It was Thanksgiving weekend, 1986. In the past, I had convinced my parents to take me to see the first three 'Star Wars' movies at the theater, but 'Star Trek' was another story all together. My father, particularly, hated science fiction -- he even fell asleep during 'Ghostbusters' -- so my pleas to see 'Trek' in a theater fell on deaf ears. That was until 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.' "That's the one with the whales?" my father asked. "OK, that looks interesting." Yes, over time, "The One With the Whales" could easily replace "The Voyage Home" as the title of the fourth 'Star Trek' movie. But, it wasn't just "the one with the whales," it was also the movie that introduced Trek to a wider audience and introduced the character of Dr. Gillian Taylor, played by Catherine Hicks -- a 20th century biologist that not only gets to hang out with Captain Kirk, but also eventually traveled to the 23rd century. Yes, it was hard for a 12-year-old boy not to have a crush on Dr. Gillian Taylor.
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