Star Trek III: The Search for Spock – Read Along Story book

Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock – Admiral Kirk’s defeat of Khan Noonien Singh and the creation of the Genesis Planet are empty victories. Mr. Spock is dead and Dr. McCoy is, seemingly inexplicably, being driven insane. Then an unexpected visit from Spock’s father provides a startling revelation: McCoy is harboring Spock’s living essence. With one friend alive and one not, but both in pain, Kirk attempts to help his friends by stealing the Enterprise and defying Starfleet’s Genesis quarantine. However, the Klingons have also learned of the Genesis Device and race to meet Kirk in a deadly rendezvous.

Cast of the full movie version included…

William Shatner … Kirk
Leonard Nimoy … Capt. Spock
DeForest Kelley … McCoy
James Doohan … Scotty
Walter Koenig … Chekov
George Takei … Sulu
Nichelle Nichols … Uhura
Robin Curtis ... Saavik
Merritt Butrick … David
Phil Morris … Trainee Foster
Scott McGinnis … Mr. Adventure
Robert Hooks … Admiral Morrow
Carl Steven … Spock – age 9
Vadia Potenza … Spock – age 13
Stephen Manley … Spock – age 17

Director: Leonard Nimoy
Writers: Gene Roddenberry (television series Star Trek), Harve Bennett

Trivia

The Wrath of Khan was a critical and commercial success, and Paramount Pictures quickly prepared for a third Star Trek film. The Wrath of Khan’s director, Nicholas Meyer, would not return; he had disagreed with changes made to his film’s ending without his consent. Upon seeing The Wrath of Khan, Leonard Nimoy became “excited” about playing Spock again. When asked by Paramount if he wanted to reprise the role for the third feature, Nimoy agreed and told them, “You’re damned right, I want to direct that picture!” Studio chief Michael Eisner was reluctant to hire Nimoy because he mistakenly believed that the actor hated Star Trek and had demanded in his contract that Spock be killed. Nimoy was given the job after he persuaded Eisner that this was not the case. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s first reaction to the news was that producer Harve Bennett had “hired a director you can’t fire”.

Paramount gave Bennett the green light to write Star Trek III the day after The Wrath of Khan opened, the fastest go-ahead the producer had received. He began writing the screenplay, noting that “seventeen other people could have written [it]” after the hints at Spock’s resurrection in the previous film. Bennett and Nimoy used the open thread of Spock mind melding with McCoy at the end of The Wrath of Khan as a way to explain Spock’s restoration. The idea and name of the Vulcan “katra” came from Bennett’s discussions with Nimoy. The actor referred the producer to an episode of the television series, “Amok Time”, that suggested to Bennett a high level of “spiritual transference” among the Vulcans. Bennett admitted that the idea of Kirk and company going back to the Genesis planet to recover Kirk’s “noble self” stemmed from a poem he read in a Star Trek fan magazine. The film’s production acknowledged certain expectations from fans—Nimoy remarked that if Spock had not been resurrected and, instead, “Captain Kirk turn[ed] to the camera and [said] ‘Sorry, we didn’t find him,’ people would throw rocks at the screen.” A major issue Bennett wrestled with was how to introduce the story for people who had not seen The Wrath of Khan. Bennett said that his television producer mentality “won out”; he added a “previously in Star Trek …” film device, and had Kirk narrate a captain’s log, describing his feelings and sense of loss. Aware of the story’s predictability, Bennett decided to have the USS Enterprise destroyed, and intended this plot element be kept a secret.

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