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Is Kirk’s comment about “LDS” intended to be a religious joke?

No, the point is that Kirk, despite having an interest in 20th Century history, is still largely ignorant of the finer details. He's dredging up half-forgotten memories in what the original script ...
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In Star Trek IV, why did the Bounty go back to a time when whales were already rare?

This is addressed in the film's official novelisation which contains a slightly extended version of Kirk's conversations aboard the Bounty. Mr Scott was making plans to turn the hold into a holding ...
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Why did they need a water tank to transport the humpback whales back to the future?

According to this website, whales need water to: Support their weight and prevent their own organs from collapsing in on themselves. regulate body temperature / prevent overheating. remain hydrated. ...
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Is Kirk’s comment about “LDS” intended to be a religious joke?

The dyslexic comment indicates that he was aiming for 'LSD' and arrived at 'LDS'. No Mormons were harmed in the creation of this joke.
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Why did they need a water tank to transport the humpback whales back to the future?

Inertial dampers aren't that reliable Without water, a zero-gravity environment would still have been dangerous for the whales. In the absence of water, the whales would have needed null gravity ...
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What happened to Gillian Taylor after she joined Kirk and the whales on the Klingon ship? Wouldn't people be looking for her?

Main Canon There's a throwaway line in the film to explain her decision to time-jump without a second's thought. GILLIAN: What are you talking about? I'm coming with you. KIRK: You can't. Our next ...
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What creature or object is represented during the time travel sequence in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home?

That's a whale, or, rather, a quite stylized depiction of a whale owing to the limited computer graphics technology available at the time the movie was made. I found the answer in a documentary made ...
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In Star Trek IV, why did the Bounty go back to a time when whales were already rare?

They had a narrow timeframe that would be useful to them. They needed to arrive late enough that the whale-tank materials they needed to modify the ship would be readily available -- post-1950s. ...
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Are humpback whales granted civil rights?

I don't know about humpback whales specifically, but there are cetaceans of various species in Starfleet. Some of the larger ships have a cetacean ops section. Star Trek Lower Decks has two beluga ...
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Is Kirk’s comment about “LDS” intended to be a religious joke?

Star Trek went out of its way to be inclusive when it was not popular to do so. By hiring cast members of many races and cultures they invited their audience to see inclusivity in the everyday running ...
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In Star Trek IV how does Sulu know how to fly a Huey?

The film's official novelisation makes it clear that Sulu has never flown a helicopter, even in a simulation. Sulu approached the plastics company's big huey, entranced. He had seen still photos and ...
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In Star Trek IV, why did the Bounty go back to a time when whales were already rare?

To transport the whales the crew used transparent aluminium for their makeshift holding tank which they had to "invent" themselves and produce using 1985 technology which wouldn't have existed in 900 ...
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In Star Trek IV, why did the Bounty go back to a time when whales were already rare?

I'm not completely familiar with the "time sling-shot" maneuver, but there are multiple possible reasons for that. Going further back is dangerous It might be that ~1980 is roughly the earliest year ...
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What creature or object is represented during the time travel sequence in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home?

I worked with Nilo Rodis Jamiro on this sequence. We edited the film images created by ILM and worked them them into a sequence with disolves that was used to develop the the film optical FX. There ...
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In Star Trek IV, why did the Bounty go back to a time when whales were already rare?

Spock, master of spin Spock put a convincing "spin" on his plan when he explained it to Kirk, playing down the margin of error. Just as Scotty learned to pad his estimates when Kirk was likely to ...
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Which Earth species are extinct in the Star Trek universe?

According to TNG: New Ground, several prominent Earth species went extinct in the 21st and 22nd Century Draco Lizards KYLE: The eating habits of Gilvos are very similar to those of Earth's Draco ...
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What happened to Chekov's confiscated phaser and communicator in Star Trek: The Voyage Home?

I recall reading part of a novel where these items were recovered by the resourceful Gary Seven, presumably to be destroyed as anachronistic. The stranger’s hand still rested on the handle of a ...
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What happened to Gillian Taylor after she joined Kirk and the whales on the Klingon ship? Wouldn't people be looking for her?

To add to Valorum's answer. She's assigned to a science vessel to catch up on 300 years of...everything. GILLIAN: I'm so happy for you, I can't tell you! Thank you, so much. KIRK: Wait a minute! ...
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How Did George and Gracie Fit In the Klingon Vessel?

Humpback whale adults range in length from 12-16m (Wikipedia). That's a pretty large mammal, but not gigantic by starship standards. The bridge of the ship, where we usually saw the crew, was small, ...
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Have I heard that toast before?

Pure supposition, but the toast was almost certainly a playful jab at both the actor (William Shatner) and the character he portrayed (James Kirk) Perfect Eyesight Kirk was known to be allergic to ...
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Abrams' Star Trek shout out to Voyage Home?

On the TV Tropes page on the Star Trek 2009 film, filed under Continuity Nod about halfway down. Be warned though, TvTropes is very addictive. For the record, when Scotty gave that guy transparent ...
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What happened to Chekov's confiscated phaser and communicator in Star Trek: The Voyage Home?

They fell into the ocean, at least according to the novelisation. He grabbed the rail. He started to vault, then tried to stop short when he saw what lay below. His boot caught on the decking. He ...
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What was the probe in Star Trek 4?

I have a theory about the Star Trek 4 probe.... I don't think the probe "lost contact" with the whales. That would imply that the probe has been to Earth before and there would be some sort of ...
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Why did they need a water tank to transport the humpback whales back to the future?

In short, it's because Kirk doesn't know how long their return journey will take. There's an extra piece of the dialogue (between Kirk and Scott) missing from the film that was apparently in the early ...
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How were the whales able to breathe?

The film's official novelisation indicates that there was a sizeable air-gap at the top of the tank, more than enough for the whales to breathe on their short journey, even if that air wasn't being ...
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Are whales extinct in the Kelvin timeline?

Fundamentally, we don't know, but humpback whales are probably extinct, at least during the events of the feature films we've seen so far. There are two basic points of view. One is that everything ...
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Are whales extinct in the Kelvin timeline?

It should be noted that ST:IV mentions Humpback Whales, not all known species of these marine mammals. According to Memory Alpha, Humpback Whales were extinct during the 21st century due to ...
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Is there any evidence that QWERTY keyboards are available in the 23rd Century?

Yes. There is some evidence that they exist in the 23rd century. The fact that Scotty says "how quaint" indicates that he's familiar with keyboards - he just sees them as outdated technology....
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How did the Klingons get the video from aboard the Enterprise?

Per the film's official novelisation, the Genesis recording was most likely taken from the Enterprise' computer records during its boarding by Klingon forces. We learn that they were able to transmit ...
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How did Spock calculate the time travel?

Deep Space 9 had a time travel episode in Trials and Tribblations where they visited the TOS Trouble with Tribbles episode. It was an absolutely hilarious episode but they showed the Bureau of ...
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