Robert Maxwell wrote:
The dune buggy chase has got to be one of the most wrongheadedly superfluous scenes in Trek history.
I've seen at least one fan edit which omits it entirely, and the movie loses nothing
. A quick shot of our crew on the planet picking up pieces of android, then a cross-fade back to the Enterprise. Tightens the scene up nicely. Really shows just how superfluous it is.
If only the rest
of the movie were so easy to fix!