History Film / StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock

4th May '16 12:29:57 AM omegafire17
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* PlotHole: It's never made clear why Kirk has to go get Spock's body from Genesis, especially because he already has Spock's ''katra'' and no way of knowing that Spock's body has been reborn.



** The fate of David Marcus is a chilling reminder that just because you're the son of one of the most {{Badass}} officers in the history of Starfleet that doesn't mean that you yourself will inherit all those great qualities that, with training and experience, helped make your famous father the badass that he is.

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** The fate of David Marcus is a chilling reminder that just because you're the son of one of the most {{Badass}} officers in the history of Starfleet Starfleet, that doesn't mean that you yourself will you'll inherit all those great qualities that, with training and experience, helped make your famous father the badass that he is.
1st May '16 12:28:36 AM Statzkeen
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:: Kruge quickly cools off when Torg points out there are people on the planet that could be taken prisoner. This appeases Kruge and prevents him from killing his apparently only competent crew member.

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:: Kruge **Kruge quickly cools off when Torg points out there are people on the planet that could be taken prisoner. This appeases Kruge and prevents him from killing his apparently only competent crew member.
8th Apr '16 4:54:39 AM Megazord
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** While not human, the snake-like creature which attacks Kruge gets crushed to pulp by his hands
8th Apr '16 4:52:26 AM Megazord
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* GroinAttack: Kirk pulls one on Kruge when Kruge pushes him against a rock and starts to choke him
4th Apr '16 3:00:33 PM HeraldAlberich
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->'''Sulu''': The word, sir?\\
'''Kirk''': The word is no. [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight I am therefore going anyway]].

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->'''Sulu''': ->'''Sulu:''' The word, sir?\\
'''Kirk''': '''Kirk:''' The word is no. [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight I am therefore going anyway]].
anyway.



Not actually that bad considering the whole plot is just a vehicle for bringing Spock back. In particular, the scene where the crew steals the ''Enterprise'' from spacedock, leaving the newfangled ''Excelsior'' and its smug captain in the proverbial dust, is awesome. Overall it's probably best classified as SoOkayItsAverage, and about the only ''Star Trek'' film that no-one really admits to loving or hating[[note]]unless the people in question are the Kirk/Spock slashers, in which case the film is not only universally adored but solid proof that the SubText is actually just plain ''text''.[[/note]].

Oh yeah, the Enterprise goes down in a ball of flame in her final "[[DoNotGoGentle F&#$]] [[TakingYouWithMe YOU]]" to the Klingons.

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Not actually that bad considering the whole plot is just a vehicle for bringing Spock back. In particular, the scene where the crew steals the ''Enterprise'' from spacedock, leaving the newfangled ''Excelsior'' and its smug captain in the proverbial dust, is awesome. Overall it's probably best classified as SoOkayItsAverage, and about the only ''Star Trek'' film that no-one really admits to loving or hating[[note]]unless hating.[[note]]Unless the people in question are the Kirk/Spock slashers, in which case the film is not only universally adored but solid proof that the SubText is actually just plain ''text''.[[/note]].

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Oh yeah, and the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' goes down in a ball of flame flames in her final "[[DoNotGoGentle F&#$]] [[TakingYouWithMe YOU]]" to the Klingons.




* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: This is the first ''Star Trek'' production to feature the full Klingon language, and so a lot of the word pronunciations are different to how they would sound in TNG onwards -- for example, listen to how Kruge says ''Qapla''' (with a more phonetic sound) just before Torg's boarding party leaves for the ''Enterprise''. The most common explanation for this among fans is that Kruge just has an odd regional accent.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Although the Klingons are shown speaking their own language at first, [[TranslationConvention for simplicity's sake they speak English to each other]] for the majority of the film. Only [[BigBad Kruge]] and [[MauveShirt Maltz]] are shown to actually be able to speak English though. [[spoiler: This becomes a brief plot point when the Klingon troopers board the Enterprise and don't recognise the computer counting down from 9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1...]].

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\n* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: This is the first ''Star Trek'' production to feature the full Klingon language, and so a lot of the word pronunciations are different to how they would sound in TNG onwards -- for onwards--for example, listen to how Kruge says ''Qapla''' ''Qapla'' (with a more phonetic sound) just before Torg's boarding party leaves for the ''Enterprise''. The most common explanation for this among fans is that Kruge just has an odd regional accent.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Although the Klingons are shown speaking their own language at first, [[TranslationConvention for simplicity's sake they speak English to each other]] for the majority of the film. Only [[BigBad Kruge]] and [[MauveShirt Maltz]] are shown to actually be able to speak English though. [[spoiler: This becomes a brief plot point when the Klingon troopers board the Enterprise and don't recognise the computer counting down from 9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1...]]. ]]



** Kruge's Bird of Prey has more in common style-wise with a Romulan ship (bird like) versus a Klingon ship (boxy and utilitarian). As a way to use PropRecycling in the original series an episode suggested a brief Klingon / Romulan treaty where they shared technology and ship designs; it allowed them to represent the Romulans by using a (previously made) Klingon D-7 cruiser. This brief alliance (the two factions are later very antagonistic to each other) is also the source of Klingon cloaking technology and the Bird of Prey ship design first seen in this movie. Incidentally, that ship style became far more recognizable as a Klingon vessel later in the franchise.
** The novelization reveals that Saavik and David became lovers after the events of ''Star Trek II'', [[spoiler: making his murder doubly tragic and his sacrifice even more meaningful (he gives his life to save the woman he loves when he realizes the Klingon is about to kill her).]]
** Sulu's comments about how awesome the ''Excelsior'' is, as well as Scotty calling her a piece of junk, were part of a subplot concerning Sulu being promoted to Captain of the Excelsior (Styles was in command temporarily until Sulu returned from the training mission). Scotty's comments were good-natured ribbing at Sulu, saying that the new ship was a lemon.

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** Kruge's Bird of Prey has more in common style-wise with a Romulan ship (bird like) versus a Klingon ship (boxy and utilitarian). As a way to use PropRecycling in the original series an episode suggested a brief Klingon / Romulan Klingon–Romulan treaty where they shared technology and ship designs; it allowed them to represent the Romulans by using a (previously made) Klingon D-7 cruiser. This brief alliance (the two factions are later very antagonistic to each other) is also the source of Klingon cloaking technology and the Bird of Prey ship design first seen in this movie. Incidentally, that ship style became far more recognizable as a Klingon vessel later in the franchise.
** The novelization reveals that Saavik and David became lovers after the events of ''Star Trek II'', [[spoiler: making his murder doubly tragic and his sacrifice even more meaningful (he gives his life to save the woman he loves when he realizes the Klingon is about to kill her).]]
her)]].
** Sulu's comments about how awesome the ''Excelsior'' is, as well as Scotty calling her a piece of junk, were are part of a subplot concerning Sulu being promoted to Captain of the Excelsior ''Excelsior'' (Styles was is in command temporarily until Sulu returned returns from the training mission). Scotty's comments were are good-natured ribbing at Sulu, saying that the new ship was is a lemon.



