12 July 2007

Radar Blips - Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

The Year: 1982

The Players: The Original Series cast (Kirk, Spock, McCoy, etc...), Ricardo Montalbán as Khan, and Kirstie Alley

The Take: $79 Million

Who the devil is Khan?: Khan originally appeared in the original series episode Space Seed. He was genetically engineered to be super strong and smart and led a war against humanity in the 20th century. He lost the war, but escaped and was was put in a cryogenic freeze and found by the Enterprise. He tried to take over the ship, so he and his men were left on an uninhabited planet by Kirk to build their own civilization.

Why you should see it: Highly regarded as the best of the Trek films, or at least the best of the Original Cast films, this movie kicks off a grand trilogy for Star Trek. There are some great battles between the Enterprise and Reliant with real stakes and loses. This is also the movie with the nasty bugs that crawl in people's ears. After the dull but thought provoking Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Wrath of Khan injected a serious dose of action into the series which gave it new life.


j said...

I need to see some of these Star Trek movies again (or for the first time). The only time I saw this one was at a drive-in when I was really young, like 4 or 5, and all I remember is the creepy ear bug things.

finky the kid said...