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      28.04.2012 19:09
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      Enjoyable nonsense

      "Captain, I'm detecting a gravometric flux wave distortion!" Star Trek III: The Search for Spock was directed by Leonard Nimoy, written by Harve Bennet and released in 1984. Nimoy's path to actually getting the director's chair was a rather torturous one because he had a written a 1975 memoir entitled "I Am Not Spock" and a producer resisted him on the grounds that he didn't think Nimoy even liked Star Trek! I tend to get the impression that the intelligent and thoughtful Nimoy was often frustrated by others working on Star Trek and needed to get more personal creative control to feel comfortable within it (something he eventually did of course). The only bad thing about Nimoy directing Star Trek films was that sooner or later William Shatner would insist on doing one too. The story here picks up straight after 1982's fantastic Wrath of Khan and continues an arc that would stretch out over three films in all. As the Enterprise heads back to Earth to be decommissioned after the epic battle with Khan, Kirk's son David (Merritt Butrick) and the Vulcan Lt Saavik (now Robin Curtis instead of Kirstie Alley) travel back to the "Genesis" planet where a torpedo that shifts matter to create habitable worlds for colonisation (but can also be a force of destruction on a world that already has life) was tested. Their late colleague Spock (Nimoy) was laid to rest on the planet but now they detect life there. Meanwhile, Dr McCoy (DeForest Kelley) is suffering from some sort of mysterious trauma. Spock's father Sarek (Mark Lenard) visits Kirk (William Shatner obviously) and tells him that Spock secretly transferred his "katra" - his soul - to McCoy with a Vulcan mind meld.

      Kirk must go to Vulcan to have it exorcised and he must also go to the Genesis planet, retrieve Spock's body and bring it to Vulcan too where there is still a chance he can resurrected and united again with his memories. The only problem is that the Genesis planet is off limits and the Enterprise has been mothballed. For the sake of their old friend, Kirk and the rest of his trusty crew - Scotty (James Doohan), Chekov (Walter Koenig), Sulu (George Takei), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) - decide they will steal the Enterprise and disobey Starfleet directives. These soon to be Starfleet fugitives face further problems though when a nutty Klingon Captain named Kluge (Christopher Lloyd) discovers the Genesis planet and decides to get hold of the secret "weapon" at all costs. Blimey. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is the solid middle ranking Star Trek film that no one can probably quite ever remember until they watch it again. It's sort of like a mix of the first two films in a sense with some fun amusing set-pieces but also a fair amount of mystical mumbo jumbo and talkiness. On the whole the film just about succeeds and serves as an important bridge between arguably the best two entries in the series. The budget was cut again for this third installment and the picture feels very studio bound during the many Genesis planet sequences. The lack of location shooting is very obvious but the crackles of lightning, fake snow and rock strewn explosions of the unstable world are not without an artificial charm, making it feel like a big budget episode of the television series.

      Some more location work would have been a help though I feel in giving The Search For Spock a more epic atmosphere. The most fun section of the film occurs when Kirk and his crew steal the Enterprise to head back to the Genesis planet. All the characters have an amusing moment and part to play in this caper and the sequence is capped off nicely by them getting the better of a snooty and pompous Starfleet Captain named Styles (of the monstrous and new spangled USS Excelsior) played by James B Sikking of Hill Street Blues fame. James Horner's score is the perfect backdrop to this set-piece and it's probably one of the best extended sequences in any of the Star Trek films, expressing the sense of friendship, camaraderie, humour and teamwork of the characters. Star Trek III is somewhat gloomy at times (the film is essentially about sacrifice) with deaths and a rather bittersweet aura in the first and third acts. Early on, the Enterprise is about to be put out of service and her crew are starting to feel like old fossils themselves. This human element and the universal themes are very Star Trek. The banter between the crew is good at times too. "All systems automated and ready. A chimpanzee and two trainees could run her." "Thank you, Mr Scott. I'll try not to take that personally." Kirk is often less introspective here than in Wrath of Khan and Shatner is a bit more TJ Hooker - a famously hilarious and stupid police action series that he was starring in at the time. Shatner has one of his greatest ever pieces of classic Shatner-esque acting here when, stricken with emotion, he stumbles back and falls in his Captain's chair unsteadily!

      I always enjoy Shatner's strange acting style and the way he keeps stopping. In the. Middle of. Sentences. In. Strange places. And then. Emphasising. Random words. In an. Odd. Way. I'm going to stop doing that now. Christopher Lloyd's barking mad villain is not as much campy fun as Ricardo Montalban's Khan but he's not bad and we do get to see him and Kirk having a decent scrap at the end (Kirk and Khan famously never actually came face to face) as lightning crackles around them. Their battle of wits makes for some decent scenes. Kluge is quite nasty actually and this adds a modicum of tension. William Shatner having a fight is always worth the price of admission alone anyway. Robin Curtis is rather wooden as Saavik and does make you miss Kirstie Alley (who asked for more money and so lost out on the sequel) while the late Merritt Butrick has a larger role here as Kirk's son. He wasn't much of an actor and the Genesis planet scenes maybe could have been trimmed somewhat but they do develop a modest air of intrigue. I think the most interesting and likeable thing about The Search For Spock is that it's about friendship and how far you would go to help someone. Kirk and his crew are willing to sacrifice everything to honour Spock and repay their debt to him and this central theme is quintessentially Star Trek and of course much in keeping with these characters.

      You can buy a two disc version of this for about a fiver at the time of writing. With commentary by Leonard Nimoy with contributions by Harve Bennett, director of photography Charles Correll, and Robin Curtis. There are some fun documentaries here too about the production of the film and the science of Terraforming, a text commentary and then a Captain's Log feature wich includes Shatner, Nimoy and Christopher Lloyd amongst others sharing their memories of the making the film. I would consider one of the box sets I think if you see one at a bargain price. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is not the most exciting of the Star Trek films but it's ok as far as it goes with one or two twists and some nice set-pieces. The absence of Leonard Nimoy for most of the picture though is defintitely a weakness and Spock is missed.

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        25.05.2010 13:39
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        A very worthy Star Trek film.

        Star Trek III: The Search for Spock follows on from Star Trek II, and though it's not quite as good as the Wrath of Khan, it's still far better than the first and has a first rate villain and another very fine plot with some superb action. It's actually directed by Leonard Nimoy, who usually acts as Spock. However, as he 'died' at the end of the last film, he wasn't needed in this film until the last moment. So he turned his hand to directing, and the result is a very fine one, with plenty of action in it.

        Following the Genesis explosion, and the death of Spock, the Enterprise returns to Earth. However, Dr McCoy seems to be disturbed by something and is insistent that he tries to returns to Spock, who's body was sent to the planet that was created by the Genesis explosion.

        After Spock's father tells Captain Kirk that Spock must have given someone his essence, it becomes clear that Spock is still alive, but in Dr McCoy's mind. Kirck, Scottie, Chekov and McCoy make a plan to steal the Enterprise again and go back to the Genesis area to pick Spock's body up.

        However, a Klingon vessel controlled by Kruge (Christopher Lloyd) is investigating the Genesis experiment and wants to find the key to what he thinks is the biggest weapon of all.

        Meanwhile, a Starfleet ship finds a sign of life on the surface of the planet and beams Saavik and Kirk's son onto the planet, where they find something they didn't expect.

        Soon Kirk arrives with the Enterprise and it becomes a battle of wits between them and Kruge, leading to a very dramatic climax.

        This is a very good entry into the film series, and Nimoy's directions is genuinely excellent. In terms of plot, this hasn't got the strength that The Wrath of Khan had, this has got a first rate villain, and some of the most dramatic action that Star Trek has to offer, such as the climax on the planet. Though it has a bit of a slow start, it does pick up and moves at a fast pace when they arrive at the planet, which does make for great viewing.

        As for the acting, as with all Star Trek films it's theatrical from start to finish. Kirk and company are as good as ever. However, again it's the villain who steals this film. Christopher Lloyd is on super form as Kruge, and adds real menace to the film with his fabulous performance.

        All in all, a very worthy effort at another Stark Trek film, with an outstanding villain and some dramatic, fast paced action. The first third of the film is a bit slow, but the final two thirds are fast paced and relentless. Well worth watching.

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        22.07.2009 00:21
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        Not as bad as you might think

        And so it comes to Star Trek 3: The Search For More Money, I mean Spock. After the spectacular Wrath of Khan, it was left to Leonard Nimoy to step into the fray and make the next instalment. Initially reluctant to come back as Spock, he chose to direct and follow the story along by keeping behind the camera, only appearing towards the end of the film.

        It goes that the odd numbered Trek films are usually the worst films in the series, but Trek 3 isn't too bad. The film picks up straight after the death of Spock at the end of Trek 2, his body sent down onto the Genesis planet. Before he died, he left his memories with Dr McCoy (Deforest Kelly) so that his soul could still stay with someone. On Genesis, his body comes back to life and ages rapidly. With the help of Sarek and David, he is nursed back to life. However, things don't go quite to plan when the evil Klingons come to try and take the Genesis project away from them and use it as a super weapon. Its up to Kirk and his crew to save the day and bring Spock and his memories back together.

        Trek 3 the middle part of a story arc that ends in the next film and it generally helps to watch them in order. This film feels a little like an 'add on' to Star Trek 2, rather like Superman 2 did to the original Superman film. It works quite well and the direction, whilst not amazing or revolutionary is good.

        The crew are getting and looking at little long in the tooth at this point in the series - especially Bones and Scotty who do their best to look youthful by tightening their belts a little. Shatner again does well in this film and is suitably heroic when he is called to be so. However, all of them are upstaged by the presence of unlikely Klingon Christopher Lloyd.

        Lloyd as Kruge has all the menace of an embittered Klingon - especially when he squeezes the like out of the large slug. He even gets a Klingon dog to accompany him on the bridge. I would have liked to have seen him engage a little more with Kirk, especially during he final fight which seemed a little anticlimactic.

        I enjoyed watching this film again, but watching it means I've now got to see the terrible Star Trek V. However, I enjoy the next film as well when they go and get the whales from the 80's. Ludicrous stuff.

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          20.05.2009 00:51
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          A good movie, but watch it after STII-TWOK

          I've never been one to subscribe to the odd number curse in Star Trek movies. I agree that The Motion Picture was dull and The Final Frontier was pathetic, but Generations and Insurrection were passably good films. I guess what I'm getting at is that The Search for Spock is a good film. It helps if you view it directly after The Wrath of Khan and treat them both as one movie. I admit it doesn't stand up well alone. The story so far, Spock's dead, Kirk's son made a weapon, Genesis that makes planets, kind of a reverse Death Star, The Enterprise got battered in a battle and is falling apart, and Spock did a mind meld on McCoy before he snuffed it.

          The movie begins when the Enterprise returns to Earth. McCoy is acting weird doing Spock impersonations. Kirk is told the Enterprise will be scrapped, and to keep his and his crews' mouths shut about Genesis. He and his crew are having a wake on Earth when Sarek, Spock's dad turns up to find Spock. Basically when Vulcans die they download their brainwaves into someone else so they can be put on a collective hard drive back on their planet.

          It turns out that this is why McCoy was acting nuts, his hardware was incompatible with Spock's software. For some reason they need Spock's corpse to facilitate the download, so they steal the Enterprise to go to the Genesis Planet to get him. Meanwhile, Kirk's son, David and his bit of Vulcan, Saavik are in another ship investigating the Genesis Planet. They go down to the planet to investigate some life forms when they find a Vulcan child who is aging as rapidly as the planet. They surmise that he is Spock regenerated and resurrected by the Genesis effect, but his mind is a total void.

          Before they can get excited, some Klingons show up and blow up their ship leaving them stranded. The Klingons want Genesis so they can be Galactic bad-asses. They beam down and start hunting for the scientists. Kirk and the Enterprise show up and batter the Klingons, but the Klingons batter back and the Enterprise gives up the ghost. The Klingons demand Genesis and to prove a point kill Kirk's son. Kirk swears a lot. He lures most of the Klingons on to the Enterprise and then escapes blowing the ship up. On the Planet he finds Spock and Saavik, Spock's all grown up now and the planet is about to blow up. Kirk fights the Klingon Captain, pushes him into some lava. They all escape and go to Vulcan where some Vulcan Priests take McCoy and Spock and using a serial cable and a couple of modems restore the back-up of Spock to his body.

          This is the way that Star Trek was meant to be seen, anamorphic widescreen, DVD clarity. All the techy stuff looks great in hi resolution. A few of the effects look a tad ropey in this age of CGI, but nothing too obvious and the vast spacedock looks spectacular.

          Sound is great DD 5.1 just as you would expect. I love the wooshy warp drive effects and Captain "Mumbles" Shatner is greatly helped by the clarity of DVD.

          Once again Paramount pull out all the stops on the extras...O.K they've stuck the trailer on the DVD and nothing else.

          It's true that Star Trek films rely on established mythos and backstory before boldly going. This charge especially applies to Star Trek III, you definitely need to see the previous movie as well as the 79 episodes of the original series. This film falls down completely by itself. But as a fan, I love it, it's got drama and action by the bucketloads. The main cast do what they have done for 20 years before this film. Christopher Lloyd is the best Star Trek alien I have ever seen, his portrayal of the Klingon captain, Kruge is noteworthy, just by altering his speech and expressions, he becomes a totally convincing alien. He hardly needs the Cornish pastie on his forehead. Christopher Lloyd has had a lot of practice playing strange characters since Taxi, Doc Brown and Uncle Fester spring to mind. Watch for an early appearance by Miguel Ferrer. He'd go on to play Bob Morton in Robocop, and plays the producer on the brilliant Lateline. If anyone unfamiliar with the Star Trek vernacular wants to watch this then I urge you to watch this back-to-back with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, it makes sense that way.

          I just love this movie. It's hard for me to find fault so I'm not even going to try. It's classic Trek that the modern series never got close to. A negative...I would have preferred extras on the movie itself.

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          17.05.2009 17:11
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          A very watchable sequel

          The excellent Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan ended in tragedy for the Starship Enterprise crew with the demise of Captain Spock. The beginning of Star Trek III recaps the ending to the previous film with Spock sacrificing his life to save the rest of the crew. Spock's coffin was sent towards the newly formed Genesis planet in an emotional funeral leaving the crew and Admiral Kirk in particular to overcome their loss. However, Dr McCoy begins showing signs of insanity, and a revelation from Spocks father, Sarek states that Dr McCoy is carrying Spock's living essence. Sarek requests that Kirk retrieves Spock's body and that he is brought back to Vulcan.

          However, the Genesis planet has been placed under quarantine meaning that Kirk and the other key crew members steal the Enterprise to return to Genesis. Unknown to Kirk, the Klingons have caught wind of the Genesis project and want to learn its power for their own destructive needs. The Klingon Kruge (Christopher Lloyd) and his crew kidnaps Kirk's son David, Lt Saavik and a young vulcan boy who appears to have regenerated at the same time as the rapid growth of the Genesis planet... Spock is alive! However the planet is not all it appears and is dangerously unstable. A deadly battle between Kirk and Kruge ensues, with Kirk pushing Kruge into the volcanic eruptions of the planet, a fitting revenge for the murder of his son and destruction of the Enterprise. After stealing the Klingon bird of prey, Spock (now fully grown and looking as before thanks to the rapid evolution of planet Genesis) and Dr McCoy are brought back to Vulcan. A mystical ceremony reunites Spocks body and mind and the crew are reunited again.

          All in all, Star Trek III is a very watchable sequel but not as good as Star Trek II which is a very tough act to follow. Christopher Lloyd (Kruge) does not play as malevolant a villain as Ricardo Montelban (Khan). Highlights include the update of the Klingon costumes and appearance to something like how the Klingons appear in Star Trek: The Next Generation. The special effects are also very good for the era. If you a not a regular Star Trek watcher, I recommend this film but not without watching Star Trek II first so that you get a get a feel for the characters and the connecting plot.

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            Star Trek III: The Search For Spock

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            INTRODUCTION
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            Released in 1984, STAR TREK III - THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK is the third in the movie series based on the 1960s television show STAR TREK. The storyline follows on directly from the end of the previous film, THE WRATH OF KHAN, and leads directly into the fourth movie, THE VOYAGE HOME. The critical and box office reaction to the second film had been good, particularly in comparison to the slow-moving first movie, THE MOTION PICTURE. As a result the studio, Paramount Pictures, decided to continue with the same production crew, having replaced Gene Roddenberry with Harve Bennett as producer after the first film, although Roddenberry still remained as 'executive consultant'. This role meant that he provided 'notes' to the filmmakers which they were able to use or ignore depending on their own thoughts about the making of the movie.

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            THE PLOT
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            Following the battle with Khan Noonian Singh in THE WRATH OF KHAN, McCoy seems to be going crazy and Kirk becomes convinced to return to the Genesis Planet (an important plot point in the previous film) in order to try to cure McCoy of his problem. The heartbreaking ending of the previous film ties in directly to McCoy's mental problems, and involve Spock in a way that I won't spoil here. In the meantime Kirk gets the Enterprise involved in a battle with a violent Klingon, Kruge, leading to more heartbreak. Which characters will live and which will die? You'll have to watch the film to find out.

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            THE MAIN CAST
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            William Shatner is back as Admiral Kirk. Following the second movie Shatner had continued to star as the tough police officer T.J. HOOKER, a role which he played for 5 years in total. He also appeared in a couple of guest roles in other TV shows.

            Leonard Nimoy co-stars as Spock. Between THE WRATH OF KHAN and this film NImoy's only screen role was a guest shot in Shatner's T.J. HOOKER series. Spock is also played by four other actors in this film, but I won't spoil the storyline by explaining how this is possible.

            Deforest Kelley returns as Dr. McCoy. It is a shame that Kelley suffered from severe typecasting in the role, with no screen roles between the previous film and this one.

            Other regular cast members from the original TV show who returned for this movie were James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, and Nichelle Nichols. Christopher Lloyd, perhaps best known as the mad inventor Doc Brown in the BACK TO THE FUTURE films, plays the role of the mad Klingon Kruge in THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK and plays the role very effectively, providing an excellent nemesis for Kirk.

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            THE DIRECTOR
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            Following the events of STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, it was extremely possible that Leonard Nimoy would not be returning to the STAR TREK fold. Indeed, he had made many pronouncements to this effect. However he was convinced to return by a good script and, even more importantly, the opportunity to work behind-the-scenes. As such Nimoy became the director for this film, and indeed would direct the next film too. In addition Nimoy had a hand in the writing of the movies and it was this sense of power that brought him back to the Trek family.

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            MY VIEWS ON THE FILM
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            Nimoy's increased writing/directing roles were a good thing as his contributions to the movie series are of great quality, and indeed THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK always has been, and still remains, my favourite movie in the series. Part of this, as a young man, was that I was attracted by Robin Curtis in her role as Spock's protégé, Saavik, but over the years I have seen other positive points about the film. The plot is strong, with an excellent development in Spock's character, something which also leads into the following film but was somewhat thrown away in his future appearances in the Trek saga. Christopher Lloyd is exciting and amusing in his role as guest villain and the special effects still hold up today.

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            THE DVD
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            STAR TREK III - THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (SPECIAL EDITION) is available on DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment. This features an interesting audio commentary by the director, Leonard Nimoy, producer Harve Bennett, director of photography Charles Correll, and the aforementioned Robin Curtis. Yjere is also a text commentary by Trek expert Michael Okuda, and some short featurettes. My only criticism is that some of the information in these features is repeated in other features, and this does become quite frustrating. As with the previous movies, this is a generous DVD package, and is a bargain at Amazon UK for only £6.98

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            THE DETAILS
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            Directed by Leonard Nimoy
            STAR TREK Created by Gene Roddenberry
            Produced by Harve Bennett and Ralph Winter
            Music by James Horner
            Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Christopher Lloyd

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              Boldly went where no Star Trek movie has gone before!!!

              Hello and welcome to my first review on Dooyoo. Please make yourself, comfortable, mobiles off and relax….

              Star Trek III - The Search for Spock is one of those films that you see the characters in a different light. The film itself was released back in 1984. Leonard Nimoy who had been killed off at the end of the previous movie was hired to direct this one.

              This is what the 2 disc set contains….

              Disc 1:
              Audio commentary by director Leonard Nimoy, writer/producer Harve Bennett, director of photography Charles Correll and Robin Curtis
              Text commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda, co-authors of 'The Star Trek Encyclopaedia'

              Disc 2:
              Captain's log: A look back at the making of the feature
              Interviews with Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Robin Curtis and Christopher Lloyd
              The 'Star Trek' universe
              Space Docks and Birds of Prey
              Interviews with ILM model makers plus other 'Star Trek' designers
              Speaking Klingon
              Klingon and Vulcan costumes
              Terraforming and The Prime Directive
              Archives
              Storyboards and photos
              Theatrical trailer
              Nemesis teaser trailer
              Hidden 'Easter Egg' documentary

              ---THE FILM---

              The film itself starts off on a blue sepia re-cap of the last scenes of The Wrath of Khan, and proceeds to go from the discovery that Spock can be saved to Kirk and crew hatching a plan of rescue of there former ship mate with a few nice twists and unexpected turns along the way.

              Not only do you see Kirk become mildly obsessive about going back to a planet that is quarantined by stealing the Enterprise, but you also see the ruthless side of the crew and an angle that was not necessarily shown in Star Trek II as that was in battle. This shows Kirk and his crew surviving to save a friend in need.

              The acting is rock solid from all the cast, you actually feel for Kirk when the emotionless Saavik tells him that of a personal disaster that has taken place. With this information Kirk near collapses and this is what brings the reaction of Kirk to sacrifice the Enterprise when the Kilingons beam onboard. Kirk is at his toughest when planning against the Kilingon Commander.

              DeForest Kelly plays McCoy slightly differently than before, s at the beginning due to the story he is basically an emotional wreck and then at times just a very confused person.

              I also felt that some of the other actors such as George Takai, Walter Koenig, James Doohan and especially Nichelle Nichols who only gets about 10 lines, did not have enough screen time. This is something that was rectified in the Trek IV where all the characters get something to do.

              Christopher Lloyd from Back to the Future plays Kruge as a manically determined Klingon who is one step away from being a complete psycho, he is bent on obtaining the secret of Genesis for himself.

              I have to mention as well the actors that played David Marcus and Saavik, Merritt Butrick and Robin Curtis respectively, as I was hoping that the franchise could give the characters a future as they seemed to work well as a pair with on-screen chemistry, but unfortunately that was not to be.

              There are definitely some great Star Trek moments, most notably the destruction of the Enterprise, the battle between Kirk and the Klingon Commander on the destructing planets surface as well as the return of Spock in the final moments.

              This is also the first time that you are introduced to the next generation of Starships, in this film it is the Excelsior, note that in this film the registration of the ship is NX-2000 and not NCC, as this is still an experimental design.

              Seeing the Sulu/ Chekhov double act working when springing McCoy out the Hospital wing, and Sulu throwing a Security Guard that is a good foot and a half taller, lightens what could have been a heavier film.

              Although Uhura does not have much screen time, she does have her moment when dealing with Mr Fantastic. The most chilling moment was hearing Spock scream as he ages and goes through Pon Farr, this was a chilling sound.

              One interesting fact is that the science vessel the USS Grissom was named after Gus Grissom the American astronaut. Some would say that this film is the logical (excuse the pun!) conclusion on what is considered to be one of the weakest films of the series as it is an odd numbered film. But the fact is that you were never going to surpass something as good as the previous movie The Wrath of Khan and the film had to be taken at a slightly slower pace.

              It is a similar thing that has happened with the Bond films, they get bigger and more outrageous till you have to have a film set in reality like Casino Royale. That is not to say that this one is far from good, it could have been a lot worse and is a very good addition and definitely an underrated entry in the franchise.

              Certainly better than Insurrection and Nemesis that is considered by some to be a remake of Trek II anyway.

              My only gripe is that there is a lack of location work done and that everything is filmed on a indoor sound stage at the Paramount lot, which means that a sense of suspense can be created as well as the extraordinary effects of the planet breaking up towards the end of the film, but at times the light on the actors looks unreal and the plants look like theey are still in there pots below the camera line.

              Even though this is Directors Cut of the film , there is only less than two minutes footage in the film that has been added and although it is nice to see them here it does not really add value to the film, preferably I would have liked to have seen them on the second disc as a feature.

              ---EXTRAS---

              The extras have been what fans have been waiting for with this release, personally my favourite was a bitter William Shatner bitching on how sneaky Nimoy was to obtain the role of Director and get his part of Spock back. and he tells how far he believes Nimoy went to correct his mistakes. This follows on well from the documentary on Trek II Special Edition. Other documentaries included go into some depth regarding the models used and the design process for creating the ships. A similar one can be watched for the costumes. There is also a Nemesis trailer as the film was about to go on release at the time and an Easter egg with a hidden documentary. Have seen it but wont spoil the surprise.

              There are also the obligatory text commentaries from the Okuda's as well as a rather good commentary by Nimoy and producer Harve Bennett, this is worth listening to as you get a sense of what the production went through from the point of view of two people at the from the frontline. Thee is also a photo gallery and archive that is well worth sitting through. The Menu's have been designed to correspond with specific scenes in the film.

              ---CONCLUSIONS---

              Originally Paramount never had any intentions on making this one as they believed that the first film would fail. But they soon realised that these were making money and keeping the increased fan base very happy, so more went through the production process.

              Annoyingly this not the first time that this film had been released on DVD as it was originally released as a bare bones disc. But I don't think will stop fans collecting these. When I bought this it cost me £16.99, now you can get this from £6.99 on line and for about £10 - £12 in places like HMV and Virgin.

              The packaging is far superior than previous relases and is more professional than the 'reflective' packgaing used before. These releases have a cardboard sleeve to protect the case and looks smart on the shelf wit hthe others. All in all this adds up to good value for money, especially as this is a loaded 2 disc set and I really do mean loaded.

              Thanks for reading, this is my first review on Dooyoo and any feedback is always welcome and taken as constructive rather than negative.

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                Star Trek films getting better

                Yes I know this is my third Star Trek review in a row but I am determined - if hubby insists on making me watch the films, then I am going to share my opinions with all my fellow reviewers here!

                This can be acquired through blah.com for a very reasonable price of just £5.99 (P&P free). Other sites online are charging anything from £6.95 to £15.99 so it is advisable to shop around before getting this.

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                The film starts with a short playback from the previous film (Star Trek 2 - The Wrath of Khan) showing his death, and his 'coffin' being ejected from the Enterprise. We see the old faithfuls congregating in Spock's honour. In this film we meet Spock's father, Sarek, who visits Kirk to request that they return to the Genesis sector to retrieve Spock's body so that his eternal soul can be laid to rest according to Vulcan traditions.

                Sarek believes that Spock would have imparted his consciousness into Kirk prior to death, but on mind-melding with Kirk, he discovers that this did not happen. Kirk then discovers that the meld occurred with McCoy, the ship's doctor and verbal "sparring partner" of Spock.

                Kirk decides that he cannot stand by and watch McCoy go insane while he harbours Spock's essence, nor can he leave his old friend's body out in space if there is the slightest chance of helping either man. He enlists the help of his trusty crew members to steal the Enterprise and defy the quarantine surrounding the Genesis planet to help his friends.

                Meanwhile, at the Genesis planet, David (Kirk's son) and Saavik (thankfully not Kirstie Alley) are on a science vessel and discover that the planet is not quite as perfect as they first thought. They have also discovered life on the planet - humanoid life.

                But the Klingons (captained by Christopher Lloyd) have discovered that the Genesis planet exists. After destroying the science vessel while David and Saavik are on the planet's surface, the Klingons and Enterprise are now locked in a deadly race to see which race will claim the planet.

                What life is on the planet? Is it Spock? Will McCoy go insane or will Kirk save the day? Sorry - not telling!! If you want to know the answers then you will just have to watch the film!

                My Opinion
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                Without a doubt this is a much better film than the first two. While the storyline is very believable (experiment goes wrong, 2 species fighting for supremacy, bonds of friendship), it also follows on from the second film quite nicely. Made only 2 years after The Wrath of Khan, this is evident in the leaps and bounds with which the special effects have developed. They are much better, but then again, the science of special effects is continually evolving into bigger and better all the time.

                Kirk and Nimoy and Kelley are fantastic in their performances. Nimoy is outstanding as a memory-challenged, ever-logical Vulcan and Kelley superb as the sarcastic doctor with a dual personality for most of the film. Kirk is his usual stoic self (!) with a touch of raw humanity at the death of his son in this film (oops have I said too much there?). Without Kirstie Alley as Saavik, this is a much better film in terms of performances. The sountrack is much the same as the previous film, and very in-keeping with the original series from the television.

                On the Klingon front, Lloyd is fantastic as the Klingon Captain - completely obsessed by honour and thoroughly vicious with it. The Klingon "dog" on the bridge of the warbird (their spaceship) is a piece of wonder. Someone out there has a vivid imagination to create such a creature!

                In all honesty, even though I am not a trekkie, I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film. I actually sat through it and managed to watch the whole film in one go. Normally with Star Trek, my husband has to play the same film 3 times before I know the plot. I enjoyed this film and when asked I have had to say that I do recommend it!

                DVD Extras
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                These are a complete let-down in my eyes as all you get is the original theatrical trailer - cast interviews or "the making of" would be much more interesting. This extra is only for the die-hard trekkies out there.

                Cast
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                Captain James Tiberius Kirk - William Shatner
                Spock - Leonard Nimoy
                Dr Leonard H "Bones" McCoy - DeForest Kelley
                Montgomery "Scotty" Scott - James Doohan
                Hikaru Sulu - George Takei
                Pavel Chekov - Walter Koenig
                Lt Uhuru- Nichelle Nichols
                David - Merritt Butrick
                Klingon Captain - Christopher Lloyd

                Because of the let-down with the extras - a four star recommendation from me. Thanks for reading. Diane xx

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                  The sandwich between II and IV

                  Starring: William Shatner, DeForrest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nicholls, Christopher Lloyd, Robin Curtis, Merrit Butrick, Leonard Nimoy

                  Directed By: Leonard Nimoy

                  What's it all about Alfie?: Kirk, still haunted by Spock's death, returns to the scene of his death to transport his body to Vulcan. Unfortunately Emmet Brown has arrived before him, dressed as a Klingon, looking for the Genesis device. Jim kicks his ass and saves Spock, who is actually alive (eh..? sorry..?). Also, Saavik has changed heads (what, is this Dallas..?)

