THREE GUYS AND… A MOVIE
series created by Marvin Mercer and Nick Stephenson
“STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN”
written by Dominick Cappello
Beyond the darkness… beyond the human evolution… is Khan… a genetically superior tyrant. Anyone else get chills? I know it’s cliché to say this is the best “Star Trek” film, but let’s be honest, it’s the best “Star Trek” film. The same way that writer and showrunner Gene L. Coon was brought on board to add punch to TOS, producer Harve Bennett salvaged the film franchise by deciding to make this film a sequel to “Space Seed” (season one – episode twenty-two of TOS). Director Nicholas Meyer also added a sense of adventure which was sorely missed in the first film. Admiral Kirk is still frustrated with the tedium and lack of action his new rank entails. He’s without gusto. Spock is now captain of the USS Enterprise, which is chockfull of cadets, eager for their first training mission. Meanwhile, Khan Noonien Singh and the survivors of the SS Botany Bay are discovered on Ceti Alpha V. Yes, I know it’s a major continuity gaff for Khan to recognize Chekov, but don’t let that ruin it for you. What better way to introduce your villain than to have him put little parasitic creatures in people’s ears? Freaks me out. The score by James Horner has a ominous cues which remind me of “Aliens.” Khan then hijacks the USS Reliant. His plan is to steal the Genesis Device from Dr. Carol Marcus, Kirk’s ex-lover and mother of his son, setting a trap for Kirk. Spock, having no ego to bruise, relinquishes command of the Enterprise to Kirk when they realize there might be an emergency. Kirk is caught off guard and the Enterprise in badly damaged in a battle with the Reliant. Kirk and his landing party are then marooned on the Genesis Planet, while Khan transports the Genesis Device onto his starship, leading to the most epic moment in any movie ever… KHAN!!! To say that Kirk’s relationship with his son is tumultuous would be an understatement. Kirk is left to question the choices he’s made. He’s no longer a man of action and has no family waiting for him at home now that his career is winding down. Still, he’s able to regroup and sets a plan in motion to have the Reliant chase the Enterprise into a nebula, where both starships will be shooting blind, making the odds even. The Reliant is nearly destroyed and with all his crew dead, Khan activates the Genesis Device, hoping to take Kirk and crew to hell with him. Sore loser. And then it happens. Full disclosure, this is the only film that makes my eyes water on a regular basis. Sure, I’ve seen it a zillion times, but I still get emotional. I just can’t help it. It’s powerful. The Enterprise cannot escape the blast because its warp core is malfunctioning, so Spock walks into the core to repair in manually, knowing full well that the radiation will kill him, nobly sacrificing himself for the others. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few… or the one. Kirk was never willing to accept the no win scenario, but now he must say goodbye to best friend. “Star Trek: Into Darkness” should never have even attempted to recreate this moment. What were they thinking? But, I digress. Let’s forget about “The Wrath of Smaug” and focus on “The Wrath of Khan.” The film doesn’t end without a glimmer of hope. Kirk embraces his son and there are hints that we haven’t seen the last of Spock after all. Cheers. Some – but not all – “Star Wars” fans have claimed that no “Star Trek” film measures up to the original “Star Wars” trilogy. I must respectfully disagree. In my own humble opinion, “The Wrath of Khan” ranks up there with “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back” and maybe a notch or two above “Return of the Jedi.” Again, that’s only my opinion. I’m not trying add fuel to the fire. I’m just taking a moment to praise “The Wrath of Khan” because it’s great.
– Dr. Jelly