Admiral Kirk is feeling old. Since his promotion to Admiral, he feels that he has been given the backseat in Starfleet, and the prospect of accompanying his old starship, the U.S.S. Enterprise on a training mission with the greenest of greenhorns, does nothing to improve his mood. Of course, with the help of his old crew, and possibly the most iconic villain in Star Trek history, things do not run smoothly.
First Half Review
To prepare for the new “Star Trek” movie, we watched the two best Star Trek movies: number 2 and 4, which are:
The one where Shatner does this
and the one where they go back in time to save the whales, but thats the next review.
Yes, these are the two best Star Trek movies. Aside from the stupidity in saying what I just said, they are great, fun, sci fi movies.
Sure, Khan hasn’t aged well; theres no real sense of danger from him as he’s just on a vendetta against Kirk. But it is a good allusion to Moby Dick with Khan being Ahab and Kirk being the ever elusive “White Whale.”
But it does give us Spocks immortal line that Trekkies the world over quote as much as “live long and prosper”. Hell, it’s even made it into JJ Abrams new Star Trek movie it’s that iconic. The will of the many eh 😉
So, Khan is the villain this time around. He’s a supersoldier of sorts left stranded in the original series by Kirk on a desert planet and he’s pissed with him. We also get introduced to the Genesis Device, a terraforming machine that can cause metamorphosis in a planet in seconds. So naturally Khan wants that for himself.
We also learn that Kirks planet and bed hopping has caught up with him and really that’s it. All the characters you know and love are there; Bones, Kirk, Spock, Ahura, the red shirts, so many red shirts, oh, and Kirsty Alley.
So all in all, I don’t find it to be the best in the series. It’s a little boring at times which is why I never got into Star Trek, TNG or most of the movies. However, as time has gone on, I have learned to appreciate them more for what they are, but “The Voyage Home” will always be my favorite.
Live Long and Prosper.
Second Half Review
My mother is a massive science fiction fan. When I was kid, I remember watching the orginial “Star Trek” tv series as it would be repeated ad nauseum on whatever crappy tv channel we had at the time. I remember being totally enamoured with it. Of course, as I got older, I would watch “The Next Generation” with her, and my fiery passion for Captain Jean Luc Picard began. I digress.
I had never seen a “Star Trek” movie until I saw the rebooted version in 2009, which I quite liked (if I recall correctly), so watching “Wrath of Khan” was an experience to say the least!
Khan is somewhat of a cult figure in the Star Trek mythos, probably more to do with this movie and the ridiculous catch phrase outlined above. The whole movie reads like a bad revenge plot courtesy of one seriously pissed off guy with a significant ego. Khan is tipped to possibly bring Kirk and the Enterprise’s downfall, but at the very last second, choses a very destructive fate for everyone involved.
The movie has not aged gracefully. The plot is threadbare at the best of times, and the main actors often appear to be quite tired in their continued portrayal of iconic figures. I was surprised to see Kirsty Alley in this movie, I had not imagined she was acting at this point in the 1980s.
The biggest shocker in this movie is the death of one of the main crew. I can only imagine how fans of the series reacted at the time when this movie came out. I thought it was an unfitting end to such a man, and one that could have indeed been unavoidable.
First Half TL: DR – KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!
Second Half TL: DR – So ’80s its almost painful.