For a number of years, the knock on the Star Trek films was that the even numbered ones were the only ones that were any good. Looking at the pedigree, you can see why people might feel that way. “The Wrath of Khan” got Trek so much more effectively than “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”. The public ate up “the Voyage Home” with it’s time travel,whale rescue, fish out of water story, and compared to the underfunded and somewhat awkward “Final Frontier”, it looks like maybe there is a trend. The problem with that theory however is that you would have to dismiss this crackerjack third entry in the series for your generalization to be true, and that would be a huge mistake.
“Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” had a number of things going against it from the start but it also had several strong elements in it’s favor. In the long run, I believe that the positives far outweigh the negatives and that the film can stand on it’s own proudly as an example of of the resilience of the franchise and the talents of the cast and crew. I try to avoid spoilers in my posts, but all of the elements of this movie can potentially spoil a plot point, so read on only if you have already seen this film.