“The Beginning of Vengeance” (Star Trek II)

Wrath of Khan (Poster)
The original 1982 poster art for Star Trek II


Wow. This movie. In fact, Star Trek II was the first Star Trek movie that I ever saw. When I was really young, My sister and I got the first two Star Trek movies out of my local Blockbuster Video Store. It seems weird, but we were really young and The Wrath of Khan had a better summary and poster art. You can check out the awesomeness on your left. Of course, watching the pretty horrible Star Trek: The Motion Picture was not a very good ending to the two part Trek feature, but watching Wrath of Khan did keep me going and spur up an initial interest in Star Trek.

Set 15 years after Genetically Enhanced Super-human Khan’s leave from the original series with the end of Space Seed, Captain James T. Kirk has accepted a promotion to Admiral, and spends his days training new Cadets at Starfleet’s Headquarters. Though he must spring back into action when Khan returns and takes a top secret experiment with him. Genesis. At the end of the universe lies the beginning of vengeance.

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William Shatner (Kirk) and Leonard Nimoy (Spock) in a really sad ending scene

I recently watched this on Netflix with Star Trek III: The Search for Spock afterwards. This was an amazing movie. I think The Wrath of Khan is now probably my favorite movie of all time. There was really only one downside. If there’s anything that I hate in a movie, it’s opening credits. Of course, Wrath of Khan has two full minutes and fifty seconds of them. But watching in suspense for the end finale was amazing, with the shades drawn in early afternoon, around one-ish. The final battle between the Reliant and the Enterprise in the nebula was awesome, and kind of nostalgic when I was thinking about the new Star Trek reboots, and how far the franchise has come. 10 out of 10.


Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Based on Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry

Directed by Nicholas Meyer, with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and Ricardo Montalban

Running Time: 112 Minutes (One Hour and Fifty Two Minutes)

Wrath of Khan Pulled in 97 Million Dollars, with a budget of 11.2 Million


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