* AssholeVictim: The ''Excelsior''

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* AssholeVictim: The ''Excelsior'' and her crew suffer rightly for treating Scotty like crap when he sabotages her experimental transwarp drive and the ''Enterprise'' leaves her in the dust.



** Spock and Sarek were always at odds with each other, but when T'Lar questions Sarek's logic in resurrecting Spock through fal-tor-pan, Sarek answers "Forgive me, T'Lar. My logic is uncertain where my son is concerned."

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** Spock and Sarek were always at odds with each other, but when T'Lar questions Sarek's logic in resurrecting Spock through fal-tor-pan, Sarek answers answers, "Forgive me, T'Lar. My logic is uncertain where my son is concerned."



%%* BackFromTheDead: Read the title.

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%%* * BackFromTheDead: Read the title.Spock. What, did you think they ''weren't'' going to find him?



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Uhura says this word for word to her adventure-seeking co-worker in the transporter room, moments before shoving him in a closet while she beams the crew to the ''Enterprise''.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Yeah they get Spock back, but Kirk loses his son David and destroys the Enterprise in the process, and leaving the fate of himself and his immediate crew in serious doubt.]]
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: On the Genesis planet, when Kirk shoots a Klingon with a phaser.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Uhura says this word for word word-for-word to her adventure-seeking co-worker in the transporter room, moments before shoving him in a closet at phaser-point while she beams the crew to the ''Enterprise''.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Yeah Yeah, they get Spock back, but Kirk [[spoiler:Kirk loses his son David and destroys the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' in the process, and leaving the fate of himself and his immediate crew in serious doubt.]]
doubt]].
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: On the Genesis planet, when Kirk shoots a Klingon with a phaser.



* BrokenAesop: But replaced in a ''good'' way. [[spoiler: Sometimes the needs of the one actually outweigh the needs of the many]].

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* BrokenAesop: But replaced in a ''good'' way. [[spoiler: Sometimes the needs of the one actually outweigh the needs of the many]].many.]]



** A bit of a BrickJoke also: in ''Wrath of Khan'', after the Kobayashi Maru scenario, Kirk asserts that Klingons do not take prisoners. In this film, Kruge ordered the attack on the ''Grissom'' with the specific aim of taking prisoners.

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** A bit of a BrickJoke also: in ''Wrath of Khan'', after the Kobayashi Maru ''Kobayashi Maru'' scenario, Kirk asserts that Klingons do not take prisoners. In this film, Kruge ordered the attack on the ''Grissom'' with the specific aim of taking prisoners.



--->'''Bones:''' ...Son of a bitch!



* CasualDangerDialogue: While Kirk and Kruge are fighting hand to hand on the rapidly disintegrating genesis planet, Kirk shouts that they'll both die if they don't help each other to escape. Kruge eagerly agrees and calls it exhilarating (since dying while fighting a worthy foe is the most awesome thing a Klingon could ever wish for).

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* CasualDangerDialogue: While Kirk and Kruge are fighting hand to hand on the rapidly disintegrating genesis Genesis planet, Kirk shouts that they'll both die if they don't help each other to escape. Kruge eagerly agrees and calls it exhilarating (since dying while fighting a worthy foe is the most awesome thing a Klingon could ever wish for).



* ContinuityNod:
** Saavik is left hanging on the Genesis planet because Captain Esteban (of the ''Grissom'') wants to do things "by the book". Having learned that lesson last movie, she's almost a PhraseCatcher, there.
** A more distant one is that the destruct sequence codes shown in the film are the same as those used in the TOS episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E15LetThatBeYourLastBattlefield Let That Be Your Last Battlefield]]".
* CoolStarship:
** Subverted with the cool-looking, but utterly useless science vessel ''Grissom'', and the ''Excelsior'', which was intended to be an obnoxious too-modern contrast to the good old ''Enterprise''. Gets RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap a few movies later when [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry Sulu is in the center seat]].

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* ContinuityNod:
**
ContinuityNod: Saavik is left hanging on the Genesis planet because Captain Esteban (of the ''Grissom'') wants to do things "by the book". Having learned that lesson last movie, she's almost a PhraseCatcher, there.
** A more distant one is that the destruct sequence codes shown in the film are the same as those used in the TOS episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E15LetThatBeYourLastBattlefield Let That Be Your Last Battlefield]]".
* CoolStarship:
CoolStarship:
** Subverted with the cool-looking, but utterly useless science vessel ''Grissom'', and the ''Excelsior'', which was is intended to be an obnoxious too-modern contrast to the good old ''Enterprise''. Gets She gets RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap a few movies later when [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry Sulu is in the center seat]].



* CriticalStaffingShortage: Scotty has Jerry-rigged the ship to operate with only five crew. The ''Enterprise'' is supposed to have a crew of hundreds. At least the automation breaks down later. Scotty says "The automation system's overloaded. I didn't expect to take us into combat, ya know...!" It's understandable that simply moving in a straight line could be done with a far smaller crew than usually necessary.

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* CriticalStaffingShortage: Scotty has Jerry-rigged the ship to operate with only five crew. The ''Enterprise'' is supposed to have a crew of hundreds. At least the automation breaks down later. Scotty says says, "The automation system's overloaded. I didn't expect to take us into combat, ya know...!" It's understandable that simply moving in a straight line could be done with a far smaller crew than usually necessary.



** This was Kruge's gambit when firing upon the Enterprise when they first meet over the Genesis planet. He is convinced that he is outgunned "ten to one" and is flabbergasted that the Enterprise didn't finish him off after the opening salvo. He doesn't realize that one shot was enough to disable her completely.
* TheDayTheMusicLied: The Transwarp sequence has all of these awesome, booming drums and trumpets as it's getting ready to pull off the maneuver and the second the order is given to "execute", it dies out except for the sounds of strings that you can barely hear within the malfunctioning computer.
* DeathIsCheap: Undoubtedly the filmmakers must have known that once they decided to bring back Spock that it would undermine the emotion of his HeroicSacrifice from the previous film and with it the theme of how despite his greatness Kirk can't always save everyone, which would probably explain why [[spoiler:they killed off Kirk's son David, in order to balance out Spock's return and retain the theme of Kirk's fallibility.]]

