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29 Years Ago Today…Khaaaaaaan!! June 4, 2011

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Editorial,Feature Films (TMP-NEM) , trackback

On June 4th, 1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was released, and Star Trek changed forever. In the intervening 29 years nine more Star Trek feature films have been released, yet this relatively low budget entry is still considered the best of the franchise. Today TrekMovie celebrates Khan.


Happy Anniversary to Wrath of Khan

The late 1970s saw a resurgence of movie science fiction, with films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and especially Star Wars, leading to Paramount reviving its Star Trek franchise on the big screen. The result was Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979, a big-budget feature helmed by Academy Award-winning director Robert Wise. Although the film made a profit and was an impressive epic, it didn’t meet Paramount’s expectations and for the follow-up they turned to TV producer Harve Bennett to deliver a sequel for a fraction of the price.

Bennett turned to young Nicholas Meyer to direct the film, making it his second feature (following Time After Time). The full Star Trek cast were set to return, although Leonard Nimoy took some convincing. As filming was rapidly approaching Nicholas Meyer took it upon himself to write the screenplay, taking elements from the various drafts. The result was a change in tone from The Motion Picture, with more humor and a return to the Horatio Hornblower style adventure. Oh, and a return to a classic Star Trek bad guy, Khan Noonien Singh.

Star Trek II Trailer

By the weekend of June 4th 1982 fans and critics were excited about a new (and different) Star Trek adventure. Roger Ebert was especially impressed with Ricardo Montalban’s performance, noting how it illustrates the axiom "Each film is only as good as its villain." Star Trek II set a new standard, one that subsequent Star Trek films have been trying to match ever since.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan opened with a $14.3 million weekend which may not sound like a lot these days, but was actually the biggest weekend of 1982. In the end Khan was the #6 domestic grossing film of the year, beating out movies like the Eddie Murphy hit comedy 48 Hrs, and the horror classic Poltergeist. The success of Wrath of Khan lead to a series of popular Star Trek films with the original cast and produced by Bennett. And this successful run certainly helped set the stage for the franchise’s return to its TV roots with Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987.

It is not hyperbole to say that much of the success of the Star Trek franchise, still going strong today, can be attributed to Wrath of Khan.  So today, TrekMovie.com says thanks to Messrs. Bennett and Meyer and the rest of the TWOK team for bringing us a beloved film and reinvigorating Star Trek (again).

And who can forget…


Death and funeral of Spock

Reminder: Star Trek II screening w/ Nick Meyer on Friday in LA

And to remind you again, The LA Times 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival (June 9-12) will go all Star Trek on Friday June 10th. They will be showing a double-feature with a screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan followed by a chat with director Nicholas Meyer, and then a screening of Star Trek (2009) plus discussion with Star Trek writer/producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci & Damon Lindelof. Tickets cost $45 each. CLICK HERE for full schedule and to buy online.

What is your Wrath of Khan memory?

On a personal note, I can still remember seeing Khan in theaters (again and again) as a kid in Los Angeles. Although I like The Motion Picture, it still felt like it was missing something of the Star Trek franchise that I grew to love through the 1970s reruns in syndication. Wrath of Khan brought that back and more and is the film that also reinvigorated my inner Trekkie. I haven’t looked back since.

So what about  you? When did you first see Khan? Is Khan still your favorite Star Trek film? Sound off in the comments section below.



1. Allenburch - June 4, 2011


2. Canon Schmanon - June 4, 2011

I think one of the reasons the movie was so good is that it harkened back to one of Roddenberry’s original inspirations for Kirk – the Horatio Hornblower novels. TWOK was very much like a naval sea battle film. The second thing it did correctly was to play on the friendship between Kirk and Spock, and gave it a very “human” feel. It was emotional without being manipulative, and had some excellent action as well.

3. Mike Thompson - June 4, 2011

29 Years…..Wonderful film…..

4. Lousy_Canadian - June 4, 2011

I grew up with Star Trek TNG as my brother, Bobby, loved it very much, nearly five years ago (after graduating from high school) with summer coming to an end, my brother came to visit and broght along his Star Trek movies. I choose to watch these films hoping it was a closer way to bond with him. After watching the Motion Picture, I was astounded by it’s special effects and enchanting music, but knew something was missing from the story line. All of those voids were filled when I watched The Wrath of Khan. It gave me a new passion for Star Trek and I saw every single episode of TOS thereafter as well as all the movies. Excited for the 2009 movie later that Christmas of ’06, I found this website and visited daily ever since. Star Trek II easily is one of the most essestial movies not only in the Star Trek franchise, but science fiction as well, and it’s an integeral part of my life! :D

5. Dom - June 4, 2011

The best and worst thing ever to happen to Star Trek. A high watermark in the series, but also a seemingly impassable psychological barrier that has set the standard for every Trek movie since!

6. MJ - June 4, 2011

A 29th anniversary story? Maybe it would have been better hold this for next year on the 30th — not sure why we need at 29th anniversary “story”? This is right up though with those Twitter “stories” of lesser Trek actors’ birthdays. :-)

7. Thorny - June 4, 2011

Wow, I always thought “ET” beat TWOK as 1982’s best opening a week later. But ET only did $11.8 million (it did, of course, go on to best TWOK by a wide margin, including $16 million over the 4th of July.).

That was a terrific summer for movies. TWOK, ET, Poltergeist, Rocky 3, Blade Runner, An Officer and a Gentleman, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Tron. All different, memorable movies.

Those were the days.

8. Harry Ballz - June 4, 2011

Considered the best film of the franchise because story beats effects every time!

9. Jeyl - June 4, 2011

It just dawned on me that the scariest moment I remember from the film wasn’t the Ceti Eels or Chekov’s scream, but that red planet that was intercut with Kirk running to Engineering after narrowly escaping the Genesis explosion. I don’t know. That image of a slow rotating ball of fire just scared me as a kid.

10. MJ - June 4, 2011

@8 Agreed! Although I like Trek 2009 equally as well — those two stand miles above any of the other Trek movies.

11. JP - June 4, 2011

“Buried alive… buried alive…”

12. MJ - June 4, 2011

Argh, I just realized I fell for Anthony’s made up news story and am now posting on the topic. :-))

13. allister gourlay - June 4, 2011

Went to see TWOK on opening night at the ABC in Sauchiehall street in Glasgow, Scotland im sure it was in 70mm – with my girlfriend of 2 months – now my wife of 26 years! That night she became a Star Trek fan – she was crying at Spock’s death scene as were others in the cinema – you could hear a pin drop! Went back a week later to see it again at hen 3 times more that month. Every time I hear Amazing Grace on the pipes it reminds me of the film. As Harry Baltz said “story beats effects every time!”.

14. Harry Ballz - June 4, 2011

10. MJ


13. allister gourlay


15. jas_montreal - June 4, 2011


Get kraken on a Khan revival in the trek sequel.


16. KJTrek - June 4, 2011

I remember as a kid having to fast-forward through the Ceti Eel scenes because they creeped me out and gave me nightmares! To me the most important and memorable part of this movie is the score… so dynamic and appropriate.

17. Lt. Dakin - June 4, 2011

Thank you Nicholas Meyer!!

18. twonkbot - June 4, 2011

I remember crying during the Spock death/funeral scenes… the FOURTH time I saw the movie. Not during the premiere, not the second viewing… but the fourth. I guess I’d been too excited before, or with a group of friends that I was too happy to share my Trek fascination with. But that fourth time, I went by myself to a matinee… and bawled like a baby. It finally hit me that Spock was gone… of course, then the NEXT movie came out a few years later, and we all know how that worked out, no don’t we? But it was still worth it. The emotional connection with the film worked so well….

