Star Trek III: The Search For Spock was up first this morning. It's another one that I saw in the theater when it came out in 1984. I haven't seen it since it came out on dvd in 2002. I didn't get one until recently and that prompted me to watching the first half dozen all in a row. If you remember where the second movie left off Spock had died and they sent his body down to the Genesis Planet in a pod. The Genesis effect works and the planet grows lots of life really fast. Spock's dead body gets caught up in the effect and he gets life a new. Kirk finds out Spock's non-physical being is in Doctor McCoy. When asking the Federation for help doesn't work Kirk gets the gang together and they steal the still somewhat crippled Enterprise. At the Genesis planet they blow up the Enterprise, rescue Spock and Lt Savik, and then steal a Klingon Bird of Prey just after pushing Christopher Lloyd into a fiery pit. He played a Klingon who was a real asshole. Kirk loses his son to the murderous Klingons and returns Spock to his father. They put his memory back into Spock's head and things are almost back to normal again. I enjoyed watching it again. It was directed by Leonard Nimoy and it looks pretty good for a guy's first movie. The effects look good for the time and the dialog had improved over the previous movie. It would have made a good episode of the tv show.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home came out in 1986 and I went to the theater to see it. I used to see all sorts of movies in the theater, now I rarely go. This movie picks up just after the last one ends. Kirk is in the Klingon Bird Of Prey. The Klingon's are accusing Kirk of stealing the ship and killing the crew. There's a lot of yelling from Klingon Ambassador John Schuck. Kirk and the crew are up on charges from Star Fleet and are returning to face them. When they get to Earth they find a space probe is killing the planet. It's always something in that Star Trek Universe, huh. They figure out what to do, take the BOP back into the Earth's past, collect some whales, a whale scientist, and return to save the planet. The defense rests, your honor. Nimoy returns to direct. He would direct four more movies and not get behind the camera after 1994. I don't have any of his other, non Star Trek movies and I have seen the only one that got fairly big numbers, Three Men And A Baby. I enjoyed the STIV:TVH the most of the first four movies. Maybe I'm just getting used to them or maybe it just was fun to watch as they solved a puzzle and played havoc with time, authority, and the prime directive. They left a phaser, showed a guy how to make transparent aluminium, and brought a lady to her future. This Kirk seems more like the version of the character that I liked from the original tv show. I enjoyed his humor and his rule breaking. Sort of makes me interested in seeing the original series all over again. I liked that version of Star Trek the best but never got into rewatching them much. Always the future to see them again. As long as you're in it you'll need something to fill up your day.