Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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

For the rest of this week. I am boldly going where I have never gone before.  Each day I am going to be looking back at the first four original Star Trek feature films. I have not seen much of these films in their entirety before.  So let's beam up the reviews and get going.

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.

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 codename 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 now you will.)

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.

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.



  2. Still my favorite Star Trek movie (although VI is fun, too). I still remember seeing it for the first time in Westwood, CA, and experiencing the wrath of hundreds of Trekkies as the film broke. Good times.

    1. Oh Man you are a very lucky guy, Barry. That would have been very cool to see on the big screen. Thanks for stopping by

      Thanks for reading. The Void. Nice Shatner Impersonation