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The RETROZEST Podcast


Jun 4, 2024

On Episode 149 of the RETROZEST podcast, Curtis kicks off a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the premiere of STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK! This film is a 1984 American science-fiction action/drama written and produced by Harve Bennett, directed by Leonard Nimoy, and based on the television series Star Trek. It is the third film in the Star Trek franchise and is the second part of a three-film story arc that begins with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and concludes with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986). After the death of Spock (Nimoy), the crew of the USS Enterprise return to Earth. When James T. Kirk (William Shatner) learns that Spock's spirit, or katra, is held in the mind of Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Kirk and company steal the decommissioned USS Enterprise to return Spock's body to his homeworld. The crew must also contend with hostile Klingons, led by Kruge (Christopher Lloyd), who are bent on stealing the secrets of the powerful terraforming device, Genesis.

Assisting Curtis in this endeavor in an exclusive interview is ROBIN CURTIS, the actress who portrayed Lt. Saavik in the film. Before Star Trek III, Robin had already made several film and made-for-television movie appearances. Her performance in the film drew a mixed reception from Trek fans, since she replaced Kirstie Alley (who portrayed Saavik in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan). She reprised the role of Saavik for a brief appearance in 1986's Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and also in the podcast series Starship Excelsior. Curtis and Robin had a great discussion about the making of the film, and how it is her first and biggest acting role.

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