History Film / StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan

18th Jun '17 11:18:52 AM TheBigBopper
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'''Kirk: (shaking).....KHAAAAAAAAAN!!!'''

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'''Kirk: (shaking).....(trembling with rage).....KHAAAAAAAAAN!!!'''
16th Jun '17 12:46:37 PM DustSnitch
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"Beyond the darkness, beyond the human evolution, is Khan."]][[labelnote:*]]And yes, that's really his chest.[[/labelnote]]]]
14th May '17 9:53:17 AM LtFedora
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* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: As noted by the Okuda DVD text commentary, Meyer didn't realize how hideous Chekhov's pink jacket was til seeing it in rushes. Somehow, Chekhov changed his jacket as time passed between cuts.
10th May '17 11:18:08 AM KaputExaltation
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Khan, [[TooDumbToLive repeatedly]]. Despite his superior intellect, he fails to acknowledge that the crew of the ''Enterprise'' would be more familiar with how another Starfleet ship like ''Reliant'' works, especially after so many years (and the fact that Khan had never actually engaged in starship-to-starship combat before ''ever''!). Then he futilely blows himself up with the Genesis device, because he simply cannot imagine that anyone could possibly be smart enough to get the ''Enterprise's'' warp drive working again in time to escape the detonation. Had he listened to [[OnlySaneMan Joachim]] in the first place, he could have taken the ''Reliant'' and the Genesis device and [[ConquerTheWorld carved out a nice empire for himself somewhere]]. Instead, every asset he gains is turned against Kirk, and ends up doing him far more harm than it does Kirk.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Khan, [[TooDumbToLive repeatedly]]. Despite his superior intellect, he fails to acknowledge that the crew of the ''Enterprise'' would be more familiar with how another Starfleet ship like ''Reliant'' works, especially after so many years (and the fact that Khan had never actually engaged in starship-to-starship combat before ''ever''!). Then he futilely blows himself up with the Genesis device, because he simply cannot imagine that anyone could possibly be smart enough to get the ''Enterprise's'' warp drive working again in time to escape the detonation. Had he listened to [[OnlySaneMan Joachim]] in the first place, he could have taken the ''Reliant'' and the Genesis device and [[ConquerTheWorld [[TakeOverTheWorld carved out a nice empire for himself somewhere]]. Instead, every asset he gains is turned against Kirk, and ends up doing him far more harm than it does Kirk.
10th May '17 11:17:04 AM KaputExaltation
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* HeroicSelfDepreciation: According to Kirk, his own thinking that he can solve everything is the reason for Spock's death--except that Spock wouldn't be alive to ''teach'' him that lesson if Kirk ''hadn't'' been so confident in his ability to solve things in the past, and the fact that Spock's death had nothing to do with his action or inaction. In addition to the fact that he would oftentimes [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2237SaR75iw lapse into self doubt back then]]. By the end of the film, he learns to appreciate himself more.

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* HeroicSelfDepreciation: HeroicSelfDeprecation: According to Kirk, his own thinking that he can solve everything is the reason for Spock's death--except that Spock wouldn't be alive to ''teach'' him that lesson if Kirk ''hadn't'' been so confident in his ability to solve things in the past, and the fact that Spock's death had nothing to do with his action or inaction. In addition to the fact that he would oftentimes [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2237SaR75iw lapse into self doubt back then]]. By the end of the film, he learns to appreciate himself more.
10th May '17 11:13:29 AM KaputExaltation
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* The writing of Creator/HarveBennett, an experienced film producer and screenwriter with a variety of television series and miniseries to his name, who actually [[ArchiveBinge screened all 79 episodes of the original Star Trek series in a projection room at Paramount]] before writing the script, [[ShownTheirWork correctly concluding]] that the premise was essentially "''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]],".

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* The writing of Creator/HarveBennett, an experienced film producer and screenwriter with a variety of television series and miniseries to his name, who actually [[ArchiveBinge screened all 79 episodes of the original Star Trek series in a projection room at Paramount]] before writing the script, [[ShownTheirWork correctly concluding]] that the premise was essentially "''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]],".SPACE!]]".



* AllThereInTheManual: The film's {{novelisation}} contains two major plot points that are not in the film (at least not the original theatrical release): the first is that Saavik is half-Romulan, which explains her displaying emotion; the second is the establishment of a romance between Saavik and David Marcus, which is only lightly hinted at in the film.

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* AllThereInTheManual: The film's [[DeletedScene deleted scenes]] and {{novelisation}} contains two major plot points that are not in the film (at least not the [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail original theatrical release): release]]): the first is that Saavik is half-Romulan, which explains her displaying emotion; the second is the establishment of a romance between Saavik and David Marcus, which is only lightly hinted at in the film.film and it's sequel.



* AmbiguouslyBrown: Khan himself ([[FakeNationality a Mexican actor playing an Indian]]).

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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Khan himself ([[FakeNationality is an Indian being played by a [[FakeNationality Mexican actor playing an Indian]]).actor]].



** Kirk learns several lessons about his inappropriate behavior in the past and the present.
** It also shares the moral of MobyDick, from which it drew a lot of inspiration: Revenge is a self-destructive course that will not only be your end, but the end of everybody whom you care about.

