Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
At the end of the universe lies the beginning of vengeance.
Admiral James T. Kirk is feeling old; the prospect of accompanying his old ship the Enterprise on a two week cadet cruise is not making him feel any younger. But the training cruise becomes a a life or death struggle when Khan escapes from years of exile and captures the power of creation itself.
The film that everyone wanted Star Trek: The Motion Picture to be. Even though the first film was met mostly with disappointment by critics and fans it still managed to pull in just enough money to warrant a sequel. A sequel with a considerable smaller budget mind you, but a sequel none the less. This, along with a few other elements that should have effected the project negatively, inadvertently created not only the best possible Star Trek film for the time, but possibly the best Star Trek film ever.
The smaller budget also pushed out Gene Roddenberry from the production team to a symbolic credit as Executive Consultant because his scripts simply demanded bigger budgets. Another problem was…
Following the disappointed reaction to The Motion Picture, the team behind Star Trek realized that if ever they were to make a feature film chronicling further adventures of the Enterprise crew, it would need to be far more exciting and eventful than a 90 minute special episode. Enter Wrath of Khan.
Wrath of Khan is everything The Motion Picture isn't. It's evenly paced, it's exciting, more attention is paid towards characters and their interactions with each other rather than the IDEAS, and there's also a genuine sense of this being fit for the silver screen. Better than this, it never betrays what Star Trek is about.
This time around, the acting is much better, even if everyone is still stuck…
"He tasks me. He tasks me and I shall have him! I'll chase him around the moons of Nibia and around the Antares Maelstrom and around Perdition's flames before I give him up!"
The Star Trek movie which all the others are measured by (with good reason), which contains the franchise's most iconic villain which all that followed are measured by (again, with good reason). William Shatner actually acting instead of, well, Shatnering and some brilliant acting from the rest of the cast, especially Leonard Nimoy and Ricardo Montalban. Some amazing action scenes and of course, that ending. When I say it's one of the best I've seen, just take my word for it.
Really though, this is completely deserving of the title of 'Best Star Trek Movie'. If Into Darkness is even half as good as this, then it'll still be one hell of a film.
I have been led to believe that people consider this the best Star Trek movie. The brain slugs are cool, the costumes are tré fabulous, and the coupling of Ricardo Montalban's bare chest with that Power Mullet™ are completely irresistible. But good god that second act drags (not to mention the epilogue).
Nope. I'll stick with The Voyage Home because whales are magical. "Double dumb ass on you!" Hahahahahaha!
Tonight’s re-watch of The Wrath of Khan was to provide some further comparison to last night’s re-watch of Abrams’s Star Trek. I committed sacrilege by stating that I thought Abrams’s movie was the closest to the spirit of the original series, and wanted to make sure by re-watching what I feel is the best of the original set of movies.
The first thing I noticed is that the first act is slower, stiffer, and clumsier than I had remembered. The Bones and Kirk happy birthday scene simply felt awkward. Instead of feeling the familiar chemistry and warmth, it just felt scripted and wooden. I was genuinely surprised by the ‘flight to the inspection’ scene where we again get a prolonged…
What a pleasant surprise!
I've never been much of a Star Trek fan. Not that I thought it was bad, just that I never really had any interest in it. I really enjoyed J.J. Abrams' reboot, but aside from seeing the Nostalgia Critic's reviews of the first, third, and fifth movies in the series (and how they're bad), I haven't seen any Star Trek movies. Oh, wait, I saw Nemesis as a kid. I didn't like it.
Anyways, after years of hearing everyone rant on about how amazing Star Trek 2 was and seeing clips of William Shatner yelling "Khan!" profusely, I finally gave it a watch.
And it was awesome.
Having a very, very loose grasp on Star Trek…
This was my first non-J.J. Abrams “Star Trek” film and I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected. Growing up, I was always a “Star Wars” kid. I found “Star Trek” boring, lacking action and a sense of swashbuckling adventure.
I was naieve in those expectations because that’s not why the ‘Trek’ franchise resonates with sci-fi fans. “Wrath of Khan” delivers throwback, classic, sci-fi goodness and actually doesn’t skimp on the action.
With only half of the first season of Star Trek: The Original Series, this film's predecessor and J.J. Abrams' reboot as my reference point for the franchise, I am very happy to report that this film felt like a familiar Star Trek adventure to me. I would say that the effects perhaps left something to be desired—minus the Ceti eels, cause those were awesome—considering the bar that the Star Wars films had set in 1977 and 1980, but the costumes and sets were at least satisfying compared to The Motion Picture.
I found Khan to be somewhat campy, but, to me, that's part of the appeal of the franchise anyway. The rest of the cast is great fun to watch, and there are loads of memorable quotes here, but it was the heart-wrenching ending that really elevated the film for me.
Anyone who is a Star Trek fan (and indeed, anyone who is a science fiction fan) doesn't need me to explain why this is such an amazing film. Not only is this the movie that really kicked the Star Trek franchise into high gear after its predecessor had revived it three years earlier, but it's a magnificent film in its own right. It's actually not my favorite of the Star Trek films, as the secondary characters (particularly Uhura and Sulu) still don't have much to do, but that takes nothing away from this gem.
I'd again like to note that the special effects hold up extremely well, and the music by James Horner is phenomenal. I also again feel the…
I'd only seen this once before, all the way back in middle school, and was quite taken with it upon revisit. Has the same sort of tonal dread that accompanies so many modern blockbusters, but of a much quieter variety. Telling that the final, climactic showdown takes place, essentially, in the fog.
Finally, right? MONTALBAN!
Huh, seen this over 30 years after its release and also noticed the overwhelming reviews but the only thing I see is a slightly better sequel of the first. Still got sleepy while watching. But this just seems to be me. I'm not a Trekky but obviously you need to be one to fully acknowledge this movie.
The second Star Trek is without doubt a better film than its predecessor. It has a fairly solid story, with some good space "action' scenes. It lacks the dull moments of just watching scenery that were present in the first iteration.
An essential Star Trek film I must admit.. Can't believe it has taken me this long to see it. Gets bonus points for the decent special effects (for 1982!) and for the CLASSIC Khan and well-played Spock & Kirk interactions.
As the enterprise, I'm now going beyond the places I've never been, by watching my first movie of the classic Star Trek. My choice for starting by The Wrath of Khan is due to the character Khan in the new movie Into Darkness that I really liked and some high ratings given by people I follow here on letterboxd. Although I felt I missed some references from the previous movie and from the series, I don't think it was enough to ruin my experience.
It's great to see such a great creativity effort, despite of being a movie from 82, the special effects are enjoyable and very characteristic. It was also great to see the characters I liked from the…