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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

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Admiral Kirk and his bridge crew risk their careers stealing the decommissioned Enterprise to return to the restricted Genesis planet to recover Spock's body.

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Following Kirk's encounter with Khan that left the Enterprise severely damaged and Spock dead, they return to Starfleet so that Enterprise could be repaired. Kirk's hoping to go back to the newly-created Genesis planet where he laid Spock to rest. But upon arriving, he is told that the Enterprise will not be repaired and that Genesis has become a delicate matter and until it is resolved, no one is allowed to go there or talk about it. McCoy is also acting strangely and is later detained when he starts talking about Genesis. Kirk is visited by Spock's father Sarek, who tells him that he betrayed Spock because being placed on Genesis was not what he would have wanted. He tells Kirk he is supposed to bring Spock's body along with his soul or katra as the Vulcans call it which he passes onto someone, and bring it to Vulcan for the final rites. Sarek assumes Kirk would have it but he does not. Kirk then thinks that Spock may have passed it someone else and realizes McCoy is the one who has... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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[Spock's dying words, repeated from the previous film]
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Captain Spock: Or the one. I have been and always shall be your friend. Live long and prosper.
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Good sequel.
21 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most Star Trek fans and critics often agree the odd-numbered Star Treks do not fare well at the movies. For the third installment of Star Trek, we find the a stand-out. The Search for Spock is a good, well-made film that is more philosophical, laid-back, and introspective. Within it, we find faithfulness, friendship. Most impressive is the mix between action with the theme of exploration of the unknown. It begins right after Star Trek II. The Enterprise returns to Earth without the famed Captain Spock. Bones if found in Spock's quarters having some sort of psychotic episode. When Kirk returns to Earth, Sarek asks him about his Katra or soul. Unable to find it, Kirk realizes McCoy is carrying his first mate. After pleading with Starfleet to return to the Genesis Planet to retrieve Spock's body, he learns Genesis is a hotbed of controversy and no more ships are allowed in the vicinity. Meanwhile, the USS Grissom, headed by David Marcus and Saviik, is exploring the Genesis Planet. It is eroding because of an unstable matter used in the matrix. They do find Spock, who is somehow linked to the planet's instability. They have to get him off. Unfortunately, the Grissom was destroyed by Captain Kruge, a Klingon who is looking for fame and glory. He wants Genesis to arm his people against the Federation. It is up to Kirk, McCoy, Scotty and the others to steal the USS Enterprise. They return to the Genesis planet. What I liked about this one was not only the subtle philosophical messages of loyalty and life, but also the performances in this movie. I credit this to director Leonard Nimoy who shows restraint in the action, and also manages to deliver philosophy deftly. Finally, there is depth both in exploration and disappointment. Probably the most unusual thing I found was that William Shatner does not give into his instinct to over-act. He gives restrained performance. And Christopher Lloyd gives the greatest performance as a Klingon. I will say the resolution was drawn out a little too long, but other than that, The Search for Spock has enough subtlety to intrigue, and enough action to keep us interested.


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