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Star trek: the wrath of Khan - Nicholas Meyer, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley

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Episode propaganda

It is the 23rd century.

The Federation starship USS Enterprise is on routine training manoeuvres and Admiral James T Kirk (William Shatner) seems resigned to the fact that this inspection may well be the last space mission of his career.

But Khan is back.

Aided by his exiled band of genetic supermen, Khan (Ricardo Montalban) - brilliant renegade of 20th century Earth - has raided Space Station Regula One, stolen a top secret device called Project Genesis, wrested control of another Federation starship, and now schemes to set a most deadly trap for his old enemy Kirk... with the threat of a universal Armageddon!

Persons of interest

  • William Shatner .... Admiral Kirk
  • Leonard Nimoy .... Captain Spock
  • Deforest Kelley .... Doctor McCoy
  • James Doohan .... Commander Scott
  • George Takei .... Commander Sulu
  • Majel Barrett .... Doctor Chapel
  • Walter Koenig .... Commander Chekov
  • Nichelle Nichols .... Commander Uhura
  • Bibi Besch .... Doctor Carol Marcus
  • Merritt Butrick .... Doctor David Marcus
  • Paul Winfield .... Captain Terrell
  • Kirstie Alley .... Lieutenant Saavik
  • Ricardo Montalban .... Noonian Singh Khan
  • Ike Eisenmann .... Cadet Peter Preston
  • John Vargas .... Jedda
  • Judson Scott .... Joachim
  • John Winston .... Lieutenant Kyle
  • Paul Kent .... Beech
  • Nicholas Guest .... Cadet
  • Russell Takaki .... Madison
  • Kevin Sullivan .... March
  • Joel Marstan .... Crew Chief
  • Teresa E Victor .... Bridge voice
  • Dianne Harper .... Radio voice
  • David Ruprecht .... Radio voice
  • Marcy Vosburgh .... Computer voice
  • Gene Roddenberry .... Creator
  • Harve Bennett .... Storywriter
  • Jack B Sowards .... Storywriter
  • Samuel A Peeples .... Storywriter
  • Nicholas Meyer .... Screenwriter, Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Yeehar! Trek is back!

After the disappointing arrival of Star trek: The motion picture, the people at Paramount went away and had a think and came back with the kind of story that created Trekkiedom in the first place.

In The wrath of Khan, special effects are used as they should be: an adjunct to the plot. Revenge, betrayal, murder, arrogance, love and logic are woven together to create a tapestry of stunning entertainment. The action comes in waves, each crest higher than the last, right up to the climactic fire all weapons! space battle in the Mutara Nebula.

The design has changed for the better, too. Gone is the blandness of the motion picture, replaced by colour and texture - new Starfleet uniforms, moodier lighting - it's a grittier century you have come to visit.

Kirk also has a son (just the one! Doctor David Marcus, played by the guy from Square pegs, Merritt Butrick, who later turns up in The next generation episode Symbiosis) and Spock a protégé (Saavik: played by Kirstie Alley, although she got the flick before The search for Spock, ostensibly because she asked for too much money, but her replacement - Robin Curtis - did a better job, anyway, although her character disappeared in The undiscovered country because she didn't want to do the part, so Valeris (Kim Cattral) was created). These innovations (the grittiness, not the fluidity of actors) create a pervading sense of both reality and continuity that does much to enhance the story.

Spock (as everyone knew before it even came out) dies, and although the beginning scene was written to cover the leaked information, no-one really believed that was his actual death. And it wasn't. They waited until the ultimate moment for Spock to make the ultimate sacrifice. "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." I still get moist around the occipitals over that one. Vulcans rule!

The wrath of Khan is a great piece of cinema and all Trekkies should be thankful because it ensured that the rest of the movies got made, as well as The next generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Think the Borg, think the Dominion, think Seven of nine, then get down on your knees and offer your first-born in praise of Trek.

As a special continuity treat, John Winston reprises his role as Lieutenant Kyle from The original series.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental: Undated December 2001
DVD retail: Undated May 2002
DVD special edition retail: 15 November 2002

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