STAR TREK THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK > Synopsis
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As the U.S.S. Enterprise
returns to spacedock for repairs following the battle with
Khan in 2285. Kirk continues to mourn Spock's death. McCoy
suddenly enters the Vulcan's sealed quarters, babbling
incoherently. Upon reaching Earth, McCoy is hospitalized.
Scotty is reassigned to the U.S.S. Excelsior and the newly
formed Genesis Planet is decreed off-limits by Starfleet
Command. Kirk is then informed that the U.S.S. Enterprise is
to be decommissioned.
In Kirk's quarters, Sarek,
Spock's father, confronts the Admiral, saying that Spock's
body should have been returned to Vulcan so that his katra
could have been stored in an ancient Vulcan repository on
Mount Seleya. Sarek tells Kirk that he must retrieve the
coffin from the Genesis planet and, since Spock performed a
last-minute Vulcan mind-meld with McCoy, thus transferring
his "katra" or spirit, the doctor must also return to
However, Starfleet refuses to allow the antiquated U.S.S.
Enterprise to leave spacedock. Released from the hospital
and faced with this news, McCoy tries to hire a craft to go
back to the Genesis planet. He then starts a brawl and is
subsequently arrested, pending further psychiatric
examination. The arrest proves futile, though, when McCoy
escapes with the help of Kirk, Scott, Sulu, Uhura and
Chekov. The crew then beams aboard the deserted U.S.S.
Enterprise. To avoid pursuit, Scotty removes an integral
engine part from the U.S.S. Excelsior and, knowing that
they've all probably destroyed their careers, the six
friends take the Enterprise out for one final voyage.
Meanwhile, the Klingons have learned of the new Genesis Device
and planet, and fear that it could be a new Federation
weapon. Lead by the treacherous Captain Kruge, the Klingons
set out to either destroy or capture the valuable device.
On board the U.S.S. Grissom, David Marcus and Lt. Saavik
arrive at the Genesis Planet for scientific observation.
They quickly discover a lifeform reading coming from the
surface. Intrigued, the two beam to the planet's surface to
find Spock's empty coffin. Tracing the lifeform reading, the
two then find the living body of a child-Spock, aging with
erratic rapidity but lacking a consciousness or spirit.
Suddenly, the Klingons arrive, destroying the Grissom and
taking Saavik, Marcus, and the young Spock prisoner. Shortly
thereafter, the U.S.S. Enterprise arrives in the Mutara
Sector and is crippled by Kruge and his Klingon cohorts.
With the Klingons threatening the lives of their prisoners,
Kirk tries a bluff to regain control of the situation, but
is unsuccessful. David Marcus is killed by the Klingon
landing party. Faced with no other choice, Kirk surrenders
the Enterprise to the Klingons, yet in a last-ditch effort
to gain the upper hand, activates the starship's
self-destruct mechanism. The small U.S.S. Enterprise crew
then beams to the surface of the Genesis Planet, watching as
their historic starship is destroyed in a streak of light,
taking with it most of Kruge's nefarious crew.
Kirk and party rescue Spock and Saavik from the Klingons and
learn that an unstable element used in the Genesis Device
threatens the stability of the planet, which is likely to
explode within minutes. One factor of this instability,
however, is the rejuvenating effect it had on Spock's body.
With the planet reaching critical mass, Spock finally
achieves the age he was just before his death on the U.S.S.
Enterprise. Kruge, still alive on the Klingon Bird-of-Prey
and angry at the death of his comrades, beams down to the
planet. There, he fights one-on-one with Kirk, eventually
falling to his death. The Enterprise crew, Saavik, and Spock
then escape in the Bird-of-Prey, just as the planet
violently explodes, a victim of its own dangerous growth.
Under Sarek's diplomatic protection, the Klingon ship then
speeds to Vulcan. Once there, the risky ceremony fal-tor-pan
is performed, fusing Spock's katra, which resides in McCoy's
mind, with the Vulcan's body. With the ceremony seemingly
successful, a revived Spock begins the long journey of
remembering his past and his friends. He questions why the
Enterprise crew risked their lives and careers to rescue
him. As his friend Jim reminds him, sometimes the "needs of
the one outweigh the needs of the many."