HitFix ranks the franchise in time for 'Star Trek Into Darkness'
5. "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986)
Kirk, Spock, Scotty and the rest in modern day San Francisco (modern meaning mid-1980s)? It was bound to happen at this point in the franchise. But here's the thing: It works. A plot about going back in time to retrieve an extinct humpback whale whose song matches that of a catastrophic signal beacon disabling the power of starships it passes -- it works. Commentary on the Cold War (Chekov asking about for "nuclear wessels"), Spock's aside with Dr. Taylor regarding "logic" in the human species, it all affords a lot to chew on, wrapped in a ridiculous but fun narrative. There's something quintessentially 80s about the film but that adds to its charm, as the crew of the Enterprise close out the three-film journey that began with "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan."