STAR TREK II — The Wrath of Khan – Movie Review

Best wishes to all Star Trek fans,

It’s J. A. Ireland, from Sesla. I’m at my desk while taking a break from working.  I have good news to report.

Insa ByTeer,  Kinkorx Desert News Editor is interested in posting my movie and book reviews in her newspaper. She’s sending Vigtor Zertus, her roaming reporter, to interview me for this review. He’ll be writing the article.  That is a change!

Khan-1

Khan – The Genetically Engineered Prince from Earth’s past.

Suddenly, there was a knock on J.A.’s office door. Vigtor entered.

“Good morning Vigtor,”  I said. “I was just writing about you in my blog. Please come in.”

“Good morning J.A.,”  Vigtor Zertus replied as he walked in carrying his equipment. “Insa sent me. I’m here to interview you for a review on a movie you received from the Milky Way Galaxy over the Kinkorx Observatory tower.  Is that right?”  He looked puzzled.

I smiled. “That’s correct.”

Vigtor pointed. “Ok if I set up at your table?”

“That’ll be great,”  I said with an enthusiastic smile.

Vigtor quickly set up his recording equipment. “I’m ready when you are.”

“Sounds good,”   I replied as he stood.  J.A. walked to his table and sat next to Vigtor.

He turned on his recording equipment. “Let’s begin,” said Vigtor, “I’m interviewing J.A. Ireland for a movie review. He received the movie over the new space receiver at the Kinkorx Observatory. What movie would you like to discuss?”

“Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan,”  I said  proudly, “Let me start by saying it was a terrific movie. Ricardo Montalban is a great antagonist.  He gives an all-star performance. We have many good actors on Sesla that compare to him. One such actor is Zelron Kanyon. He’s my favorite.”

Vigtor Zertus frowned at me.

“Sorry, on another tangent, back to Wrath of Khan.The movie begins in the 23rd Century. The Enterprise is on a training mission to Gamma Hydra, section 14, coordinates 22-87-4. The Enterprise is approaching the Klingon Neutral Zone.

Admiral Kirk lectures Lieutenant Saavik on Death!

Admiral Kirk lectures Lieutenant Saavik on Death!

The ship receives a distress call from The Kobayashi Maru out of Altair VI Gama Hydra, section 10—in the neutral zone. Lieutenant Saavik orders, “Mr. Sulu, plot an intercept course.”

The Enterprise enters the Klingon Neutral Zone. Mr. Spock states, “We are now in violation of treaty.”  Three Klingon Cruisers fast approach.

Admiral Kirk enters the bridge. “Prayer, Lieutenant Saavik. The Klingons don’t take prisoners.  Mr. Spock orders, “Trainees to the briefing room.”

James T. Kirk took the Kobayashi Maru test three times when he was a cadet at the academy. The day of Lieutenant Saavik’s test, Admiral Kirk is celebrating his birthday. Also at the time of the test, Mr. Spock is captain of the Enterprise.

The movie switches to the Starship Reliant. The Reliant is on an orbital approach to Ceti Alpha VI, in connection with Project Genesis. Captain Terrell and First Officer Pavel Chekov are searching for a lifeless planet. They are looking for a test planet for the Genesis Experiment. They pick up a minor energy flux reading on one dynoscanner.

Chekov said, “It could be a particle of preanimate matter caught in the matrix.”

Captain Terrell ordered, “Contact Dr. Marcus on the comm-pic.”

After obtaining Dr. Carol Marcus’ approval, Captain Terrell and First Officer Pavel Chekov  beam down to Ceti Alpha VI. They discover a wasteland planet. They also discover the crew of the SS Botany Bay. The Reliant’s crew attempts to contact Captain Terrell on the planet—without success.

Captain Terrell and Chekov are captured by Khan and his renegade crew. They are in the Botany Bay. Khan remembers Pavel Chekov.

Khan is a product of late 20th century genetic engineering. He and his crew are over 200 years old. They were exiled from Earth in 1996 – while in cryogenic freeze within the Botany Bay.

Captain James T. Kirk marooned the Botany Bay and 70 crew members on the planet 15 years ago—on Ceti Alpha V.

“Ceti Alpha V had life!” Chekov insisted while being held captive in the Botany Bay by Khan and his crew.

Khan  Intimidating his Captives

Khan Intimidating Chekov

“This is Ceti Alpha V!” Khan shouted angrily. “Ceti Alpha VI exploded six months after we were left here. The shock wave shifted the orbit of Ceti Alpha V. Everything was laid waste. Admiral Kirk never bothered to check on our progress. It was only due to the fact of my superior intellect that we were able to survive. I was a prince on Earth, 200 years ago. I had millions under my command…You thought this was Ceti Alpha VI. You didn’t expect to find me.”

Captain Terrell and Chekov are introduced to Ceti Alpha V’s only remaining indigenous life form. Khan places a baby creature in each of their heads. “The creatures enter through the ears. They wrap around the cerebral cortex. These babies killed twenty of my crew, including my beloved wife.”

