Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan (1982)


run time: 113 mins
rated: PG
considered: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols

movie summary: With the aid of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using his son’s life-generating device, the Genesis Device, as the ultimate weapon. (

my thoughts: I really enjoyed Star Trek II which features Khan (Ricardo Montalban) as the main villain. I had never seen this movie, but after watching Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and speaking with die-hard Trekkie fans, I already knew how this movie ended.

The storyline in Star Trek II was good, while the acting and special effects were an improvement from the first movie. Kristie Alley makes one of her first movie appearances as Lieutenant Saavik. A major turning point in the story, turned into one of the movie’s biggest disappointments. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) sacrifices his life to save the crew of the Enterprise after it’s been attacked. In 1982 Spock’s death would have been shocking and probably made everyone cried. Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) showed little to no emotion for the loss of his best friend. He turns all his sorrow into anger while vowing to catch Khan and make him pay.

It’s hard not to compare two movies with the exact same plot, but in Star Trek Into Darkness, Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) show so much more emotion that would bring anyone to tears. Their scene displayed the true compassion they had for each other and their friendship compared to the original 1982 movie.

One final thought and comment about the storyline and potential plot holes is, in Star Trek II Admiral Kirk discovers he is a father of a son named David (Merritt Butrick). Anyone who is familiar with the Original Series knows how much of a player Kirk was, which begs us to question how many other potential kids he could have in space?

I personally love modern movies, and prefer the reimagined version of this story, but for an early 1980’s movie, this was pretty good.

my star rating: 7 out 10

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