19. Dee - lvs moon' surface - June 4, 2011

A great story… and excellent acting performances… did a great and iconic movie!

:-) :-)

20. Kyle H - June 4, 2011

Went with my best friend and his family when we were little kids — loaded up their huge Ford station wagon, which was a good 10 years old in 1982. Didn’t go on opening weekend, I don’ t think… we saw it at the local mall theater, which was a standalone building built in the 1960s and still had a grandiosity to it, with only two huge screens and huge, modern chandeliers in the lobby. James Doohan had a daughter in the area and he used to visit that theatre when Trek movies were out. There’s a Krispy Kreme on that site now, alas.

Anyway, we used to play “Star Trek II” in my parents’ basement… my friend would be Kirk and I would be everyone else (except Uhura). I should have been an actor.

A couple of years alater, we would watch the ABC version his parents had recorded on VHS over and over…

Anthony, I worked in the STIV screening in Santa Monica last summer into a vacation weekend. Fun. Thanks for your website!

21. Admiral Stedman - June 4, 2011

Actually it will 29 years and two weeks for me as Star Trek II opened at the local DRIVE-IN and not the local two-plex in my town first. My Dad worked the 4-12 shift and since I was only 11 I did not drive (hence no drive-in movie for me) But my memory in this pre-internet spoiler alert world we live in today was as follows: My childhood friends (Sal and Pete) and I were waiting outside the Cinema 19 for the doors to open and get our tickets. As we waited a limo (or expensive car like a lincoln or something) pulled up and this guy got out and asked us if we were waiting to see Star Trek. After we said yes, he asked us if we knew that Spock died? WHAT! Spock dies! Thanks Pal.

This is the probably the same guy who hung out at the theater as people left Empire Strikes Back informing them of the relationship between Luke and Vader.

Happy 29 years and 2 weeks you jerk.

Thanks for the awesome movie Nick Meyer, Cast and Crew. It still stands as my favorite film of all time. I just watched it 3 days ago for the 287th time.
And no I don’t live with my mother and YES I am married.

22. CaptainSMAW - June 4, 2011

Evil-gasm, hahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

23. David Shelton - June 4, 2011

I was a theatre manager in 1991 at a second run house, and we managed to get an old print of TWOK for a week before the bigwigs of the company put a stop to it (go figure). It was great seeing my favorite Trek film on the big screen in surround sound back then… too bad I can’t get to the new screenings. On well!

24. P Technobabble - June 4, 2011

I saw the film several times when it came out, but, of course, the first time was the best. The news of Spock’s death was already common knowledge, but that scene of Kirk hearing McCoy’s broken voice, looking at Spock’s empty chair, and the look of fear in his eyes as he fled the bridge, did not fail to stir some pretty acute emotionalism in me. I knew what was coming, but Kirk didn’t know, and I didn’t want to see him face what was about to happen.
But Spock’s death was a heroic one, full of the honor and integrity of self-sacrifice, and turned out to be more than just a gimmick to get people in the theater.

25. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - June 4, 2011

I seen Star Trek 2 9 times at the Theater in Ft Smith Arkansas. I was there at 7pm on opening night to a packed house and everyone was excited. The Radio station was there and so were the local T.V Stations. As much as I and many others Enjoyed TMP Trek 2 was everything that Tos was and much more. I admit I wore a Red Shirt there. (People were scared to be around me LOl) My Mom and Dad were also with me as they wanted to see it. I was 13 at the time and I remember it like it was just yesterday. When Spock Died I did tear up and so did my Mom. The Music and action was just amazing. Thank you to Nick and all who were involved in this Incredable movie.

26. Kirk, James T. - June 4, 2011

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was a great movie but not the best. The best so far is JJ Abrams “Star Trek”. Wrath of Khan is a classic which seems to me to be the only reason it’s held in such high esteem but in my opinio its as good but no beter than Star Trek: First Contact. Khan works best as part of the original series trilogy; Wrath of Khan, Search for Spock and Voyage Home.

27. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - June 4, 2011

Harry is right. a Great Story will out do an Fx. Fx Should be used to help the story. Not take it over. Trek 09 was a good mix. But can be better.

28. Chris Dawson - June 4, 2011

I remember winning tickets to see Khan in New York City. I was 16 and my Dad, who really didn’t like Star Trek that much, went along with me. At the end, I think he was a converted, but silent, Trekker. I thought so because as we walked out of the theatre they handed out some stickers of Spock doing the Vulcan salute and my dad trying to do it and being surprised when he could.

Several years later when Star Trek three came out he asked ” let’s go see that new Star Trek movie.”

Trek Lives!

29. sisko - June 4, 2011

Being only 6 at the time, my only memory of it (from 1982) is seeing the movie twice in the theater, once with my mom, and once with my dad (they’re not divorced, still married today after 39 years). Of course I’ve seen it a ton more times since then and in July of 2001 made this my license plate:

30. OLLEY OLLEY OLLEY - June 4, 2011

The shot of the Enterprise rising up, out of the cloud to fire upon Reliant.

Thats my Star Trek Moment.

31. naysaynever - June 4, 2011

good film, its also older than me. i’m sure the next film will be good too.

32. RoobyDoo - June 4, 2011

I saw it on Sunday 6 June at 1:45PM at the Nelson theater in Ottawa, Canada with my best friend Dave Agulnik. For 2 bucks!

Loved the movie then and now.


33. Mikey1091 - June 4, 2011

Oh how I wished Netflix would stream the Trek movies again! I SOOOO want to watch them again, but don’t have them downloaded or on dvd! All I have is the vhs version of TWOK and of course the vcr player doesnt work, lol.

34. RoobyDoo - June 4, 2011

Also worth mentioning is the wonderfully energetic James Horner score. I love Giacchino but think he can do even better with the Trek 2012 score (assuming he returns for it).

35. Gibnerd - June 4, 2011

i remember crying my eyes out.

36. VulcanFilmCritic - June 4, 2011

I saw this movie on the big screen in Times Square back then. I sat through the whole thing with a knot in my stomach because I knew that Spock was supposed to die. And when it happened, so quietly, and so realistically, I reacted as one would if a real family member had died.
By that time, I was a physician and I had seen real people die in the hospital. You would think I would be inured to it by then. But I wasn’t.
After the death scene and the funeral with “Amazing Grace,” the entire audience filed out of the theater silently. There were no high fives or whoops of joy, just quiet contemplation. I was so upset by the death scene that it was a good hour before I could speak to anyone.
To this day, I still have this reaction, and although I know it is the best Star Trek movie of the six, I do not enjoy watching it.

37. Andy Patterson - June 4, 2011

Remember being very pleased…realizing that they had put together elements of the old show this time around. The chemistry, more of the feel. The energy. It felt more like the Trek universe I was familiar with. And I remember wondering why they couldn’t,…or didn’t do that the first movie. The “buried alive” reference someone mentioned…hearing elements of music from the old show. Was so gratified by that. That was another thing I kept looking for from this new, latest movie. I was very pleased at many a turn with this one. It set everything right.

Good memories. Good times.

38. Sundae Shields - June 4, 2011

I usually stay for movie credits. The first time I saw Khan, I HAD to stay,because I couldn’t get up!

39. James - June 4, 2011

What i would give to have James Horner score another Trek film – it was the first soundtrack i ever purchased! Beautiful score, character focused story with brilliant ship vs ship battle scenes (take note JJ and Bob – you got the character focus right but there wasnt enough of the Enterprise)

40. 12YearOldTrekker - June 4, 2011

Great movie.

