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Remembering Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – 30 Years Later June 4, 2012

by Dayton Ward , Filed under: Editorial,Feature Films (TMP-NEM),History , trackback

Still considered by most to be the best film of the franchise, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was released on June 4th, 1982, or exactly 30 years ago today. So today in a guest blog for TrekMovie, Star Trek novelist Dayton Ward remembers what were surely, the best of times from three decades ago…

 

“Surely, the best of times.”

Summer, 1982: After the commercial and critical oddity that was 1979′s Star Trek: The Motion Picture, those of us who were all into the Trek were worried what this sequel might bring. Would it be like the first movie (which was boring as all hell compared to Kirk drop-kicking and karate-chopping a big green lizard), or the TV series we still loved? The TV commercials certainly seemed to imply the latter, with lots of phasers firing and starships blowing the shit out of each other, William Shatner snarling into the camera and Ricardo Montalban flexing his pecs at us. This movie definitely looked like it was going to kick things up a notch. Or three.

Though it doesn’t seem to happen a lot these days, on this occasion? The trailers got it right.

30 years after its release, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan remains the choice of many fans as being among the best–if not the best–of the Star Trek theatrical films. Pretty much every movie that’s come since is compared to Khan, usually with respect to each successive sequel’s choice of villain. Kruge, Sybok, Chang, Soran, Ru’Afo, Shinzon, or Nero? None of those pansies hold a candle to Khan Noonien Singh, the genetically-engineered mighty man who came to the Final Frontier by way of a 20th century sleeper ship way back in the classic first season Star Trek episode “Space Seed.”

Khan and his crew, marooned by Kirk on the remote plant Ceti Alpha V at the end of that episode, are left to their own devices, but a planetary catastrophe soon after their arrival forced them into a constant struggle for simple survival. By the time another starship arrives, the U.S.S. Reliant commanded by Captain Clark Terrell and with former Enterprise crewman Pavel Chekov serving as its first officer, Khan’s pretty much gone ’round the bend. Seizing control of the Reliant by means of one of those cool movie critters that turn people into obedient zombies, Khan sets off to unleash BLOODY VENGEANCE on the man responsible for his downfall: James T. Kirk.

Oh, it’s on now.

Directed by Nicholas Meyer from a story by veteran TV producer Harve Bennett and Jack B. Sowards (who also wrote the original screenplay, which Meyer then rewrote…in 12 days), Star Trek II hits almost every right note and avoids the pitfalls which tripped up its theatrical predecessor. The humor as well as the friendships and camaraderie shared by Kirk and his crew–all but absent from the first film–are here to lend perfect balance to the drama and tension driving most of the story. Even the color palette is warmer this time around, from the red paint on the Enterprise doors to the crew uniforms, which now look more like something of a natural progression from those of the original series.

Ricardo Montalban, reprising his role from “Space Seed,” pulls out all the stops as the maniacal Khan, obsessed with avenging himself upon Kirk. Strong efforts from supporting actors Bibi Besch, Merritt Butrick, Paul Winfield and Kirstie Alley in her first film role, round out a solid performance by the main cast (wild-eyed “KHAAAAAN!” bit from William Shatner notwithstanding). Though some footage of the Enterprise is lifted from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, there are plenty of new space scenes to satisfy the Trekkie tech heads among us. James Horner’s musical score, shifting with ease between quiet contemplation and rousing action, is a bow tying up the whole sweet package.

If this film had failed, it arguably could’ve been the death knell for Kirk and the Enterprise gang. Instead, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was a critical and commercial success, bringing with it a fresh new energy to what we now call “the Star Trek franchise.” It paved the way for future sequels and the eventual television spin-offs, along with merchandising and other licensing ventures that continue to this day.

“I feel young.”

Shit, I feel old.

KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!

Happy 30th Birthday, Star Trek II.

Article cross-posted at Fog of Ward Blog.

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Dayton Ward has been modified from his original version. He’s been formatted to fit this site, to write in the space allotted and edited for content. Reader discretion is advised. His latest novel, "Star Trek: That Which Divides," is on sale at finer and seedier bookstores everywhere. Visit him on the web at www.daytonward.com.

 

Comments

1. pilotfred - June 4, 2012

for me the montion picure is way better than this film however a good fun film with a good proframnce from all

2. James Cannon - Runcorn Trekkie UK - June 4, 2012

An awesome movie ….

3. Hallbjorn - June 4, 2012

Love this movie. It was the first Star Trek movie I saw on VHS in 1990, been a Fan since then. What I remember most of it was that I was scared of the bugs Kahn sets in Checkov’s and Terrell’s ear.

4. SFC3 - June 4, 2012

#1 Motion Picture was a terrible boring slow paced version of 2001.

I feel asleep watching it.

5. Roobydoo - June 4, 2012

I saw this film on its opening weekend back in 1982. It thrilled me then, and 30 years on I still feel the same excitement!

6. dep1701 - June 4, 2012

There was a website I stumbled upon years ago which had some very interesting stills and script excerpts from filmed, but unused scenes for “TWOK”. Among these were a eerie child’s face peering from one of the cargo containers, and a rag swathed infant crawling towards the Genesis device on the Reliant tansporter platform. This hinted that the survivors of the Botany Bay had borne a new generation, but all references to them were cut out of the finished film.

Probably the image of a baby headed for it’s death was considered a bit too dark for film in this vein, and may have been found disturbing by preview audiences ( if there were any). I would love to find that website again. Anyone have any clues?

7. dalek - June 4, 2012

That fan made trailer is awesome!!! Although “from the imagination of Gene Roddenberry” is probably inaccurate. I’m pretty sure he wasn’t a big fan of the movie. In fact he found Khan’s dialogue to be pretty laughable, but in his defence when he heard Montalban deliver it he said he managed to pull it off. He also wasn’t a fan of Kirk killing the creature in the genesis cave.

Happy anniversary ST 2.

8. Whalien - June 4, 2012

30 years?! Wow…I feel old too!! Yikes!!
Time flies when you’re waiting for the next lame installation in the Trek fil franchise…lol!!

9. Basement Blogger - June 4, 2012

I liked Star Trek: The Motion Picture, but The Wrath of Khan was a better film. It didn’t lose its dramatic momentum like TMP. TWOK was more than just action thought. It had ideas. Revenge. The limits of science. Sacrifice. Aging. Friendship.

10. JKP - June 4, 2012

Is there any question this is the best Trek film? I still remember going to see it as a 10 yo. What a great time to be a kid back then. :)

11. Buzz Cagney - June 4, 2012

Happy 30th Wrath of Khan!
They”ll try to best it, but they’ll keep failing.

12. ksmsscu - June 4, 2012

Still the best and probably always the best. Sends shivers down my spine and thrills to my heart when I see it to this day. Everlasting congratulations to Nick Meyer, cast and crew for saving Star Trek then and there. A fond remembrance to the great members of the Trek family who have passed on since then.
I’m 58 years old now but no matter — I feel young.

13. windelkin - June 4, 2012

That trailer gave me chills! Now I have to watch the movie again. It’s been too long since I had a trek marathon. Those even numbered movies really set the standard for any modern attempts at a great Star Trek movie. High hopes for number 12.

14. Hat Rick - June 4, 2012

The Wrath of Khan is surely one of the most exciting and well-produced science fiction movies of all time.

I remember fondly those days when we were more of a united fan base, without the rancor that sometimes afflicts us now.

No one could believe that Spock was dead, and now we know that he still lived, but we all knew that Star Trek — the movie, the characters, the vision — was an enteprise of which we could be proud.

The phenomenon of Star Trek is quite simply the best that science fiction has ever produced. Its central philosophy of reasoned acceptance and respect of other peoples and cultures while hewing to justice, right, and order puts it uniquely above other SF franchises.

At the same time, it did not deny the metaphysical. It stood for heroism and heroics; sacrifice for what was right; and friendship among all. Certain things — the soul, call it — transcend the physical.

Where is that Star Trek that we remember so well?

It still lives.

In the words of the movie itself:

Remember….

15. rm10019 - June 4, 2012

10 there is always that little thing called ‘personal preference’.

I love TWOK, loved it then and love it now. Shame that in the bluray release they color timed it so Regula is now gray instead of brown like it was back in 1982.

16. ennan - June 4, 2012

I love the “slow motion picture” – I guess I’m one of the few that do. But TWOK is also amazing. Two totally different movies and I love them both for different reasons.

17. dscott - June 4, 2012

Ditto, #9

18. Dayton Ward - June 4, 2012

I should clarify: I don’t “hate” any of the Trek films, but in 1979, ST:TMP didn’t do much to wow 12-year old me. I learned to appreciate it as I grew older. On the other hand, ST II, on that opening weekend in 1982, was BOSS, and still is :)

19. rm10019 - June 4, 2012

18 – This!

20. Planet Pandro - June 4, 2012

ST II: TWOK was the first Star Trek movie I ever saw. My Dad taped it off of ABC back in ’89 and then let me watch it (I was 8) in half hour increments. What an impression it made!
I remember re-watching it time after time, and I remember being scared, not of the ceti eels, but of Spock’s death at the end. I would watch it right up until the big E warped out and then shut off the vcr and rewind.
Of course I’ve seen it all the way through many times now, and the emotional punch of that empty chair on the bridge still gives me goosebumps…

Happy 30th, TWOK

21. Hat Rick - June 4, 2012

I like TMP, as well. It was grand and moving in its own way.

In fact, there isn’t a single Star Trek movie I actually dislike; there are just some that are less likeable than others, from my standpoint. But they’re all far better — every one of them — than most of the bilgewater that comes from Hollywood these days.

Now, there are some that I have to be in the mood to see. If I need a boost, I wouldn’t really want to see ST: Nemesis. If I want to see my old friends in Trek (Kirk and company), then of course I would prefer to watch any of the TOS movies, or Star Trek (2009) over the TNG movies. If I want a sense of futurism pushing the boundaries of what we know, I would see TMP, or Star Trek: First Contact — the latter of which would feature my newer friends from Trek (Picard and crew).

It is difficult sometimes to conceive that 33 years have passed since I saw TMP in the theaters. I have changed, and we all have changed, since that time, but the images in celluloid are frozen. TMP is a slice of time — a past vision of the future — that still inspires.

For everything there is a season. It seems sometimes that for everything there is also a Trek.

There is a journey that each of us can, and do follow. Whether that path leads is something we cannot really know, but only anticipate with hope and confidence.

22. spock - June 4, 2012

Im going to see it tonight on the big screen. The alamo draft house is doing the summer of 1982, and Khan is being shown over the next few days

23. Bruce Banner - June 4, 2012

I was 13 and saw it in the theatre in 1982. I feel privileged to have been there.

24. Bobby - June 4, 2012

This is my favorite movie.

“wild-eyed “KHAAAAAN!” bit from William Shatner notwithstanding”

That is actually my favorite scene from the movie. :)

The interesting thing about it is that, for the rest of the movie, Meyer got Shatner to give a really subdued and excellent performance (by making him repeat scenes until he gets tired, he said on the DVD commentary).

So, for that one scene, where Shatner is actually called upon to go way over the top (intentionally); wild-eyed William Shatner method acting, it stands out all the more.

25. Stokiespock - June 4, 2012

One of the best story’s and villian you could ever wish for !!! Love this film !!!!

26. spock - June 4, 2012

This movie had so many great bits…

“You lied”, “I exaggerated”

“Kirk to Spock, its two hours are you ready? “I don’t like to lose”

“So much for the little training cruise”

“What a tranquilizer?”

Its going to be great to see the movie once again on the big screen, can’t wait.

27. sunfell - June 4, 2012

I was stationed in the SF Bay area when that movie came out. And it was amazing. I think I saw it a dozen times, even though watching Spock’s death tore me up.

Hard to believe it’s been 30 years, but that movie is still the best of the bunch with the original cast.

28. spock - June 4, 2012

^^^
Should be “Want a tranquilizer?”

typo

29. Danpaine - June 4, 2012

Love it of course, but I think The Search For Spock is, for me at least, part of the same movie. I always watch TSFS on the heels of TWOK. Four hours of complete bliss.

30. MC1 Doug - June 4, 2012

I love most of the TREK films, merely like a few of them.

I loved Star Trek II (still do), but I also still love ST TMP more. Yes, I am one of the few, the proud. ;-)

I still don’t understand the comments that the first motion picture was humorless?… have they forgotten:

“Mr. Spock, your child is having a tantrum.” or
“What do you suggest we do? Spank it?” or
“Spock, you haven’t changed a bit” and the response…
“Nor have you, doctor, as your continued predilection for irrelevancy demonstrates.” or
Right, now that we’ve got them just where they want us.”

Each of the films have their strong points. Yes, even “Star Trek V” and “Nemesis.”

31. Paul - June 4, 2012

Nicholas Meyer actually WROTE the screenplay perhaps the writer should correct this article as Meyer/Bennett have gone on record as saying Nick wrote the screenplay but there was not enough time for him to go through the process of receiving screen credit for it.

Back to the movie yep its still the best Star Trek movie & one of the best sci-fi movies ever made. I doubt it will ever be beaten as far as Trek movies go the only thing it did wrong was due to budget issues having to re-use shots from STMP & ILM not being given enough time/money to perfect a few obvious matte paintings.

TWOK is responsible for all Trek that followed as none would have been possible without the success/brilliance of Meyer/Bennett they are the unsung heros of modern Star Trek.

32. Tony Todd's Tears - June 4, 2012

My Daughter is the same age now that I was when this movie came out… Crazy.

33. Khan 2.0 - June 4, 2012

TWOK yay

34. Magic_Al - June 4, 2012

A bit off topic, but this reminded me of the poster of Star Trek: The Motion Picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/07181953/7334847740/

35. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - June 4, 2012

Best Trek Movies.
#11. The Final Frontier
#10. Insurrection.
#9. Nemisis.
#8. Generation’s
#7. The Search for Spock.
#6. The Motion Picture.
#5. The Voyage Home.
#4. The Undiscovered Country.
#3. First Contact
#2. Trek 2009.
#1. The Wrath of Khan!.
That is my list of the Trek Movie’s.

36. Khan 2.0 - June 4, 2012

@6 check this
http://mystartrekscrapbook.blogspot.co.uk/2009/08/man-who-saved-star-trek.html

37. captain_neill - June 4, 2012

Khan is the best, and First Contact is also right up there with it.

38. James T. West - June 4, 2012

I was 11, and really disgusted at the Ceti eel sequence and the death of Spock!
Though thoroughly entertaining, I think TSFS III was more in the theme of Trek than TWOK.

39. Christopher Roberts - June 4, 2012

30. It is ENDLESSLY quotable isn’t it? From the top down, through all the supporting characters…

“Captain. This is the garden spot of Ceti Alpha VI.”

TWOK equals the most rewarding experience Star Trek has ever provided…

40. Ralph - June 4, 2012

Complete and utter Trek Bliss. VERY had to come close to this film.

I am so jealous of the people near the Alamo Drafthouse showing it on the big screen. We have a wonderful classic movie palace near, and I emailed them to please consider “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” for their summer film series due to the 30th anniversary. I received a very nice reply stating “unfortunately we are not able to get the film to show. As you know if is very difficult to get the permission to show the films from GEORGE LUCAS!!!!! Very sad.

