Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

AT THE END OF UNIVERSE LIES THE BEGINNING OF VENGEANCE. 

 

Opus 2 and 3 is really one, comprehensive story, complete with a surprising and bold cliffhanger at the end of this chapter. Writer Jack B. Sowards has followed up on an episode called “Space Seed” from the original TV series, where the crew of the Enterprise first met the fiery villain Khan (Ricardo Montalban). This time Khan uses a project called Genesis, which can turn a lifeless moon into a thriving planet, as a means of trapping Captain Kirk (William Shatner). Montalban played the part on TV and seems to enjoy his colorful comeback. Silly to a certain degree, but tension still runs high, and that ending is a heartbreaker.

1982-U.S. 113 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Robert Sallin. Directed by Nicholas Meyer. Screenplay: Jack B. Sowards. Music: James Horner. Cast: William Shatner (James Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Spock), DeForest Kelley (Leonard “Bones” McCoy), Ricardo Montalban (Khan), James Doohan, Walter Koenig… George Takei, Kirstie Alley.

Trivia: Followed by Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984).

Quote: “Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human.” (Shatner at Spock’s memorial service)

Last word: “I came to ‘Star Trek’ without the complete awareness of the love people had for the show. And on that day, I knew that Leonard had some trepidation about what was, at that point, what we thought his last moment as the character. So we had something of a guarded set that day. And I knew something was happening when I looked over to my cinematographer and I saw tears streaming down his face. And then I looked around and I saw the rest of the crew were all weeping, and at that moment I recognized this was not another day in the sausage factory, and that this was really important to the people for who this was all about.” (Meyer, UGO)

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