JB & The Chop Do: Star Trek III – The Search for Spock (1984)


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WOO HOO!!!!! My first ever post on JB’s site!!! WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! Should I fill this post with half naked chicks like she does with dudes on my site??? Should I post a bunch of lurid images of Diora Baird and Rachel Nichols??? HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM?????? Well… probably not on THIS post but I’ll be doing some serious research for a future post. Guaranteed!  Anyway… today we have one of the less impressive entries into the Star Trek franchise. Kirstie Alley was replaced by some broad who would go on to do some MacGyvers and Spock basically goes into heat toward the end of the thing. This also had a couple of comedians as badass Klingons which really pissed me off then and now (Christopher Lloyd and John Larroquette. Also – after the success of Khan, they went ahead and went for another big Money Shot and (spoiler!!–>)  blew up the Enterprise…. Whatever! Oh well. This one is pretty weak. Let’s see what the delectable JB has to say about this thing.


SYNOPSIS: Following Kirk’s encounter with Khan that left the Enterprise severely damaged and Spock dead, they return to Starfleet so that Enterprise could be repaired. Kirk’s hoping to go back to the newly-created Genesis planet where he laid Spock to rest. But upon arriving, he is told that the Enterprise will not be repaired and that Genesis has become a delicate matter and until it is resolved, no one is allowed to go there or talk about it. McCoy is also acting strangely and is later detained when he starts talking about Genesis. Kirk is visited by Spock’s father Sarek, who tells him that he betrayed Spock because being placed on Genesis was not what he would have wanted. He tells Kirk he is supposed to bring Spock’s body along with his soul or katra as the Vulcans call it which he passes onto someone, and bring it to Vulcan for the final rites. Sarek assumes Kirk would have it but he does not. Kirk then thinks that Spock may have passed it someone else and realizes McCoy is the one who has… – via IMDB

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Well, watching this again proved one thing for me: it certainly wasn’t as dragged out and long this time around, though it still remained flawed. Still, definitely not the worst entry to the lot of movies, and there were plenty entertaining parts that went with it all.

I was interested with the whole concept of Spock’s “soul” being able to be transferred elsewhere, and found it highly amusing that of all people to get it that it was Dr McCoy. It was quite a thing to watch a movie that spoke so much of Spock but never actually gave us much Spock, but that was alright. Even my favourite, ol’ Bones, seemed a little odd, fluctuating between himself and the bits of Spock that were bleeding through. At times this proved amusing, other times not so much.

What I did learn from this movie is that Sulu does not like being called Tiny… 😉

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Uhm, I can rattle on about this, but the mere fact that I don’t really have an awful lot to say should express to you the kind of movie this was – pretty bland. While certainly not the worst of the bunch, it was average at best. So much more could have been done with it if the creators chose to do so, but alas, they did not. I see this movie gets a very mixed lot of reviews, too.
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If you’re a fan of the franchise, you’re probably familiar with the theory that the odd numbered films in this franchise suck. As a HUGE fan of Trek, I have to admit that this is pretty true for the most part. I know number 5 is the worst, if I remember correctly, and this one is….. not so good, even though it made a shitload of money… Anyway – I’m not sure what JB has in store for this one or whether she liked it or not, but I thought I’d approach this a little differently. Here, I propose how Star Trek 3 could have been done right: