films. His childhood love for photography would lead to exhibitions at   R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Nimoy would even releasing some musical recordings.

In the final film of ‘the Trilogy’ the crew of The Enterprise are branded as fugitives for the crime of rescuing Spock from the Genesis planet. Dutifully they are on their way back to Earth to face those charges when they learn that Earth is being ravaged by an alien probe demanding a response from a life for than no longer exists. Kirk and his brave crew capture a Klingon bird of prey and bend time and space to try to save Earth from ultimate destruction.   

This film is a perfect conclusion to the trilogy. All three films make one amazing story arc that comes together seamlessly and ends in a thrillingly finale. I highly recommend this trilogy for anybody who hasn’t seen it yet! It is one cosmic thrill ride.  

Nimoy wrote two volumes of autobiographies; the first entitled I am not Spock and the second entitled I am Spock. accepting the fact of being a pop culture icon. He even had a cameo appearance in the 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness playing an older version of Spock.

On February 27th 2015 Leonard Nimoy passed away from complications of COPD, at the age of 83, in his Bel Air home. A few days before his death, Nimoy shared some of his poetry on Twitter: “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”.

So until next month this is Jason S. Lockard reminding you if you want to see a great film check out a classic.

Moral Rating: violence and adult language
Audience: teens and adults
Genre: Action / Adventure
Length: 122 Minutes
Released: 1986
Rating: A