Re: If VI had featured Saavik instead of Valeris as the traitor
You don't think Tim Russ was in the same league as Nimoy and Lenard?
Not even close.
"He clapped his captain—his friend—on the shoulder. Yes, this man was very much like James Kirk, in all the ways that mattered." --Christopher L. Bennett-- Star Trek: Mere Anarachy, The Darkness Drops Again