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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

by on 2010/11/08

“I would not remind you of that which you know so well.”

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The Wrath of Khan is the second entry in Star Trek’s theatrical series. Director Nicholas Meyer’s story follows Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) as he grapples with a mid-life crisis, a missing science project, and other insoluble tests. Also features Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Bones (Deforest Kelley), and returning nemesis Khan (Ricardo Montalban).

I find Kirk’s family subplot uninteresting, but many other aspects recommend watching (and re-watching) this film. It’s accessible to newcomers, yet rewarding for Original Series followers. A naval adventure in spirit, its themes of aging, friendship, and difficult decisions make it an unusually deep and poignant chapter.

Plus . . . best Trek ending ever.

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Please note: This review is a placeholder “stub” intended for future revision.

Rated PG for language and violence

113 minutes (theatrical version)

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