Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), directed by Leonard Nimoy.

This middle episode of an unplanned trilogy doesn't seem to get a lot of love from Trek fans, but has nostalgia value for me as the first film I owned on home video. In SuperBetamax!

Is it any good otherwise? It has points in its favor:


Gentlemen, your work today has been outstanding and I intend to recommend you all for promotion... in whatever fleet we end up serving.

Not so good:

Spot young Miguel Ferrer as First Officer of the Excelsior. Grace Lee Whitney has a cameo as an observer when the damaged Enterprise returns to space dock, but is not credited as Janice Rand.

Available on Blu-ray with two interesting commentary tracks.

The first is an edited commentary with Leonard Nimoy and others. He says:

The second commentary is an excited, happy track by fans-turned-pro Ronald D. Moore and Michael Taylor. They think the film deserves more credit and point out its overlooked strong points.

They say something interesting about Shatner: his performance has always been like a little boy's dream of a starship captain. As such, no one can do it better.