The Star Trek Movie Franchise Part 2: The Wrath of Khan

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I’m continuing my coverage of The Star Trek  movie franchise by looking at it’s most popular entry. The Wrath of Khan.  I thank you all very much for the generous feedback, and I will respond to your comments once I get my computer back next week.  Thanks again for reading 

 

Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan

Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban

Writers: Jack B. Sowards, Nicholas Meyer, Harve Bennett

Director: Nicholas Meyer

**** out of Four.

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The crew of The USS Enterprise is back to discover new life forms and explore new worlds.  One of the worlds they are investigating is not a planet but a device code name The Genesis project.  It’s been giving this name because it can bring life to planets that were once thought to be dead and give them water and breathable air. Many people would love to get their hands on this and rule the galaxy and one such person is Khan(Ricardo Montalban).  Not only does he want this project for his own means he also has plans to get revenge on Captain Kirk as well.  You see Khan and the rest of his crew were banished to wasteland of a planet and he’s been harboring some hatred towards him and everyone else for it. Will they be able to stop him in time or will Khan have his own Fantasy Island at the end.( If you don’t get the reference. I’m really old)

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This is really where these movies should have started.  You can forget about the first one because none of the events in that film play into this one at all.  All of the actors appear to be more comfortable around each other and it feels more like a continuation of the show itself. Rather then be it’s own thing. It also goes into some heavy dramatic moments at the end that caught me off guard but I never felt like it was just thrown in just to evoke an emotion from its audience.  The actions of certain characters make sense because these feel like real people and not just characters on a TV show.  I liked that it dealt with the topic of aging and how these people react to getting older in a field that keeps expanding every minute.  It was a story device not seen in many other movies.  Especially Sci – Fi ones.

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The casting of the original crew was great and each person gets his or her own chance to shine.  The supporting cast was also very good. Mr. Montalban was downright menacing as Khan and I forgot that he would later go on to be the nice host on the series Fantasy Island.  Not only him but Kirstie Alley was really good as the vulcan Saavik.  It’s a shame she doesn’t come back for the sequels but I will discuss that in other posts.

To be honest, I haven’t watched much of the original series before tackling this project.  The only thing I do remember about the show was a record my dad owned that had an audio recording of one of their episodes(I belive it was The Trouble with Tribbles one.)  I was a huge fan of that record and would listen to it constantly, but when I viewed the actual episode.  I was a bit disappointed at the result and did not want to watch the rest of them.  That is not the case with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, when it ended I wanted to keep watching them.  It made me want to go back and see some other older episodes and then after that watch the Next Generation series too.  I can’t wait to tell you what I thought about Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.  Have a great day.

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About The Vern

I love movies and I enjoy writing about them too. They both go pretty much hand in hand with each other and it's fun to discover new classics. I co host the podcast The Film Pasture and As You Watch. While also contributing reviews and articles to other great sites when I can.
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4 Responses to The Star Trek Movie Franchise Part 2: The Wrath of Khan

  1. theipc says:

    Yes sir! Excellent movie!

  2. Keith says:

    Good stuff man! I really like this one even though I’ve never been big on the original TV series. This film hit so many right notes though. As for The Next Generation, it is what got me into Star Trek. I love all seven seasons (even the cheesy first one) and the movies were a lot of fun.

  3. ninvoid99 says:

    This is my favorite film of the Star Trek series and it was what got me interested in the franchise. As a standalone film, it’s really one of the finest as I would put it up there with some of the Star Wars movies. Plus, how can you not love…. KHAN!!!!!!!!

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