Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Because of the critical and financial success of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Paramount quickly put plans into action for part three, telling Harve Bennett to get them a script as quickly as he could. And he did. Soon, they had brought Leonard Nimoy on to direct, feeling okay that he could handle it since his part of Spock had such a diminished role in the film. And two years later, they had a film in theatres. But does it work? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Star Trek series with Leonard Nimoy’s 1984 film Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

The ‘failure’ of the first Star Trek film put Paramount in the frame of mind where they needed to do a few things if they were to keep the franchise moving forward. 1) Drop the budget to something much more meager. 2) Add some action to the story. 3) Get rid of the needy creator and producer Gene Roddenberry. They did all three and luckily, the pieces fell into place in a way where they truly ended up with one of the great sci-fi films of time and arguably the best in the franchise.

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

It wasn’t until syndication that Paramount realized that it had a property they could continue milking in Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek TV series. Even then, however, they struggled to get a film adaptation made. So is it a worthy start to the film franchise? Join us as we kick off our biggest series to date – The Star Trek series – with 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture

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