Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan ★★★★½

In the wake of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE’s critical malaise, it was a surprise to see Paramount giving STAR TREK a second chance to prove itself at the movies. To be fair, TMP had made enough cash around the world ($446m) to justify a sequel, but a bold reinvention was necessary. Gene Roddenberry was made the scapegoat for TMP’s failure, as the studio swiftly TREK's own creator from STAR TREK II’s creative process — leaving director Nicholas Meyer to hammer out a screenplay in 12 days (unpaid) after watching all 79 episodes of the 1960s show.

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