Admiral James Kirk of the Starship Enterprise is on the planet Vulcan, commanding his recently seized Klingon Bird of Prey and picking up Spock so they can go back to Earth to face charges for their crimes. However, life on Earth is not the best. A powerful alien probe has appeared out of nowhere and nobody knows what language it is speaking in . . . or more importantly, whom they wish to commune with. When they set Standard Orbit around Earth the oceans are being steadily vaporized; Spock figures out that the probe is calling to humpback whales. Problem is they have been extinct for the past two centuries!!!! Kirk and his crew 'Time Warp' from the 23rd to the "primitive and paranoid" 20th century. Along the way, they run into a marine biologist who is a bit protective of her two whales, George and Gracie. Also, the crew run into some 'technical' problems.
Continuity mistake: The Bird of Prey is the one captured by Kirk's crew in ST III That ship's bridge showed Klingon Cmdr Kruge in his elevated command chair with his helmsmen arrayed circularly below him, and nothing else. ST IV has this same ship, however the bridge now resembles The Enterprise layout with Kirk's command chair behind Sulu and Chekov at their rectangular helm, with Spock, Scotty and Uhura at their usual positions.tedloveslisa
Question: Kirk and crew deliberately disclose crucial technological secrets, extend the life of a random stranger, deliver future technology to a primitive military power, abduct a cetacean biologist, and actually contribute to the extinction of a species during their brief stay in 20th Century San Francisco. Specifically: Scotty reveals the secret of Transparent Aluminum 150 years too early; McCoy arbitrarily uses 23rd Century medicine to cure a seriously ill 20th Century woman; and Kirk chooses to remove Gillian from the 20th Century. Perhaps most importantly, Chekov leaves behind a Starfleet Communicator and a Type 2 Phaser in the hands of the U.S. Navy (who would undoubtedly dissect the devices and try to exploit the technology a couple of centuries too soon). Beyond all that, Kirk and crew abduct two breeding humpback whales, one of which is pregnant, and that certainly contributes to humpback extinction in the 21st Century. Given what we think we know about disrupting linear time continuity (many instances are cited in Star Trek canon), how did Kirk and crew return to anything even resembling their own timeline after such blatant and deliberate interference in Earth history?Charles Austin Miller
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