I finally got around to watching this at the weekend.
Reading other reviews, I agree about the flash forward images etc.
I also agree some of the music was perhaps out of place and/or repetitious, but back then BionicBob didn't have the luxury of the complete TOS soundtrack. Tribbles music works for the banter between Kirk and Spock, but I wouldn't extend it further than that.
Narrative-wise, I thoroughly enjoyed this, and felt nothing was truly missing. The hospital scenes in particular, benefited from this. A tightened trip to get the whales, and out we come the other side of the sun, back in the future.
Considering I am reviewing an edit made over a decade ago, it's a cute little take on the lighter of the TOS movies, that aside from some music choices, mostly holds up, viewing it today.
this was another enjoyable edit. one thing that lost me was seeing the future when they traveled to the past. i would love to know wherre the future scenes came from as i dont remember ever seeing them. i think the future scenes would have worked better in a forward time warp. overall its a fun movie and i didnt have to explain as much stuff to my middle son as i did the original movies with my oldest son, definite plus and on to the next movie
Another great BionicBob Star trek edit!
In general, this may have been my favorite so far--though I have 2 more movies to watch in the series. This movie is just fun, and the chemistry between the characters comes through here the best since the tv show, and this edit keeps things moving at a perfect pace.
I had issues with the "flash-forward" montage. It didn't particularly make sense to me. They went back in time and all experienced images of their future selves? If you were going to do that at all, I think using shorter, quick wordless flashes, maybe with a slightly psychedelic filter, would have worked better, IMO. Though, considering they go back in time, I would think images from their past would pop up, and then on the return to their future (which is their present), maybe there use the future images? I'm torn about this part. I was glad not to see another montage when they went back to their present with the whales, but at the same time, I sort of wondered why there wouldn't be another one. This issue is pretty minor, but when you create something nearly perfect, the flaws stand out.
I had minor issues with background music as well, though not the Huey Lewis song (I thought the volume of the music there was fine, as past Earth probably seemed like a cacophony of sounds to the crew. But there were a few times the music was a little loud and in some scenes (Chekov awakening and stating his name/rank) the music just seemed out of place--undercutting the drama of the scene.
My overall enjoyment of this was off the chart though--higher than the 10-point scale allows.
To me, more than the 3 previous TOS movies, this one captures the fun of the original Star Trek. The fate of the world hangs in the balance, but that doesn't mean Kirk isn't still basically trying to get laid, Spock is dressed as some kinda samurai and attempting "colorful" language and Bones gets to play Dr in a real hospital! And even the whale plot made me think of Douglas Adams's So Long And Thanks For All The Fish---which has nothing to do with Star Trek, and yet I think this fun movie shares a little DNA with that brilliant writer's way of having fun with end-of-the-world scenarios.