Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock

Theatrical Release: June 1, 1984
DVD Release: October 4, 2005
Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock


You didn’t think Mr. Spock was really dead, did you? 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 this energetic but somewhat hokey 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. The movie’s a minor disappointment compared to Star Trek II, but it’s a–well, logical–sequel that successfully restores Spock (and first-time film director Leonard Nimoy) to the phenomenal Trek franchise…as if he were ever really gone. With Kirk’s willful destruction of the U.S.S. Enterprise and Robin Curtis replacing the departing Kirstie Alley as Vulcan Lt. Saavik, this was clearly a transitional film in the series, clearing the way for the highly popular Star Trek IV.

Dove Review

This film picks up exactly where the last one, “The Wrath of Khan”, left off. Spock’s body is jettisoned down to the newly created Genesis planet, and Admiral Kirk deals with the grief over the loss of his friend. However, Dr. McCoy is found in Spock’s old quarters, acting a bit unusual and sounding like Spock. Kirk learns a few surprising facts surrounding Spock’s death, and he steals the decommissioned Enterprise to travel to the Genesis planet to learn the truth for himself. When the Klingon Commander Kruge (Christopher Lloyd) pursues Kirk to locate the plans of the Genesis Project, things quickly escalate to a confrontation, with the result that Kirk’s son David (Merritt Butrick) is placed in danger.

Although the film includes some nice plot material and characterizations, there is a “Da__ you” in it and any time a character damns another character, Dove does not award our Seal to the picture. Unfortunately, that is the case here.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: D-9 (including one "da*n you"); H-9; G/OMG-4; B-3; SOB-1; "Idiot"-1
Violence: A man is stabbed and killed; a man is punched; a ship is destroyed; a Klingon captain shoots and kills his own man with a phaser; another character is shot; a character falls into lava pit and dies; a ship self-destructs; a creature attempts to kill a Klingon who chokes it and out comes green blood.
Drugs: A toast with some kind of drink.
Nudity: Cleavage; a woman wears a short skirt.
Other: Self sacrifice and a man's son dies.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Gene Roddenberry and Harve Bennett
Director: Leonard Nimoy
Producer: Ralph Winter
Genre: Science-Fiction
Runtime: 105 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter