II: THE WRATH OF KHAN
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, James Doohan,
Ricardo Montalban, Walter Koenig
1982, 113 Minutes, Directed by: Nicholas Meyer
Inspired by the "Space Seed" episode of the original TV series, the
film reunites newly promoted Admiral Kirk with his nemesis from the earlier
episode--the genetically superior Khan (Ricardo Montalban)--who is now seeking
revenge upon Kirk for having been imprisoned on a desolated planet. Their battle
ensues over control of the Genesis device, a top-secret Starfleet project
enabling entire planets to be transformed into life-supporting worlds, pioneered
by the mother (Bibi Besch) of Kirk's estranged and now-adult son. While Mr.
Spock mentors the young Vulcan Lt. Saavik (then-newcomer Kirstie Alley), Kirk
must battle Khan to the bitter end, through a climactic starship chase and an
unexpected crisis that will cost the life of Kirk's closest friend.
Trekkies like this one more
than Star Trek
- The Motion Picture
film in the series. While the plot is a tad stronger and
the characters not overshadowed by spectacular special effects like in the
first film, the film however suffers from rather flat designs and camera work (almost
Only die-hard trekkies
will remember the bad guy Khan from countless re-runs of the original
1960s on late night television.
However, not even Spock's
much-hyped death at the end could prevent the franchise from flourishing.
Thus the commercial and
critical success of this movie ensured the franchise's longevity - several
TV shows and big screen sequels followed. The latter are:
Star Trek III - The Search
for Spock (1984), Star Trek IV - The Voyage
Home (1986), Star Trek V: The Final
Frontier (1989), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered
Country (1991), all of which featured the old crew of Kirk, Spock, et al.
The baton was passed to the Next Generation crew in Star Trek - Generations
(1994), Star Trek - First Contact (1996), Star Trek - Insurrection (1998) and
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