                  Can you give me an interesting bit of information about the film?
                  Production was endangered by the great fire at Paramount. William Shatner helped fight the fire and rescue a crewmember before firefighter reinforcements arrived. (What a guy!!)

                  Out of the ten Star Trek films, where would you rank it?: 5th


                  The curse of the odd numbered films strikes with Star Trek III. Not a bad film in many respects it suffers in comparison to the two films in the series it is sandwiched by and, while well directed by Mr Spock himself, the script does ask you to suspend disbelief a little bit to much, even for a science fiction film.

                  At the onset of the film the Enterprise is limping back to spacedock and Kirk is mulling over Spock's sacrifice to save the ship. On arriving back, Scotty is informed that he will now be Captain of engineering on the new ship Excelsior and that the Enterprise will be decommissioned. STUNNED SILENCE.
                  Obviously you can tell that Jim is having none of this.

                  Over at the planet Genesis, created by Khan deploying the device at the end of the second film, Saavik's new head and Kirk's dopey son are checking out the new life on the planet below. They spy Spocks casket, a life form is on it/near it/in it. Obviously they have to go and investigate. Obviously as soon as they do the ship that they were on is attacked by Dr Brown and his crew of merry Klingons leaving New Head and Dopey on the planet surface.

                  Back on Earth, McCoy, who it appears may have part of Spock in his head, is trying to get to Genesis by hiring a ship. Jim is trying the same thing after being told by Spock's father that he should have taken Spocks body back to Vulcan. McCoy is trying to hire a freighter; Kirk is trying to hire the Enterprise. Everything is phallic with Kirk have you noticed? Obviously the powers that be won't wear either so after a quick jail break with a spot of Sulu's Kung Fu we're off to Genesis with Spock's conciousness. Well the men are. Uhura is kept back on Earth because this is a renegade mission and there is no need for her to communicate with the Federation. Plus, it's man's work.

                  Over at Genesis, New Head and Dopey have discovered Spock's casket and....it's empty. Realising that something's up both on the planet and in the sky they follow what sounds like a boy howling and soon come across a Vulcan child, who quickly turns into a Vulcan boy and then a Vulcan teenager. No prizes for who he will eventually turn into. Dopey admits that he fiddled around with the Genesis device and that the planet is unstable and its age is accelerating, along with Spock. Yes, its Spock..keep up. Obviously New Head not having the brains of Old Head and Dopey showing none of the traits of his father (he hasn't even bedded New Head yet) they are quickly captured.

                  Jim and the all male crew arrive at Genesis but the Enterprise is in a crippled state so can't take much of a battering. And doesnt. Dr Brown has Dopey killed and as revenge, just as the Klingons are boarding the Enterprise, Kirk blows it up. Goodbye old friend, I've a tear in my eye. Kirk and the all male crew have since departed to the planets surface where Kirk and Dr Brown have a fist fight. AT LAST, JIM GETS TO HIT SOMETHING. Obviously without Marty McFly, Doc Brown is no match for Jim, even though he's supposed to be a Klingon, and as the planet explodes behind them the all male crew, New Head and the now 50 year old Spock depart on the captured Klingon ship. Cue Hokey Vulcan ritual, Spock's brain back in his body and a tearful reunion for all, including Uhura who's been allowed to travel to Vulcan.

                  This film is certainly not a par with the second film. Where that had plot this just seems to be trying to get to the point where we can see Spock again and it doesn't manage it very quickly. This is not to say that the film is bad. The idea to remove the crew from Federation missions and set out on their own is a good one and is explored further in Star Trek IV. The series would quickly have run out of steam if they had just been sent on a different mission by the Federation in every film.

                  The need for Klingons in the films was obvious, they were the main bad guys in the series after all, but if I met this lot in outer space the only thing running would be a long standing joke about how bad they are. Christopher Lloyd was better known as a comedic actor and just cannot be taken seriously as the lead Klingon, Kruge. The other Klingons, including John Larroquette, tend to do a lot of standing around not looking menacing and this is not good enough in my book.

                  The rest of the acting is as you would expect with all the regulars fitting back into their roles like a glove. Robin Curtis as Saavik doesn't pretend to do an impression of Kirstie Alley and for that she must be applauded. She does convey the emotionless of a Vulcan well and it is a shame that she was underused in the next film.

                  This was Leonard Nimoy's first feature film as a director and he acquits himself well. It was probably easier doing it with a lot of people that he knew and who respected him, plus he doesn't have a lot of screen time and what he does have is spent mostly lying on his back.

                  All in all a middling effort in the series. Not good, not bad, just middling. If it were a member of your family it would be the ignored middle child.

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                    With the countless clones of Star Trek series littering all manner of digital channels today, it?s difficult to imagine a bygone time when people felt dissatisfied by the virtual sci-fi drought. There are doubtless some people today who feel they are not provided for well enough, but they are a bit mad. Although the term ?Star Trek? often conjures images of overweight internet-dwelling virgins who live with their parents despite their rapidly approaching middle age, a stereotype which must obviously stem from reality (although I am quite thin), the Star Trek films of the eighties were very popular with cinemagoers worldwide, and contained as many thrills and amazing special effects as any other Hollywood production. They never could get Shatner?s wig looking credible though. THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE The original series of Star Trek, running from 1966 to 1969 and exploring strange new worlds with William Shatner?s adventurous captain and his intrepid crew, is surely one of the most influential television series in history. After being cancelled at the end of its second year by the NBC corporation, a huge fan letter-writing campaign proved how enormous its appeal was and it was saved for another years. Sadly this third season did not live up to the standards of the first two, resorting to cliché and bug-eyed monsters towards the end, but re-runs in the seventies initiated an even greater legion of fans than ever before. Star Trek had to continue. For some foolish reason, probably involving money, Gene Roddenberry and the team introduced an animated series of Star Trek which, while featuring the voices of the original cast, proved too childish and, essentially, animated to do anything positive for the franchise. Discussions
                    of a second live action series were detailed in the late seventies, before changes in the genre forced the creators to change their outlook. Before ?Star Trek: The Next Generation? ushered in the new era of Star Trek, which has remained continuous ever since up to the current series ?Enterprise,? Star Trek perpetuated through a series of successful motion pictures. After a shaky and disappointing start to the series? film franchise, which began mainly as a response to the increasing popularity of science fiction cinema as opposed to television shown especially in George Lucas? Star Wars films, the second Star Trek film proved incredible popular with moviegoers and it was immediately apparent that the movie franchise had begun in earnest: Star Trek III was soon to follow, tying up loose ends and adding greater depth to the Star Trek universe than ever before. GREEN BLOODED SON OF A BITCH Star Trek III: The Search For Spock is a direct continuation of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and as fate would have it ended up as the middle section of a rather loose but highly successful film trilogy. Star Trek II?s dark, military approach to the formerly clinical Starfleet resulted in a rather violent and very exciting piece of space adventure in which Admiral Kirk was forced to take the Enterprise?s trainee crew into a battle with the genetically enhanced supervillain Khan Noonien Singh. Needless to say, the toupee-wearing Admiral defeated his nemesis, but at a heavy price; Captain Spock sacrificed himself in the engine room in order for the Enterprise to be saved. Spock actor Leonard Nimoy decided t
                    o leave his character behind after the second film for fear of becoming typecast, despite the fact that he was already the sci-fi equivalent of Bela Lugosi in terms of association with a specific role. There wasn?t a great deal of bitterness, and the decision to kill Spock off was necessitated through drama more than anything; it does make a killer ending to Star Trek II. When production was drawing to a close however, and the inevitable popularity of the film became clear, Nimoy agreed to the possibility of returning as Spock in Star Trek III, as long as he was allowed to direct. A short addition to Spock?s death scene was then improvised in which he places his Vulcan hand on Doctor McCoy?s face and utters, ?remember.? Perhaps the sequel?s weaker plot can be accounted to the fact that it is largely based upon such a brief exchange. Spock?s soul was alive, and his corpse had been shot in orbit of the miraculous Genesis Planet, which apparently has the ability to regenerate matter? SYNOPSIS One week after the battle with Khan and the loss of Spock, the crippled Enterprise finally arrives back at Earth for repairs and, it becomes clear, decommissioning. A visit from Spock?s Vulcan father Sarek informs Kirk that Spock may still be alive, and he and his surviving crew risk court martials in stealing the Enterprise and travelling to the now forbidden Mutara sector. Unfortunately, a bloody renegade band of Klingons have had a similar idea, although the interest of their Captain Kruge (?Back to the Future? and ?Taxi? star Christopher Lloyd) lies within the destructive potential of the Genesis torpedo? CAST & PRODUCTION
                    The regular Star Trek cast again adapt well to the movie format, although it?s clear which ones have made the least progression since those days. Shatner still seems as egocentric as ever and McCoy is still the funny one, especially when late actor DeForrest Kelley portrays Spock inside McCoy?s head in an amusing bar scene, and the choice of Christopher Lloyd for the villain is one of the highlights of the film; his Klingon speech is fantastic, and he is thoroughly believable as a ruthless commander even though he?s most often seen in comedy roles. Star Trek III?s budget was far less than that awarded to its predecessor, and it shows in the sets. The Enteprise is pretty much identical due to the existing bridge set, but the Genesis Planet itself is far too obviously an interior soundstage at Paramount. The lack of random wandering extras also affects the film more than I realised it had the potential to, and there is a very bare feel to everything for the first time since the original television series. This is balanced out by the quality of the special effects and miniatures, and it is this film that gives viewers their first ever look at a Klingon Bird-of-Prey, the immense mushroom-shaped Spacedocks orbiting Earth and the first non-descript merchant vessel: all three models were used again and again in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and are excellent designs. SPECIAL EDITION DVD Eagle-eyed readers will not be able to read this review due to their very strange bird eyes, but those with human eyes and attention to detail will have noticed that this film comes under a special director?s edition. There are benefits to this, although overall I would actually recommend the regular version. There is an impressive commentary with Spock ? sorry, I mean Leonard Nimoy ? as well as Robin Curtis, who plays the Vulcan Saavik, and xxxxxx, and this is the only truly great special feature. The second disc is full of interviews, a couple of which are relevant and which interview the surviving actors and production staff (most notably a brief talk with Christopher Lloyd), although the irrelevance of some of the extras is very disappointing: there is a very lengthy discussion about the reality of terraforming that is incredibly loosely based on the fact that Star Trek II described this, and discussion with Star Trek authors whose work was inspired by this film. Not too riveting. A talk with insane but impressive creator and later teacher of the Klingon language, Marc Okrand, is also less fun than expected, and the features on make-up and clothing are boredom to the max, to use a contemporary expression. Unlike the special editions of Star Trek I and II, which featured a very clear print of the film, Star Trek III appears identical here to the earlier budget release, a DVD that is never sold for more than around £7 and which may be given away free with Trek magazines in the near future, judging by some of their recent promotions, so there really is no need to buy this. VERDICT Star Trek III is a bit of a weak link between the adventure of Star Trek II and the low-key comedy of Star Trek IV (that?s the one with the whales), but it?s still a good film in its own right. The special effects are amazing for the time and the action is pretty much constant once the film gets into full swing, while the messages of devotion, loss and friendship are also nice. The low budget is a bit of an issue tho
                    ugh as it detracts from the believability and as such tarnishes this film in my memory a little. The original series looks great for its cheap sets and foam boulders, but here it just looks a little tacky. If you?re looking for some eighties-style sci-fi adventure, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan will probably not disappoint, but the Search For Spock has none of its predecessor?s instant charm. Still far better and more influential than a lot of the recycled ideas floating around in Star Trek series and films of the present day, it still could have been carried out a little better, and although my childhood Trekkie days are behind me ? I love the Deep Space Nine series and some of these films though ? I still enjoy this occasionally. Leonard Nimoy proves himself a very talented director, even if it does mean Spock is hardly in this film at all. If you hate Bill Shatner, you will hate this.

