Was There a Star Trek 3 Movie?

If you’re a fan of Star Trek, you may be wondering if there was a third movie in the franchise. The answer is yes, there was a Star Trek 3 movie, released in 1984. Let’s take a closer look at this often-overlooked entry in the Star Trek film series.

The Plot

Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock picks up where the previous film left off. Spock has died saving the Enterprise from imminent destruction, and his body is launched onto the planet Genesis to be reborn.

However, it turns out that Spock’s katra, or essence, still exists and has been transferred to Dr. McCoy. Kirk and his crew must steal the Enterprise and return to Genesis to retrieve Spock’s body and reunite it with his katra before McCoy is driven insane.

The Cast

The main cast of Star Trek: The Original Series reprises their roles in this film. This includes William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock (and later as resurrected Spock), DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy, James Doohan as Scotty, George Takei as Sulu, Walter Koenig as Chekov, and Nichelle Nichols as Uhura. Christopher Lloyd also appears in the film as the villainous Klingon Commander Kruge.

The Reception

Star Trek 3 received mixed reviews upon its release but has since become a cult classic among fans of the franchise. Many appreciate its focus on character development and emotional storytelling over action-packed set pieces.


Star Trek 3 had a significant impact on the rest of the Star Trek franchise. It set up some of the events that take place in later films such as The Voyage Home and even influenced some storylines in Star Trek: The Next Generation.


So, there you have it. There was indeed a Star Trek 3 movie, and while it may not be as well-known as some of the other entries in the franchise, it still has a dedicated fan base. If you’re a fan of Star Trek and haven’t seen The Search for Spock yet, it’s definitely worth checking out.