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25th Jun '16 2:06:29 PM LtFedora
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* HandSignals: After Chekov falls off the carrier ''Enterprise'', one of the Marines signals "hold" before calling for a corpsman.
24th Jun '16 11:10:50 PM Micah
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* BigDumbObject: The "whale probe". Presumably to [[GreenAesop to make a point]] about it being as thoughtlessly destructive to humanity as humanity supposedly is to whales.

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* BigDumbObject: The "whale probe". Presumably to [[GreenAesop to make a point]] about it being as thoughtlessly destructive to humanity as humanity supposedly is to whales.
11th Jun '16 8:58:17 PM Viper26
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**The novelisation expands on this. The probe travelled to Earth to find out why its creators had lost contact with whales (implying whalesong can travel interstellar distances) in a cetacean version of a cut-off distress call. By the time the probe has reached Earth orbit, it has concluded that there will most likely be no response (humanity trying to talk to it does not count any more than fish trying to talk to us) and starts pumping energy into the oceans to create cloud cover and thus freeze the planet in order to start over, but continues to send a signal on the off chance there will be a response. When Kirk and co bring the whales back and they start to sing, the probe immediately pauses (noticable in the movie) and tries to think what to do about a completely unprecedented event. After a brief discussion with George and Gracie, it basically says "good luck with rebuilding" and heads off for parts unknown.
22nd May '16 3:53:22 AM PaulA
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* MagicalSecurityCam: When the Klingon Ambassador shows the Council footage of the ''Enterprise'' blowing up with Kruge's crew aboard, it's the exact footage from the previous film. The bit with Kruge's crew on the bridge has an overlay added to suggest that it was somehow recorded and transmitted by one of the crew before they died; no effort is made to explain who recorded the external shots of the ship going down in flames.


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* YouCanSeeThatRight: The two sanitation workers who witness the landing of the cloaked Bird of Prey in Golden Gate Park.
-->"Did you see that?"\\
"No, and neither did you, so shut up."
22nd May '16 3:47:15 AM PaulA
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* CassandraTruth: After failing to come up with a cover story she'll accept, Kirk flat out tells Gillian exactly who he is and where he comes from over dinner. She naturally thinks he's full of shit.



* SarcasticConfession: Kirk flat out tells Gillian exactly who he is and where he comes from over dinner. Subverted in that Kirk tells her with utter conviction and she naturally thinks he's full of shit.



* YouLookFamiliar: Brock Peters plays Admiral Cartwright and would go onto play Joseph Sisko on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''.
** And Madge Sinclair, who plays the captain of the Saratoga, would later go on to play Geordi [=LaForge=]'s mother.
22nd May '16 3:42:53 AM PaulA
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->'''Gillian:''' (''sarcastic'') Don't tell me; you're from outer space.\\

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->'''Gillian:''' (''sarcastic'') ''[sarcastic]'' Don't tell me; you're from outer space.\\



-->'''Ambassador:''' "We have the right to preserve our race!"
-->'''Sarek:''' "You have the right to commit murder?"

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-->'''Ambassador:''' "We --->'''Ambassador:''' We have the right to preserve our race!"
-->'''Sarek:''' "You
race!\\
'''Sarek:''' You
have the right to commit murder?"murder?



-->'''Kirk:''' If we play our cards right, we may be able to find out when those whales are being released.\\
'''Spock:''' How will playing cards help?\\
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'''Dr. Taylor:''' Are you sure you won't change your mind?\\

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-->'''Kirk:''' **
--->'''Kirk:'''
If we play our cards right, we may be able to find out when those whales are being released.\\
'''Spock:''' How will playing cards help?\\
\\
'''Dr.
help?
**
--->'''Dr.
Taylor:''' Are you sure you won't change your mind?\\



* CatchPhrase: "Hello, Computer"

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* CatchPhrase: CatchPhrase:
**
"Hello, Computer"Computer."



-->'''Spock''': They like you very much, but they are not the hell your whales.
-->'''Dr. Gillian Taylor''': I suppose they told you that, huh?
-->'''Spock''': The hell they did.