I first saw it at San Jose spring 2010. I was visiting my dad’s house, and when we wondered what to watch, we decided to have a marathon of the TOS films. We watched one film each night…

TMP: (Strangely…) bored me.
TWOK: Kept me on the edge of my seat.
TSFS: Just 1% worse than TWOK, A.K.A. great (but no one really talks about it…)!
TVH: Pretty good, but… whales?!?!
TFF: Meh…
TUC: I like it!

Around a day after we finished, we went to “Star Trek: The Experience” (which kicked butt!), and saw “Star Trek” on the IMAX screen (quite an experience!). This spring-break vacation forever changed me into a trekker.

41. Robp - June 4, 2011

One of the first films I ever watched and still one that i come back to time and again. Great story, great acting and superb special effects (would still take these effects over the cgi effects that blight films at present.) It’s also the film that introduced me to the world of Star Trek. In my opinion one of the greatest science fiction universes ever created and through all its incarnations a great piece of modern fiction. Favourite moment from the film: Kirk bites from the apple and says ‘I don’t like to lose!’ as James Horners music swells in the background. Superb!!!

42. dmduncan - June 4, 2011

TWOK was a great Star Trek movie, but I liked TSFS and TUC as much. Those were the best of the original cast movies to me.

43. Thorny - June 4, 2011

I remember seeing TWOK in the theater like it was yesterday. I’d just turned 18, a week or so after graduating from High School. I saw it at Merritt Square 6 Theaters in Merritt Island, Florida. The future seemed wide open that summer, out of High School, the Space Shuttle just getting started (STS-4 would launch at the end of the month) and Star Trek was back in a big way. Exciting times.

44. Tiberius III - June 4, 2011

It’s so funny that I can look back and remember all the times I have seen this movie from the first time in the theatre with my cousin to all the times since with family members, friends, and girlfriends right up to today watching it with my wife. No matter how my life changes, Star Trek is always there. Very comforting.

45. Harry Seldom - June 4, 2011

My memory is coming out of the theater, and as I approached my car being struck by the fact that the Ceti Eels were (of course!) a special effect. I had “suspended disbelief” to the point that I forgot that.

Mr. Balz is, of course, correct. Story is paramount. But GOOD effects, in service to a good story, can also be important.

– Harry

46. Zee - June 4, 2011

My husband and I went to see it opening night. I remember it well. We couldn’t wait to see it . We just watched it again last Saturday night, for the ??? time. We have watched it more than any of the other Trek movies. Sometimes I still can’t watch when Spock dies. It is that powerful and emotional to me.

47. Damian - June 4, 2011

I know I’m in the minority that Star Trek: The Motion Picture was my favorite. But there is no doubt Star Trek II comes in as a close second for me. For me the main thing that edges TMP was the exploration angle as far as V’Ger being a new life form and all. That was the one thing Star Trek II was lacking (the only thing, actually). I also was always partial to Jerry Goldsmith’s music (not to say James Horner didn’t do a good job too). It kind of touched on the potential with the Genesis device, but there was no real exploration in Star Trek II. However it had some great battle scenes, character moments, suspense, special effects and music. Plenty for me the give it an excellent rating.

48. Chain of Command - June 4, 2011

Star Trek II is a great movie. Not just a great Star Trek movie, A GREAT MOVIE, PERIOD.

49. Raymond - June 4, 2011

Were movie trailers that crappy back then? I remember seeing KHAN in its first run but I don’t recall movie trailers. That one for TWOK is just awful. Thank God it was a good film.

50. Odkin - June 4, 2011

I was always a TOS fan, but never even bothered to see TMP on the big screen. I called it right – it was big, slow ponderous, grey, and dull. But something about Wrath of Khan just drew me to it. It “smelled” right. I remember a pre-release interview with Shatner where he admitted that TMP missed the boat with things like the costumes and the theme and the missing character interplay, but that WoK got it all right.

So I trekked (heh) on down to the Cinerama dome in Hollywood with my best friend and his brother. It was perfect. Even though I knew Spock was going to die, I was on the edge of my seat. I was fooled by the training drill scene. I was mesmerized by Montalban’s performance. Why are actors today so afraid to ACT??

And at the end… it was the first movie that had brought me to tears since I was a kid. A totally memorable experience. I saw it three more times. I’ve never seen any other movie in a theater more than twice.

51. Odkin - June 4, 2011

Oh… and I think somethings wrong with the time calculations about how long ago it was released. How can I have seen it 29 YEARS AGO when I’m clearly only 7-8 years older? :-)

52. Thorny - June 4, 2011

49… Yes, trailers were usually very much afterthoughts for the studios. TWOK’s narrated by Burgess Meredith is actually one of the better ones! I remember seeing it before “Rocky III” the week before.

53. Greenberg - June 4, 2011

Great opening paragraph in this article, but there’s a word that doesn’t belong in there – ‘considered’. If you delete that, it makes perfect sense.

54. Driver - June 4, 2011

“Young……..I feel young.” Then the sweeping score and visuals make it truly epic. Certainly this film is much better than it had to be. And I’m eternally grateful for it.

55. Star Trek II Musings - June 4, 2011

@47 You are not alone. I thoroughly enjoyed ST2 in 70mm and saw it many, many times that summer (and a week in Dec) 1982, but I, like you, think TMP is more of a true motion picture then the other TOS films. I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that most of the bloggers here weren’t even alive to have seen it in 70mm.

Its a big difference to experience movies as they were intended on the BIG screen vs a little tv screen at home. The accompanying soundtrack to the 70mm prints was also something to be experienced. Not just the whoosh and hum of the ships or massive orchestral score, but sounds like the revised transporter beaming effect..it just swirls around you in surround. The bridge chatter is cool, too, to be heard with difference voices coming from all over. One sound effect that got head turns was when Kirk & Co beamed down to Genesis, you hear what is a screw hitting the ground..in the REAR and RIGHT of the theater. It was always funny to see audience heads turn that way ‘fooled’ as if something was REALLY going on.

@49 Movie trailers weren’t crappy. It wasn’t quite the art that it is today. MTV was gaining popularity and its style of rapid pacing and quick cuts were just having its effect on the culture and ADD/ADHD ;). Actually, I remember going to see a Paramount movie just to catch the trailer a few months prior to its release. At the time, studios would attach trailers to their movies to guarantee their playback. The ST2 trailer was quite exciting, but I think they gave away too much with the ship battles between the Reliant and Enterprise.

Yes, ST2 has a more traditional good v bad story that people enjoy. It has ship battles, eerie creatures, but remember the Trek credo about strange new worlds and civilizations? We don’t really get that here as we did in TMP. What is a let down is the cheapness of this film and it shows. You had no grand set pieces that we had in the first movie, but the sequel benefitted from the fact that the cost of such was already paid for and that redressing sets (a common practice in future Trek productions) made things much more economical.

For example, the Genesis Cave had the potential to be something truly extraordinary but the ILM matte paintings were so fake that it just did not live to Carol Marcus’ exclamation of being a great ‘cook.’ The shot of the crew sitting on fake grass next to what was supposed to be a ‘waterfall’ is another example of a half baked effect.

Look at the Enterprise, herself. In the ILM shots you do not have the great detail and contrasts that Doug Trumbull executed in the first movie. In fact, I read in Starlog at the time, that the ILM people didn’t even know how to work the lights and found the individual ’tile’ work on the model was causing reflections and had to be spray painted!

