Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (1982)


The crew of the Enterprise encounter an old adversary in the form of genetically engineered adversary Khan, who reappears after being marooned on a desolate planet by Captain Kirk 15 years previously.

The second big screen outing by William Shatner and co was far more in the spirit of the original series than the slow moving but visually spectacular first film, and is regarded by many as the best Star Trek movie. As such, in full expectation of seeing a superior Trek film I found myself watching Wrath Of Khan through objective eyes, and as a result I also found myself realising that it isn’t very good. The production design is not only dated, but also generally poor and the costumes in particular are rather odd looking, the dialogue is clunky and immature. Plus the sight of two of the biggest small screen hams facing off against each other on, well, small screens – they never actually meet during the entire length of the film – I found myself laughing at it a lot more often than with it.

It has some wonderful moments, but the memory of these highlights paints a hugely rose-tinted picture of the film as a whole. If I were to be honest, if I were seeing Wrath Of Khan for the first time I’d find it a tacky exercise in cheap laughs and corny action aimed squarely at the lowest common denominator.


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