A Movie Review, if you can call it that
So I just watched Star Trek IV: The One with the Whales In It for the first time, and wow I loved it. I knew the general plot and the general reason why whales were important to the story, but not the details. Also here’s a confession, I’ve never seen TOS, but I want to. My dad gave me a brief summary of the first 3 movies so I could understand the references related to Spock, so I wasn’t really lost watching.
I guess here’s a review, which is more my thoughts and experience watching than discussing whether it’s a good movie (b/c of course it’s good):
Despite knowing that time travel and things were going to happen, I didn’t know much else. I knew the truck seen with “Gracie is pregnant” but not who Gracie was. Honestly I was waiting for the reveal that Spock was in a relationship with someone from 1987, not that he had telepathically communicated with a whale. Going in knowing famous scenes and lines made me excited to get to those scenes so I knew how they were said and the context.
The entire time I kept thinking “where does the hospital tie into the plot? What could be at the hospital?” Chekov apparently 😅 I never considered the fact that stealing whales would’ve been an entire operation (should’ve knowing the “nuclear wessels” scene would happen).
I also enjoyed seeing the bridge crew other than McSpirk. Seeing gifs and photos from the movie on tumblr, they aren’t really seen, and it makes me sad because they were all great!
Speaking of, can I talk about the outfits??? I. LOVED. THEM. The pink shirt Kirk has, Uhura’s alternating color collar on her jacket, Sulu’s shirt and jacket, Chekov’s jacket, Spock’s head band (I’ll talk about that in a sec), and cowboy McCoy???? Fashion at it’s peak
Seeing photos of the movie, I thought the head band was odd but just figured it was part of the outfit. Of course it COVERS HIS EARS. God I’m stupid.
Now for the relationships. I really need to see whatever the fuck that mind meld scene is with McCoy and Spock, because the friendship and romantic scenes with them that come from it, especially from McCoy, my heart. All I ever see on tumblr is their arguments and insults (only from McCoy though I know it’s mutual in the series from this post), but I loved watching them (McCoy) be so nice.
Also, Kirk was only given Gillian as a somewhat love interest to offset that shirt, no I don’t take criticism
To talk more about plot points and scenes, I love the absolute lack of permission they had to go time travel. Just “hey we are doin this byyyyye ✨” Was that, is that within Starfleet regulation? They held a trial, but that was for previous offenses. Also Spock just jumping into that tank. That’s what peak performance looks like. Once Jim noticed Spock wasn’t with him I knew we were about to see him in that tank.
A “true” review would look like this: The relationships and the tasks of the characters were amazing. I liked that they split up into teams to commit various heists and frauds. The outfits were iconic, though they did not make much sense in terms of who was and wasn’t in uniform (maybe I need to watch Star Trek III to understand). Though the plot was simple, I was engaged the entire time and was trying to not get got smiling like an idiot in front of my family. It was funny, cute, and I just liked watching the characters talk to each other.
Enjoy some badly taken photos of some gays going out for brunch in their best outfits
That Time I met Leonard Nimoy
Picture it, Middle-of-no-where California, 2011. An semi-fresh 18yo boy has had an emotional rollercoaster of a time, following the recent events of Leonard Nimoy’s life. Sometime earlier, Leonard Nimoy was scheduled to do a two-three day event at the Carpenter Center in Long Beach California. Being newly 18 this event is a once in a life time, cannot be missed opportunity. One problem. That’s a ten hour drive you can’t do on your own. You have the money, but you’ve never taken a trip like that alone. Said 18yo boy talks to his parents, expressing how badly he wants to take this trip, and that he could probably get his best friend at the time to tag along with him--that whole safety in pairs thing. But, to his dismay his mother says no way.
Shortly after it is announced that Leonard Nimoy had to have emergency surgery and was in the hospital. Upset by the missed opportunity, the boy is too distraught at the news to realized that the surgery dates fell upon the Carpenter Center dates--ultimately canceling the event. The boy follows Nimoy’s recovery on social media, and after a proper recovery time, it is announced that once again Nimoy will appear at the Carpenter Center. This time, the boy gets a surprise.
Under specific circumstances, his mother says she can make it happen. Accompanied not only by his best friend, but his mother, and his mother’s twin brother, they would travel to Long Beach and stay with some extended family over the course of the weekend, giving the boy the chance to see his hero speak in person. These circumstances are more than fine!
The evening arrives. The boy and his mother arrive at the Carpenter Center for An Evening With Leonard Nimoy. The seats were decent, and visibility was good. For several hours I had the opportunity for Leonard Nimoy to talk about his life adventure. I knew the stories, I’d read his autobiographies. But hearing him speak about them, accompanied by a slide show was something else. Even recovering from surgery, a little weak, voice a bit wobbly, it was still poetry in motion.
After the event, we got in line to have him autograph his autobiography--I took my copy of ‘I am not Spock’, and my mom took my copy of ‘I am Spock’ to be signed. Due to his surgery signing was limited to getting the book signed and moving on, not wanting to exhaust the man more. No pictures. (I still snuck a picture, not that it was ever recognizable. This was still the era of flip phones with like 2 pixels.)
While I was sliding up the table to get my book signed (my mother behind me chatting up Mrs. Nimoy) I remember standing over the man. He seemed simultaneously small and larger than life seated at the table, hunched over to autograph books. I recall the sound of the room dropping out, and hearing my heart beating hard against my ribs as I watched him hold open the cover of my book, preparing to sign. In a rush of air, I managed to squeak out: I love your work--you’re a huge inspiration for me.
I don’t know what it was. Whether it was the words, or something in my voice, but he paused mid signing and looked up at me. up until then he had hardly looked up from signing books. But he paused, looked up at me, looked at me, and smiled, nodding and thanked me before finishing his autograph and handing me my book back.
There has never been a single better moment in my entire life.
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