STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK


1984

DIRECTOR: Leonard Nimoy

May Contain Spoilers!

SPOILER ALERT! Spock is dead!

The needs of the many outweighed the needs of the few or the one as Kirk (William Shatner) and Khan (Ricardo Montalban) duked it out in the previous outing, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, and Spock (Leonard Nimoy) movingly sacrificed himself to save the Enterprise. His body was then sent to rest on the newly formed Genesis Planet and the Enterprise returns back to Earth to be scrapped.

Star Trek is over, or is t? This is possibly one of the most famous and successful examples of how Science Fiction can bring a character back from the dead and get away with it, with Spock managing to show up in the The Next Generation, a further three classic movies and the latest J.J. Abrams reboot! Originally, Leonard Nimoy was to leave the series for good, but after that, he had change of heart, leading to Star Trek III and a film of mixed success.

On one hand this is where Star Trek as we know it, particularly The Next Generation era began, as we see a Federation much more expansive than before, but on the other hand, the pacing was erratic, with the plot slowing down for seemingly filler scenes on Genesis as Spock is regenerating from a child to the age that we know him, to the scenes with Kirk and the crew going rouge, fighting Christopher Lloyd’s Klingon, stealing the Enterprise and blowing it up!

The latter two sequences are the best bits but out of a running time if 106 minutes, they account for about five. The film is far from bad, but it’s just a not as tight as two or four, taking a few whopping liberties with plausibility, the effects going from first-rate in some scenes to staged and poor in others. The space scenes are great, Genesis, variable.

Overall, this isn’t Star Trek at it’s best and it does seem to be the franchises first and most obvious response to Star Wars, which had just concluded with Return Of The Jedi the previous year, but it did take the series to a new level, one which was taken up with the next film, also directed by Nimoy, and much further with the The Next Generation.



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