Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Merritt Butrick, Robin Curtis, Christopher Lloyd
Directed by: Leonard Nimoy
Written By: Harve Bennett
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 45 min
The third installment of the original casts Trek adventure is a pretty lifeless feature I’m afraid. It takes over half an hour to get warmed up, and even then this production never felt like anything more than a big budget episode from the show. Its awkwardness is in part due to some missing key ingredients. The obvious one being Spock (Leonard Nimoy), who seemingly died in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Another is the sudden switching to Robin Curtis as Lt. Saavik from Kirstie Alley. A switch I’ve read brought on by an unrealistic salary request by Kirstie Alley’s agent. The last missing piece was a great villain. Christopher Lloyd as the Klingon captain Kruge is decent enough, but sadly he’s just not given the material in this movie to make a memorable impact.
The Search for Spock suffers from being the middle child in the franchise, and a hold over to get the band back together. It’s not totally without charm though and with Leonard Nimoy behind the camera for most of the film, it does bequeath the rest of the crew more screen time. So it was fun to watch Scotty, Chekov, Sulu and Uhura use their talents to help Kirk steal the Enterprise. Especially Sulu with an impressive judo-style throw of a security guard twice his size!
This outing in the franchise can’t really stand on its own. To fully understand what’s going on you’ll have to watch The Wrath of Khan. Then, expect a much slower more sedate film. It’s not bad, and it’s worth watching. It just doesn’t get close to the quality of Star trek II.
The visual effects are decent and a nice big theater screen showing would be nice. At home, a HD showing is recommended.
Best moment for me: << big spoiler! >>
Though painful to watch as I love the Star ship Enterprise. It did blow up well!