18 August 2014

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

If you don't want to read it all:
Score: 6/10
Verdict: The best Star Trek movie so far, in my humble opinion

I will try to keep it short: The Search for Spock takes place shorty after the last film. USS Enterprise is back on Earth where it is to be decommissioned. It is 20 years old and it just cannot serve the Starfleet as it once did. Kirk meets Sarek, Spock's father and finds out that Spock's spirit may still be alive. They soon discover that Spock's Katra (call it soul if you want) is in McCoy's mind, but for it to rest in peace (hah!) they also need his body. However, the body was left on the newly terraformed planet Genesis and Starfleet won't allow anyone to get near it since the entire plant is classified. Kirk, according to his rebel nature, steals the damaged Enterprise and heads back toward Genesis. What they do not know is that a rogue Klingon captain Kruge (played by Dr. Emmet Brown... erm, Christopher Lloyd) and his Bird of Prey are investigating Genesis as well.

The previous film proved that nothing is sacred to the producers of Star Trek films. And that is great! First of all, they killed Spock (but are bringing him back) and now it's time to destroy Enterprise itself. I really loved that moment and please don't get me wrong - I am not a sadist, I just like to see the unexpected! Enterprise was destroyed again in the later Star Trek movies and TV shows, but this one was certainly special.

Overall, I liked The Search for Spock, but not enough to be delighted by it. It was great to see Klingons in action again as well as the mentioned destruction of everyone's favorite Starfleet vessel. And Kirk's typical reckless yet intelligent behavior that we all loved in the TV show back in sixties.

The "marathon" goes on!

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