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** This was is Kruge's gambit when firing upon the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' when they first meet over the Genesis planet. He is convinced that he is outgunned "ten to one" and is flabbergasted that the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' didn't finish him off after the opening salvo. He doesn't realize that one shot was enough to disable her completely.
* TheDayTheMusicLied: The Transwarp sequence has all of these awesome, booming drums and trumpets as it's getting ready to pull off the maneuver and the second the order is given to "execute", it dies out except for the sounds of strings that you can barely hear within under the malfunctioning computer.
* DeathIsCheap: Undoubtedly the filmmakers must have known that once they decided to bring back Spock that it would undermine the emotion of his HeroicSacrifice from the previous film film, and with it the theme of how despite his greatness Kirk can't always save everyone, which would probably explain why [[spoiler:they killed off Kirk's son David, in order to balance out Spock's return and retain the theme of Kirk's fallibility.]] fallibility]].



* DramaticSitDown: [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Kirk]] stumbles backward in shock when his son is killed, missing the command chair.
-->'''Kirk''': "You Klingon bastards, you killed my son." (Kirk tries to sit, missing the command chair entirely) "You Klingon bastards, you killed my son!"
* EarthShatteringKaboom: Genesis Planet shattering kaboom, anyway.
* EightiesHair: Robin Curtis' (Saavik) bouffant-like perm/mullet hairstyle.

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* DramaticSitDown: [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Kirk]] Kirk stumbles backward in shock when his son is killed, missing the command chair.
-->'''Kirk''': "You -->'''Kirk:''' You Klingon bastards, you killed my son." (Kirk tries son. ''[tries to sit, [[PeopleFallOffChairs missing the command chair entirely) "You entirely]]]'' You Klingon bastards, you killed my son!"
son!
* EarthShatteringKaboom: Genesis Planet shattering Planet–shattering kaboom, anyway.
anyway. Turns out the planet is unstable, and shatters itself within weeks of its creation.
* EightiesHair: Robin Curtis' Curtis's (Saavik) bouffant-like perm/mullet hairstyle.



* ForegoneConclusion: Let's face it, when your movie is called ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Search For Spock]]'', it's not going to end with Admiral Kirk turning to the viewers and saying ''"Sorry folks, we didn't find him"''. As William Shatner put it, if they had done so, "people would have thrown rocks at the screen."
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Sulu seems to admire ''Excelsior''. [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry He would eventually become its Captain]].

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* ForegoneConclusion: Let's face it, when your movie is called ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Search For for Spock]]'', it's not going to end with Admiral Kirk turning to the viewers and saying ''"Sorry folks, we didn't find him"''. him."'' As William Shatner put it, if they had done so, "people would have thrown rocks at the screen."
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Sulu seems to admire ''Excelsior''. [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry He would eventually become its Captain]].Captain in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''.



-->'''Kruge:''' ''Say the wrong thing'', Torg!!
** Kruge quickly cools off when Torg points out there are people on the planet that could be taken prisoner. This appeases Kruge and prevents him from killing his apparently only competent crew member.
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler:David is stabbed to death behind a bush.]]

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-->'''Kruge:''' ''Say the wrong thing'', thing,'' Torg!!
** :: Kruge quickly cools off when Torg points out there are people on the planet that could be taken prisoner. This appeases Kruge and prevents him from killing his apparently only competent crew member.
member.
* GoryDiscretionShot: GoryDiscretionShot:
**
[[spoiler:David is is]] stabbed to death behind a bush.]]



* HamToHamCombat: [[Creator/WilliamShatner Shatner]] versus [[Creator/ChristopherLloyd Lloyd]], figuratively, literally, and [[UpToEleven Taken to Eleven]]. The acting and fight choreography are so over the top that an entire planet is destroyed.



* HeroicBSOD: Kirk when [[spoiler:his son David is killed]] and arguably again with a literal MyGodWhatHaveIDone while watching [[spoiler:the wreck of the ''Enterprise'' burning up in the Genesis planet's atmosphere]]
** This entire movie is a long string of {{HeroicBSOD}}s for Kirk. He started the movie with the one he suffered from Spock's death in Wrath of Khan, had a short one when he heard the Enterprise was due for decommission, and the above mentioned two. Kirk's really [[EarnYourHappyEnding earning the happy ending]], and facing down situations he's so used to cheating his way out of.
%%* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:David]].
* HeyThatsMyLine:

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* HeroicBSOD: HeroicBSOD:
**
Kirk when [[spoiler:his son David is killed]] and arguably again with a literal MyGodWhatHaveIDone while watching [[spoiler:the wreck of the ''Enterprise'' burning up in the Genesis planet's atmosphere]]
** This entire movie is a long string of {{HeroicBSOD}}s {{Heroic BSOD}}s for Kirk. He started starts the movie with the one he suffered from Spock's death in Wrath ''Wrath of Khan, had Khan'', has a short one when he heard hears the Enterprise was ''Enterprise'' is due for decommission, and the above mentioned two. Kirk's really [[EarnYourHappyEnding earning the happy ending]], and facing down situations he's so used to cheating his way out of.
%%* * HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:David]].
[[spoiler:David Marcus]] jumps in the way of a Klingon about to execute Saavik. She is spared because one dead hostage is as good as another, to them.
* HeyThatsMyLine:HeyThatsMyLine: Bones encounters an alien in a bar with an unusual speaking pattern.



* IAmYourOpponent: Kruge, to Kirk.
** Literally a line in the movie: "Admiral Kirk. This is your opponent speaking!"

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* IAmYourOpponent: Kruge, to Kirk.
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Kirk. Literally a line in the movie: "Admiral Kirk. This is your opponent speaking!"



* InTheOriginalKlingon: This was the film that began the Klingon Dictionary, when Marc Okrand was brought on to create a language based on some of the brief Klingon improvised by James Doohan in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''.
* InvisibilityCloak: While cloaking technology was used in TheOriginalSeries, this movie gave it the ripple effect that has greatly influenced the way around VisibleInvisibility in media. Although, here it is a plot point as Kirk recognizes something is wrong when they reach the Genesis Planet and was able to visually point out where the ship was.
%%* IWillFindYou: the point of the entire film.
* LargeHam: [[Creator/WilliamShatner Shatner]] with a side of [[Creator/ChristopherLloyd Lloyd]], which leads to...
** HamToHamCombat: Figuratively, literally, and [[UpToEleven Taken to Eleven]]. The acting and fight choreography are so over the top that an entire planet is destroyed.

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* InTheOriginalKlingon: This was the film that began the Klingon Dictionary, when Marc Okrand was brought on to create a language based on some of the brief Klingon improvised by James Doohan in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''.
* InvisibilityCloak: While cloaking technology was used in TheOriginalSeries, the Original Series, this movie gave it the ripple effect that has greatly influenced the way around VisibleInvisibility is portrayed in media. Although, Although here it is a plot point point, as Kirk recognizes something is wrong when they reach the Genesis Planet and was is able to visually point out where the ship was.
%%*
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*
IWillFindYou: Once Kirk and company hear that Spock could be brought BackFromTheDead, they spend the point rest of the entire film.
* LargeHam: [[Creator/WilliamShatner Shatner]] with a side of [[Creator/ChristopherLloyd Lloyd]], which leads to...
** HamToHamCombat: Figuratively, literally, and [[UpToEleven Taken
film endeavoring to Eleven]]. The acting and fight choreography are so over the top that an entire planet is destroyed.do just that.



* MagicCountdown: The Enterprise's 60-second countdown to self-destruct lasts 100 seconds on-screen, and even that is compressed to exclude people moving around.
%%* MateOrDie: Spock, as he's aging up.

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* MagicCountdown: The Enterprise's ''Enterprise'''s 60-second countdown to self-destruct lasts 100 seconds on-screen, and even that is compressed to exclude people moving around.
%%* * MateOrDie: Spock, Vulcan ''pon farr'' is normally a once-every-seven-years deal, but Spock experiences it multiple times as he's aging up.he undergoes RapidAging. Saavik has to make sure it's "mate" and not "die."



** Spock's ''katra'' (speaking through [=McCoy=]), asks why Kirk left him on Genesis. The ''katra'' had no obvious way of knowing that Spock's body was there, as he was given a standard space burial. That the torpedo casing soft-landed, and that Genesis regenerated Spock's body, came as a surprise even to David and Saavik when they were investigating the planet. This implies that it was not merely a bunch of transferred memories, but an actual ''soul'' with awareness that its body was still alive.

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** Spock's ''katra'' (speaking through [=McCoy=]), [=McCoy=]) asks why Kirk left him on Genesis. The ''katra'' had has no obvious way of knowing that Spock's body was is there, as he was given a standard space burial. That the torpedo casing soft-landed, and that Genesis regenerated Spock's body, came come as a surprise even to David and Saavik when they were are investigating the planet. This implies that it was the ''katra'' is not merely a bunch of transferred memories, but an actual ''soul'' with awareness that its body was is still alive.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Kirk despairs when he has to sacrifice the Enterprise.
-->'''Kirk:''': My God, Bones, What Have I Done?
-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' [[YouDidTheRightThing What you had to do. What you always do... turn death into a fighting chance to live.]]

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Kirk despairs when he has to sacrifice the Enterprise.
-->'''Kirk:''':
''Enterprise''.
-->'''Kirk:'''
My God, Bones, What Have what have I Done?
-->'''[=McCoy=]:'''
done?\\
'''[=McCoy=]:'''
[[YouDidTheRightThing What you had to do. What you always do... turn death into a fighting chance to live.]]



* MythologyGag: The ship's self destruct code from the third season episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E15LetThatBeYourLastBattlefield Let That Be Your Last Battlefield]]".



* NeuroVault: It turns out Spock implanted his soul/essence/memories in [=McCoy=] at the end of the previous film, just before his HeroicSacrifice
* NeverTrustATrailer: "The final voyage of the Starship ''Enterprise''" indeed.
** True, for [[ExactWords some values of "Starship Enterprise."]] more pointedly, a huge TrailersAlwaysSpoil.

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* NeuroVault: It turns out Spock implanted his soul/essence/memories in [=McCoy=] at the end of the previous film, just before his HeroicSacrifice
HeroicSacrifice.
* NeverTrustATrailer: "The final voyage of the Starship ''Enterprise''" indeed.
**
indeed. True, for [[ExactWords some values of "Starship Enterprise."]] Enterprise,"]] but more pointedly, a huge TrailersAlwaysSpoil.



* NoSell: Immediately after being almost strangled to death by a mutated snake like creature, Kruge calmly reports to the ship that they haven't found anything significant as of yet.

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* NoSell: Immediately after being almost strangled to death by a mutated snake like snake-like creature, Kruge calmly reports to the ship that they haven't found anything significant as of yet. yet.



* NotSoStoic: Sarek. Despite his differences with Spock, and his own strict Vulcan beliefs, he was still a grieving and anguished father who just lost his son. When he went to pay Kirk a visit, he checked logic at the door and demanded answers. He confessed to the High Priestess of Mount Seleya herself that his logic is "uncertain" where his son is concerned.

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* NotSoStoic: Sarek. Despite his differences with Spock, and his own strict Vulcan beliefs, he was is still a grieving and anguished father who just lost his son. When he went goes to pay Kirk a visit, he checked checks logic at the door and demanded demands answers. He confessed confesses to the High Priestess of Mount Seleya herself that his logic is "uncertain" where his son is concerned.



** When Kruge hears the SelfDestructMechanism on the ''Enterprise'' counting down, he yells at his men "'''GET OUT! GET OUT OF THERE! GET OUT!'''" Too late, though.

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** When Kruge hears the SelfDestructMechanism on the ''Enterprise'' counting down, he yells at his men "'''GET men, '''"GET OUT! GET OUT OF THERE! GET OUT!'''" OUT!"''' Too late, though. though.



* OneSteveLimit: Averted .... Which might have confused casually watching viewers who see a character named David and identified as Kirk's son die, then 20 minutes later hear Bones identify himself as '[=McCoy=], Leonard; son of David'.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: The final password for the self-destruct is 0-0-0-Destruct-0. Granted, it was the fourth password of a set of four, but still.

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* OneSteveLimit: Averted .... Which Averted, which might have confused confuse casually watching viewers who see a character named David and identified as Kirk's son die, then 20 minutes later hear Bones identify himself as '[=McCoy=], Leonard; son of David'.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: The final password for the self-destruct is 0-0-0-Destruct-0. Granted, it was it's the fourth password of a set of four, but still.



* PrecisionFStrike: The scene [[spoiler:where David dies.]]

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* PrecisionFStrike: PrecisionFStrike:
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The scene [[spoiler:where David dies.]]



** Turns out however awesome the act itself is, stealing a twenty year old spaceship that's just suffered major battle damage with less than a skeleton crew is a horrible position to put yourself in when you have a fight on your hands.
** The fate of David Marcus is a chilling reminder that just because you're the son of one of the most BadAss officers in the history of Starfleet that doesn't mean that you yourself will inherit all those great qualities that, with training and experience, helped make your famous father the BadAss that he is.
* RecycledSoundtrack: In a particularly shameless example even for JamesHorner, the movie's end credits music is ''exactly the same'' as [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan the previous one's]].

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** Turns out however awesome the act itself is, stealing a twenty year old twenty-year-old spaceship that's just suffered major battle damage with less than a skeleton crew is a horrible position to put yourself in when you have a fight on your hands.
** The fate of David Marcus is a chilling reminder that just because you're the son of one of the most BadAss {{Badass}} officers in the history of Starfleet that doesn't mean that you yourself will inherit all those great qualities that, with training and experience, helped make your famous father the BadAss badass that he is.
is.
* RecycledSoundtrack: In a particularly shameless example even for JamesHorner, Music/JamesHorner, the movie's end credits music is ''exactly the same'' as [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan the previous one's]].



* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Kirk and friends steal the Enterprise and defy Star Fleet orders to not return to the Genesis planet in order to rescue Spock.
-->'''Sulu''' "The word, sir?"\\
'''Kirk''' "The word is 'no'. I am therefore going anyway."

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* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight:
**
Kirk and friends steal the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' and defy Star Fleet Starfleet orders to not return to the Genesis planet in order to rescue Spock.
-->'''Sulu''' "The --->'''Sulu:''' The word, sir?"\\
'''Kirk''' "The
sir?\\
'''Kirk:''' The
word is 'no'. "no." I am therefore going anyway."



* SelfDestructMechanism: [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone "My God Bones, what have I done?"]]
* SentimentalSacrifice: A doozy of one, the Enterprise herself was self-destructed so that the Klingons wouldn't get her. This is the same ship that, on multiple occasions, has been treated [[CargoShip almost the same]] as a LoveInterest for Kirk.
* SharingABody
-->"That green-blooded sonuvabitch. It's his revenge for all those arguments he lost."
* [[HeKnowsTooMuch She Knows Too Much]]:

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* SelfDestructMechanism: Once again, the ''Enterprise'''s is activated. This time, however, it's not cancelled at the last second.
-->'''Kirk:'''
[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone "My God My God, Bones, what have I done?"]]
done?]]
* SentimentalSacrifice: A doozy of one, one; the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' herself was is self-destructed so that the Klingons wouldn't can't get her. This is the same ship that, on multiple occasions, has been treated [[CargoShip almost the same]] as a LoveInterest for Kirk.
* SharingABody
-->"That
SharingABody: Having Spock's ''katra'' in [=McCoy=]'s head amounts to this, until Spock can get it back.
-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' That
green-blooded sonuvabitch. It's his revenge for all those arguments he lost."
lost.
* [[HeKnowsTooMuch She Knows Too Much]]:SheKnowsTooMuch: Kruge clearly doesn't want to kill Valkris, but doesn't hesitate. Neither does she.



'''Kruge:''' ''(shocked)'' Then you have seen it?\\

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'''Kruge:''' ''(shocked)'' ''[shocked]'' Then you have seen it?\\



'''Valkris:''' ''({{beat}})'' Understood.
* ShoutOut: The seedy bar [=McCoy=] goes to is pretty clearly inspired by the [[ANewHope Mos Eisley Cantina]], complete with a smuggler for hire (who talks like a bad Yoda impression).

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'''Valkris:''' ''({{beat}})'' ''[{{beat}}]'' Understood.
* ShoutOut: The seedy bar [=McCoy=] goes to is pretty clearly inspired by the [[ANewHope [[Film/ANewHope Mos Eisley Cantina]], complete with a smuggler for hire (who [[StrangeSyntaxSpeaker talks like like]] a bad Yoda impression).



* StaffOfAuthority - Captain Styles of the USS ''Excelsior'' is often seen carrying a swagger stick.
* StealthPun: ''Excelsior'' is a dubious technology prototype -- in other words, a [[https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Excelsior strange device]].
* StockFootage:

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* StaffOfAuthority - StaffOfAuthority: Captain Styles of the USS ''Excelsior'' is often seen carrying a swagger stick.
* StealthPun: ''Excelsior'' is a dubious technology prototype -- in prototype--in other words, a [[https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Excelsior org/wiki/Excelsior_%28Longfellow%29 strange device]].
* StockFootage: StockFootage:



** The 2002 DVD release has a rather odd example. For some reason they were apparently unable to get anyone to record an actual commentary for the film, and so resorted to taking audio clips of Leonard Nimoy, Robin Curtis, writer/producer Harve Bennett and cinematographer Charles Correll from the "making of" documentaries and stitching them together in such a way as to make them sound like a real commentary. If you listen carefully, you'll notice that at no point does anyone in the "commentary" directly reference what's happening on-screen.
* StolenMacGuffinReveal: The bits and pieces that Scotty pulled out of the Excelsior computer to cripple its transwarp drive.

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** The 2002 DVD release has a rather odd example. For some reason they were apparently unable to get anyone to record an actual commentary DVDCommentary for the film, and so resorted to taking audio clips of Leonard Nimoy, Robin Curtis, writer/producer Harve Bennett and cinematographer Charles Correll from the "making of" documentaries and stitching them together in such a way as to make them sound like a real commentary. If you listen carefully, you'll notice that at no point does anyone in the "commentary" directly reference what's happening on-screen.
* StolenMacGuffinReveal: The bits and pieces that Scotty pulled out of the Excelsior ''Excelsior'' computer to cripple its transwarp drive.



-->'''Kirk''': [[RuleOfThree My God, Bones, what have I done?]]\\
'''[=McCoy=]''': [[IDidWhatIHadToDo What you had to do]]. What you always do. Turn death into a fighting chance to live.
* TakeMyHand: Kirk to Kruge.

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-->'''Kirk''': [[RuleOfThree -->'''Kirk:''' My God, Bones, what have I done?]]\\
'''[=McCoy=]''':
done?\\
'''[=McCoy=]:'''
[[IDidWhatIHadToDo What you had to do]]. What you always do. Turn death into a fighting chance to live.
* TakeMyHand: Kirk to Kruge.Kruge, after kicking him off a cliff. Kruge refuses.



--> "...I'm glad you're on OUR side!"
** Sulu as well. A towering security guard, who took exception to Sulu's sarcastic remark about his work ethic (or lack thereof) menacingly growls "don't get smart, Tiny". Cut to Sulu easily kicking his ass. "Don't call me 'Tiny'."
* TooDumbToLive: Maltz is SO dumb that even HE realises he deserves to die for his stupidity.
-->'''Maltz''': I do not deserve to live.\\
'''Kirk''': Fine, I'll kill you later.
** {{Deconstructed}} in that, [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim while Kruge very well might have killed Maltz, Kirk had no intention to]], [[PapaWolf even though he had every reason to]].
---> '''Maltz''': Wait! You said you would kill me!\\
'''Kirk''': ILied.
*** In the ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' {{Novelization}}, it's revealed Maltz did manage to commit suicide.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: If you listen to the DVD commentary, Harve Bennett mentions that he really wanted the ''Enterprise'' getting blown up to be a total [[{{HSQ}} shock to the audience]], so he asked the people cutting the trailer together to please, ''please'' omit it from the trailers. What's the first trailer they come back with? "The last voyage of the ''Enterprise''", the FacePalm must have registered on the Richter scale, though it did increase interest in the film from fans who wondered [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt if they'd actually do it]].

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--> ---> "...I'm glad you're on OUR side!"
** Sulu as well. A towering security guard, who took takes exception to Sulu's sarcastic remark about his work ethic (or lack thereof) menacingly growls "don't growls, "Don't get smart, Tiny". Tiny." Cut to Sulu easily kicking his ass. "Don't call me 'Tiny'."
* TooDumbToLive: TooDumbToLive:
**
Maltz is SO dumb that even HE realises he deserves to die for his stupidity.
-->'''Maltz''':
stupidity.
--->'''Maltz:'''
I do not deserve to live.\\
'''Kirk''': '''Kirk:''' Fine, I'll kill you later.
** {{Deconstructed}} in that, [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim while Kruge very well might have killed Maltz, Kirk had has no intention to]], [[PapaWolf even though he had has every reason to]].
---> '''Maltz''': --->'''Maltz:''' Wait! You said you would kill me!\\
'''Kirk''': ILied.
***
'''Kirk:''' ILied.
**
In the ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' {{Novelization}}, it's revealed Maltz did manage to commit suicide.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: TrailersAlwaysSpoil:
**
If you listen to the DVD commentary, Harve Bennett mentions that he really wanted the ''Enterprise'' getting blown up to be a total [[{{HSQ}} shock to the audience]], so he asked the people cutting the trailer together to please, ''please'' omit it from the trailers. What's the first trailer they come back with? "The last voyage of the ''Enterprise''", ''Enterprise''." the FacePalm must have registered on the Richter scale, though it did increase interest in the film from fans who wondered [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt if they'd actually do it]].



** '''Titles''' Spoil: as remarked upon by Creator/RogerEbert: "It's called ''The Search for Spock''. What, do you think they ''don't'' find him?

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** '''Titles''' Spoil: Spoil, as remarked upon by Creator/RogerEbert: "It's called ''The Search for Spock''. What, do you think they ''don't'' find him?



* TrueCompanions: The senior crew of the Enterprise. While Scotty rigs the Enterprise so that Kirk can man it himself, Scotty, Sulu and Chekov insist on continuing on with Kirk and Bones. This loyalty, while not surprising, visibly moves Kirk.

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* TrueCompanions: The senior crew of the Enterprise. ''Enterprise''. While Scotty rigs the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' so that Kirk can man it himself, Scotty, Sulu Sulu, and Chekov insist on continuing on with Kirk and Bones. This loyalty, while not surprising, visibly moves Kirk.



* WorfHadTheFlu: The jury-rigged ''Enterprise'' was still badly damaged after the last film, and Scotty didn't anticipate being in a combat situation, thus being disabled by Kruge's bird-of-prey after its circuits overload. Kruge is surprised when he wins, since the ''Enterprise'' outguns him ten-to-one.

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* WorfHadTheFlu: The jury-rigged ''Enterprise'' was is still badly damaged after the last film, and Scotty didn't anticipate being in a combat situation, thus being the ship is disabled by Kruge's bird-of-prey after its circuits overload. Kruge is surprised when he wins, since the ''Enterprise'' outguns him ten-to-one.



* {{Zeerust}}: When viewing the footage of the engine room, Kirk rewinds the recording, and it looks like a VHS tape rewinding instead of instantly jumping back.

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* {{Zeerust}}: {{Zeerust}}:
**
When viewing the footage of the engine room, Kirk rewinds the recording, and it looks like a VHS tape rewinding instead of instantly jumping back.



-->[-"Jim... Your name is Jim."-]

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-->[-"Jim...->''[-"Jim... Your name is Jim."-]"-]''
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You see, Spock put his ''[[OurSoulsAreDifferent katra]]'' into [=McCoy=] before he died, so now the good doctor is SharingABody with the late Science Officer. Now, if only Spock's body could be raised as well. No wait, his body landed on the Genesis Planet, so now it's a living empty shell! The RapidAging down there means he has to repeatedly go through [[AllPeriodsArePMS Vulcan PMS]] and MateOrDie. Fortunately, Saavik happens to be there. Now, the obvious thing would be to reunite Spock's body and soul, but the {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s say no. The crew [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight sets off for Genesis anyway]], of course, where the Klingons are waiting, headed by [[ChristopherLloyd Commander Kruge]].

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You see, Spock put his ''[[OurSoulsAreDifferent katra]]'' into [=McCoy=] before he died, so now the good doctor is SharingABody with the late Science Officer. Now, if only Spock's body could be raised as well. No wait, his body landed on the Genesis Planet, so now it's a living empty shell! The RapidAging down there means he has to repeatedly go through [[AllPeriodsArePMS Vulcan PMS]] and MateOrDie. Fortunately, Saavik happens to be there. Now, the obvious thing would be to reunite Spock's body and soul, but the {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s say no. The crew [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight sets off for Genesis anyway]], of course, where the Klingons are waiting, headed by [[ChristopherLloyd [[Creator/ChristopherLloyd Commander Kruge]].



* LargeHam: [[WilliamShatner Shatner]] with a side of [[ChristopherLloyd Lloyd]], which leads to...

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* LargeHam: [[WilliamShatner [[Creator/WilliamShatner Shatner]] with a side of [[ChristopherLloyd [[Creator/ChristopherLloyd Lloyd]], which leads to...
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** It was also referenced that this was modeled after WorldWarI French naval traditions, when officers would speak English amongst themselves while the crew spoke French, so the officers could communicate amongst themselves about matters of urgency or a sensitive nature.
*** Inverted when Kirk imitates Kruge's Klingon command to beam someone up.
* AllThereInTheManual: Kruge's Bird of Prey has more in common style-wise with a Romulan ship (bird like) versus a Klingon ship (boxy and utilitarian). As a way to use PropRecycling in the original series an episode suggested a brief Klingon / Romulan treaty where they shared technology and ship designs; it allowed them to represent the Romulans by using a (previously made) Klingon D-7 cruiser. This brief alliance (the two factions are later very antagonistic to each other) is also the source of Klingon cloaking technology and the Bird of Prey ship design first seen in this movie. Incidentally, that ship style became far more recognizable as a Klingon vessel later in the franchise.
** WordOfGod is that a dropped plot point from the movie would have been that Kruge stole this prototype bird-of-prey from the Romulans.
** There's also WordOfGod that the initial plan was for the villains to ''be'' Romulans. In other words, the movie went from 'Romulans using a cool new Romulan starship' over 'Klingons using a ''stolen'' cool new Romulan starship' to 'Klingons using an oddly Romulan-style (including cloak and name) cool new Klingon starship' in the final movie. This changing of the plans for the movie had an enduring effect on Klingon design aesthetic for the remainder of the franchise.

