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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

by

Roger Davidson

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
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One of the best of the film series, the story here re-introduces us to one of Star Trek's most memorable villains, the super-human Khan (Ricardo Montalban). Khan escapes from the prison planet, that James T. Kirk (William Shatner) sent him to in the famed TV episode, "Space Seed". Plenty of brutal battles soon follow, between the Enterprise and Khan's own stolen Federation ship. The main reason for the fight is revenge from Khan, who feels it is Kirk's fault for the death of Khan's wife while he was on the prison planet. Another reason is that Khan wants the new super-project, the "Genesis" Project, for his own evil purposes, but Kirk, Spock and Bones (DeForrest Kelley) use everything in their power to stop them.

Though a little lame at the beginning, it really picks up when the two forces of good (Kirk) and evil (Khan) do battle. The movie has plenty of moments of humor, warmth and excitement. The best scene is, of course, the climactic battle, in which Spock sacrifices his own life for the benefit of the crew and the entire universe. That is one of the really touching moments throughout the series. Montalban is perfect in the title role and the Enterprise actors (Shatner, Nimoy, Kelley) once again keep in the spirit of things. Plus, you get to see an early performance by Kirstie Alley of Cheers fame, as the young Vulcan Saavik. This one is perfect for full-blown Trekkers or ones that have just a little Trekker in them.

My Rating = Four Stars


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