Another bit of Trek 2 trivia is that Trumbull’s FX company underbid ILM to do the work but Paramount chose ILM, instead. This was
quite an insult to him, imho. It was Trumbull Paramount turned to when TMP ran into FX problems with Robert Abel & Associates and he, along with John Dykstra delivered FX that garnered the movie an Academy Award nomination for Visual FX. So for those of you who think Trek 2’s Visual FX were so great (and they are good), you’d think the Academy would have noticed, yet it received no nominations at all, yet Oscar went to that caca looking alien, ET! Go figure.

Do not get me wrong, the film is high drama and the film is quite good. I enjoyed the character interactions a bit more, but I still think to this day that things could have been better. For example, Kirk should have cried after Spock died. Its ridiculous to think that at that point in his career and life, that his best friend, his virtual brother, dies almost in his arms, separated by a glass wall, yet no tears are shed. Come on. And the next scene where Scotty plays ‘Amazing Grace’ was awful NOT because of the song choice or the bag pipes but because it starts off slightly off tune. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to put up with audiences, at the time..in full houses, just cracking up because of that. It ruins the solemnity of the scene with Kirk’s words, Carol Marcus and Saavik in tears.

Happy Anniversary. Since we’re celebrating anniversaries, what about Star Trek 3’s? It was released about the same time two years later…

56. Red Dead Ryan - June 4, 2011

I was 11 when I saw “The Wrath Of Khan” for the first time on VHS during the summer of ’92. I had also read the novel. Great movie and adaptation.
Best movie for me alongside “First Contact” and “Star Trek”.

So many great lines from TWOK. So many great guest characters. So many great character moments. Visual effects still great, though dated obviously. The music is classic.

TWOK featured, arguably, some of William Shatner’s best and most nuanced acting. That’s a real testament to him and Nick Meyer.

In recent years, numerous TWOK merchandise has come out. I own the DST TWOK Enterprise, phaser, communicator, Regula 1 Kirk, Bloody Shirt Kirk, Spock, Khan and autographed Sulu action figures. I also recently bought the soundtrack album. I’ve only listened to it once, but it is great.

And I own the Blu Ray copy of TWOK of course. All in all, a lot of fun!

57. Pro-Khan-Sel - June 4, 2011

I was 17 working at a drive-in. I was excited to see the movie and was not dissapointed. The snack bar closed just before the second showing, so I would stay and watch movies. That summer the drive-in showed “wrath of Khan, The Road warrior and raiders of the lost ark all at once on seperate screens. It was a film summer to remember!

58. Brett Campbell - June 4, 2011

Yes, the best of the best, and first saw it in London while I was visiting college “mates” for the summer. Recently saw “Star Trek” ’09 a second time — that film owes a considerable debt to TWOK.

59. Canon Schmanon - June 4, 2011

I liked The Motion Picture without reservation. I was so glad just to see the cast together that I watched without a critical eye and absolutely. Of course, I was young and also greatly enamored of Persis Khambatta’s legs. Anyway, I watch it these days and I see its many flaws, but I still watch it like the teenager I was.

Same with Khan, but I see far fewer flaws. Sure, some of the effects don’t hold up, but the story was great, and Shatner, Nimoy and Kelley were at their best. Shatner and Nimoy especially impressed me, although Bill’s classic Khan scream was pretty damned hammy. Still, he was fantastic. His best performance ever as Kirk. This was a Kirk who wasn’t so confident any longer, had trouble regaining his old stride. He gets his butt kicked most of the time and it isn’t until Spock mentions the two-dimensionsal thinking that Kirk becomes the Kirk of old.

It was like Spock had revived him, brought him back, and then he goes and dies. And Shatner’s eulogy is performed very touchingly.

Nimoy matched him with those final scenes. That’s one of the most moving death scenes ever filmed in a movie, and I’m talking all genres here.

Throwing Montalban into the mix was the icing on the cake. What a classy actor. So effortlessly commanding. I absolutely loved it. I only wish that Kirk and Khan had had the opportunity to duke it out together. I couldn’t help but feel that Khan was pretty pissed about being beaten into submission by a hollow plastic tube in “Space Seed.” No wonder he was so single-mindedly angry.

It was necessary to make TWOK a good movie, because the series’ life depended on it. They really came through. It would have been hard to top it, and they never did. Not until First Contact would they make another near-perfect Star Trek film.

The latest one had more flaws I think than the aforementioned films, but I think it had a lot of heart, and came very close to capturing the feel of Trek, while ramping up the pace and trying to appeal to a necessarily wider audience.

When you think about it, neither TOS nor TNG debuted with their strongest films. It was their second outings that really got it right. I wonder if Abrams, Orci and the others have thought of this. I guess they REALLY have to deliver on this second one ;-)

60. Buzz Cagney - June 4, 2011

This is where ’09 rates against Wrath

Wrath of Khan.

Trek ’09.

61. Buzz Cagney - June 4, 2011

Damn I should have done this…

Wrath of Khan

Trek ’09

62. Buzz Cagney - June 4, 2011

in other words, quite some distance. It will be interesting to see if they can make any ground up next time. I’m not holding my breath.

63. KirkLives! - June 4, 2011

29??? I think more like 27.

64. Chasco - June 5, 2011

Don’t forget that all such calculations are multiplied by a factor of 4

TWOK= Best Trek Film Ever. I especially love the Director’s Cut with the extra scenes and dialogue. Best moment though is the battle in the Mutara Nebula, and the Enterprise rising up behind Reliant like an avenging angel.
Whoever wrote the voiceover for the trailer didn’t actually pay attention in Space Seed – “abandoned on a lifeless planet”? – er, no he wasn’t. “Left for dead”? – er, wrong again.

65. Anthony Thompson - June 5, 2011

The most overrated Trek film ever.

66. chrisfawkes.com - June 5, 2011

Great film. I had just purchased a 67 Datsun 1000 a few weeks earlier and had embarked on a road trip with a friend from Melbourne to Brisbane (about a 24 drive if going right through).

After spending a day on the side of the road while i pulled the motor apart to repair it we made Sydney late Sunday so after a day in the city we stumbled upon a very old theatre in the city that was showing TWOK.

We came out and continued on to queensland.

A few weeks later i took my mum to see it and during the scene where the slugs crawls out of Chekov’s ear i licked a finger and put mothers ear. I would like to think i initiated the screams for that scene on that occasion.

Great great movie, my niece and nephew were recently surprised how good it was when they saw it for “an old film”.

I fear that ever since paramount are attempting to copy the form rather than the substance. What made it great does not have to be captured in retelling the same story with different names or revisiting Khan. Rather just go back to the principles, the character interaction the spirit of what made trek great in the first place.

Khan went back to the original intent of trek, future movies have tended to go back to Khan and stopped there.

I did love the new Trek but lets keep vengeance seeking villains a thing of the past, along with time travel.

67. Jack - June 5, 2011

The score helped make the movie. it’s one of those movies that’s so mired in nostalgia that it’s tough, for me, to look at it objectively. I always found a lot of the Ceti Alpha stuff, and some of the pre-battle Reliant scenes, sort of tedious, but that could just be from watching the darned movie so many times.

55. Isn’t that how bagpipes always sound at the start of a song? I thought Kirk’s reaction to Spock’s death was pretty spot on — same with his awkwardness with David. it seemed right for the character, somehow. Over the years, Kirk wrestled more with his desires and emotions than Spock did, in some ways.

68. I'm Cherokee Jack - June 5, 2011

I’m sorry to say that I was so disappointed by the first Trek film that I didn’t bother seeing this one in the theater.Still cuss myself out over that.Spock’s death and funeral still chokes me up even though I know he gets better next movie.Shatner’s performance at the funeral is a rebuke to those who sneer at his acting.

69. SlugBug - June 5, 2011

I saw this movie opening weekend at the Studio theatre in Studio City, CA. I was 16 and went with my girlfriend Robin. She was not a Trek fan, but I remember the Spock death scene & trying not to cry my self, I looked at Robin and she was crying, the only sounds from the audience were the weeping of Everyone present. After the movie in the restroom a young kid told me Spock would be back in “In Search of Spock.” Thought he was joking because Nimoy’s TV show “In Search Of” was fairly recent. Still the Best Trek movie.

70. hawaiiowa - June 5, 2011

I remember seeing the opening day premiere at my local theatre. In the scene where Kirk and Spock stealthily shut down the Defiant’s shields and the Enterprise fired on the Defiant, the audience erupted with cheers and applause. Then the famous ‘submarine shot’ in the Mutara Nebula mis-en-scene evoked an even more raucous applause and cheers. This was the strongest audience reaction I’ve ever experienced at a movie. Still brings a tear to my eye when I remember it.

When it was over, just like a couple posters mentioned, the theatre simply filed out silently, some people still crying from the finale. For all that’s been said, the Kirk-Spock death scene is one of the strongest portrayals of a heroic death ever in cinema. The use of a glass wall divider so that both actors were together-yet-separated was a flash of genius.

The creation of the genesis planet was pretty ground-breaking SFX for it’s time, (this was 2 yrs before Apple computer). A recent sci-fi film (I can’t remember which) recreated it.

And to echo other posters, James Horner’s OST was probably the best one of the series. The one for ST09 was more contemplative, but Horner’s had that ‘adventure and grandeur” ethos that is more fitting for Trek. Reminded me of Ralph Vaughan William’s later symphonies.

71. Trekprincess - June 5, 2011

Great film

72. VulcanFilmCritic - June 5, 2011

47. @Damian
55. @Star Trek II Musings
58.@Cannon Schamanon

Thank goodness to hear that there are others who liked or loved ST:TMP. I’m not alone.
I agree it is hard to appreciate this film if you have only seen it on DVD or a small screen in the theater. Also one’s moviegoing experience is tempered by the specific time and place. It is easy to underestimate the emotions created by seeing our beloved, defunct TV series magically resurrected on the big screen and given the “2001: A Space Odyssey” treatment.
The drive around inspection of the Enterprise in the little shuttle with Kirk and Scotty brought a degree of realism that we’d never seen with the TV show. When those self-illumination lights went on to reveal the call numbers NCC-1701, as the Goldsmith score soared, grown men cried! It was as if Star Trek, if not real, was at least possible.
We didn’t have a re-mastered version of TOS back then; the somewhat threadbare special effects of the TV show were no match for those in movies like “2001” “Planet of the Apes” or even “Silent Running.” but now it was a contender.
There are many good things to say about this film and I hope someone starts a thread praising its virtues.

73. KHAN LIVES! - June 5, 2011

yknow what a great Star Trek movie wouldve been? if theyd made a movie of the Khan exile Ruling in Hell/To Reign in Hell thing instead of Trek V –

it couldve gone like this – instead of camping at Yosemite, Kirk, Spock and Bones have some downtime to return to Ceti Alpha V to investigate the place which caused all the events of the previous 3 films to kick off and there they find Khans diary (as in the Greg Cox novel ‘To Reign in Hell’) – then we flashback to the end of the Eugenic Wars and Khans escape….then we skip Space Seed (as we seen that) then pick up with Khan on Ceti Alpha and all that stuff upuntil Terrel and Chekov find him. then we go back to K/S/B who get beamed up to the obiting Enterprise ready for Trek VI.

so basically a prequel to Star Trek II showing how the events of the past 3 films came to pass. They obviously didnt have an idea of what to do or where to go after Voyage home so itd have been a great choice imo

Ok so Kirk, Spock, Bones etc would really only have extended cameos but Khan was in the 80s (and pretty much still is) second only to Vader in terms of popular Sci Fi villians and the movie would’ve been a direct prequel to the most popular ST movie…I dont think fans and moviegoers wouldve had a problem with going to see a trek film mainly about Khan..

Couldve recast Khan some younger dude for the flashback scenes – then had Montoban on Ceti Alpha. called it something like ‘Star Trek: The Genesis of Khan’ (no ‘V’ needed). Meyer could have directed…the movie couldve won oscars and we would have all been spared Indiana Shatner and the Quest for God

74. KHAN LIVES! - June 5, 2011

hey just realised, if Trek 2 gets moved to xmas 12 or summer 2013 then no Trek 2 coming at the 30th anniversary of Trek II :(

75. trekker 5 - June 5, 2011

29 years,wow,it don’t seem like its been that long! I have to say,when I frist saw Trek ll,I didn’t care much for it. It just didn’t seem like a Trek movie I wanted to ever see again,(mostly because of the whole Spock dieing thing),but I did watch it again….and again….and again. And grew to love it like every one else,its #4 on my list of favorite Star Trek movies!

76. KHAN LIVES! - June 5, 2011

@74 – #4?! are you nuts?!

II is an 80s ***** star classic in the same league as the likes of Empire, Blade Runner, Road Warrior, The Thing, Terminator, Aliens etc

the rest best to worst IMO:

great (****)

oks (***)

meh (**)
IX – (yeah thats Insurrection not Trek09 haha)

77. Roger S. - June 5, 2011

When I saw the starfield as the opening credits appeared and music began, I knew classic Trek was back and I was in for one hell of a ride. The playing out of the simulator scene only added to my conviction that the future of Trek, at least at that time, was in good hands!

78. Roger S. - June 5, 2011

I just remembered that I first saw TWOK on my 21st birthday! Amazing how thinking about seeing this movie for the first time has overshadowed a major milestone in my life….

79. Lostrod - June 5, 2011

I remember watching TWOK at a drive in theater in Madera, California on opening night.

A good time was had by all.


80. lostrod - June 5, 2011

Here’s another TWOK memory:

The summer of the film’s release I was working at a radio station in Madera, CA (KHOT AM & KUUL FM). I was doing news and got a press release that there was going to be a fundraiser BBQ for some politician (who’s name escapes me). I was surprised to see that the guest speaker was none other than James Doohan – so naturally I decided the event was newsworthy.

I showed up and sure enough Mr. Doohan and his wife were in line at the BBQ serving. I asked if he had time for an interview. Although I was expecting the interview to happen after he ate, he immediately handed his plate to his wife and led me to a table for an interview.

We talked about the filming of TWOK which was scheduled for release only a few months away. I commented that I was suprised that there were not any images from the film in the news (there had been tons of publicity pictures from TMP almost a year before its release).

He said said “Oh yes there are! Check out the new issue of Time magazine with Ricardo showing off his pecs and a couple of cuties!”

All in all, a delightful interview and lunch with Mr. Doohan and his patient wife for me monopolzing his time. As I escused myself he said “Wait, don’t you want me to do some Scotty for you?” and he proceeded to record a slew of radio promos for me in his Scotty personna.

As we shook hands, it was then I noticed for the first time that he was missing a finger from his war injury.

I immediately went out to pick up Time magazine to see the pictures he was referring to.

Alas, I’ve lost the cassette recording of the interview over the years.

So, I can say one of my favorite TWOK related memories happened before it even appeared on the screen.


