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  #546 New May 17th, 2019 02:47 AM
Star Trek III The Search for Spock is not an apology to Trek fans, but more of a release valve for fans who were still sore about the powers that were killing off a favorite character for the sake of drama. Of course the down shot is that they killed off the ship and Kirk's rediscovered son in the next film.

I'm sorry David was killed in ST III, and I'm even sorrier that the actor who played him passed away some time ago. Destroying the Enterprise was, in my opinion, designed to give the Trek fan audience something in exchange for reviving Spock, and of course in the next film they get a new Enterprise. Ho-hum.

There really isn't any psychiatric formula here, and even though this film is comparatively low budget as well as just not being that good, it does actually go back to the basic plot driven stories. The downshot is that you had an actor who played the legendary character, directing the film. Which meant that someone who, in spite of acting in the show for years, actually did not know what the show was about in spite of having his actor's insight. So the movie comes across as a light hearted high adventure film done on the cheap.

In fact, form and essence, the film is a reprieve for the fans, to keep the fandom going, and to reinvigorate the fanbase. Personally I didn't like the film a whole lot, and in spite of the humor in its follow up, STIV, I found that film even worse as again Nimoy, again in spite of knowing the heart of the characters, didn't understand that Trek addresses plots by antagonists, and the thrill or attraction of the show was how the very dynamic characters could address those plots. STIV is nearly plotless in spite of space aliens coming to talk to the humpbacks.

A real ST movie would have looked at the roles of whales, who and what the aliens wanted, the history, the relationship, and then how to address that; i.e. going back in time and grabbing a couple to bring to the future. Oh well.

Whatever. I often wonder who hires writers or why the original creative forces aren't kept on but instead replaced with people who know nothing about a property, and are then given massive budgets to create a "big" movie version of a TV series.

But like I say, whatever.
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