Oh well, I shall be watching Khan tonight, probably reciting along with the dialog.
Here’s to another 30 years!!!!

41. spock - June 4, 2012

MC you forget one of the best lines ..”I know engineers, they love to change things”

42. captain_neill - June 4, 2012

The best Trek films are The Wrath of Khan, First Contact and The Undiscovered Country. To me it’s hard to beat these three films.

Khan is still one of the best vilains in Trek and because Ricardo Montalban was so iconic and fantastic in this film, this is why it would be a mistake to redo him.

43. zillabeast - June 4, 2012

Going to see KHAN on the big screen here in Austin in 4 hours :)

44. captain_neill - June 4, 2012

Wrath of Khan is also the movie that got me into Trek. Thank you very much and still loving it all these years later.

45. spock - June 4, 2012

If I do a “best of list” I split off the TNG series, from the classics because the TNG films were inferior to the classic series films. They didn’t stay true to the characters, and tried to turn Picard into the action hero he never was.

I see Star Trek 2 and 3 is two parts of the same movie. If I had to make a list of my favorites I would have to put them as

1. Trek 2
2. Trek 3
3. Trek 4
4. Trek 1
5. Trek 6
6. Trek 5

I really like the DE version of TMP. It was a bold choice at the time not to make a Trek movie look like Star Wars, and more like 2001.

46. spock - June 4, 2012

Looks like a lot of the showings are sold out in San Antonio
http://drafthouse.com/movies/star_trek_ii_the_wrath_of_khan_1982/san_antonio

Glad I got my ticket 2 weeks ago

47. Captain_Conrad - June 4, 2012

Where did you get the trailer from? lol

48. CmdrR - June 4, 2012

I Khan’t believe I’m so damned old!

I’m about the same age as Shat doing this movie.

Oh well, I still love this flick.

49. Brandon Edling - June 4, 2012

Will be watching it tonight in 1080 on my 100″ projection screen…

50. spock - June 4, 2012

2 of my favorite ST 2 commercials

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDsa7zUxlww

51. denny cranium - June 4, 2012

Saw it during the opening weekend.
Wow 30 years- it still holds up.
Star Trek’s high water mark
Great trailer- makes me want to run to the theatre all over again.
If only it were only two bucks to get in like in 1982.

It tasks me! It tasks me, and I will watch it!

52. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - June 4, 2012

At 4pm today I will once again see Star Trek 2 The Wrath of Khan on the Big Screen here in Austin Texas. I seen it 8 times on the big screen back in 1982. So this will be very special to me.
Khannnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

53. spock - June 4, 2012

BONES
Not anymore! Now you can do both
at the same time! According to myth,
the earth was created in six days.
Watch out: here comes Genesis;
we’ll do it for you in six minutes –

SAAVIK’S VOICE
It’s one of ours, Admiral… It’s
Reliant.

KHAN
Of course. We’re one big happy fleet.
Ah, Kirk, my old friend, do you know
the Klingon proverb that tells us
revenge is a dish that is best
served cold?
(pause)
It is very cold in space.

54. spock - June 4, 2012

I highly recommend the Star Trek 2 expanded soundtrack CD set. It is great to have all the music from this movie

55. Legate Damar - June 4, 2012

I notice he didn’t list the Borg Queen as one of those “pansies” who could never hold a candle to Khan. Wrath of Khan was a very good movie, and Khan was a very good villain, but they can’t hope to be as good as The Undiscovered Country and Chang, or First Contact and the Borg.

56. NFXstudios - June 4, 2012

Commodore Mike, your list is almost exactly the same as mine, but I think I liked 2009 just slightly better than Wrath of Khan. TWoK was still my favorite movie growing up, though, and definitely one of the best sci-fi adventure films ever.

57. The Original Animated Next Generation Deep Space Voyger Enterprise I-XI - June 4, 2012

I got to see it on the big screen last night at my local Alamo Drafthouse as part of the “Summer of ’82″ series. Had to go to the second showing since the first was sold out.

58. MoPed - June 4, 2012

I am also one of those who first saw it off of a tape of the ABC TV version. Whoever voted it as “one of the worst” in the poll above is a nincompoop.

59. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - June 4, 2012

#58. Whoever did that will get a lot of time in the Agony Booth.

60. Phil - June 4, 2012

May, 2013. The Wrath of Khan 2.0

61. MikeB - June 4, 2012

I was a kid at the War Eagle Theater in Auburn, AL and I just remember everyone in the theater stomping their feet and yelling “Flick the Switch”. It really was exilerating.

62. Capt. Sulu of the Excelsior - June 4, 2012

God, I am old. But so are most of you, too.

63. Roger S. - June 4, 2012

I saw TWOK for the first time with a bunch of friends on my 21st birthday, probably the best birthday present I have ever received! So happy birthday, TWOK, and next week, happy birthday to me!

64. James Cawley - June 4, 2012

It was “The best of times…” The franchise will never be this great again. Hard to believe it’s been 30 years.

65. Red Dead Ryan - June 4, 2012

“The Wrath Of Khan”, “The Search For Spock”, “First Contact”, and “Star Trek” are the best Trek films. They are at the same level of greatness, but for different reasons, of course.

No question that TWOK has great dialogue, quotes, visual effects, character moments, and heart-wrenching scenes.

“Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels across the galaxy, his was the most……human.”

“I have been, and always shall be, your friend.”

Beautiful stuff! The funeral scene has to be considered one of cinema’s finest farewell scenes of all time. Arguably William Shatner’s best acting performance, not just in the scene, but the whole movie as well.

And of course, we had the magnetic, powerful, scenery-chewing performance of Ricardo Montalban as Khan Noonien Singh.

The expanded score is a must have.

66. Red Dead Ryan - June 4, 2012

I’d like to know who the jerks were that voted TWOK as the worst Trek movie.

Seriously, those folks should have their geek card revoked and sent into a mental institution where they can have their heads examined.

Voting TWOK as the worst in the film franchise was totally uncalled for.

67. Federali Aundy - June 4, 2012

I just heard James Horners’ newest music in the movie For Greater Glory, which opened this weekend. Because of the hispanic background, there were definintely hints of Kahn in the music. Great movie, great music.

Plus there was a great performance from Bruce Greenwood. With such Star Trek connections, I’m quite surprised we didn’t hear anything about it from Trekmovie.com…

68. Vultan - June 4, 2012

#65

Agreed!

And good to see “Search for Spock” getting some love. I think that’s Trek’s most underrated movie.

69. Red Dead Ryan - June 4, 2012

#68.

Yeah, “The Search For Spock” really opened up the Trek universe. We got to see new ships and Spacedock, a cool bar scene (a foreshadowing of sorts to Quark’s Bar on DS9), some more great character scenes, and more of William Shatner’s best acting. The music was great too. Kruge was fun to watch, with a great performance from Christopher Lloyd.

In some ways, TSFS was a “bigger” movie in scope compared to TWOK. It really was a fitting continuation of Trek II.

70. Brett Campbell - June 4, 2012

Happy Anniversary, TWOK! You are the best of the best!

71. Vultan - June 4, 2012

#69

Too bad TSFS often gets thrown in with that all-odd-numbered-Trek-movies-are-bad nonsense. Whoever started that needs to be sent to the agonizer booth.

72. Sparrow - June 4, 2012

Saw it opening weekend at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, and the whoop-and-applause mayhem that went up at Kirk’s “It’s been two hours, are you ready yet?” still rings in my ears. This was better than Star Wars, because this rollicking film was a resurrection of something we’d hoped so much would get one. After it was over, the best feeling I had (aside from that two hours of FUN), was the absolute assurance I felt that there would be another one. There’s nothing we Trek fans love more about it than the knowledge that it KEEPS GOING ON. After nearly fourty-five years, that is some serious life.

