Classic Cinema: Star Trek III: The search for Spock (1984) – Jason S. Lockard

After Nimoy found his love for acting so dedicated to learn his craft he took drama classes at Boston College and performed at the Pasadena Playhouse. Nimoy said that the stage allowed him to explore the “psychological, emotional, and physical territories of life that can’t be done anywhere else.”

In 1953, Nimoy enlisted in the United States Army Reserve at Fort McPherson Georgia, serving for 18 months until 1955. During his time in the military he put on shows which he wrote, narrated, and emceed. Including directing and starring in A Streetcar Named Desire. He left the reserves as a sergeant.

In 1977 Nimoy earned a MA in Education from Antioch College and an honorary doctorate from Antioch University in Ohio, awarded for activism in Holocaust remembrance.

In the second film of ‘the Trilogy’ the Enterprise severely damaged after the fight with Khan returns to Starfleet so that it can be repaired. Kirk’s hopes to go back to the newly-created Genesis planet where he laid Spock to rest. But his hopes are soon dashed as 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.

Everything seems to be falling apart around Kirk when he is visited by Spock’s father Sarek. Things all come together and Kirk realizes he must disobey orders if he is to ever see his friend again.

Star Trek III was directed by Leonard Nimoy and shows his great vision for science fiction and the Star Trek universe. While not considered the best of the trilogy by many it is a wedge between II and IV.

Next month we conclude our tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy with a look at the final film in ‘the trilogy’. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

So until next month this is Jason S. Lockard reminding you if you want to see a great film check out a classic.

Moral Rating: violence and adult language
Audience: teens and adults
Genre: Action / Adventure
Length: 105 Minutes
Released: 1984
Rating: A-