81. Bill - June 5, 2011

I remember me and all my friends standing in line for what must had been 6 hours at the Cinema Dome theaters in the City of Orange, CA. It was totally fun and crazy and I would do it again any time. That memory of that day just stays with me.

82. KHAN LIVES! - June 5, 2011

@79 what an awesome story JD sounded like a great guy and a total pro! exactly as youd expect the real Scotty to be!(if there was a real scotty)

83. Kirk, James T. - June 5, 2011

If i were to rank the Star Trek movies 1 being the best and 11 being not too bad my list would go like this:

1) “Star Trek” – Superb, everything I’d ever wanted from the Star Trek franchise. A movie with action adventure and a huge amount of energy. It gave Star Trek relevance in the 21st century. A welcomed and much needed shot in the arm.

2) “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” – A classic, exciting and a great start to a fantastic trilogy of movies

3) “Star Trek: First Contact” – Without a doubt this comes in a fraction behind Star Trek II. Picard’s real Nemesis, the Borg and TNG’s answer to Khan.

4) “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” – A perfect mainstream pop-corn movie and a fitting end to the original series trilogy – The Return of the Jedi of Star Trek.

5) “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” – The difficult second act to Khan but nevertheless a great entry that bridged the gap between Khan and Voyage Home

6) “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” – The crew seemed a bit old to be playing adventure heroes but Meyer did a great job incorporating their ageing into this finale. A great send-off.

7) “Star Trek: Generations” – The Star Trek movie that got me into Star Trek with the fantastic crash sequence. However whilst still held dear to my heart, looking back now at this movie I feel it could have been truly epic but as with all of the TNG movies bar First Contact, they have always felt like extended TV episodes.

8) “Star Trek: Nemesis” – A generations final journey… Out of all of the TNG movies this one could have been superb yet it fell flat on its face with a weak and unimaginative story and a plot with far too many holes in. Whilst not a terrible movie, it was clear that this kind of Star Trek had become tired, stagnant and stale.

9) “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” – Sweeping, beautiful but too slow.

10) “Star Trek: Insurrection” – The beginning of the end (and it all looked so promising after Star Trek: First Contact). Insurrection for me was the biggest disappointment. When you had this amazing plot running through DS9 which was on a galactic scale involving the federation as a whole, you wonder why Rick Berman kept the Enterprise, the federation flagship away from the importance of defending Earth against the Dominion. Whilst rallying new civilisations is important too, you feel that this job could have been left to a less important crew/ship. Poor judgement on Berman’s side. Insurrection could have been the beginning of a fantastic justice league type trilogy involving the crews of DS9 and TNG culminating in the return of Voyager and the Dominion War.

11) “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” – Lastly, A film with fantastic character moments between Kirk, Spock and McCoy but failed to deliver story, plot or point with a mish mash of awful CGI. The one film that deserves a directors cut. I say give Shatner the cash and let him put together a movie that was indeed what he originally envisaged.

84. Zee - June 5, 2011


Great story and what a wonderful TWOK memory to have!

85. Squire of Gothos - June 5, 2011

First Star Trek anything I ever saw. My mom took me to the local theater to see the film with my older brother. I was 7 and instantly became a Star Trek fan for life. Star Trek II is still my favorite movie as well. Just watched it again this week.

86. MikeB - June 5, 2011

I saw this at the War Eagle Theater in Auburn, AL. I was just a kid and this theater was very popular with the college kids. I rememeber waiting for it to start when the college kids went crazy chanting “Flick the Switch”. It was the first time I’d been around real Trek fans and it was amazing. The move and atmosphere was wonderful. I remember for weeks after that, my brother and I would pretend we were Sulu and Savik in the back seat of our families for farmont. Using the back of the front seat as our control pannels to fly the enterprise.

87. trekker 5 - June 5, 2011

#75,Khan Lives!,no,I’m not nuts,thank-you very much. My #3 is Star Trek lV:The Voyage Home. My #2 is Star Trek lll:The Search For Spock. And,my #1 is Star Trek 2009.

88. trekker 5 - June 5, 2011

Sorry,#76,I mean.

89. CmdrR - June 5, 2011

My 3 year old is highly entertained by Daddy’s Khaaaaaaaan app.

90. NX-UESPA Class Starship - June 5, 2011

When I saw The Wrath Of Khan, I was surprised. This movie was much, much better than TMP.

Although the Koybiashi Maru scenario was new to me, the three Klingon ships were familiar from TMP.

When I saw the Reliant for the first time, she reminded me of the Transport Tug class starship from the TOS era Technical Manual books.

Seeing Mr. Montalban recreating his famous “Khan” character was great. The Ceti Alpha Eel was a scary piece of monster.

Seeing the Enterprise departing from spacedock with a different theme music (Enterprise clear all moorings) was awesome!

My favourite was the Battle of the Mutara Nebula. That was totally awesome!

The Death of Spock really hurts because of that time, all of us don’t know if Mr. Nimoy will come back to Star Trek or not. It was tense moment for all of us Trek fans.

As time goes by (no pun intended), I remember some Khan moments from TNG and ENT.


Enterprise-D was chased by the Borg and she entered into a Neblua while the Borg waited them out. Saw the Enterprise-D in front of flickering lights-type. I do believe that was part one of “The Best Of Both Worlds”

Another Khan moment in Enterprise, was every time the NX-01 leaves space dock, the theme “Enterprise Clears All Moorings” plays in my mind. I don’t know why.

Can’t wait until next year when TWOK celebrates its 30th Anniversary. Only thing that Mr. Ricardo Montalban will not be there.

Thank you for your time.

91. Gibnerd - June 5, 2011

yeah & i love love LOVE TMP. I know its long, dull and dry as a bone but man is it ever weird & wild and so damn TREK! and i saw it when i was four in a sold out theater where we had to sit in the FRONT ROW! blew my mind. i was hooked ever since.

92. Canon Schmanon - June 5, 2011

72. VulcanFilmCritic –

Yeah, they’ve never topped the Motion Picture beauty pass of the Enterprise. Those shots were so long and sustained and gorgeous! One of the things the movies rarely understand is that Enterprise is as important of a character as Kirk and Spock. TMP knew that, TWOK knew it. The other films didn’t. Especially Voyage Home. No Enterprise?!?!?!?!?! That sucked.

I hope the next film can catch some of that reverence for the ship. Kirk and Scotty loved their girl and they need to show. that.

93. denny cranium - June 5, 2011

It was a great summer for movies.
I remember sitting in the theatre saying to myself- “please don’t suck” I took endless ribbing from my jock friends about TMP.
The theatre patrons was mesmerised by what they saw.
The human interactions between Kirk and Spock. The great action and special effects.
That summer there was a $2.00 movie night on Tuesdays- the theatre was lined up for each showing and I think a lot of people probably got exposed to Trek on those discount nights. You could afford to take your family to the movies for 10 bucks!
Kirks eulogy for Spock still brings a lump to my throat when I see it. (I think st 2 and st 3 were Shatners best acting as Kirk)
In retrospect Meyer made a movie that fans went wild about and a movie that anyone could watch without knowing much about Trek.
I wonder if Bob Orci and crew took inspiration from TWOK.
In delivery the movies are similar. They made a flick for fans and non fans alike.

I would like to see Kirk (Pine) tetsed to his limits (and beyond) in the next Trek. Thats what worked for me in TWOK. Kirk was taken past his limits in that film. Loyalty and friendship from Spock and McCoy.

Mr Orci please take some of those qualities and ideas and imprint them on your next film.

