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Star trek: The search for Spock - Gene Roddenberry, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley

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Episode propaganda

It is the 23rd century.

The planet Genesis has been born - but at a great and terrible price. As the battered starship Enterprise heads home, diminished by the death of the beloved Captain Spock, Lieutenant Saavik (Robin Curtis) and Doctor David Marcus arrive on the now forbidden Genesis planet to begin their research. What they find astonishes them, for Genesis has evolved in highly unusual and unforeseen ways. The wonders of Genesis are of import to others as well, among them the malevolent battle Commander Kruge (Christopher Lloyd) a great Klingon warlord who will stop at nothing to gain control of the secrets of the new world and pervert them to the nefarious ends of his Empire.

Thus, Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise set out on their most personal and dangerous journey - a mission in which they will confront the final frontiers of evolutionary science and the arcane rituals of Vulcan mysticism.

Genesis looms, holding the key to life... and death.

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • William Shatner .... Admiral Kirk
  • Leonard Nimoy .... Captain Spock, Screenwriter, Director
  • Deforest Kelley .... Doctor McCoy
  • James Doohan .... Commander Scott
  • George Takei .... Commander Sulu
  • Walter Koenig .... Commander Chekov
  • Nichelle Nichols .... Commander Uhura
  • Robin Curtis .... Lieutenant Saavik
  • Merritt Butrick .... Doctor David Marcus
  • Phil Morris .... Trainee Roster
  • Scott McGinnis .... Mr Adventure
  • Robert Hooks .... Admiral Morrow
  • Carl Steven .... Spock (age 9)
  • Vadia Potenza .... Spock (age 13)
  • Stephen Manley .... Spock (age 17)
  • Joe w. Davis .... Spock (age 25)
  • Leonard Nimoy .... Spock
  • Frank Welker .... Spock (screams)
  • Paul Sorenson .... merchant ship captain
  • Cathie Shirriff .... Valkris
  • Christopher Lloyd .... Commander Kruge
  • Stephen Liska .... Torg
  • John Larroquette .... Maltz
  • Dave Cadiente .... Klingon Sergeant
  • Bob Cummings .... Klingon gunner #1
  • Branscombe Richmond .... Klingon gunner #2
  • Phillip Richard Allen .... Captain Esteban
  • Jeanne Mori .... USS Grissom Helm Officer
  • Mario Marcelion .... USS Grissom Communications Officer
  • Allan Miller .... pilot in bar
  • Sharon Thomas .... Waiter
  • Conroy Gedeon .... Agent
  • James B Sikking .... Captain Styles
  • Miguel Ferrer .... USS Excelsior First Officer
  • Mark Lenard .... Sarek
  • Katherine Blum .... Vulcan child
  • Dame Judith Anderson .... Vulcan high priestess
  • Gary Faga .... Prison guard #1
  • Douglas Alan Shanklin .... Prison guard #2
  • Grace Lee Whitney .... woman in cafeteria
  • Teresa E Victor .... Enterprise computer voice
  • Harve Bennett .... Flight recorder voice
  • Judi Durand .... Space Dock Controller voice
  • Frank Force .... Elevator voice
  • Gene Roddenberry .... Creator
  • Harve Bennett .... Screenwriter

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Ah, technobabble, sweet technobabble.

Of course there's more to this film than that; there's derring-do, adventure, battles, xeno-cultures, lots of goodies to enjoy. And there's also the death of the Enterprise, the death of Kirk's son, the failure of transwarp, UFP security and not enough Uhura (the goddess!).

And those really tacky 23rd century clothes which, I assume, are to make the Starfleet uniforms look better.

As usual, Kirk takes up too much screen time, while the really interesting characters from the TV series are pushed to the background. Likewise, logic is overwhelmed by the need to push the story along; nothing major, but it's annoying enough to be a problem for this Vulcan wannabe.

Overall, it's an entertaining film, but it falls short of the Khan movie and the Whales movie. Watch it when you've made yourself sick of them first.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

9 November 2001

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