Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock


Re-cast Saavik! Reverend Jim as a Klingon! “You Klingon bastard, you killed my son!” “It’s his revenge for all the arguments he lost!” Howard Hunter as a starship captain! “Don’t call me ‘Tiny'”! “Mr. Adventure”! “Up your shaft!” Scotty as a miracle worker! The auto-destruct sequence from “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”! The Enterprise is destroyed! Spock only being mostly dead, but David being all dead! The TOS Rewatch does Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

An excerpt:

On the one hand, we see the loyalty this group of people have for each other. They’re willing to risk their careers to save Spock. Which is awesome, and also has the unintended side effect of at least saving one member of the Grissom crew as well. On the other hand, you gotta wonder why this was necessary. Sarek is a high-ranking Vulcan ambassador, with enough juice that he can get to look at the now-very-classified Genesis presentation. So why can’t he make a demand of the Federation Council that they allow Kirk to retrieve his son’s body? Instead, we just get Kirk asking Morrow and the latter making a dismissive, and borderline racist comment about how he never understood “Vulcan mysticism,” never mind that it all involves telepathy which is a well established part of Vulcan physiognomy and culture. Yes, Genesis is a hot potato politically, but Sarek should have more political clout than Kirk, so he should be the one to be making this happen. And Morrow needs to have a better reason than “Vulcans are weird.”

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