“La venganza es un plato mejor servido frio.” It was especially grand to see a classic Spanish proverb used so well. My people do got a way with words.

73. Red Dead Ryan - June 4, 2012

#71.

Probably the same “fans” who voted TWOK as the worst movie. The line-up for the Agony Booth is getting longer and more crowded. I hope Commodore Mike has a few more of those.

74. Scotty - June 4, 2012

I love that part where he says ‘KAAAAAAAHN’ did anyone else catch that?!??

75. Quatlo - June 4, 2012

Back in 1982, the only thing fans knew in advance were 30 – 45 day old articles in CFQ and STARLOG and the big tease was whether Spock died or not, which was not revealed exactly even in TIME and NEWSWEEK movie reviews, if I remember correctly. The “inside reports” were Nimoy wanted out after this film and that it didn’t matter if this film failed to deliver at the box office. There were always plenty of sniffles in the audience every time I saw the film. The pacing of this film is unique and is one of the more remarkable and long lasting impressions to me. CHEERS to Nick Meyer and all the cast and crew for a job well done.

76. spock - June 4, 2012

I really like TSFS. Stealing the Enterprise is CLASSIC stuff. The destruction of Enterprise, and the bond of friendship between the characters is great great stuff

77. sisko - June 4, 2012

I saw this one twice in the theater (and I was 6). Once with my mother and once with my father (no, they are not divorced, we just ended up seeing it that way). I love love love this movie, hence the KHAAANN license plate I got back in 2001.

I really need to update my KHAAANN license plate page with a link to where George Takei posted a picture of it on Facebook.

78. porthoses bitch - June 4, 2012

The point Ive tried to make for 33 years is that you need STTMP in order to have TWOK….no way that twok could have been the first movie. You need those introductions and you need the fly by of the big E. Without those the fans who waited all those years would have felt cheated..a quick guess is that you’an hour into the film by the time the wormhole sequeence starts.

One of the reasons Avengers works so well is that alot of the orgin backstory has already been setup…any superhero film spends the first hour telling the orgin.

I love TWOK….I was cutting my wisdom teeth the day i saw it. I dont remember it for “khannnnnnnnnn! ” but rather for Shatners “spock….” when standing outside the chamber…De kelly’s ” you better get down here….you’d better hurry” and Nimoy’s one word ” remember”..

79. Christopher Roberts - June 4, 2012

“Damn it, Jim! Other people have birthdays. Why are we treating yours like a funeral?”

“Galloping around the cosmos is a game for the young.”

80. sisko - June 4, 2012

If I were to rate the movies…
1) The Wrath of Khan
2) The Voyage Home/The Undiscovered Country/First Contact/XI
3) The Search for Spock
4) The Final Frontier/Nemesis
5) The Motion Picture/Generations

And no, I did not forget any of the movies. There are only 10 Star Trek movies worthy of acknowledging. I still want my money back for that P.O.S. that was released inbetween First Contact and Nemesis. I’m still angry about that waste of celluloid. It fails and offends on every level.

81. Vice_Admiral_Baxter - June 4, 2012

TWOK is lammmmmmeeeee!!!

82. Keachick - rose pinenut - June 4, 2012

Of course, Wrath of Khan was a great movie, but I am not sure if I don’t prefer the Voyage Home more out of that series of Star Trek movies. I remember being taken aback/disappointed at seeing the blood red, more militaristic style of uniform. It felt like something of a departure from the TOS that I had seen and loved.

Kirk seemed more uptight and bitter as well and even more so in TMP. I guess that was because he really didn’t like being in a “desk job” and missed his ship, crew and travelling the stars. Who can blame him?

I like coming to this site and others that discuss Star Trek but the Khan obsession re the new Star Trek sequel, that I come across everywhere has sort of ruined TWOK for me. It’s just all too much, over the top and I can’t really stand to watch the movie now.