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                      the 3rd star trek movie, and my 3 review for the trek movies. so lets get on with it. ok, evil kahn has been killed, along with his superhuman crew, but in an effort to save the enterprise, spock gives his life, to save his friends. however, he's not lost. because of the federation's meddling with mother nature, the planet spock's coffin landed on ( genisis ) his body is brought back to life, however it is back to being a child, and grows, as genisis grows, also, it is without a mind. his mind has infact been placed in mcoy's, to keep from harm, and so that if a chance should arise, his mind could be placed back in spock's body. so after discovering this, kirk sets out to bring back spock's body, but he has obstacles in his way, he has to disobey starfleet, effectivly steal the enterprise, the enterprise itself is almost beyond repair after it's encounter with the reliant, and then must do battle with a bunch of klingons, led by a power-hungry captain. this is'nt a bad movie at all, infact it's quite good, christopher lloyd is superb at playing the evil klingon captain, and makes a worthy opponent, infact this movie is also the first start trek movie to feature the klingons in a major role, since, other than their appearence at the start of " the motion picture ", and the small appearence of 3 klingon ships in " wrath of kahn ", they'd been very much ignored. and the acting from each enterprise crew member ranges from good, to great. it's not at the same level as it's predorcessor, but easily better than the first movie. it was'nt until the arrival of " star trek iv, the voyage home ", that this movie got given the same treatment as every other odd numbered star trek movie. and like the 2nd movie, this one sets up the stage for another movie, remember when i said, star treks 2 to 5, where like one big story, each setting up the stage for the next? search for spock is
                      a pretty good movie, over-shadowed by wrath of kahn, but not by the motion picture, by today's standards it does look a little tame, but it still keeps a good degree of the darkness from wrath of kahn, although it's not as graphic in the violence, a good movie, that's worth-while to watch.

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                        Spock was born in 2230 at Shi'Kahr, Vulcan, son of Ambassador Sarek and his wife Amanda Grayson, a human schoolteacher of Earth For most of his life, Spock was torn between his emotional human side and the stern discipline of his Vulcan half As a child, Spock had a pet sehlat, a Vulcan bear-like animal with claws and fangs! At the age of 19 years old, he decided to join Starfleet, Spock was the first Vulcan to enlist in the Federation Starfleet In 2252 Spock was assigned as cadet, under Capt. Christopher Pike on U.S.S. Enterprise. 13 years later, he became lieutenant commander, first officer and science officer under Capt. James T. Kirk aboard Enterprise Spock sacrificed himself in 2285 to repair plasma conduits that allowed the U.S.S. Enterprise and its crew to escape from the detonation of the Genesis Device by Khan Noonien The Search of Spock began with the escape of Captain Kirk and his crew from Spacedock with Uss Enterprise. Starfleet refused to allow the antiquated U.S.S. Enterprise to leave spacedock, but Kirk and his crew were ready to sacrify their career. Was Spock really dead? His body was consigned to space but landed on the formed Genesis Planet and began regeneration..Kirk and his crew risked their lives and careers to rescue him. What happened to Spock after his regeneration? In later years, Spock's work became more diplomatic than scientific, initially remaining a part of Starfleet Then After 40 years as a civilian, in 2368, Spock secretly traveled to Romulus on a personal mission to further the cause of reunification of vulcan and Romuls , and in this occasion he met Cap. Piccard Spock passed his last years dedited to music, literature , poetry and tri-dimensional chess

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                          This is my favourite Star Trek movie for many reasons. Firstly it sees the return of Spock after him dying in the previous movie. Next, it replaces Kirstie Alley as Saavik with Robin Curtis. Although i think Alley is great in TV's CHEERS, she never really fitted in with Star Trek, and I think that Curtis is much better (as well as being more attractive). Thirdly, it was directed by Leonard Nimoy, who knows the character of Spock better than anyone else. A great movie, especially with Christopher Lloyd playing the crazy Klingon!

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                          The third Star Trek film was based around the premise of Spock, the series' most popular character, having his soul (or katra) returned to his body. It continues directly from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and is generally accepted as being better than hat film, not least for its action-packed sequences and special effects. The film is also notable for introducing the Spacedock, the gargantuan facility in Earth orbit that has been ripped off uncountable times by other science fiction films, and the Excelsior- and Oberth-class ships, which would go on to feature in the other Star Trek series set almost a hundred years later. The Klingon Bird-of-Prey is also introduced. The film's basic storyline is that Sarek, Spock's father, and Admiral Kirk discover that Spock may still be alive and has placed his consciousness into Doctor McCoy, who attempts to visit the newly-created Genesis Planet from the end of the last film. Kirk and his crew disobey direct orders and take the skeleton-crewed Enteprise to Genesis, which is breaking apart due to Kirk's son, David Marcus, using faulty biomatter in its creation to accelerate production. Spock's corpse has regenerated on the planet, but the intervention of some Klingons lead by Kruge (Christopher Lloyd) cause the death of David and force Kirk to self-destruct the Enteprise with the Klingon crew aboard. They eventually escape on the Bird-of-Prey to Vulcan, where Spock's katra is returned to his body and he begins reintegrating into his life.

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                          You kind of get the feeling that everyone sat around the table looking at how much cash they were raking in from 'The Wrath of Khan', and collectively all slapped their foreheads in a comic stylee. What were we thinking? 'The Search for Spock' is a dumbo damp squib of a movie desperately trying to pretend that no, this isn't simply an excuse to get ourselves out of the hole we got ourselves into by killing Spock. I mean, is it any solution to then kill off Kirk's boy, the first successful attempt to humanise the horny old toad since the series started? Anyway, given that most of the movies are at least watchable, I suppose two real clinkers (this and five) aren't bad. There are some OK effects and a very nice pair of cameos from James B. Sikking as the Reliant head honcho and Christopher Lloyd as the chief Klingon. Bones has fun with the possession plot, but they don't really play it up enough. It's only that the fourth film, which this sets up, was such a good one that you can forgive them this great aberration.

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                        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