June 4th 1982 Nicholas Meyer and Harve Bennett saved Star Trek.
I will never forget seeing Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on that opening day – the first of many times. Like many other kids, Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979 just didn’t work for me after falling in love with Trek through syndicated reruns. I had even begun to say things like "Star Wars is better than Star Trek." Khan restored my faith and my loyalty. It is still my favorite film in the franchise, and to this day I get chocked up during the Spock scene in engineering. I am not alone, JJ Abrams also says that TWOK is his favorite.
It is also undeniable how important the film was to the franchise. After Paramount was somewhat disappointed that TMP didn’t make Star Wars like money TWOK made the franchise viable again (albeit on a smaller scale than they had originally hoped). The film launched what is considered the ‘holy trinity’ of Trek films…the II, III, IV trilogy. The success of those films in the 80s convinced Paramount to make Star Trek: The Next Generation and the rest is history.
Lets hope that 12.25.08 is just as big of an event in Trek history, and brings in another 25 years for the franchise.
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See Wrath of Khan in LA with Nicholas Meyer.
Geek Monthly is hosting a 1982 Film Festival at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. Star Trek II will be shown on Sunday June 17th and Nick Meyer will be there to talk about the film. I will be there along with my fellow Geeks Jeff Bond and Mark Altman who put it all together. A full report will be up at both GeekMonthly.com and TrekMovie.com following the show. More info at the American Cinematheque
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