- A popular creature from the episode Star Trek: The Original Series: The Trouble with Tribbles (1967), Tribbles made a cameo appearance during the bar sequence where Dr. McCoy tries to hire a ship.
- This was Leonard Nimoy's first directorial feature.
Our favorite crew from the United Federation of Planets is back in the aftermath of their previous adventure, which ended with what we thought was the death of Spock.
But Spock had been sent to the planet created by the Genisis project and came back to life, in the most extraordinary of ways.
CHEAP IS GOOD?
Directed by Leonard Nimoy himself, the film is in a similar vein as the previous two. But the magic of the shiny big screen is disappearing in favor of another magic, a better one. We are slowly but surely moving from top notch science fiction to more basic one, with classic villains.
But by lowering the SiFi quality, we actually get back to what Star Trek did best. I liked to see the crew down to a planet and having a good old adventure. This is the first time in three movies and it was about time.
As an example, Sulu and Kirk are having a small fight with security guards, like old time. Obviously this feels cheap, but hey, it feels good.
As usual with these types of movies, the main goal is to recapture the essence and the magic of the original material, while still moving forward and creating new out of the old.
In the end, this is the film that ressembles The Original Series the most, and in that sense, I must admit Leonard Nimoy pulled quite a thing here, knowing as well that it was his very first time behind the camera.
FINE, I’LL KILL YOU LATER
For the first time again since the movies started, we finally had the great chance to see Kirk in action. He kicks and screams and kills and I loved it entirely! Kirk is back being the center of the Universe and it feels like a breath of fresh air. Kirk loses a son and the Enterprise, and that gives him the ultimate purpose and reason to go at the bad guy. It’s more than enough for me, and it gives for great imagery.
After hinting at this possibility during the series, we now finally witnessed the destruction of the starship Enterprise. This was really unexpected and quite a feast to the eyes. This is exactly the type of things that the movies had to do. The shot of the crew on the planet, looking at the Enterprise disintegrating was simply wonderful. I am just concerned on what it means for the next installments of the feature series. But I leave that for my next review.
I found the movie actually good! Leonard Nimoy did a great job to recapture the original magic of the series and while this felt cheaper, it also felt damn good. I give it 5 out of 10. Good.
You Klingon bastards! Kirk gets personal.
It is what it is folks, it's a good honest Star Trek story, it beats a real emotive heart and although some may decry the lack of blistering space battles, or end of the universe peril scenarios, it's an essential film for dealing with the protagonists we know and love.
Into the mix here we have our favourite alien enemies The Klingons (led by the oddly cast Christopher Lloyd), Spock's father, Sarek, who adds grace to the story, and crucially Kirk gets an emotional kicker. While elsewhere hardcore fans get a big surprise with the beloved Enterprise.
It's of course merely a set up for the next (and delightfully great) instalment of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, but on its own terms this stands up as one of the better character pieces in the series. Due in no small part to having Leonard Nimoy directing it because he shows care and thought about a subject he obviously knows quite a bit about. 7/10