Captain Picard and his crew pursue the Borg back in time to stop them from preventing Earth's first contact with an alien species. They also make sure that Zefram Cochrane makes his famous maiden flight at warp speed.
On the eve of retirement, Kirk and McCoy are charged with assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor and imprisoned. The Enterprise crew must help them escape to thwart a conspiracy aimed at sabotaging the last best hope for peace.
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
Plot-hole: After Kirk and party take "The Thoughtful Klingon" prisoner. John Larroquett, Maltz (Klingon Name) was actually named and used in a couple of ST-books.
In 2285, he was serving on board Commander Kruge's bird-of-prey. When the ship was taken by then-Admiral James T. Kirk, Maltz was taken prisoner. (TOS movie, novelization & comic adaptation: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)
It was believed after the incident that Maltz had committed suicide. (TOS - Duty, Honor, Redemption novelization: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
However, Maltz had survived as a prisoner of the Federation. During his imprisonment, Maltz assisted Federation linguists in learning even more about the Klingon language. (ST reference: The Klingon Dictionary)
In 2287, Maltz testified at the trial of Captain Kirk. (TOS comic: "Trial and Error!")
Maltz eventually returned to the Klingon Empire. For many years he struggled with the shame of being defeated by Admiral Kirk. In 2376 when the Genesis Wave was propelled through the Alpha Quadrant, Maltz emerged to help track the wave to its source, joining a Klingon-Federation crew where he served as first officer to Doctor Leah Brahms, who had impressed him with her courage while attempting to escape the first strike launched by the wave. Shortly before his death, he met Carol Marcus, the mother of David Marcus- who had been killed at the order of Kruge many years before. Maltz died holding Carol Marcus while the space station they were on self-destructed, ensuring that the knowledge of Genesis that Marcus had could never be used again. (TNG - The Genesis Wave novels: Book One, Book Two) See more »
The USS Enterprise had more damage markings on the hull at the start of this film then it did at the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Considering that this film was set immediately after the events of The Wrath of Khan, there is no explanation as to why these mysterious markings appear on the Enterprise. There were three markings on the hull at the end of the previous film, one to the star drive section, one to the neck section, and one to the underside of the saucer section. In this film the star drive section and warp engines are most notable for the mysterious damage. See more »
[Spock's dying words, repeated from the previous film]
Don't grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh...
...the needs of the few.
Or the one. I have been and always shall be your friend. Live long and prosper.
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Leonard Nimoy is credited as director in the opening credits, but is not included in the cast list. There is a long gap between the names of William Shatner and DeForest Kelley, which lasts for the length of time Nimoy's name would have been displayed. See more »
I believe Star Trek III is an underappreciated film in part because it is not accessible to a general audience. It is a pure science fiction film. In my opinion it is the one odd numbered film in the series that isn't victimized by 'the curse' of uneven numeration. I enjoyed the film because of the exciting action and fight sequences, the nostalgia, and the developed characterization of characters I am already so familiar with. I also found the film to be surprisingly spiritual and revelatory, a rarity for a sequel in a commercial film franchise. Anyone with close friends will be touched by Kirk's loyalty and sacrifice for Spock. Highly recommended, 8/10.
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