“The Great Search” (Star Trek III)


Search for Spock (Poster)
The original Star Trek III poster, from 1984

I recently watched this movie during my own little double feature on Netflix, including the The Wrath of Khan and then The Search for Spock. Search, in my opinion, isn’t as good as Wrath, but it is widely considered to be the best of the odd movies. Those being Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and Star Trek V: The Undiscovered Country. Since I had recently reviewed Wrath, I thought that it would be nice to review Search as well, to reenact my little double feature.

Set almost directly after the events of The Wrath of Khan, Captain Kirk and the rest of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are returning home after triumphing over Kirk’s nemesis, Khan. The crew is mourning in the wake of Spock’s selfless death, as he saved the Enterprise from the Genesis device’s detonation. On top of that, Bones, the ship’s doctor, is going insane, and the mystery of Spock’s death is locked inside his head. Pretty soon, Kirk realizes that the Vulcan’s can save him if he can give them Spock’s body, and what’s locked inside Bones’s mind. Of course, Spock’s body lies on a dying planet, the one that Saavik and Kirk’s son, David are already on. But Starfleet wont allow Kirk to go to the Genesis planet, and nearby, Klingons are about to discover the Genesis Planet for themselves.

Stealing Enterprise (SfS)
(From left:) Scotty, Kirk, and Sulu, stealing the Enterprise as they travel to the Genesis Planet to find Spock.

I believe that The Search for Spock is a very good movie, and it currently holds the third place in my list of the first five original Kirk-era movies. (Not including Generations, I consider that one to be a Picard-era movie). I agree with the general consensus about Search being the best of the odd movies. I like it. 7 out of 10.


Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Release Date: June 1st, 1984

Based on Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry

Director: Leonard Nimoy, with Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, and DeForest Kelly

Running Time: 105 minutes (One hour and forty five minutes)

The Search for Spock pulled in 87 million dollars, with a budget of 16 million.


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