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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock can be found here.

Admiral James T Kirk (William Shatner) commandeers the newly repaired USS Enterprise in order to return to the Genesis and retrieve Spock's body after Spock's father Sarek (Mark Lenard) informs him that the body must be returned to Vulcan so that it can be re-united with Spock's katra (eternal soul), which Spock has conveniently stored in the body of Dr Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley). Meanwhile, on Genesis, Saavik (Robin Curtis) and David (Merritt Butrick) have located a youthful Spock, but the three of them are marooned on the planet's unstable surface when a Klingon warbird in search of the Genesis device destroys their ship, the USS Grissom, before they can be beamed aboard. The Enterprise must contend with ruthless Klingon commander Kruge (Christopher Lloyd) while attempting to rescue the survivors before the Genesis planet collapses.

The crew is all here. Kirk, McCoy, Spock (Leonard Nimoy), chief engineer Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott (James Doohan), communications officer Lt Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), first officer Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig), helmsman Hikaru Sulu (George Takei), Lt Saavik and Kirk's son David.

In the year 2285 A.D., right after the events of the previous film The Wrath of Khan. In fact, the movie opens with the final scenes from The Wrath of Khan.

Possibly, but there was no guarantee that they would have gotten all the Klingons before one of their own number was lost, since the Klingons outnumbered them and likely have better firearms training. In the novelization, Kirk actually does consider the possibility of trying to shoot the Klingons as they beam in, but quickly dismisses it on the grounds that they'd likely damage the transporter in the process, which would have stranded him and his crew on the Enterprise since Starfleet had already removed all the shuttlecraft (escape pods had not been conceived of at this point in the franchise's history, first being mentioned in the first season of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'). The real problem was that the Enterprise's control system had burned out during the battle with the Klingons, meaning that, after killing the landing party, Kirk and his crew would have had no other way of defending themselves. After realizing that his landing party was dead, Kruge may well have beamed Kirk and his crew into his brig or dumped them on the Genesis planet, after which he would have been free to steal the valuable Federation data in the Enterprise's computer banks (which is what the self-destruct was really intended to prevent). The decision was likely also affected by the knowledge that this allowed the Enterprise a 'noble death' rather than the decommissioning she faced when returned to Earth.

The Star Trek series didn't really get its timeline sorted out until the late 80s/early 90s (and even then the TOS-era dates are still a bit muddled); the 20 years figure is a rough guess based on the fact that the Trek series had been going for just under 20 years when the movie was made. The closest on-screen explanation we have is that either Morrow is simply wrong about the figure, or he means that 20 years have passed since the Enterprise was refitted in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. There are other issues. In the first pilot (which was non-canonical before any "regular" series episodes had been created), Spock was shown as first officer under Christopher Pike 5 to 10 years earlier. Clearly, the Enterprise is more than 20 years old. The Federation would not build expensive "wessels" with such a short service life. ["The Menagerie"/"The Cage" were non-canonical from the get-go, as they describe interstellar travel using conventional propulsion systems, a gross improbability. If such a ship could reach 0.9c, and Talos IV were 200 light years away, the trip would have had to begun in the early 21st century, at the latest. "Enterprise" (the series) rendered the implicit non-canonality explicit. There was no room in the "Enterprise" universe for Christopher Pike and his ship.]

It was slightly redressed to serve as the bridge of the Grissom, with the seat covers and a few of the screen details being changed. The Excelsior got a new, albeit very rudimentary, bridge set that was scrapped after this movie; the next time we see it in Star Trek VI, it has a redressed version of the Enterprise-A bridge.

The novelization answers this (though it's technically non-canon and certain parts of the novelization don't match up perfectly with the film). Uhura stayed behind to scramble Federation communications and make it impossible for anyone to catch up with theEnterprise until it was too late to stop them from completing their mission. At the last moment, with authorities banging on the door of the transporter room, Uhura beamed herself to the gate of the Vulcan embassy to attempt to gain an audience with Ambassador Sarek. Just as a Federation security team was almost upon her, she finally negotiated her way past the gate and ran through the grounds to the front door of the embassy. Knocking, she received no answer, and the security team's leader began leading her back outside the embassy grounds before Sarek appeared and demanded to know why the Federation was invading Vulcan sovereign territory. The security team leader, realizing she'd overstepped her grounds, stated that Starfleet believed the Enterprise crew to be sick and were trying to get them to treatment, but Sarek denied her permission to leave the embassy grounds with Uhura, stating that the commander had asked for, and been granted, sanctuary. Declining the security officer's offer of 10 minutes alone with Sarek followed by incarceration, Uhura accepted his offer of sanctuary. The security officer said that the Federation would be asking for extradition. "That is up to your government," Sarek replies. "Good day."

How does the movie end?

As Genesis explodes, Kirk and his skeleton crew fly the Klingon warbird to Vulcan, where the Vulcan high priestess T'Lar (Judith Anderson) performs the dangerous ritual, fal tor pan, that reunites Spock's katra with his body. The procedure is successful, but Spock's memory is slow to return, and Sarek isn't sure when or if it will come back. 'Only time will tell,' he tells Kirk. As Spock, clad in a white robe, T'Lar, and a number of attending Vulcans leave the ceremonial platform, Spock walks past Kirk, not recognizing his presence at first. Suddenly, Spock turns to Kirk and asks if the ship is out of danger, to which Kirk replies that he (Spock) saved them all. In the final scene, Spock says, 'Jim. Your name is Jim, while the crew of the Enterprise gather around him, pleased that his memory is beginning to return.

Yes. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, a novelization of the movie by American science fiction writer Vonda N. McIntyre, was released in 1984.

So far, there are 12. Star Trek: The Search for Spock was preceded by Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) and Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982). It was followed by Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), all of which featured the Enterprise captained by James T Kirk. Star Trek: Generations (1994) united Kirk's crew with the crew of the Enterprise captained by Jean-Luc Picard. The Star Trek movies featuring Picard as captain include: Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) harken to an alternate reality in which Kirk was just beginning his career with Starfleet Academy.

Whilst we never actually see it the answer seems almost certainly yes. Spock is experiencing the 'Pon-Farr', the Vulcan mating drive which it is established in the original series will kill him if he does not have sex with a Vulcan female. We then see Saavik touch their hands together in the first phase of the mating ritual. In the script for 'Star Trek 4; The Voyage Home' the matter is verified by revealing that Saavik's reason for staying on Vulcan is that she is pregnant with Spock's child but the line was cut from the final film.

It was an experimental warp drive that was to be tested on the Excelsior, the first Federation ship outfitted with it. Simply put, it was a warp drive that was faster than any warp drive in use up to that point. The Star Trek lore says that the experiment was a failure, not because of Scotty's sabotage but because Federation scientists couldn't make it work.

David Marcus admits to Saavik that he'd used a substance called protomatter in his engineering of the Genesis device. Saavik tells him that he knew himself that protomatter was a highly unstable substance. Like he says, it "helped solve certain fundamental problems" but it also doomed the Genesis experiment to fail -- it caused the rapid development and aging of Genesis itself and the planet destroyed itself. Furthermore, the device was not used as originally intended. It was supposed to have been used on an existing lifeless planet but in this case it created a planet out of the light elements present in the Mutara Nebula, which would not have have the necessary heavy elements needed for planet formation.

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