Kirk (William Shatner) disregards Starfleet orders and steals the Enterprise to venture out on a mission to find the body of Spock (Leonard Nimoy), who was killed at the end of 'Star Trek 2'. The crew, including Bones (De Forrest Kelley), who appears to have absorbed part of Spock's essence, are impeded by marauding Klingons.
The name says it all--Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
--so you didn't think Mr. Spock was really
dead, did you? When Spock's casket landed on the surface of the Genesis planet at the end of Star Trek II
, we had already been told that Genesis had the power to bring "life from lifelessness". So it's no surprise that this energetic but somewhat hokey sequel gives Spock a new lease of life, beginning with his rebirth and rapid growth as the Genesis planet literally shakes itself apart in a series of tumultuous geological spasms. As Kirk is getting to know his estranged son (Merritt Butrick), he must also do battle with the fiendish Klingon Kruge (Christopher Lloyd), who is determined to seize the power of Genesis from the Federation. Meanwhile, the regenerated Spock returns to his home planet, and Star Trek III
gains considerable interest by exploring the ceremonial (and, of course, highly logical) traditions of Vulcan society. The movie's a minor disappointment compared to Star Trek II
, but it's a--well, logical--sequel that successfully restores Spock (and first-time film director Leonard Nimoy) to the phenomenal Trek
franchise ... as if he were ever really gone. With Kirk's wilful destruction of the USS Enterprise and Robin Curtis replacing the departing Kirstie Alley as Vulcan Lt Saavik, this was clearly a transitional film in the series, clearing the way for the highly popular Star Trek IV
. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
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