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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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The famous "Space, the final frontier" monologue is heard for the first time since the original TV series, now narrated by Leonard Nimoy, however it has been changed slightly. Instead of saying, "It's five-year mission..." and "to seek out new life," it now says, "her ongoing mission..." and "to seek out new life forms".



More Trivia from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Back in the sixties, there was a TV episode called 'Space Seed', where the Enterprise encounters a ship full of people, all in cryogenic suspension. They turn out to be genetically engineered 'super humans' from the late 20th Century, led by a power-crazed madman, Khan Noonian Singh (Montalban).

After a few customary struggles, the Enterprise crew manage to cast them away on the remote planet of Ceti Alpha V.

The movie kicks off twenty years later, when aided by Chekov's new boss Captain Terrell, Khan and his followers escape and are intent on revenge against the now-Admiral Kirk.

They get wind of something called the Genesis Device, designed by Dr Carol Marcus (an old flame of Kirk) and her son, David, who obviously proves to be Kirk's unknown son. Khan wants to steal the device and use it as the ultimate weapon, because it would scour all life from a planet before applying it's own genetic matrix. Kirk commandeers the Enterprise (on a 2-week training cruise) and takes off after Khan.

Using Chekov and Terrell, who are being controlled by eel-like creatures inserted in their heads, they steal the device, cripple the Enterprise and abandon Kirk, Dr Marcus and most of the team deep inside the lifeless moon chosen for the Genesis test firing.

However, Kirk escapes, due to some clever subterfuge by Spock and soon it comes down to a battle between the two ships and the two men, when Kirk has to try and outwit his greatest adversary.

Meanwhile, down in the engine room, his greatest friend faces his own challenge...

Verdict?

Now I'm a little biased, because I am a bit of a trekkie. And I certainly agree that on the whole, the even-numbered movies were better than the odds. But this is a great movie nonetheless.

Bill Shatner is so much more like the old Kirk than he was in the first movie. The interplay between him and te rest of the crew is snappy and tight and Ricardo Montalban makes a cool baddie. Plus, they got rid of all the pastel shades from the previous movie and went for a technicolor delight.

It's one of the best Trek movies and is one I revisit regularly. Overlook the whole dates thing, because even though Khan is meant to be exiled into space in 1997, there was no way even Gene Roddenberry would have thought that his show would be so popular thirty-five years later!

Notice any mistakes? Review

Strengths: Great acting and action scenes, filmed in true colour.

Weaknesses? None, really, except the old one about dates

Our rating: 9.5 out of 10


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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan