Thursday, March 7, 2019

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock


The Enterprise gave Spock a funeral aboard the Enterprise launching his body onto the Genesis planet. They expected it to burn up in entry but it survives and lands on the surface. The Genesis device still in effect causes both the bacteria and Spock's body to rapidly grow. In the bacteria's case, it causes it to grow into a slug like creature, but with Spock, he is reborn ages rapidly. Lt. Saavik and Dr. David Marcus transport down when they detect animal life.

The Genesis device starts causing political strife in the Federation and it's neighbours as it can be used as a dangerous weapon. The Klingon bird of prey led by Kruge played by Christopher Lloyd is interested in the Genesis project and shows up at the planet. They destroy the Federation science vessel in orbit and transport down to find Saavick and David.

Meanwhile on Earth, Dr. McCoy starts going insane since Spock had planted effectively his soul into McCoy before he died. With the Enterprise being decommissioned, Kirk is unable to get approval to go back to Genesis to get Spock's body so he steals the Enterprise. When they arrive at Genesis they are attacked and crippled by Kruge. Kruge demands all information about Genesis and the surrender of the crew, or he would kill the people on the planet. To prove his sincerity he kills David, though he was trying to kill Spock but David gets in the way and dies a hero.

Kirk then agrees to Kruge's demands but tricks him. The crew of the Enterprise transports down to Genesis while the Klingons board the Enterprise. A bird of prey crew is around 12 people, and some were on the planet so most end up on the Enterprise which they set to self destruct.

Kruge finds out Kirk is on the planet and transports down. He agrees to rescue his crew but leaves Spock and Kirk on the planet. Kruge and Kirk fight eventually leading to Kruge's death and Kirk taking command of the Klingon vessel.

They head back to Vulcan with Spock, now aged back to where he was when he died and his soul is transferred back to his body.


With the original series they say the odd movies are not very good and the even ones are. I usually agreed with this, but watching Search for Spock again, I felt it is better then what most people say. The only thing I really didn't like about it is that Spock is revived, instead of a revival ending in the Wrath of Khan it is a whole revival movie. But that aside I did enjoy the movie.

They changed the actress that plays Lt. Saavick from Kirstie Alley to Robin Curtis. She was a little more Vulcan in this movie.

The death of David was a way I was able to tolerate a revival movie. David wasn't as close to Kirk as Spock was but he was Kirk's son, someone he knew about but avoided at his mother's request. Now that David finally knows him, and in the Wrath of Khan even said he was proud of him is dead, at the hands of the Klingon, it sets up the plot of Star Trek IV: The Undiscovered Country. I was a little surprised when Kruge was hanging off the side of a cliff over a pool of lava, Kirk offered to save him.

It isn't revealed how much time passed between The Motion Picture and The Wrath of Khan but I assume it is only a couple years. They just did a refit of the Enterprise and now that it is damage by Khan they are going to decommission it. They show off a new ship type, the Excelsior which eventually Sulu will take command of. It has always been my favorite class of ship, and in TNG there are numerous Excelsior class ships.


"Scotty, progress report?" - Kirk
"Almost done, sir! You'll be fully automated by the time we dock." - Scotty
"Your timing is excellent, Mr. Scott. You've fixed the barn door after the horse has come home. How much refit time before we can take her out again?" - Kirk
"Eight weeks, sir ... but ye don't have eight weeks, so I'll do it for ye in two." - Scotty
"Mr. Scott, have you always multiplied your repair estimates by a factor of four?" - Kirk
"Certainly, sir. How else can I keep my reputation as a miracle worker?" - Scotty
"Your reputation is secure, Scotty." - Kirk

"My friends, the great experiment...the Excelsior, ready for trial runs." - Kirk
"She's supposed to have transwarp drive." - Sulu
"Aye. And if my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a wagon." - Scotty

"The hell it has. [Kirk produces a hypospray from his jacket pocket] What's that?" - McCoy
"Lexorin." - Kirk
"Lexorin? What for?" - McCoy
"You're suffering from a Vulcan mind-meld, Doctor." - Kirk
"That green-blooded son of a bitch! It's his revenge for all those arguments he lost." - McCoy

"Don't call me Tiny." - Sulu

"Klingon bastard! Klingon bastard! You've killed my son! You Klingon bastard!" - Kirk

"I ... have had ... enough of ... you!" - Kirk

"My father says that you have been my friend. You came back for me." - Spock
"You would have done the same for me." - Kirk
"Why would you do this?" - Spock
"Because the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many." - Kirk

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