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The Less Desirables Movie of the Week, brought to you by a/perture Cinema, the Official Movie Sponsor of The Less Desirables is Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan from 1982. The film stars all the main Star Trek players and Ricardo Montalban as Khan.
From IMDb: “With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using his son’s life-generating device, the Genesis Device, as the ultimate weapon.”
When the USS Reliant goes on a lifeless planet in search of a testing ground for the Genesis Device, they land on Ceti Alpha V, which happens to be where Khan is holed up, thinking they were on Ceti Alpha VI. Khan blames Captain Kirk for the death of his wife because Kirk had exiled Khan to Ceti Alpha V. Soon after arriving there, Ceti Alpha VI exploded and killed the ecosystem of CA-V. Khan has plotted revenge. When USS Reliant lands Khan captures the captain and Chekov who is now an officer on that ship. He implants weird ear worms into the ears of the Starfleet crew members which causes them to be susceptible to mind control. Khan finds out about the Genesis Device which is technology that allows desolate worlds to be reborn as sustainable, viable planets rich with lush ecosystems.
So, Khan, via the Reliant attacks Regula I where Kirk’s former lover, Dr. Carol Marcus and her son, David, live. It is Carol and David that created the Genesis Device (it’s there with them). Carol sends a distress signal to the USS Enterprise and Kirk goes running to help but Khan attacks them from Reliant, en route. Kirk is able to shut down the Reliant‘s shields and attack it while getting away to do repairs. Kirk gets Enterprise to Regula I and beams down to check on Carol and David, Khan catches up to them and beams the Genesis Device to the Reliant. He also reveals Chekov and Captain Terrell to be involuntary spies and attempts to have them kill Kirk and crew. Terrell resists and kills him self and Chekov collapses as the ear worm leaves his body.
Khan thinks he has Kirk and the ground crew trapped but Kirk and Spock use coded language to create a rendezvous. Because of his inexperience in space combat, Khan is none-the-wiser as he follows the Enterprise into a large nebula called the Mutara Nebula. This renders Khan’s shields useless, again, and he’s out matched by Kirk’s experience and prowess. Khan activates the Genesis Device and Kirk knows that if the Enterprise is in the nebula when the Genesis Device goes off, it will destroy them as well. So the Enterprise is still badly wounded and repairs are moving way too slowly. Spock goes down and helps restore the warp drive. He even puts McCoy out with the Vulcan pinch and does a mind meld to have McCoy “remember.” He gets it going and they escape before the Genesis Device explodes missing the Enterprise if just barely.
Kirk goes down and finds his friend in the radiation. I’m not really giving anything away since the next film is called The Search for Spock. Ok, so here it is, Spock dies. They shoot him off to the newly formed planet, called Genesis, where the shot shows Spocks pod in the middle of a lush, green rain forest.
A few things, Kirstie Alley makes her debut in this film as Saavik, a Vulcan. I liked her in this role but did not like that she cried as Spock’s funeral went on. Vulcans do not cry. I read something, somewhere where the director, Nicholas Meyer said, when questioned, “well this will be an interesting Vulcan.” I don’t know that this is a direct quote or paraphrasing, so take it how you will. Vulcans are already interesting, they don’t need extra depth. I loved Montalban as Khan, reprising a role from the original series. I just couldn’t stop thinking of Mr. Rourke from Fantasy Island the whole time. But, he did great. The not-so-surprise reveal of David being Captain Kirk’s son had meaning but I’m wondering if it was necessary? Does he show up in subsequent films as David Connor (Kirk)? I don’t know.
I feel all in all the film dragged and I don’t know that I saw any films past this one. I will probably still watch them but may or may not rate them via the Movie of the Week. You can never tell. Rotten Tomatoes has this as 90%, both as “fresh” and the user rating. I watched this on Netflix and I rate it 3.5 Stars. Have you seen it? Do you agree with me? What other films would you like to hear me review? Drop me a line through here, The Less Desirables Facebook, Twitter or any other channel you can think of. This is probably the best of the Star Trek films, but we’ll see.
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“To the last, I will grapple with thee… from Hell’s heart, I stab at thee! For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee!” – Khan (Ricardo Montalban)