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* AllThereInTheManual:
** It was also referenced that this was modeled after WorldWarI French naval traditions, when officers would speak English amongst themselves while the crew spoke French, so the officers could communicate amongst themselves about matters of urgency or a sensitive nature.
*** Inverted when Kirk imitates Kruge's Klingon command to beam someone up.
* AllThereInTheManual:
Kruge's Bird of Prey has more in common style-wise with a Romulan ship (bird like) versus a Klingon ship (boxy and utilitarian). As a way to use PropRecycling in the original series an episode suggested a brief Klingon / Romulan treaty where they shared technology and ship designs; it allowed them to represent the Romulans by using a (previously made) Klingon D-7 cruiser. This brief alliance (the two factions are later very antagonistic to each other) is also the source of Klingon cloaking technology and the Bird of Prey ship design first seen in this movie. Incidentally, that ship style became far more recognizable as a Klingon vessel later in the franchise.
** WordOfGod is that a dropped plot point from the movie would have been that Kruge stole this prototype bird-of-prey from the Romulans.
** There's also WordOfGod that the initial plan was for the villains to ''be'' Romulans. In other words, the movie went from 'Romulans using a cool new Romulan starship' over 'Klingons using a ''stolen'' cool new Romulan starship' to 'Klingons using an oddly Romulan-style (including cloak and name) cool new Klingon starship' in the final movie. This changing of the plans for the movie had an enduring effect on Klingon design aesthetic for the remainder of the
franchise.



* BackFromTheDead: Read the title.
* BadBoss: Kruge. See EvenEvilHasStandards below.

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* %%* BackFromTheDead: Read the title.
* BadBoss: Kruge. See EvenEvilHasStandards below.
title.



* BookEnds: In the previous film, Spock died to save the ''Enterprise''; in this film, Kirk destroys the ''Enterprise'' to save Spock.
** Also in this film Kirk refers to the others as "My Friends" as they commit themselves to risk everything to save Spock, and again in the next film [[spoiler: directly after the resulting trial]].



*** Since they destroy the ''Grissom'' by accident, [[FridgeBrilliance possibly they don't get enough practice at it?]]
*** Worf and other Klingons later state that Klingons don't take hostages - keep in mind, Kruge was a ''renegade'' Klingon.
**** Also keep in mind that Worf's idea of what Klingons are supposed to do often contrasts with what Klingons actually do.



** The {{Novelization}} deals with her, as well as the Novelization of ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome''. Short story: she spends most of the time in a HeroicBSOD[[note]]She had been romantically involved with one of the scientists killed at Regula, and was only just coming out of it when David was killed[[/note]].



* ContinuityNod: Saavik is left hanging on the Genesis planet because Captain Esteban (of the ''Grissom'') wants to do things "by the book". Having learned that lesson last movie, she's almost a PhraseCatcher, there.

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* ContinuityNod: ContinuityNod:
**
Saavik is left hanging on the Genesis planet because Captain Esteban (of the ''Grissom'') wants to do things "by the book". Having learned that lesson last movie, she's almost a PhraseCatcher, there.



* DisneyVillainDeath: See PunctuatedPounding and/or TakeMyHand below for more details.

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* %%* DisneyVillainDeath: See PunctuatedPounding and/or TakeMyHand below for more details.



** This is a famous example of a ThrowItIn. By the script, Kirk was supposed to sit down in the captain's chair, but Shatner missed it. He stayed in character to deliver his lines, and Nimoy (who was directing this time out) felt the result was too powerful not to put into the finished movie.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Kruge shoots his gunner and calls him an animal after he explains his destruction of the ''Grissom'' as "a lucky shot".
** It's more that [[IWantThemAlive Kruge wanted prisoners]] and [[StupidEvil the gunner disobeyed a direct order from his captain just so he could get his rocks off by destroying the (at best, lightly-armed) science vessel and murdering everyone on board. And on top of all that, had the nerve to think the old "oops, my finger slipped" excuse was going to save his ass.]]
** In the novelization, the gunner begs for his life, an act of cowardice which prompts the shooting and the "Animal!" comment.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Valkris makes no attempt to beg for her life or flee when she realizes Kruge is going to kill her for seeing the Genesis data.
** It becomes a combination of ShootTheHostage (the freighter crew probably thought they were safe so long as Kruge's girlfriend was on board) and a PreMortemOneLiner.
-->'''Captain:''' What's going on?! When do I get paid?\\
'''Valkris:''' ''(coolly with no sarcasm whatsoever)'' ''Soon'', Captain.\\
'''''(BOOM!)'''''

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Kruge shoots his gunner and calls him an animal after he explains his destruction of the ''Grissom'' as "a lucky shot".
FaceDeathWithDignity:
** It's more that [[IWantThemAlive Kruge wanted prisoners]] and [[StupidEvil the gunner disobeyed a direct order from his captain just so he could get his rocks off by destroying the (at best, lightly-armed) science vessel and murdering everyone on board. And on top of all that, had the nerve to think the old "oops, my finger slipped" excuse was going to save his ass.]]
** In the novelization, the gunner begs for his life, an act of cowardice which prompts the shooting and the "Animal!" comment.
* FaceDeathWithDignity:
Valkris makes no attempt to beg for her life or flee when she realizes Kruge is going to kill her for seeing the Genesis data.
** It becomes a combination of ShootTheHostage (the freighter crew probably thought they were safe so long as Kruge's girlfriend was on board) and a PreMortemOneLiner.
-->'''Captain:''' What's going on?! When do I get paid?\\
'''Valkris:''' ''(coolly with no sarcasm whatsoever)'' ''Soon'', Captain.\\
'''''(BOOM!)'''''
data.



** It's HarsherInHindsight if you read the novelization: Sulu was supposed to take command of the ''Excelsior'' following the training mission from the previous film (he had only taken the helm as a personal favor to Kirk) and his actions in helping Spock mean that he is denied his promotion until several years later as punishment.



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:David]].

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* %%* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:David]].



* [[IWillFindYou We Will Find You]]: the point of the entire film.

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* [[IWillFindYou We Will Find You]]: %%* IWillFindYou: the point of the entire film.



* LethalLavaLand: What the Genesis planet gradually turns into as it decays.
** FridgeBrilliance / FridgeHorror: That's not lava. ''That's the planet's core.''



** Possibly a ShoutOut to the previous film, as Khan's countdown was similarly extended, but Khan had valid reasons for extending it (he was fooled into thinking he was about to get valuable technical info handed over), while a computerized countdown shouldn't be altering its time.
* MateOrDie: Spock, as he's aging up.
** MySecretPregnancy: According to the {{Novelization}} of ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', Saavik was indeed impregnated by Spock.

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** Possibly a ShoutOut to the previous film, as Khan's countdown was similarly extended, but Khan had valid reasons for extending it (he was fooled into thinking he was about to get valuable technical info handed over), while a computerized countdown shouldn't be altering its time.
*
%%* MateOrDie: Spock, as he's aging up.
** MySecretPregnancy: According to the {{Novelization}} of ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', Saavik was indeed impregnated by Spock.
up.



