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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan


Opus 2 and 3 are really one, comprehensive story, complete with a surprising and bold cliffhanger at the end of this chapter. Writer Jack B. Sowards followed up on an episode called ā€œSpace Seedā€ 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, the ending is a heartbreaker and James Horner’s score is masterful.

1982-U.S. 113 min. Color. Widescreen.Ā Produced byĀ Robert Sallin.Ā Directed byĀ Nicholas Meyer.Ā Screenplay: Jack B. Sowards.Ā Music:Ā James Horner.Ā Cast:Ā William Shatner (James Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Spock), DeForest Kelley (Leonard ā€œBonesā€ McCoy), Ricardo Montalban (Khan), James Doohan, Walter Koenigā€¦ George Takei, Kirstie Alley.

Trivia:Ā Followed byĀ Star TrekĀ III: The Search for SpockĀ (1984).

Quote:Ā ā€œOf my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the mostā€¦ human.ā€ (Shatner at Spockā€™s memorial service)

Last word: “I came to ‘Star Trek’Ā without the complete awareness of the love people had for the show. And on that day, I knew thatĀ LeonardĀ 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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