This city I tell you! 😍😍😍🗽
Also, if a humpback whale has randomly surfaced, we can assume that the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 is hidden somewhere in orbit. #StarTrekIV #VoyageHome
Which is the cutest most fun Star Trek movie of all time and why is it #StarTrekIV? Wrath of Khan is best overall obviously. But when it comes to funny, cute moments, especially with the cast so visibly old. Time travel and whales and general goofiness. Nimoy as director.
Today is my "helping students with analytics projects" day and I can't think of a better movie to have on in the background between zoom calls than this one. They were all obviously having so much fun together. Image
It even starts with a very "awwww" inducing message. Image
Me: Okay, so does that answer all your questions about the Gephi assignment?
Student: Yup, thanks.
Me: We still have 5 minutes left. Let me tell you about Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Student: Ok! (My students know my tendency for pop culture tangents)

I think I sold her on it.
You need no prior Trek knowledge or even hardcore interest in sci-fi. It's basically Leonard Nimoy, well ahead of his time, telling us to take care of the environment. While having a lot of fun and doing some downright adorable things. And there's whales.
Three #StarTrek movies I've rewatched more than I can remember
The Wrath of Khan
The Voyage Home
First Contact.

The only Trek movie I really truly absolutely loathed - Into Darkness. Because it was like Abrams and Cumberbatch taking a huge stinky dump on Wrath of Khan.
I'm no purist curmudgeon opposed to reboots. But the JJA Trek reboot movies are so bad and so gimmicky and so shallow, they almost seem like his revenge on some Trekkie ex of his. Just. So. Bad.
I also love the bait & switch Nimoy did in Voyage Home. It starts off seeming like something about a big conflict with the Klingon Empire and some mysterious evil alien probe.
And then it turns on a dime into a cute environmental conservation time travel wholesomeness.
I'm always full of Trek trivia, but my most favorite one is about Nichelle Nichols not quitting the show after the first season like she had decided, because Martin Luther King Jr. himself begged her not to. Because representation. How much it meant for black people.

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