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Star Trek Movies I-X Discuss the first ten big screen outings in this forum!

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Old July 22 2014, 09:10 PM   #1
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Stoopid Smart Reviews "The Search for Spock"

Hey everyone! I've been really getting into the Star Trek films (as well as the TV series), and I've been writing reviews for my blog as I go. I've just completed work on my Star Trek III review, found here:

http://stoopidsmartreviews.blogspot....for-spock.html

I'd appreciate any feedback, since you guys are the experts and I'm just a rookie!

You can check out my Star Trek I and II reviews here...

http://stoopidsmartreviews.blogspot....n-picture.html

http://stoopidsmartreviews.blogspot....h-of-khan.html

...as well as my thoughts on the original series here:

http://stoopidsmartreviews.blogspot....1966-1969.html

I had a lot of fun watching and writing, and I hope you have fun reading!
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Old July 23 2014, 12:29 AM   #2
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Re: Stoopid Smart Reviews "The Search for Spock"

Again, nice and succinct.

Two points...
Leonard Nimoy... initially only did Wrath of Khan because his character would die at the end.
This was never a condition of his involvement. Harve Bennett pitched him the death scene because he thought it would catch his attention. It did.

...not only did he want to come back as the character, he was willing to direct the next film.
"Willing" isn't the right word. They didn't offer it to him. He saw an opportunity and pitched it himself.
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Old July 25 2014, 12:26 AM   #3
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Re: Stoopid Smart Reviews "The Search for Spock"

I agree that one major problem hanging over the film is that it's so obviously a follow-up that is almost solely designed to undo the death of Spock at the end of TWOK. It never feels like its own movie in that way.

I'm surprised to read that you thought its tone was "silly," as the destruction of the ENT and death of David Marcus make its tone very somber to me, probably among the most somber of the films. I'm also surprised that you think Lloyd's Kruge was "restrained."

Overall an interesting read, but a bit too much spent on recapping a movie that whoever's reading it will be familiar with.
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Old July 25 2014, 01:23 AM   #4
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Re: Stoopid Smart Reviews "The Search for Spock"

The only time I've seen a restrained performance by Christopher Lloyd was his first film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

I originally thought he and Danny DeVito were some of the actual inmates used as extras.
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Old July 30 2014, 08:03 PM   #5
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I'm surprised to read that you thought its tone was "silly," as the destruction of the ENT and death of David Marcus make its tone very somber to me, probably among the most somber of the films.
Shatner's acting was pretty great in that scene!

I agree that parts of the film are very serious, and very well done. I think I meant to say that the whole idea of Spock being reborn and his katra being put back into him is sort of silly. It just bugs me because this is essentially a clone of Spock and the real Spock is dead. You can't take it too seriously or you could lose your mind.
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Old July 30 2014, 08:11 PM   #6
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It's a bit erratic, TSFS, tonally at least. It wants to be all things to all folk & only gets it half right, struggling to balance tragedy, sadness, broad comedy & derring do in the one package.

I will say though, Shatner was never better than his reaction to David's death. He just nailed the shock & horror of that moment. Every time I get a lump in my throat.
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