God, I really hope Khan is not in the next movie because it has already been spoiled for me because of this insane obsession that some fans have. I do not blame the Bad Robot team at all – only a good many of the Trek fans. Some of you guys just can’t give some things a rest, can you, just at least until the film is out next year, when we will know for certain who the players are.

I am sorry if this may sound abrasive to some of you, but I am being honest and I also feel a little depressed and sad as well.

83. Starbase Britain - June 4, 2012

Saw it on its release in 82. Still the best Trek film yet, with The Voyage home 2nd.

It was an incredible film to see when it came out on the big screen and it was just what Star Trek fans had hoped for on its transfer to the big screen (2nd time around). i think a direct link to a specific Original series episode helped too.
Greg
UK

84. Keachick - rose pinenut - June 4, 2012

Nobody voted TWOK the worst movie. It sits at 0%. WTF?

85. Keachick - rose pinenut - June 4, 2012

“Probably the same “fans” who voted TWOK as the worst movie. The line-up for the Agony Booth is getting longer and more crowded. I hope Commodore Mike has a few more of those.”

Given the unholy obsession with Khan that I have endured for three years now on these sites, it is possible that being put in an agony booth might actually render me cathartic benefits…;)

I voted the second option – One of the Best. All cred though to the courage of someone who does vote TWOK the worst… Unfortunately, I would have to say that the two worst ST movies would probably be Nemesis and Star Trek V, in spite of them both having some good moments. I find some of Star Trek V a little bit embarrassing to watch. I wish I didn’t.

86. refuge5 - June 6, 2012

Great article, great, great movie! If you live in the Raleigh NC area, the Colony Theater is showing TWOK Sunday June 10… I can’t wait to see it on the big screen again!

87. 16309 - June 6, 2012

How did TWOK get to be 30 years old?!?!?! I remember going to see it opening night! Ugh, I’m gettin old.

88. Randy Hall - June 6, 2012

You know it’s my favorite movie when I saw it in the theater 13 times! A local theater had “two-dollar Tuesday,” and I was there faithfully. During one viewing, a woman seated in front of me turned to her friend and commented during Spock’s death scene that radiation poisoning causes vomiting. I leaned forward and said quietly, “Vulcans never vomit.”

89. Captain of the USS Monte Carlo NCC-1986 - June 7, 2012

Ranking:
1 ST2-3-4 trilogy – best three movies, hands down
2 ST 11 – took a bit to get used to, but on the right path
3 ST 6 – tied for # 2 spot
4 ST FC – excellent ST TNG movie, but not as good as the top 5
5 ST TMP
6 ST GENS – this would be a masterpiece IF Kirk had lived…
7 ST 5 – it’s OK and better than Nemesis and Insurrection
8 ST NEM – had they left the film at 3 hours and not killed Data but B4 instead, then this would have been a CLASSIC film
9 ST INS – not a bad movie, but not a good one either for TNG

90. Captain of the USS Monte Carlo NCC-1986 - June 7, 2012

In afterthought, TOS translates WAAAAAY better to the big screen while TNG is definitely a better TV piece. That’s why Insurrection and Nemesis suck for most people. If you watch it now as a ’2 hour TV movie’ then it s great. But to have thrown money away to see them in the theater well that’s just wrong and i agree.

91. al - June 8, 2012

Simply the best of All Trek Films. I can watch WRATH over and over and not get bored by it. How many movies do we get like that today? I was 9 years old when it came out; and remember people crying in the theater at the end. Didn’t understand it then, I just thought the eyecandy and effects was cool. I mean, what’s a 9 year old suppose to think? In my teens, I watched it again, and finally got it. why so many people cried back then. Hell, I shed some tears at that funeral scene with the Amazing Grace music.
Not even Star Trek: NEMESIS could provoke an emotional response from me when Data gave his life, and didn’t give his life…you you all know what I mean. Trying to have their cake and eat it too.

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