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Rifftrax Releases New Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan Comedy Commentary – Watch Sample April 12, 2011

by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: Feature Films (TMP-NEM),Humor , trackback

Today the Rifftrax team, who record Mystery Science Theater 3000-style silly commentaries for movies and TV, have released a new commentary track for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn. More details plus a sample below.


Star Trek II Rifftrax Released

Star Trek: II The Wrath of Khan gets Rifftraxed

Official description:

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is commonly regarded as the most fun and exciting installment of the film franchise. This may well be true, especially given that the average Star Trek film is about as fun and exciting as a half-cup of plain yogurt. If you polled fans about what makes this particular film so thrilling, odds are they’d respond, “All the allusions to Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick!” (results may vary). Indeed, the original script contained even more quotes from that classic novel. Most notably, the moment when Kirk, in a fit of vengeful rage, leans back and roars to the heavens, “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.” VERY popular on t-shirts.

Join Mike, Kevin, and Bill as they dive into the great valley between Ricardo Montalban’s bulbous pectoral muscles for complete immersion in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan!

Here is a promo sampler.

And here is another Rifftrax Star Trek II promo vid released a few days ago.

The Star Trek II Rifftrax MP3 is available now www.rifftrax.com for $3.99 and works with both the theatrical version and the directors cut.

The Rifftrax team has much more Star Trek fun, including tracks for the 2009 Star Trek movie, Generations, Final Frontier, Motion Picture, and The Undiscovered Country. They also have Rifftrax for a few select Star Trek episodes and even a couple episodes from the fan made New Voyages. Full list at Rifftrax.com.

Here is a clip from their Star Trek V commentary.



1. sean - April 12, 2011

The Wrath of Kahn riff isn’t their funniest based on the sample, but generally these boys are spot on.

2. Keachick - April 12, 2011

Sorry, but these people are boring and so unfunny.

3. fansincesixtynine - April 12, 2011

I love these guys. MS3TK is the best EVER.

4. Lisa - April 12, 2011

Actually, these dudes are awesome and hilarious. The Rifftrax to 300 is the best of all time, and the Wrath of Khan one is pretty good too. The Twilight riff is beyond amazing – the only way to watch that movie is to watch the Rifftrax version.

5. Sam - April 12, 2011

This is freakin hilarious. I can imagine theres a dozen or so KHANNN jokes in this. Looking forward to a rifftrax of the first movie, there is a plethora of scenes were it just stretches on and on. Their Star Trek V is really funny too.

Thank goodness for their new player, all you have to do is pop-in your DVD and with the downloaded Rifftrax MP3, it will sync auto.

6. Green Blooded Bastard - April 12, 2011

So, they just make juvenile comments to a movie? That’s the whole shtick? When I was 12 this would have been hilarious. Then again, when I was 12 farting was hilarious. Okay farting is still hilarious, but this s**t is just…unwatchable.

7. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - April 12, 2011

Kind of funny.

8. Spock - April 12, 2011

To bad no one can spell Khan! It is Khan not Kahn!

9. John - April 12, 2011

Remember when they used to make fun of bad movies? None of the bits made me laugh in this. Move on, fellas.

10. Dr. Image - April 12, 2011

To those who think they’re not at all funny: Jealous much?

11. garen - April 12, 2011

yeah…this isn’t particularly funny.

12. Harry Ballz - April 12, 2011

I, personally, think some of the regular group who post here could come up with better wisecracks! And, no, I don’t mean simply typing here on this thread, but rather in a studio with our real live voices being heard as commentary over the movie. Sarcasm, dry wit and humor don’t always translate well on the printed page.

13. sean - April 12, 2011

Seriously, don’t judge them on this one alone. The shorts are especially hilarious.

14. sean - April 12, 2011

Also, their Final Frontier riff actually makes the movie watchable, which is a feat neither the director nor producers could manage! ;)

15. Kavinsky - April 12, 2011

This….. is going to be EPIC!

16. Jeff - April 12, 2011

”To bad no one can spell Khan! It is Khan not Kahn!”
I think you meant “Too bad”.

17. JP - April 12, 2011

“Neither does Megadeth”

Clever :)

18. Gold Coast Rob - April 12, 2011


19. Spock - April 13, 2011

16: good catch! I actually pressed the o twice apparently it did not stick! At least I am not writing for a Star Trek website, an article about the best Trek film ever and cannot even spell the name of the title character! Khhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

20. Donald Gillikin - April 13, 2011

Should’ve posted their “Funky Spock” song from “Star Trek ’09”.

21. P Technobabble - April 13, 2011

I was a big fan of MST3K, especially in its earliest days. And, no, I wasn’t 12, I was in my 30s. I didn’t think much of it when it first came out, but I used to watch it because there was nothing else on at that time slot. I think it was Saturday mornings when all the real 12-yr. old crappy cartoons were on. Over time, I came to appreciate the sense of humor of the show. It is an acquired taste, like other so-called “stupid” shows are… like Family Guy was for me, until I gave that some time to grow. So, I think shows like MST are not going to jump out as hilarious right off the bat. They need to be given time to simmer. Maybe they eventually start to boil. I’m not saying every episode was a masterpiece, but many of them were funny. MST’s showing of a really bad film called “Time of the Apes” is still one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on tv.

22. I'm Dead Jim - April 13, 2011

I’m with you, P Tech! I’ve cried from laughing so hard at some of their MST3K riffs. But not everyone has the same sense of humor.

The WOK sample didn’t seem that great to me but I thought the ST:V clip was hilarious!

23. Martin Pollard - April 13, 2011

#10 – Yup, you got it. Every single person who doesn’t think something is funny is actually intensely jealous. Boy, you sure have them nailed! How did you ever figure it out?

Or… maybe… just maybe… not everyone shares the same sense of humor. Like where some people find “Porky’s” and “American Pie” to be the absolute height of cinematic comedy genius, others consider them to be nothing more than two hours of crude toilet humor. Or where some think that “Airplane!” is an unmatched cinematic classic, others see it as a bunch of lame sight gags that goes on far too long. (And no, I’m not going to say where I fall on either one.)

But thank God you’re here to set those poor, misguided souls straight! We are positively blessed by your presence!

24. PaulB. - April 13, 2011

#10 – No, it’s not jealousy. Man, I hate this attitude–this idea that people who complain are just jealous or whiners or whatever.

It’s perfectly legitimate for people to express their opinions on the lack of humor in this RiffTrax clip. Has nothing to do with jealousy (why be jealous of unfunny stuff). It has to do with the TWOK comments being painfully unfunny.

And since they’re asking for money for this, people have even more of a right to voice their opinions on its quality.

25. Me - April 13, 2011


A sarcastic Star Trek fan. You must be a devil with the ladies.

26. Gary - April 13, 2011

“I used to touch myself while watching Mannix?” Ha ha ha — not. All of it was terrible. Not funny at all.

27. Martin Pollard - April 13, 2011

#25 – My girlfriend certainly appreciates it. She also appreciates a man who has a mind of his own and can form complex thoughts, unlike the “you’re an idiot if you don’t think it’s funny” crowd. Yes, it’s a burden that I must constantly bear…

28. Jeffery Wright - April 13, 2011

Rifftrax rules. And rightly so.

I love Trek, and also embrace it’s absurdity.

29. Daoud - April 13, 2011

Keachick nailed it. “Sorry, but these people are boring and so unfunny.”

Plus, we’ve had almost 30 years to make jokes about The Wrath of Khan. You’d think they’d do some research and use some better ones. I still think they’re louts ever since they did their mean-spirited and hateful dub-over of one of the James Cawley-produced fan-made TOS productions. Their arseholiness I think is part of what has led to a reduction in people willing to give of their time and labor only to be crucified by these jerks.

#23 At least I think everyone save for William Shatner agrees that Airplane II was a steaming pile!

30. Phil - April 13, 2011

“……given that the average Star Trek film is about as fun and exciting as a half-cup of plain yogurt..” Ouch. Something for those who want Shatner wedged into the next movie, at any cost, to think about.

31. Shannon Nutt - April 13, 2011

The Kirstie Alley jokes alone will probably be worth the price of admission.

32. Soran - April 13, 2011

I laughed at the Art Vandalay gag but that was it.

33. P Technobabble - April 13, 2011

Thank God for subjectivity, hm? It truly justifies all the arguing…

34. Martin Pollard - April 13, 2011

#29 – “Airplane II” really was the precursor to all of the sub-par parodies (“Scary Movie,” “Date Movie,” “Epic Movie,” “Meet the Spartans”) that have been inflicted upon us over the last decade or two. If we’d known then what David Zucker was going to subject us to decades later, we could have had him “taken care of” and avoided the subsequent eye/ear trauma. :-)

But, as #33 reminds us, all of this is subjective. One man’s crap is another man’s jewel. And just because “Star Trek” happens to be on the name, it doesn’t automatically mean it’s gold-pressed latinum. Those who are praising this TWOK Rifftrax while berating those who don’t love it unconditionally would do well to remember that.

35. Torgo - April 13, 2011

ST:II was a good movie;ST:V was a bad one.
The Rifftrax riffs on ST:II weren’t funny,but those for ST:V were.
So Rifftrax should save its riffs for the bad movies.

36. CmdrR - April 13, 2011

34 – I could jewel better than this on my worst day. Seriously, MST3K was wonderful in its first few seasons. But, Joel beat Mike by lightyears. By the time we get to this stuff, it’s like a lounge act. I’m wondering how I got to the Ho Jo’s in the first place, why I bought the fifth fruity drink, and whether the waitress gave me crabs.

37. Martin Pollard - April 13, 2011

#35 – Hence MST3K, which was funny because it was riffing on bad movies. Going off on good movies isn’t funny, IMHO, it’s just being mean-spirited. Like you said, they should save their energies for the bad movies, because then we’ll be more likely to laugh along with them.

(I can see the next strategy meeting of the Rifftrax crew: “Hey, I know… let’s do one for ‘Schindler’s List’! Yeah, that one’s a comedy gold mine!” I’ve never done drugs in my entire 45 years on this planet, but that being said, whatever those guys over there are smoking, I want some.)

38. Simon - April 13, 2011

Captain, I sense massive butthurt in #29’s post.

A lot of Trekkers really need to get a sense of humor. Bad enough the general public sees us as pimply virgin fanboys. “Humorless” is another adjective they might add after reading this thread.

39. Sid - April 13, 2011

Rifftrax is great! They even managed to make the Twilight movies watchable, and for that achievement alone there should be a separate Oscar category just for them.

And lighten up, guys. They riff good movies as well as bad ones, and they’re damn-near-always spot-on.

Well, except for when they did The Dark Knight. That was the first time I actually wanted them to be quiet for some scenes.

40. Imrahil - April 13, 2011

I gotta give it to the RiffTrax crew. They’re hilarious. :)
I wasn’t going to pick this one up, but I think I have to based on the sample.

41. CarlG - April 13, 2011

Ahh, memories of MST3K. This should be a treat.

42. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - April 13, 2011

ehh not that great

43. The Original Spock's Brain - April 13, 2011

Not funny…

44. Anthony Thompson - April 13, 2011

TWOK is very overrated, so I was looking forward to a good skewering of it, but this ain’t it! Stupid, not funny.

45. Chasco - April 13, 2011

Do these unfunny idiots actually get paid for this rubbish? Maybe it sounds funny in their living room when they’re surrounded by fellow juveniles and piles of empty beer cans. Still, to judge by some of the posts above, the phrase “never overestimate your audience’s intelligence” still rings true.

46. Montreal_Paul - April 14, 2011

Ummm… If they took the funniest clips… they those guys aren’t that funny. Very dull. Very lame. Sorry biys, don’t quit your day jobs!

47. The Unknown Poster - April 14, 2011

Not funny in the least. I cannot imagine a person paying for that. Terrible.

48. Nomad - April 14, 2011

It’s like having a really annoying guy sitting next to you while you try to watch the film.

