Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Ricardo Montalban, Kirstie Alley, Bibi Besch, Merritt Butrick
Directed by: Nicholas Meyer
Written By: Jack B. Sowards, Nicholas Meyer
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 53 min
While the first theatrical outing for Star Trek was akin to relaxing in your favorite chair listening to classical music, the sequel, and arguable still the best Trek in the franchise; is like going to a great rock concert. Well, I say arguably but as far as I’m concerned (it is my blog after all) The Wrath of Khan is still the best Star Trek film ever made. An absolute classic! A perfect blend of humor, drama, great performances and action. All layered perfectly into a thoughtful intelligent plot, which is impeccably well-directed by Nicholas Meyer.
This film is pretty much the big budget sequel to ‘Space Seed’, which was an episode from the original television show. So watching that show before you see Khan is recommended, but not critical as The Wrath of Khan fills in enough of the back story as to not be too confusing. It’s worth a watch even if you’re not really into Star Trek, as its themes of revenge, destiny and aging are universal so who cares if all that is played out in space with the occasional really cool space battle?
The special effects still hold up well. Especially the final dog fight in the cloud nebula. If your local theater was revisiting this film, certainly try to get a ticket for that. At home a HD showing is recommended. James Horner’s superb score requires a decent sound system to be properly appreciated.
Best elements for me:
So many to choose from. Ricardo Montalban’s super slick performance. The battle in the nebula is always entertaining to watch, and the scene between Spock and Kirk at the end of the film always brings a tear to my eye (what! I’m not ashamed to admit it!) It’s just all so good!
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Star Trek Vi: The Undiscovered Country (1991)