Kirk: “You’re suffering from a Vulcan mind-meld, Doctor.”
Bones: “That green-blooded son of a bitch! It’s his revenge for all those arguments he lost!”
It’s been said that when it comes to the original six Star Trek movies, the even-numbered movies are better than the odd-numbered ones. Star Trek III is the first of two directed by Leonard Nimoy. Originally, he had agreed to be in Wrath of Khan because of the death scene. However, he enjoyed the movie so much, he agreed to be in Search For Spock, but on one condition: he got to direct it.
Search For Spock brings back the Klingons for the rest of the movies (In fact, Wrath of Khan is the only Star Trek movie that didn’t have Klingons in it.) This time the villain is Kruge (played by Christopher Lloyd), a Klingon obsessed with Genesis, the project from the second movie.
We also learn that Spock may still be alive. His essence is in McCoy’s mind as a result of the mind meld from the previous movie. As for Spock himself, he’s been reincarnated thanks to the Genesis project.
The movie has some flaws. Kruge is nowhere near as good a villain as Khan. He’s not well-developed and there isn’t much to his character. Although the movie is called The Search For Spock, Spock is barely in it. That’s not to say the movie isn’t good. I actually think it is. Christopher Lloyd does try to make the best of Kruge. (Really, his only terrible movie was Suburban Commando, alongside box office poison Hulk Hogan) The effects are pretty good. Deforest Kelley, William Shatner, and James Doohan have good moments. (This movie begins Scotty’s new role as comedy relief, for better or worse.) In fact, of the odd-numbered Star Treks, it’s the one I like the most.
In July, I review my #2 favorite Star Trek movie, The Voyage Home.