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Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock
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by Ryan Arthur

"Genesis allowed is not! Is planet forbidden!"
4 stars

Not a good as its predecessor, but better than some that would follow.

Without a doubt, the darkest of the original cast Star Trek movies, The Search For Spock had the task of bringing the popular character back to life. How'd they do it? Well, he was jettisoned to Genesis, which regenerates, meaning Spock (Leonard Nimoy) was gonna grow back from the corpse that he was to a full-fledged man. Problem was, before he died, he stuffed his conscience into McCoy (DeForest Kelley)'s head. Now his body's growing back without benefit of a mind, which is rattling around inside McCoy's noggin. Spock's father Sarek (Mark Lenard), tells Kirk (William Shatner) that the conscience must be exorcised, and they need the body for that. Thus begin the search of the title.

Planet Genesis is now off-limis, and the Enterprise is hobbled from the firefight with Khan from the last movie. Screw it. Kirk defies orders (shocking!) and takes off after the Genesis planet. But there's a Klingon named Kruge (Christopher Lloyd) who wants it for himself. He sets off after Kirk.

What follows are space battles between the Enterprise and a Klingon Bird Of Prey, a hand-to-hand between Kirk and Kruge and Spock growing up over the course of two hours. Kirk's son dies (setting off his hatred for Klingons) and the Enterprise gets blown to hell. Yeeha.

Darker than most of the other films, as I said before, and kind of intense (especially as Spock matures). Kruge is no Khan (he just can't be), although Lloyd does a decent job. Shatner doesn't embarrass himself, although he's a little hammier here than he was in Wrath Of Khan. The friendship between Spock, McCoy and Kirk gets a little more exposure, and we get to see the lengths Kirk will go to for his friends.

Not a bad flick. Kind of in the front of the pack among Trek movies.

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5/27/13 Jeff Wilder Mildly entertaining. Not as good as some others. But better than a few. 3 stars
5/17/09 Sam Bleh. Every scene on planet Genesis is boring as hell. Non-fans, beware. 3 stars
3/08/08 Pamela White great sci-fi 4 stars
7/25/06 David Cohen A tragic letdown after the excellent "Wrath of Khan" 2 stars
5/29/06 drydock54321 disappointing. it's like the dallas episode when they bring back bobby. 2 stars
6/08/05 Drew Peltier This was my favorite of em all. 5 stars
3/16/05 dwarzel "I have had enough of you"? Are they kidding? 4 stars
4/24/04 Easter Lemming 3 1/2 - Plot is Better Than Acting or Effects 3 stars
12/17/03 Tim Triangle Campest of all the star trek films. bad overacting taken to a new dimension. fun. 4 stars
3/03/03 Jack Sommersby By far, the worst of the series. Inept and just plain repugnant. 1 stars
2/19/03 Matthew Jones Okay film. Enterprise blowing up sucked, but Lloyd was a good Klingon. 4 stars
11/23/02 Charles Tatum Okay entry 4 stars
10/18/02 Red Shirt Guy Shatters that stupid "bad odd-movie" rule. Continues the suspense from "Khan". 4 stars
4/26/02 Rockitman007 Part of the Genesis Trilogy (aka. Best Sci-Fi ever) 5 stars
3/08/02 R.W. Welch Marginal sci-fi fare, recommended for Trekkies only. 3 stars
2/23/02 Mark Lloyd Very good movie. Not as good as 2,4 or 6 but a very respectable performance 4 stars
12/16/01 Kenneth E. Carper Its boring. Cool FX and the acting is top notch. The story is contrived and stupid. 3 stars
10/15/01 Andrew Carden It's Pretty Good, The Plot Is Exciting, and I Like Spock. 4 stars
8/09/01 KC Au Forgettable movie....but I do remember it was.....boring. 1 stars
4/12/01 Emperor Matthew I This is the only exception to the rule that odd-numbered Trek films suck! 5 stars
2/28/01 Steve in Prague hey Avenger girl you need my cock ramming in and out of your arse 5 stars
2/04/01 Avenger Girl Total Hollywood people really believe thsis SHITE???? 1 stars
1/03/01 fifu this is to far fetched 3 stars
11/02/00 viking The Klingons were Great. 4 stars
7/27/00 Kenneth Christopher Lloyd performs one of the best Klingon personalities in the series. 4 stars
4/17/00 BB-15 Underrated! 4 stars
1/13/00 Jedi15 Weak but passable. All in all, a decent entry. I'm SO glad David died!!! 3 stars
10/24/99 Scarface This movie is the best of the series. Lloyd is better then Khan. Better then chessey IV. 5 stars
10/20/99 Lame-Oh I agree 100% with Ryan_A. Definitely worth watching. 4 stars
10/16/99 Jeremy Rae Under-rated but very worthy entry in the series, highly entertaining movie 5 stars
10/07/99 sophia962 Not a home run but necessary to the canon. 4 stars
7/19/99 Alan Presley Definitely the best of the trek movies - darkest and most intense, good mix of humor too. 5 stars
5/10/99 Arkansas Jon Has its moments. Got some humor early. Some nice effects late. 3 stars
12/04/98 Shadow Raider Good movie. Can be watched as a filler to ST II and IV. That's all. 3 stars
10/24/98 grunter My favorite for one reason: the first 10 minute montage always reduces me to tears. 5 stars
9/27/98 Johny Better than most of Shatner's Trek films 3 stars
9/16/98 Trav A good film. But can only really be watched as a filler between ST II and IV 3 stars
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