STARRING: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, James Doohan

1984, 105 Minutes, Directed by: Leonard Nimoy

art_start_3.jpg (15980 bytes)Description: When Spock's casket landed on the surface of the Genesis planet at the end of Star Trek II, we had already been told that Genesis had the power to bring "life from lifelessness." So it's no surprise that sequel gives Spock a new lease on life, beginning with his rebirth and rapid growth as the Genesis planet literally shakes itself apart in a series of tumultuous geological spasms. As Kirk is getting to know his estranged son (Merritt Butrick), he must also do battle with the fiendish Klingon Kruge (Christopher Lloyd), who is determined to seize the power of Genesis from the Federation. Meanwhile, the regenerated Spock returns to his home planet, and Star Trek III gains considerable interest by exploring the ceremonial (and, of course, highly logical) traditions of Vulcan society.

Really thought that Spock was dead? Yeah, right. Probably thought that Superman's death was for real too. Spock returns (what would Star Trek be without him?) and audiences find themselves on familiar ground again. Familiarity breeds contempt since this is not really a notable entry in the Star Trek series.

Big screen sequels include: Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home (1986), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), all of which featured the old crew of Kirk, Spock, et al. The baton was passed to the Next Generation crew in Star Trek - Generations (1994), Star Trek - First Contact (1996), Star Trek - Insurrection (1998) and Star Trek - Nemesis (2002).



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