94. mr. NUspock - June 5, 2011

I in some ways hopes that khan will be in the new trek, just in another way, than before, I mean, make him a good guy-Kirk´s new friend- , and let HIM(khan) die for kirk……

Let khans ship be found by klingons, and let kirk and co., save him, and fight some KLINGONS!!!!!!!!!……..

And hopefully w´ll see some vulcans too…..

But I look forward to trek XII :-)

95. Michael Hall - June 5, 2011

In his book “The View From the Bridge” it’s obvious that Nick Meyer looks back at THE WRATH OF KHAN and its role in reviving the Trek franchise with a fair amount of (somewhat bemused) pride. Yet he also sees the film as sui generis, a one-off more notable for its own internal drama and events than its connection to the overall Star Trek universe. For all of the film’s virtues, I happen to agree with him on this. I found it interesting that after the stilted “The Motion Picture,” fans and critics alike would refer to TWOK as capturing the “real” spirit of the original TV series. It sure didn’t feel that way to me at first, and it took several viewings for me to appreciate what Meyer had brought to his version of the Trek mythos without worrying about whether many of the details matched up with what had previously gone down or not. It’s a big movie for all its small budget, bold in the way only a production determined to break with the past can be bold, outsized in its grand dramatic gestures as well as its occasional silliness. And it saved Star Trek for us all. Gods bless Nick Meyer for making it.

96. ModelMaker - June 5, 2011

I watched this film so much when i was a kid. In kindergarten I would draw the Reliant and the Enterprise duking it out, usually on the back of my math worksheets. I think this film, along with the original Star Wars had a lot to do in influencing me in my career path as an artist.

97. Christopher Roberts - June 5, 2011

This and The Undiscovered Country are among my favourite films… The Wrath of Khan my first experience of Star Trek, when it first came out on videocassette. British censors pruned the Ceti Eels scenes for a PG cert and I didn’t see an uncut version until the early 90’s.

98. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - June 5, 2011

The problem with star trek is that there has not been and ELEGANT villan such as Kahn… I think if you have a villian who talks like a billionare or who was supposed to rule earth like Kahn you would have a good villan… Nero, Shinzon, Soaran were all 2nd rate villans…

99. James T. West - June 5, 2011

I was 11 years old, and my cousin was 20 or 21, both huge Trekkies then, in fact he introduced my to Trek, Batman, Lost in Space, and Wild Wild West after school reruns…
We went after the film had been out for a few weeks, on a Sunday afternoon matinee…I had never seen ‘Space Seed’ but had seen pics of it and Khan (1967) in Starlog, and Lincoln Enterprises catalogs, so I knew kinda who Khan was and what he was about, although Botany Bay and Marla McGivers would go unknown to me for a while.
I remember bein totally grossed out by the amount of blood in the movie…and how graphic the death scenes were (the Regula I aftermath in particular…), but the scariest part for me were the Ceti Eels…ugh!!!
The emotional impact of Spock’s death wasn’t as huge as 2 years later when the Enterprise blew up in a self-destruct blaze of glory ( I wept for her, but not for Spock…wtf???)
I remember LOVING the musical score, and buying the cassette at K-mart for like a gazillion dollars then…
Nick Meyer was a fantastic, brilliant choice for this film, and for my fav (ST VI)…and I love listening and reading his recollections. Thanks so much

100. Trekprincess - June 5, 2011

Wasn’t Pine’s Kirk tested in the last film :/

101. Canon Schmanon - June 5, 2011

100 –
Pine was tested physically several times and failed. First, Capt. Pike had to save his but, then Sulu had to save his butt, then Sarek had to save his butt, and he was lucky to find a Romulan’s phaser to save his own butt later on. He never really won a fight, though, and came off looking a little wimpy. I hope he’s honed his martial arts skills a bit more for the next outing and isn’t such a punching bag this time.

His command skills were indeed tested, and he passed that test, thankfully.

102. Basement Blogger - June 5, 2011

The Wrath of Khan was great Star Trek. It had plenty of ideas. Science fiction- The Genesis Device. Ideas- the limits of science, revenge, and mortality. Heart- The troika. Kirk, Spock and McCoy. I love the wisdom of Spock. And what about Spock’s sacrifice? Still brings a tear to my eye. Adventure- The battle between Khan’s Reliant and the Enterprise. These are the reason why The Wrath of Khan is considered one of the best Star Trek productions ever.

103. DeBeckster - June 5, 2011

I was 9 years old when my family went to see it at the Brewer Drive In, which is now a big open field. The Ceti eels scared the crap out of me, and my Mother was crying at the end when Spock died. The other memorable moment was that we had to sit in a hot, humid car because the mosquitoes were buzzing us all night. Gotta love a drive in in Maine during the summer!

104. PSB 2009 - June 5, 2011

3 summers in a row of the best movies ever.

105. captain_neill - June 5, 2011

Still the best of the Star Trek movies. One of the greatest sci fi movies ever.

Also it’s the movie that got me into Star Trek.

Everything was right with the Wrath of Khan. It was perfect and should not be touched in this Hollywood remake and reboot era.

I hope to God that the current team don’t redo Khan, cause no matter what they do it would just be inferior to this film.

106. Starbase Britain - June 5, 2011

I had just turned 16 when this beauty came out. I was so excitied. I saw it in, South Wales (United Kingdom) at a packed advance premiere showing at 11pm.

It was the best thing since sliced bread as far as i was concerned and the film remains my favourite Trek movie to this day. ‘Scotty – i need warpt speed in 3 minutes or were all dead’ – classic Trek at its best!!

When i saw this i remember thinking – WOW Trek is back big time and its just like it used to be again. I was so looking forward to Trek 3.

29 years- where has it gone!!



107. Mike Thompson UK - June 5, 2011

Same age as me Greg..

I loved the Uniforms, especially the colour and the colour of the under jumper.

108. captain_neill - June 5, 2011


Star Trek II captures the essence of Star Trek. Nick Meyer did great stuff.

109. Joy Dean - June 5, 2011

I actually have a funny memory of “ST II.” My club members and I had seen it several times already when one club member, who knew he could always crack me up, started making knocking sounds and whispered, “Jim! Let me out! Jim, let me out!” while Spock’s coffin/torpedo was being conveyed out. I went into silent hysterics of laughter that quickly became less than silent! Certainly out of place amidst the sniffling of everybody else in the theater and I had to sheepishly run to the lobby to get ahold of myself.

110. Starbase Britain - June 5, 2011

#107 Mike

Yeah, the uniforms were great and the ‘blood red’ colour made a welcome change from all that grey in TMP. A lot of the colours looked vibrant.
If you get the chance, watch TWOK in Blu Ray….its like watching for the first time again!

#108 captain neil.
agree totally. respect to both Nick meyer and Harve bennett. TWOK captures everything that made TOS great and delivered it onto the big screen.


111. trekologist - June 5, 2011

It just didn’t get much better than this one……

112. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - June 5, 2011

First time I saw this movie…was in February of this year. (Sooo long ago, I know). This record store had a box set of all 6 Star Trek Films for $30 (with a discount, since it was Record Store Day), so I took all my savings and bought it. I watched TMP that night (which, admittedly, dragged on so slowly that I skipped to TWOK. Then my dad came in and made me feel guilty about it, so I finished the first film).

TWOK was a great movie. Kirstie Alley was awesome as Saavik, Ricardo Montalban(‘s chest) was fantastic. And the Ceti Eels still creep me out (before we watched it, my dad came up to me and said, “Kiptin! they put kreechahs in our ears!” I said, “Wha?”) Spock’s death scene still makes me chokey. All in all, my favorite Trek film of all time.

And whaddaya know: by coincidence, I watched it again last night.


I want that license plate!

113. BRT - June 5, 2011

I went to see it with friends on the second day it was out, in 70mm. Just as Khan was revealing himself to Chekov, the projector broke. We sat and waited for 20 minutes before the film resumed. It is still my favourite movie, but I wonder how much that took away from the experience.

114. Simon - June 5, 2011

#55 – The surrounds were MONO in the 70MM prints. Only the home video versions on DVD and Blu-ray have been remixed for stereo surround (7.1 for Blu-ray)

ILM didn’t spray paint the Enterprise, but they did have to dull the finish to reduce bluescreen reflections which would have rendered the Enterprise transparent in places.

Trumbull may have given “Oscar noiminated” FX, but he didn’t win. He also couldn’t make the Enterprise manuever. All the shots in TMP is either the camera moving, or the ship moves right to left, up and down, etc. She doesn’t turn. Hardly the dynamic Enterprise we see in the Battle of the Mutara Nebula.

115. jim Nightshade - June 5, 2011

Kyle h was that the tacoma mall twin theatres-yes i know it was i saw kahn there too many other movies also–remember tmp there too—back then also loved the gc cinema at villa plaza now lakewood towne ctr–it had that awesome blue aquRium like screen added to atmosphere til movie started–i worked for aafes at mcchord back then everyone knew doohans daughter worked for affes at ft lewis n we always heard when he was in town but never got to see or meet him anywhere sigh–

116. Horatio - June 6, 2011

29 years? OMG. Time goes by so quickly.

Yes, TWOK tapped into the magic of the original series and brought it back to the big screen. I agree with Anthony in my affection for The Motion Picture but it did only seem to briefly touch and all to quickly move on from those Kirk/Spock/McCoy moments that made TOS so iconic.

117. Bob - June 6, 2011

I remember seeing a television commercial for it when I was 13 years old. I had no idea that another Trek movie had been made. I started jumping up and down and swore that I would see the first showing. (My mother had actually called me in sick to school for the premier of the first one!)
I did get to the first showing and I absolutely loved it. I thought seeing a different starship (The Reliant) was cool! Remember, it was the first time we had seen a design on screen other than the Constitution class. We didn’t have the massive variety that we’ve seen on screen since then.
I thought the uniforms were a big improvement over the ones in the first flick.
The movie had just the right amount of character moments, special effects and the story was damn good too. I thought that Kirstie Alley made an excellent Saavik (and no offence to Kim Cattrall, but would have loved to have seen Alley return in that role for Trek 6 like Meyer wanted…)
Trek II absolutely raised the bar on Trek films, but I think an unfortunate side effect of it having such a substancially lower budget, convinced the Paramount execs that a great movie could be made every time on a low budged and it showed. Some of the costumes didn’t age very well as actors changed sized. The color scheme for the departments in the uniforms started to get lost. The alien make-ups weren’t as effective. (Remember some of the AWFUL and fake looking heads seen in Trek 4??) The FX tanked in Trek 5. (REALLY, Paramount couldn’t get ILM because they were too busy with the latest Indiana Jones movie? REALLY???)
I completely agree with the thought that if it weren’t for the success of this particular movie, Trek would not have become what it is today. (Although it would be interesting to view the “what if” machine and see what kind of Trek, if any, that we would have if this film had either not been made or had been a spectacular flop…)

118. Parosu' Grasu' - June 6, 2011


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119. Hank Meadows - June 6, 2011

It still holds up very well. I still think it’s the crown jewel. Other Trek films have come close but it still is the movie to beat. I saw it several times in the theater. It was an event back then…I remember seeing the local TV news crews at the theater. They loved getting shots of the fans in their Trek uniforms.

120. Captain Hackett - June 6, 2011

TWOK is still and always my favorite Star Trek movie of all the time.


121. Damian - June 6, 2011

Star Trek II was actually the first Star Trek I was exposed to. It was before I started following Star Trek and I was about 10 or 11 at the time (my father had taped it from ABC). Then I went to the movies with my grandmother to see Star Trek III, but still had not yet found my Star Trek mojo. That happened just before Star Trek IV came out. That was when I finally rented out Star Trek: The Motion Picture. That was the movie that finally turned me into a Trekkie, about 6 years after it’s release. After that I rewatched Star Trek II and III, then I saw Star Trek IV about 3 times in the theater, then I started renting out the episodes on video (that was about the time they started getting released on VHS). Then I bought my first novel “Battlestations” (I remember teading that thinking I had to see that episode, only to find out soon after that the novels were original stories).

So, always being the black sheep, I had seen Star Trek II and III before The Motion Picture, but it was The Motion Picture that turned me into a fan and I saw II and III in a completely new light.

One of my best birthdays was in 1986. My parents had bought me Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II and Star Trek III on video and put them in a big box (remember, this was when they sold from 29.95 to 39.95 each). To think, I bought the special edition DVD’s with deleted scenes and extras for less than half that price. But I still have those first VHS videos of those movies and will NEVER get rid of those.

122. Michael - June 6, 2011

Here are some TV Commercial for it


123. Lt. Bailey - June 6, 2011

The best film they made(in my opinion) but other films were good too, but they could have done without “Insurrection” that deals with another Starfleet Admiral that goes rouge…. it seems that once an officer hits flag rank they go a bit nuts in the world of Star Trek.

124. Beck - June 6, 2011

Didn’t realize this film and I had such a similar age! I was about 6 months old when this came out… still the best Trek film released in my lifetime!

125. Stompy - June 6, 2011

I skipped my last day of high school to go see Khan. I sat there watching and enjoying the movie then Kirk looked at the empty seat on the bridge and I got a lump in my throat… He raced down to engineering and we witnessed Kirk and Spock in their final goodbyes. I had tears streaming down my face and I couldn’t talk for an hour afterwards. No movie since has impacted me like Wrath of Khan.

126. ML31 - June 6, 2011

A couple of things… I was 16 when TWOK came out. And I LOVED it. Saw it in the theaters a handful of times. What struck me was it was the first time we saw REAL phaser damage to the starships. My jaw dropped every time I saw Reliant phasers rip into the big E. Next, I heard they may kill Spock but I never really believed it. Thinking it was just movie hype. But was stunned when they actually did it!

127. Simon - June 7, 2011

RE: #115 – and so began 29 years of people spelling Khan “kahn” despite seeing the name in the title. ;-)

#117 – Ralph Winter already admitted it was a false excuse. They felt they could do cheaper (ILM = premium price, but they forgot it also meant premium product).

Seriously, I think he was butthurt by the “Co-Produced by Industrial Light & Magic” credit at the end of THE VOYAGE HOME. Never underestimate the ego of Hollywood producers and execs.

128. chrisfawkes.com - June 8, 2011

I hear Generations is going to be retitled The Wrath of Berman with the tagline “Even Kirk Can’t Beat Hollywood”.

129. Randy Hall - June 8, 2011

I saw TWOK 13 times in the theaters. During one viewing, I was seated behind two women. Upon seeing Spock dying of radiation, one turned to the other and said, “He’s not vomiting. When you’re exposed to that much radiation, you have to vomit.” I leaned over and quietly said, “Vulcans never vomit.”

130. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - June 8, 2011


You’re twelve and you’re into this stuff?! I love you!

131. Chris - July 27, 2011

#118 Haha, that’s my page :D

Fun to see it getting linked. :)

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