It’s been a busy summer, ’bout time I got around to this one.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Director’s Edition DVD)
William Shatner as Admiral James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy as Captain Spock
DeForest Kelley as Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy
James Doohan as Commander Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott
George Takei as Commander Hikaru Sulu
Walter Koenig as Commander Pavel Chekov
Nichelle Nichols as Lt. Commander Uhura
Bibi Besch as Dr. Carol Marcus
Merritt Butrick as Dr. David Marcus
Paul Winfield as Captain Clark Terrell
Kirstie Alley as Lt. Saavik
Ricardo Montoblan as Khan Noonien Singh
Original Theatrical Release
June 4, 1982
Director’s Edition Release
May 13, 2002
Exiled by Kirk, Khan returns to seek revenge on the man who banished him and his followers to a dying planet 15 years ago.
I love this movie. Of the original cast movies, this one stands head and shoulders above the rest. No question. Nick Meyer took a small budget and made a huge movie, complete with a taught storyline, superb special effects, and great acting.
Film: The Battle of the Mutara Nebula is still one of the most tense and atmospheric film climaxes I’ve ever seen. And now we get it in 5.1 surround. Delicious.
DVD: Michael and Denise Okuda’s text commentary is still a treat for fans and non-fans alike. A close runner-up is the behind-the-scenes look at the ship design and special effects. Really fascinating to watch how things were done pre-digital animation.
Film: “KHAAAAAAN!!!!!!” It still makes me snicker. Such silly acting.
DVD: Skip the “Captains Log” documentary. No less than three people take credit for the same idea (Spock’s death scene). The rest is just actor ego-stroking. Namely Shatner’s.
Originality: The pure action-themed film was (at the time) new for Star Trek. The final battle mirrors the one in Balance of Terror, but only slightly. 4
Effects: The beauty and majesty of the Enterprise is recaptured with the Reliant. The new ship instantly being recognizable as Starfleet, but obviously different. The Mutara Nebula is still stunning to behold and the weapons effects are awesome. 6
Story: It’s a tightly built story that keeps your attention all the way through it. 5
Acting: Much better acting from the first film. Khan, Saavik, and Terrel were excellent choices. The main cast also turns in some great performances. 5
Emotional Response: The climactic battle in the Mutara Nebula is still (after two decades) tense and exciting. Spock’s death, well played by Nimoy, can still tweak the heart of every Trek fan out there. 5
Extras: Not as deep as the material found on the first movies’ DVD, there are still two stand-out documentaries (design and effects). 4
Overall: Still one of the greatest Trek films of all time (if not the best. 6
Total: 35 out of 42
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- Full IMDB Listing
- StarTrek.com Library Entry
- StarTrek.com Photo Gallery for Star Trek II
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