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Spock Really Has Gone_Where_No_One Has Gone Before! STAR TREKIII: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK

Jul 13, 2011 (Updated Jul 18, 2011)
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Pros:A warm and fuzzy revisit with old friends.  Great action.

Cons:The death it caused.

The Bottom Line: Deeply emotional, this explores the unknown territories not of space, but of the soul.  The Best "Odd" Star Trek.


Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) Directed by Leonard Nimoy

Kirk: You're suffering from a Vulcan mind-meld, doctor.
McCoy: That green-blooded son of a b*tch! It's his revenge for all the arguments he lost!

Warning: This review will contain Spoilers.

The creators of Star Trek, having learned their lesson with The Motion Picture (you can't remake an episode) went along with the winning formula; (You can sequelize an episode.)  In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Khan Noonian Singh, the Space Seed from the original series escaped permanent exile on Ceti Alpha V and worked to bring about Kirk's demise.

Key to the plot was the research by Drs. Carol and David Marcus; Genesis is a way to bring life to lifeless planets.  In an interesting side note, Carol was one of Captain Kirk's many romantic conquests, and David Marcus, his illegitimate son.

The events of the second movie ended up with one of the biggest shockers in all of SciFi, rivaled only by "Luke, I am your father!"   In order to escape the detonation of the Genesis device, Spock repaired the warp drive, exposing himself to lethal radiation.  The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.  He traded his life for those of his shipmates, and was buried on the Genesis planet, newly formed from the Mutara Nebula.

Now, limping home to Earth, the crew licks their wounds.  But none are so wounded as Dr. McCoy (DeForrest Kelley) who is displaying a very uncharacteristic link to Spock.

On Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) faces some very unpleasant news.  One, Genesis is a forbidden planet, and they will not be allowed to return.  Two, the Enterprise will not be recommissioned.  And Kirk is confronted by Sarek (Mark Lenard) Spock's father.  He wants to know why Kirk has not brought his katra or soul, to Vulcan.  Kirk couldn't; he could not touch Spock as he died.  So now, Spock's ending is complete, and an utter tragedy, from all points of view...or is it?

Remember when Spock pinched McCoy to stop his interference with doing what had to be done?  And he touched McCoy's face, and said "Remember".  That was Spock protecting his katra.  So, now the Enterprise crew must take McCoy, retrieve Spock's body, and return him to Vulcan so his soul can be laid to rest on Mt. Seleyah, gathered into the collective memory banks of the Vulcan race.

So, it is insubordination, mutiny, and theft of a Star Ship to follow.  It hardly poses a challenge for such seasoned crews as Commanders Scotty, Sulu, Uhura and Chekov (James Doohan, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, and Walter Koenig).

But there has to be a complication, and there is...Commander Kruge (Christopher Lloyd) a Klingon who wants the Genesis device for its weapons potential; the Genesis devise is supposed to be injected into a dead world, and it will bring it to life.  Injected into a living world, it would rewrite that world with it's new matrix.  It is a weapon of mass destruction unlike any seen before.  And Kruge wants it.

Meanwhile, Dr. David Marcus (Merritt Butrick) and Lt. Saavik (Robin Curtis) are on the Genesis planet, and everything is NOT going according to plan....

This is one of my favorite Treks, largely because it deals so closely with the emotional side of the crew; with the risks they are willing to take on each other's behalf, with the cost of duty and honor.  There are high prices to pay for doing what you must, in any life, and I think it is knowledge of that fact that makes us yearn to be more like the crew of the Enterprise, to be capable of the kind of cold calculated sacrifice they made, and to bear up under the price as well as they did.

It also has explosions on a planetary scale, mad scientists experiments gone wrong with strange and terrifying consequences, and a good helping of underhanded sneakiness and a broad streak of low cunning.  Life, death, rebirth, family, friends, pon farr, and all the other things that make life worth living.

Jim. Your name... is Jim.


This is entered in elvisdo's Canadian Write Off:  William Shatner is from Quebec, and James Doohan, from British Columbia.

Boldly Go Where No One Had Gone Before!


Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek: The Search for Spock
Star Trek: The Voyage Home 
Star Trek: The Final Frontier
Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country  
Star Trek: Generations
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: Nemesis
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Star Trek Books

Rogue: Section 31 Star Trek The Next Generation


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