* ''"[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone My God, Bones, What Have I Done?]]"''
** ''"[[YouDidTheRightThing What you had to do. What you always do... turn death into a fighting chance to live.]]''"

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* ''"[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Kirk despairs when he has to sacrifice the Enterprise.
-->'''Kirk:''':
My God, Bones, What Have I Done?]]"''
** ''"[[YouDidTheRightThing
Done?
-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' [[YouDidTheRightThing
What you had to do. What you always do... turn death into a fighting chance to live.]]''"]]



** Considering he didn't expect to be [[ItWasHisSled resurrected and have his soul and memories returned to him]] and the effect it has on [=McCoy=] (driving him batshit insane), [[FridgeLogic it was kind of a dick move]] on [[JerkAss Spock's part]] at the time.
** This is even lampshaded by [=McCoy=]. "That green-blooded son of a bitch! It's his revenge for all the arguments he lost."
** Presumably, another Vulcan familiar with katra transfers, like his father, was supposed to figure out what he had done after news of Spock's death and [=McCoy's=] symptoms reached Vulcan and take custody of the katra, or Spock just didn't know what a half-Vulcan's spirit would do to a human physiology.
** Another common theory is that Spock's katra upload was supposed to include instructions for [=McCoy=] concerning what to do with Spock's body, but [=McCoy=]'s allergy to mind melds prevented him from understanding the message.
*** The book confirms that [=McCoy=]'s reaction was uncommon. Seems that he's allergic to mind-melds.
*** "Dammit, I'm a Doctor, not a Tape Recorder!"



* NoNameGiven: The lieutenant who Uhura drives into the closet is just called "Mr. Adventure" in the credits.
** Averted in the novelisation - his name there was Lt. Heisenberg.
*** So his name remains [[IncrediblyLamePun uncertain]].

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* NoNameGiven: NoNameGiven:
**
The lieutenant who Uhura drives into the closet is just called "Mr. Adventure" in the credits.
** Averted in the novelisation - his name there was Lt. Heisenberg.
*** So his name remains [[IncrediblyLamePun uncertain]].
credits.



** It's implied in the ExpandedUniverse that 0-0-0-Destruct-1 will cause a slightly different kind of self-destruction.
** AllThereInTheManual: There is an official guide book that states that the 1 code would cause what could be described in the TNG era as a warp core breach, with the equivalent destructive force of a very large atomic bomb, potentially [[TakingYouWithMe obliterating]] the nearby Klingon ship (i.e., their only means of escape). Also, Scotty said in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' that such a self-destruct would have a force of 100 megatons. About as much as overloading the impulse engines in "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E6TheDoomsdayMachine The Doomsday Machine]]". Destruct-0 "only" sets off charges in the hull to render the ship a useless hulk.
*** FridgeBrilliance: The bridge is destroyed by destructive charges first - which is basically the ''first'' part of the ship you'd want destroyed in a hostile situation.
** Also, they've apparently been using the same password for [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries twenty years]]. (With voice/biometric authentication as well, but come on.)



* [[PetTheDog Pet The Targ]]: Captain Kruge, literally, several times.



* RealityEnsues: Turns out however awesome the act itself is, stealing a twenty year old spaceship that's just suffered major battle damage with less than a skeleton crew is a horrible position to put yourself in when you have a fight on your hands.

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* RealityEnsues: RealityEnsues:
**
Turns out however awesome the act itself is, stealing a twenty year old spaceship that's just suffered major battle damage with less than a skeleton crew is a horrible position to put yourself in when you have a fight on your hands.



** Possibly also a ShoutOut to the actor's ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' character Howard Hunter who also carried one.



** TakingYouWithMe: Kruge's response.
*** Followed by the aforementioned PunctuatedPounding.



* TookALevelInBadass: Uhura. Holy ''crap''.
** "...I'm glad you're on OUR side!"

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* TookALevelInBadass: TookALevelInBadass:
**
Uhura. Holy ''crap''.
** --> "...I'm glad you're on OUR side!"



* VillainousBreakdown / OhCrap: When the Klingon boarding party arrives on the bridge of the Enterprise... and all they find is the computer talking to itself.
-->'''Torg''': It is the only thing speaking.\\
'''Kruge''': Speaking? Let me hear.\\
'''Computer''': Six. Five. Four. \\
'''Kruge''': ''[[OhCrap GET OUT!! GET OUT OF THERE!!!]]''\\
(Torg looks confused)\\
'''Computer''': Three. Two. One. \\
'''*BOOM*'''
** This makes more sense when you remember that Kruge is the only one who understands English. Though, honestly, one can tell a countdown strictly via ''context''. (See ''Film/{{Predator}}'' as Evidence A.)



** This is also a callback to the animated episode "Yesteryear". Dorothy Fontana specified in the script there be no moon in the sky. So, huge object in sky = sister planet.



** The {{Novelization}} takes things a bit differently. David explains that it was the development team, not him, who used protomatter in the Genesis device. While David did have misgivings and even verbally objected over the protomatter, Saavik berates him as he ultimately [[AccompliceByInaction did nothing to stop his colleagues]].
*** It's not quite like that. In the {{Novelization}}, David notices mathematical errors in the Genesis code that he believes ''may'' lead to the planet degenerating into a substance called [[AppliedPhlebotinum protomatter]] under certain circumstances (as opposed to using it as a secret ingredient), but his [[HeroWorshipper reverence for the other scientists]] and his own self-doubt prompt him to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone keep his mouth shut]]. Saavik still [[NiceJobBreakingItHero reams him out for it]].
** The writers likely needed to render the Genesis project ineffective to ward off explaining why they're not using it all over the place in the future.
* WhyIsntItAttacking: See Genre Savvy above.

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** The {{Novelization}} takes things a bit differently. David explains that it was the development team, not him, who used protomatter in the Genesis device. While David did have misgivings and even verbally objected over the protomatter, Saavik berates him as he ultimately [[AccompliceByInaction did nothing to stop his colleagues]].
*** It's not quite like that. In the {{Novelization}}, David notices mathematical errors in the Genesis code that he believes ''may'' lead to the planet degenerating into a substance called [[AppliedPhlebotinum protomatter]] under certain circumstances (as opposed to using it as a secret ingredient), but his [[HeroWorshipper reverence for the other scientists]] and his own self-doubt prompt him to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone keep his mouth shut]]. Saavik still [[NiceJobBreakingItHero reams him out for it]].
** The writers likely needed to render the Genesis project ineffective to ward off explaining why they're not using it all over the place in the future.
*
%%* WhyIsntItAttacking: See Genre Savvy above.
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* {{Mad}}: ''Star Bleech III: The Search for Plot''.
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* EmptyChairMemorial: During Kirk's log entry, he paces the bridge, briefly stopping to pat the empty science station chair Spock previously occupied.
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