It's years since I watched the original cast movies. I enjoyed II much more, but to my way of thinking TMP was the one from the series most like the TV show. The similarity is there in its main plot and the Dekker/Ilia/Ilia robot strand. I've not seen IV.
Richard Willis said: Although I really love this movie, I thought Kahn's hatred was a little overplayed. It's not like Kirk knew the planet would be as drastically changed as it was.
Khan wasn't playing with a full deck.
The video sequence demonstrating the Genesis device was the first entirely cgi sequence in a theatrical film. The division of Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic that did it later became the company known as Pixar.
Star Trek III - The Search for Spock
Directed by Leonard Nimoy
Written and produced by Harve Bennett
Overall: Not a bad little picture. One of the better ones they did, I think. Of course, the revival of Spock wasn't a huge surprise. It would've been more surprising if they hadn't revived him, frankly.
There's James B. Sikking (Always Howard Hunter of Hill Street Blues to me) is Stiles. He always did play officious jerks well.
Sikking (with a beard) played a quite different character in the movie Outland.
Again this is where reading the book fills in some intersting gaps. There is a subtext with Valaris the klingon who steals the Genisis file and Kluge and some good stuff between Saavik and David. And some good background on Sulu whose joining Kirk did cost him the Exelsior for a while. I thought the design was a bit bottom heavy.
One thing that did strike me at the time was the way Starfleet under estimated Kirk and company. When you look at the records and what they faced the idea that they would just step aside and let McCoy suffer is ridiculous. This group has challenged gods after all.
There were tribbles at the bar where they arrest McCoy.
And they redo the self-destruct sequence from "Let This Be Your Last Battlefield".
Amazingly Starfleet has no idea what to do with Vulcans when they die. No wonder few Vulcans serve!
Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home (1986)
Directed by Leonard Nimoy
Story by Leonard Nimoy & Harve Bennett , Screenplay by Steve Meerson & Peterr Krikes, Harve Bennett & Nicholas Meyer
Overall:Another one of my favorites - I found this a little creeky in parts, but still quite enjoyable.
I think that Sarek is the main reason they were able stay on Vulcan for three months. The rest of it I liked. At the time I figured that Spock was filling his mind with all sorts of stuff and might have recalled an obscure research paper on the dilithium problem, just as he recognized the whale songs.
I've come to this thread late, too, but I'll chime in:
I did see Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in theaters. It was a lot of fun.
The bit where Kirk sells the antique eyeglasses to raise cash was funny. But the following moment, when he divided the cash and gave it to the crew members so they each could do their part of the mission inadvertently looked to my wife like a drug deal.
Isn't it kind of odd that, for all the machinations they go through to get the whales and bring them back to the future, we never find out why? That is, this alien probe shows up nearly destroying everything, Spock figures out they're talking in humpback whale-speak, they get two humpback whales, the whales talk to the alien probe, and that's that. But what did they say?
Maybe the whales were doing a drug deal.