Monday, April 27, 2009

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

This is an imperfect-but-creditable movie. At the beginning of the 23rd century, the Federation Starship USS Enterprise is engaged in routine training maneuvers with Admiral James Kirk (William Shatner) prepared to accept this as the last mission of his career. Aided by an exiled band of genetically altered humans, Khan, a renegade from the 20th century, has taken control of another starship and seeks revenge on Kirk by setting a deadly trap.

Khan was first introduced in the 1967 Star Trek television episode "Space Seed". The Genesis Device is a torpedo that terraforms lifeless planets. Kirk and Khan never confront each other face-to-face and their scenes were filmed four months apart. No artificial devices were used to enhance Ricardo Montalbán's muscular physique. Montgomery Scott loses his young nephew following Khan's attacks on the Enterprise. Spock is the first character seen and his voice is the last heard.

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