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-->'''Spock''': --->'''Spock:''' They like you very much, but they are not the hell your whales.
-->'''Dr.
whales.\\
'''Dr.
Gillian Taylor''': Taylor:''' I suppose they told you that, huh?
-->'''Spock''':
huh?\\
'''Spock:'''
The hell they did. did.



** [[IncrediblyLamePun The phaser taken to the]] ''[[NamesTheSame Enterprise]]'' [[IncrediblyLamePun that fails to stun the interrogators]].



* CrapsackOnlyByComparison: How the crew of the Enterprise see TheEighties, largely PlayedForLaughs. Kirk warns the crew that they're dealing with a "primitive and paranoid culture", one character remarks (on a newspaper headling concerning nuclear arms talks stalling) that "it's a wonder these people ever got out of the 20th century" and [=McCoy=] shows characteristic disdain for 20th-century medical practices when [[spoiler: Chekhov has an accident and ends up critically injured in hospital]].
* CrazyEnoughToWork: Even though it's the [[BadassCrew crew of the mighty Enterprise]] we're talking about, the whole "get some whales from back in time" thing did sound pretty ridiculous. [=McCoy=] lampshades this, to which Kirk simply responds that if [=McCoy=] has a better plan, he should speak up.
** The film is also nice enough to explain why several saner sounding plans wouldn't work.

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* CrapsackOnlyByComparison: How the crew of the Enterprise see TheEighties, largely PlayedForLaughs. Kirk warns the crew that they're dealing with a "primitive and paranoid culture", one character remarks (on a newspaper headling concerning nuclear arms talks stalling) that "it's a wonder these people ever got out of the 20th century" and [=McCoy=] shows characteristic disdain for 20th-century medical practices when [[spoiler: Chekhov [[spoiler:Chekhov has an accident and ends up critically injured in hospital]].
hospital]].
* CrazyEnoughToWork: Even though it's the [[BadassCrew crew of the mighty Enterprise]] we're talking about, the whole "get some whales from back in time" thing did sound pretty ridiculous. [=McCoy=] lampshades this, to which Kirk simply responds that if [=McCoy=] has a better plan, he should speak up.
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up. The film is also nice enough to explain why several saner sounding plans wouldn't work.



--->'''Bones:''' You mean I have to ''die'' to discuss your insights on death?!

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--->'''Bones:''' -->'''Bones:''' You mean I have to ''die'' to discuss your insights on death?!



* EmergencyRefuelling: After the crew use the Klingon Bird of Prey to travel back in time, the dilithium crystals in the BoP start disintegrating due to the amount of effort required to travel back in time. This leads to a subplot where Uhura and Chekhov have to find a nuclear vessel, collect high energy photons from a nuclear fission reaction and use those to recrystalise the dilithium crystals.

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* EmergencyRefuelling: After the crew use the Klingon Bird of Prey to travel back in time, the dilithium crystals in the BoP Bird of Prey start disintegrating due to the amount of effort required to travel back in time. This leads to a subplot where Uhura and Chekhov have to find a nuclear vessel, collect high energy photons from a nuclear fission reaction and use those to recrystalise the dilithium crystals.



-->'''Spock:''' We could try to find some humpback whales.
-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' But you said there aren't any, except on ''Earth of the past.''
-->'''Spock:''' That is correct, Doctor.

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-->'''Spock:''' We could try to find some humpback whales.
-->'''[=McCoy=]:'''
whales.\\
'''[=McCoy=]:'''
But you said there aren't any, except on ''Earth of the past.''
-->'''Spock:'''
''\\
'''Spock:'''
That is correct, Doctor.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: the Klingon ambassador mentions attempts to negotiate a peace treaty, and that there would be no peace whilst Kirk lived. This may or may not have been intentional, but it's picked up as the central theme of the plot in the sixth movie--where, interestingly enough, the same character (and actor) is one of the first to applaud Kirk and the ''Enterprise'' crew when they prevent the sabotage of the eventual Federation/Klingon treaty.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: the The Klingon ambassador mentions attempts to negotiate a peace treaty, and that there would be no peace whilst Kirk lived. This may or may not have been intentional, but it's picked up as the central theme of the plot in the sixth movie--where, interestingly enough, the same character (and actor) is one of the first to applaud Kirk and the ''Enterprise'' crew when they prevent the sabotage of the eventual Federation/Klingon treaty.



