Barely surviving the wrath of Khan, the battle-scarred starship Enterprise limps back to Earth, saved only by the sacrifice of the late Captain Spock. However, the Vulcan’s spirit is still with the crew, and back on the artificial Eden of the new Genesis planet his corpse is missing.
Against orders, Admiral Kirk decides to hijack the Enterprise and lead the search for Spock in order to bring him home.
It’s a good character-driven story, undermined by Leonard Nimoy’s workmanlike direction, a pseudo-mystical ending and an all-pervasive funereal tone that permeates every frame.
However, the amazing special effects supply enough wonder and emotional charge to prevent the third big-screen outing from turning into nothing more than a bloated TV episode.
Admiral James T Kirk
Dr Leonard “Bones” McCoy
James B Sikking