49. Woulfe - April 14, 2011

I find Cinimatic Titanic more fun then Rifftrx, possibly because instead of doing grade A films they still go after the grade Z films

Part of the problem of going after grade A films is that the films are enjoyable “As Is” it’s not like your typical “Syfy $1.95 made for TV movie with giant snakes vs giant spiders” which SHOULD be made fun of

Poor acting, Poor writing, Poor direction, Poor FX work, Poor everything, Syfy should be ashamed of themselves for making these, and yet they keep on making them anyway, this makes me think, SO this is why they canceled MST3K, because ultimately these films would end up there

Syfy couldn’t let themselves be the butt of a joke on a show on their own network, oh heavens NO, that wouldn’t do now would it ?

Now, I personally love bad films, pure cheese, loads of fun, and I also rip into them MST3K style all by myself and sometimes with others as well, I would never do this to films I know were made to be as best as they can make them & that I enjoy “As Is”

RiffTrax needs to take a page from the show they were on before and do Riffs on bad films, Hollywood still makes those, right ? RIGHT ?

I know Syfy makes like a hundred of them every freaking year, just look in the $1 bin in WalMarts for goodness sakes, you’ll find them all there, buy ’em cheap & go at them like nobody’s business, it’s not like MST3K will ever return there in anyone’s lifetime, yes ? YES ?

I herd Bonnie Hunter won’t even return the guys calls even you know
The way she runs the network it’s no surprise for the name change
Wresting twice a week ? The network is a shell of it’s former self, I
don’t watch it at all except for a few shows I like on it, which one can
count on one hand easily

Now there’s a cooking show on it, WTF ?

50. Martin Pollard - April 14, 2011

“Captain, I sense massive asshattery in #38’s post.”

So, not finding something funny always means that someone doesn’t have a sense of humor? At all? You know, you should travel to Vegas with that powerful telepathic ability of yours (powerful enough to KNOW everything about a person based solely on that person’s subjective opinion); you’d clean up at the poker tables.

(Yes, of course I’m being sarcastic. I get that way when I see someone post something that’s so blatantly stupid it defies rational explanation.)

51. Daoud - April 14, 2011

@38: What 50 said.

Galaxy Quest. Now that’s funny, cute, and makes fandom out to be redeeming. And it’s hilarious. And it doesn’t charge $1.99 per download to hear a bunch of drunken louts make fun of Star Trek fans giving of their time and hard work to make something for other fans to enjoy.

“Sense of humor” in and of itself implies a “sense”. Like knowing when something is humorous, and also, knowing when something is not.

52. Simon - April 14, 2011

@#50 & #51 – You guys prove my point all too well. Their basements are shaking with internet rage, scaring their parents.

RE: The Rifftrax crew: They *ARE Star Trek fans* and if you’d bother to do a little research instead of making a snap judgement based upon a poorly chosen clip you’d know that. But I guess it’s easier to play god and call people stupid for having the gall to disagree with you. The horror! The injustice!

If you can’t poke fun at yourself and your community you really need to get a life.

/*not* sarcastic

53. TBW - April 14, 2011

51…“Sense of humor” in and of itself implies a “sense”. Like knowing when something is humorous, and also, knowing when something is not.

Yeah, that’s pretty ridiculous. You seriously think something like “sense of humor” (or more to the point “being funny” I suppose) is something that has inherent qualities? Part of the point of humor (and the reason that there is such a great variety of types of humor) is that it is, by its nature, subjective.

Second point…I wonder how different the reactions to this would have been were it not the most beloved (certainly around here) Star Trek movie that they’ve chosen to lampoon.

Finally…how have so relatively few of you heard of these guys? Seriously…this is probably the first pop culture site I’ve ever been where there were so many people who didn’t seem to know about these guys. And finally, while I may not necessarily agree with Simon’s methods (really, the whole basement meme is kinda silly…we’re all on the same internet), but I think he’s got a point. It becomes clearer each time I stick my head in here that the commenters take pretty much everything waaaaay too seriously.

54. TBW - April 14, 2011

And for the record…I didn’t think this was funny at all, but there have been some brilliant episodes of MST3K [Timechasers, Werewolf, This Island Earth (which became the movie), Santa Claus vs The Martians] and the Twilight Rifftrax is side-splitting.

55. The Original Spock's Brain - April 14, 2011

@ 48. Nomad “It’s like having a really annoying guy sitting next to you while you try to watch the film.”


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