** This movie is a good example of ThePeterPrinciple in action.



* MeaningfulRename: The crew have dubbed their stolen Klingon ship the ''[[MutinyOnTheBounty HMS Bounty]]''.

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* MeaningfulRename: The crew have dubbed their stolen Klingon ship the ''[[MutinyOnTheBounty ''[[Film/MutinyOnTheBounty HMS Bounty]]''.



* [[MedievalMorons Modern Humans are Morons]]: Kirk reminds his crew before exploring 20th Century San Francisco that "this is an extremely primitive and paranoid culture" and believes that no one pays attention to you in the contemporary age "unless you swear every other word." Bones is shocked to find a woman in a hospital on dialysis, asking if this is [[TheDungAges The Dark Ages]], and compares two doctors chatting about a procedure to "the goddamn UsefulNotes/SpanishInquisition." When he confronts the surgeon about to operate on Chekov, he manages to make it sound like an attempt to let the evil spirits out, and tells him to put his butcher knives away.
** Averted strongly by Gillian, who manages to impress Spock and outwit Kirk.



* {{Mundanization}}

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* {{Mundanization}}{{Mundanization}}: They've triumphed many times in space, but how well do they do on present-day Earth?



* NamesTheSame: An in-universe example. "Sir! Ve have found the nuclear wessels! And Admiral....it is the ''Enterprise''!

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* NamesTheSame: An in-universe example. "Sir! Ve have found the nuclear wessels! And Admiral....it is the ''Enterprise''!''Enterprise''!"



* NoEndorHolocaust: We never do find out what happened to the crew of the Saratoga, or the other ships that the probe disabled en route to Earth. Who knows how many, if any, survivors there were on the ships where the life support was barely functioning, and the crew had to watch their emergency power run lower... and lower. However, one captain mentions attempting to jury-rig a solar energy collector to restore power to life support, and Starfleet crews in general are expected to be resouceful. WordOfGod {{Jossed}} the idea that they died, and the novelization mentions in passing that the captain of the ''Saratoga'' managed to save her crew.

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* NoEndorHolocaust: We never do find out what happened to the crew of the Saratoga, or the other ships that the probe disabled en route to Earth. Who knows how many, if any, survivors there were on the ships where the life support was barely functioning, and the crew had to watch their emergency power run lower... and lower. However, one captain mentions attempting to jury-rig a solar energy collector to restore power to life support, and Starfleet crews in general are expected to be resouceful.resourceful. WordOfGod {{Jossed}} the idea that they died, and the novelization mentions in passing that the captain of the ''Saratoga'' managed to save her crew.



-->'''Spock:''' "Are you sure it isn't time for a colorful metaphor?"

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-->'''Spock:''' "Are Are you sure it isn't time for a colorful metaphor?"metaphor?



* [[RogueAgent Rogue Human]]: The Klingon Ambassador tries painting Captain Kirk as this, in an attempt to get him extradited.

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* [[RogueAgent Rogue Human]]: RogueAgent: The Klingon Ambassador tries painting Captain Kirk as this, in an attempt to get him extradited. extradited.



** Scotty and Mccoy obtaining a supply of Plexiglass (to house the whales) using fraud and bribery;

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** Scotty and Mccoy [=McCoy=] obtaining a supply of Plexiglass (to house the whales) using fraud and bribery;



* ShoutOut: According to WordOfGod, the probe is modeled after [[RendezvousWithRama Rama]].

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
**
According to WordOfGod, the probe is modeled after [[RendezvousWithRama [[Literature/RendezvousWithRama Rama]].



* SnapBack:[[spoiler: After all the trial and tribulation the crew goes through in the last three films, they all end up back where they started: on the bridge of the ''Enterprise'' ready for a new adventure]].
* SirSwearsALot: Kirk tries to be this, with middling success. "''Double'' dumbass on you!"

