November 26, 1986:
Memory is VERY hazy, but according to the interwebs, today (11.26.2016) is the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Earlier in the year it was announced that the film was shooting in San Francisco, and I recall a couple of times that Glenn and I tried to check out locations where they were supposedly shooting. We never found them.
On the day before Thanksgiving, a bunch of us went down to… Regency I(?) to stand in line for an evening showing on premiere day.
Come to think of it, except for The Motion Picture and the last two TNG films, I think I’ve seen all of the Trek films on opening day. As I said, memory is hazy.
I remember how different I knew the movie would be just from the opening theme. The familiar notes from the TOS theme was heard, but the rest of the music over the opening credits was very different from Goldsmith’s and Horner’s previous. It seemed more playful, as opposed to the nautical feel of the Horner themes.
And that’s what we got, a playful, almost slapstick story surrounding an important ‘save the world’ mission for our crew.
It was a fun movie to watch. And despite some location inaccuracies (they wanted a ride to San Francisco while walking along the Marina?), it was great seeing my hometown and surround areas get some screen time in a Star Trek film.
I think I’ll find some time later this weekend to give it a viewing.