In the movie Star Trek: Wrath of Khan, what did Spock mean when he mind melded with McCoy and he told him to "remember"?

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    The answer to this might be a spoiler for Star Trek III if you haven’t yet seen it. Your question is answered in the sequel. – Todd Wilcox Apr 9 '19 at 8:14
  • @Todd mind you - ST3 was 35 years ago :) – Jon Clements Apr 9 '19 at 8:17
  • @JonClements And Star Trek II is even older, yet here we have someone who either doesn’t know or doesn’t remember the answer to this question, and I still remember the answer after all this time because it’s significant. GalacticCrimminal might prefer to find out the old fashioned way if they are planning to watch the sequel and haven’t already done so. – Todd Wilcox Apr 9 '19 at 8:20
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    His PIN number so that he could delete his browser history – Valorum Apr 9 '19 at 8:50
  • The answer is, everything. Or is even that too much of a spoiler? – Mr Lister Apr 9 '19 at 9:12

As hinted at in the comments, Star Trek II and Star Trek III (and also Star Trek IV) form a mini-series of movies with a single broad narrative arc.

The basic plot of ST.III is to go over to the Genesis Planet and find Spock's body, return it to Vulcan and let the Vulcans do whatever magic it is they do to dead people. Only, in stead of Spock's body, they discover a young & horny "regenerated" Spock, first as a child, but he rapidly grows into a teen ager and falls for Lt. Saavik.

Eventually, the rapidly maturing Spock grows up to his approximate age at the time of death and the crew travel to Vulcan. What Spock wanted McCoy to "remember", apparently, was his catra or soul. Vulcan magic is such that they can reintroduce the catra into the now regenereated body of Spock.

And they lived happily ever after, until they have to go find some whales.

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