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* SnapBack:[[spoiler: After SnapBack: [[spoiler:After all the trial and tribulation the crew goes through in the last three films, they all end up back where they started: on the bridge of the ''Enterprise'' ready for a new adventure]].
* SirSwearsALot: SirSwearsALot:
**
Kirk tries to be this, with middling success. "''Double'' dumbass on you!"



'''Kirk:''' [[LampshadeHanging One little mistake...]] [runs]

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'''Kirk:''' [[LampshadeHanging One little mistake...]] [runs]''[runs]''



--->'''Spock:''' Admiral, weren't those a gift from Dr. [=McCoy=]?
--->'''Kirk:''' And they will be again. That's the beauty of it.

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--->'''Spock:''' Admiral, weren't those a gift from Dr. [=McCoy=]?
--->'''Kirk:'''
[=McCoy=]?\\
'''Kirk:'''
And they will be again. That's the beauty of it.



--> '''Agent #1:''' What do you think?
--> '''Agent #2:''' He's a Russkie.
--> '''Agent #1:''' That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard in my life. Of ''course'' he's a Russkie, but he's a retard or something.

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--> '''Agent -->'''Agent #1:''' What do you think?
-->
think?\\
'''Agent #2:''' He's a Russkie.
-->
Russkie.\\
'''Agent #1:''' That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard in my life. Of ''course'' he's a Russkie, but he's a retard or something.



--> '''Sarek:''' Your vessel did destroy U.S.S. Grissom. Your men did kill Kirk's son. Do you deny these events?
--> '''Klingon Ambassador:''' We deny nothing! We have the right to preserve our race!
--> '''Sarek:''' You have the right to commit murder?

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--> '''Sarek:''' -->'''Sarek:''' Your vessel did destroy U.S.S. Grissom. Your men did kill Kirk's son. Do you deny these events?
-->
events?\\
'''Klingon Ambassador:''' We deny nothing! We have the right to preserve our race!
-->
race!\\
'''Sarek:''' You have the right to commit murder?



* WhamLine: (In Universe) [[spoiler: "Gracie is pregnant."]]

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* WhamLine: (In Universe) [[spoiler: "Gracie WhamLine:
** [[spoiler:"Gracie
is pregnant."]]



-->"You have the right to commit murder?"

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-->"You --->"You have the right to commit murder?"



-->"Begin computations for time warp."
* [[WhamLine Wham Reveal]]: [[spoiler: The first appearance of the ''Enterprise A'']]

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-->"Begin --->"Begin computations for time warp."
* [[WhamLine Wham Reveal]]: [[spoiler: The first appearance of the ''Enterprise A'']]
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13th May '16 10:11:13 AM AnotherGuy
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The probe, which is completely inscrutable.
8th Apr '16 12:49:53 PM AnotherGuy
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*** Nichols says himself it will take ''years'' to figure out the matrix, so they aren't even giving him the formula - just pushing him in the right direction.
8th Apr '16 12:11:44 PM kyojikasshu
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*** In the ExpandedUniverse, it's explained that this is actually standard Federation policy towards people from the past that wind up in the "present". If their removal from the timeline ''doesn't'' cause catastrophic changes, they're supposed to stay rather than risk polluting the timeline by going back with knowledge of the future.

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*** In the ExpandedUniverse, it's explained that this is actually standard Federation policy towards people from the past that wind up in the "present". If their removal from the timeline ''doesn't'' cause catastrophic changes, they're supposed to stay rather than risk polluting the timeline by going back with knowledge of the future. Also came up in the Original Series episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E19TomorrowIsYesterday Tomorrow is Yesterday]]", where Kirk ''would've'' taken [=USAF=] Cptn. John Christopher back to the 23rd century, if not for the fact that his yet-to-be-conceived son was commander of the first successful manned flight to Saturn.
13th Mar '16 9:55:27 PM Benjilicious
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*** They most likely did not steal it, but traded the plant manager of the factory it was made the formula for transparent aluminum in exchange for the Plexiglass.
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