The movie switches to the Enterprise and an inspection by Admiral Kirk. During the inspection, Chekov is on board the Reliant. He calls Regula 1. “Dr. Marcus, Reliant will be there in three days. Please be ready to turn over all materials on Project Genesis—to be tested on Ceti Alpha VI. Starfleet Command gave the order—the General’s staff. Admiral Kirk gave the order.”

During the inspection, Admiral Kirk gets an urgent comm-pic from Space Lab Regula 1. Dr. Carol Marcus wants an explanation for the order. The transmission is jammed at the source. Dr. Marcus is concerned and orders her crew to hide.

Admiral Kirk assumes command of the Enterprise. Kirk announces, “By orders of Starfleet Command, I’m assuming command of the enterprise. Plot a course for Space Laboratory Regula 1. Warp five, Mr. Sulu.”

The movie switches to Khan. Against his crews advice, he plans his revenge on Admiral Kirk. “I’ll chase him ‘round the moons of Nibia and ‘round the Antares maelstrom and ‘round perdition’s flames before I give him up.”

Commander Uhura tries to contact Regula 1 without success.  Kirk explains Project Genesis to Spock and McCoy.

Soon, the Reliant is closing fast on the Enterprise. Khan said, “There’s an old Klingon Proverb—revenge is a dish best served cold.”  Khan attacks the Enterprise.

After the successful attack, Jim Kirk learns that Khan is commanding the Reliant. Khan seeks revenge against Kirk. He blames Kirk for the death of his wife.

Captain Kirk Making Rapid Fire Decisions in Wrath Of Khan

Captain Kirk Making Rapid Fire Decisions in Wrath Of Khan

Kirk puts Reliant’s prefix number, 16309, into the Enterprises’ computer and lowers Reliant’s shields.  Kirk attacks Khan.

After the battle, Kirk orders, “Best speed to Regula 1.”

Later, the Enterprise arrives at Regula 1. Khan was already there and killed part of the crew while searching for Genesis. Kirk and crew beam into the core of the planet and rescue Dr. Marcus and her son. While there, Kirk, McCoy, and Saavik get a glimpse of Genesis.

Back on board the Enterprise, Kirk and Mr. Spock devise a plan. They flee to the Mutara Nebula.  When Khan’s pilot slows rather than following the Enterprise into the magnetic space cloud, Kirk says, “I’m laughing at the superior intellect!”

Khan yells, “Full Power!”  The Reliant follows the Enterprise into the Mutara Nebula. Inside the space cloud, Kirk uses his experience to outwit the inexperienced Khan and defeats him.

While dying, Khan engages the Genesis Bomb. While the Genesis Wave is building to detonation, he says, “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.”

Before the Genesis Bomb Explordes- He Curses Captain Kirk

Before the Genesis Bomb Explodes- He Curses Captain Kirk

While the Enterprise futilely attempts to escape, Mr. Spock quietly leaves the bridge and rushes to engineering. Before Spock goes into the radiation chamber to make repairs to the warp drive, he gives his Katra to McCoy – using mind transference. “Remember.”

Spock restores the power. Mains are back on line. “Go Sulu!” Kirk orders.

The Genesis bomb explodes as the Enterprise is warping away.

Spock dies in the chamber from radiation poisoning while Kirk helplessly looks on.

At Spock’s funeral, his body is sent down to the new Genesis planet. We see the vast vegetation that has formed and is growing. It is a beautiful new planet. We also see Mr. Spock’s Mark VI Casket within the vegetation.

The Enterprise leaves the planet and travels to Ceti Alpha V to pick up the crew of the USS Reliant that Khan marooned there.”

I said, “The ending was a heart breaker.  When  Spock died,  I was in tears.”

“It sounds like you liked the movie,” Vigtor said.

I replied, “I liked it a lot. It was a great movie. I can easily see why the Milky Way Coteries like Star Trek.”

Vigtor asked, “Was there anything you didn’t like?”

“I did have one question that wasn’t covered in the movie,” I replied.

Vigtor asked  nonchalantly, “What would that be?”

“The part  I’m puzzled about is the choice to maroon Khan and his band of rebels on Ceti Alpha V,” I replied.

Vigtor was even more puzzled. “Why does it matter?” he asked.

“It matters a great deal. Clearly, Ceti Alpha VI was unstable. Captain Kirk exiled the rebels on Ceti Alpha V. Was no one aware of Ceti Alpha VI’s instability and imminent self-destruction? How could the scientists have overlooked that critical detail?” I looked at Vigtor, “It’s just a question.”

“Is there anything else?” Vigtor asked.

“Just that Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan is a great movie regardless of my question. I highly recommend that everyone on Sesla watch it. I simply like to know the details,” I said while smiling.

“Thank’s for the review,” Vigtor said. “I’ll print this in the newspaper tomorrow. That’ll make Insa happy.”

“It’s always a good idea to keep the boss happy,” I replied.

Vigtor Zertus quickly packed his equipment and exited J.A.’s office.

J.A. went back to his desk. “That should be an interesting movie review to read,” he thought as he returned to his blog.

I’m back, my Milky Way Galaxy friends. I’m putting this interview on my blog. I hope you enjoyed this Star Trek movie review from Sesla. I hope you like my blog.

Until we talk again.

“May good fortune guide your path”

J. A.  Ireland

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