THREE GUYS AND… A MOVIE
series created by Marvin Mercer and Nick Stephenson
“STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK”
written by Dominick Cappello
The adage says the even numbered “Star Trek” films are better than the odd numbered ones. Though, I’m not sure if the same applies for the reboots. Either way, just because “The Search for Spock” isn’t quite as good as “The Wrath of Khan,” doesn’t mean it’s a bad film. It’s solid. “The Search for Spock” follows the events of the previous film, but the story arch wouldn’t be concluded until “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,” so that makes the “Star Trek” trilogy within the six TOS films. Leonard Nimoy was in the director’s chair and though he has little screentime as Spock, given the premise of the film, everyone’s gaga for Spock. Everyone has Spock on the brain. Especially Dr. McCoy, who is the custodian of Spock’s katra (which is everything not of the body). Ambassador Sarek, Spock’s father played by Mark Lenard, visits Admiral Kirk and insists that he return to The Genesis Planet so to retrieve Spock’s body. Kirk and crew defy Starfleet, bust McCoy out of prison, and hijack the Enterprise to accomplish their mission. They even outrun the USS Excelsior, which was meant to replace Enterprise as Starfleet’s flagship. Score one for Enterprise. Meanwhile, a Klingon Bird of Prey commanded by Krug, played by Christopher Lloyd, destroys the USS Grissom in a mad search for the secret of Genesis. Lt. Saavik and David Marcus discover a Vulcan boy on The Genesis Planet, who turns out to be Spock resurrected. The Enterprise arrives and is crippled in a battle with the Bird of Prey. The Klingons take Saavik, David, and Spock captive. Krug orders that one of the prisoners be executed and David is killed. Kirk is devastated by the loss of his son, but regroups and sets a trap for The Klingons. He activates Enterprise’s self-destruct. The Klingon boarding party beams over and are killed while Kirk and crew watch Enterprise self-destruct from the planet surface. Now, even though the death of David and the destruction of Enterprise doesn’t pack the same emotion punch as the death of Spock in the previous film, they’re still memorable moments in the history of the franchise. The Genesis Planet is also self-destructing because David had used proto-matter in its creation. Kirk and Krug fright to the death and Krug falls into a river of lava. Kirk and crew then commandeer the Bird of Prey and travel to planet Vulcan where a ceremony is held to restore Spock’s katra. It takes Spock a little bit for him recall who his friends are, but once his memories kick in, we witness a heartfelt reunion. All is well and the adventure continues. I know that “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” and “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” have their detractors, but I see no reason for “The Search for Spock” to be lumped in with the so-called bad “Star Trek” films.
– Dr. Rochester