Year Released: 1986
Main Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig , Majel Barrett, Nichelle Nichols, Mark Lenard
Review Date: November 2015
Last watched: August 2015
Number Watches: 5
Format Watched: DVD
“No, I’m from Iowa. I only work in outer space.”
A good one. Plenty of laughs for the whole family and all done with a SciFi tongue-in-cheek that only this Franchise can own so well.
Directed more for script than space epic and with a more airy feel than normal, the actors are obviously happy and enjoying being back on Earth. The whole atmosphere of this movie is a friendly one of a big episode, not an epic, and although there are many plot holes and the main reason for their problems seems to be an exact copy of the first movie, it’s also one you could put on during the winter months and no one would complain.
One thing to note is that the other member of the cast, the Enterprise, doesn’t appear – well, only a cameo at the end – and it doesn’t matter! Obviously, she has to be there to give us all a sense of ‘future’ at the end but up to there it’s not the ship and outer-space that’s important, it’s the strange adventure itself. Just thought I’d throw that in there and see if you noticed… 🙂
DVD Extras: I got the box set (Original Motion Picture Collection) of all the films and started watching them through so the DVD extras merged. For the most part there were some nice touches and a lot of effects parts with one or two interesting nuggets on each but not masses of wonderful insight. No great bloopers.
If you’re looking at all the movies at once as I did with this box set, you start to see a great number of similarities with the sets and the character roles. I mean, they’re pretty obvious to start with but it’s all more samey when you get them back-to-back. So my advice is not to do that, give them space, at least a couple of weeks between each adventure. Enjoy going back to them and remember them fondly!
Watch if on TV?
Yes but sometimes too much of a good thing shows the holes…
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