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** Kirk learns several lessons about his inappropriate behavior in the past and the present.
** It also shares the
The overarching moral of is shared with MobyDick, from which it drew a lot of inspiration: Revenge is a self-destructive course that will not only be your end, but the end of everybody whom and everything you care about. about.
** Kirk learns to be less [[HeroicSelfDeprecation hateful of himself]].



** "You are my commanding officer. You are also my friend. I have been, and always shall be, yours."

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** "You are my commanding officer. You are also my friend. I have been, and always shall be, be yours."



* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: When Khan mentions his "Beloved Wife", he is referring to Marla [=McGivers=], a historian on the old ''Enterprise''. Anyone who watched "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]" would see that he was only charming her to get her to help him take over the ship. However at the end of the show, it's seen that they love each other nonetheless, and the movie reveals it.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Saavik in the ''Kobayashi Maru'' scenario, but ''only'' in the novelization. She takes on a ''dozen'' Klingon fighters and might have actually won by running away, if it hadn't been for the last three. (She gets her ass handed to her far more quickly in the movie.)

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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: When Khan mentions his "Beloved Wife", he is referring to Marla [=McGivers=], a historian on the old ''Enterprise''.''Enterprise'' during Kirk's Five Year Mission of galactic exploration. Anyone who watched "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]" would see that he was only charming her to get her to help him take over the ship. However at the end of the show, it's seen that they love each other nonetheless, and the movie reveals it.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Saavik in As usual, the ''Kobayashi Maru'' scenario, but ''only'' in entire ''Enterprise'' crew. Spock analyses Khan's attack patterns, Kirk analyses Khan's mental state to pull a gambit [[BatmanGambit based on his personality]], and discovers the novelization. She takes scientists hiding on a ''dozen'' Klingon fighters and might have actually won by running away, if it hadn't been for Regula One through his intuition. Using the last three. (She gets her ass handed ship's weapons, [[ImprobableAimingSkills Chekov]] pulls off a near perfect crippling salvo to her far more quickly Khan's ship while [[SpaceClouds in the movie.)a sensor-clouding nebula]]...



%%* BattleButler: Joachim.



* BigBadWannabe: This is what Kirk reduces Khan to at the climax of the film. Khan spent the whole movie in SmugSnake mode, convinced that his superior intellect and ability would always ensure he came out on top. The problem is, his ''pride'' is off the scale as well, and it will not let him walk away satisfied with a draw. Sure, he's probably smarter than Kirk, but he lets Kirk goad, embarrass, provoke, humilate, and enrage him into a fight where his intellect means nothing, because Kirk's experience ''is several orders of magnitude greater than his and experience is the deciding factor.'' Kirk doesn't ''have'' to be smarter. Even the most trusted member of Khan's crew literally begs him to just let things go and walk away, but he won't listen.

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* BigBadWannabe: This is what Kirk reduces Khan to at the climax of the film. Khan spent the whole movie in SmugSnake mode, convinced that his superior intellect and ability would always ensure he came out on top. The problem is, his ''pride'' ''[[{{Pride}} pride]]'' is off the scale as well, and it will not let him walk away satisfied with a draw. Sure, he's probably smarter than Kirk, but he lets Kirk goad, embarrass, provoke, humilate, and enrage him into a fight where his intellect means nothing, because Kirk's experience ''is several orders of magnitude greater than his and experience is the deciding factor.'' Kirk doesn't ''have'' to be smarter. Even the most trusted member of Khan's crew literally begs him to just let things go and walk away, but he won't listen.



* BrainSlug: A particularly notorious and [[{{Squick}} gross]] example (entering and leaving).

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* BrainSlug: A particularly notorious and [[{{Squick}} gross]] example (entering is seen both entering and leaving).leaving it's victim.



* BrokenAesop: The movie makes a big deal of the fact that Kirk thinking he can solve everything is the reason for Spock's death--except that Spock wouldn't be alive to ''teach'' him that lesson if Kirk ''hadn't'' been so confident in his ability to solve things in the past.



%%* DiesWideOpen / DiedInYourArmsTonight: Joachim.

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%%* DiesWideOpen / DiedInYourArmsTonight: * DiesWideOpen: Joachim.



* HeroicSelfDepreciation: According to Kirk, his own thinking that he can solve everything is the reason for Spock's death--except that Spock wouldn't be alive to ''teach'' him that lesson if Kirk ''hadn't'' been so confident in his ability to solve things in the past, and the fact that Spock's death had nothing to do with his action or inaction. In addition to the fact that he would oftentimes [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2237SaR75iw lapse into self doubt back then]]. By the end of the film, he learns to appreciate himself more.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Khan, repeatedly. Despite his "superior intellect", he fails to anticipate that the crew of the ''Enterprise'' might be more familiar with how another Starfleet ship like ''Reliant'' works, especially after so many years (and the fact that Khan had never actually engaged in starship-to-starship combat before ''ever''!). Then he futilely blows himself up with the Genesis device, because he simply cannot imagine that anyone (i.e. Spock) could possibly be smart enough to get the ''Enterprise's'' warp drive working again in time to escape the detonation. Had he listened to [[OnlySaneMan Joachim]] in the first place, he could have taken the ''Reliant'' and the Genesis device and carved out a nice empire for himself somewhere. Instead, every asset he gains is turned against Kirk, and ends up doing him more harm than it does Kirk.
* HollywoodHacking: Actually handled fairly realistically. Khan wants Kirk to hand over all data regarding the Genesis Project, so he opens a network connection between ''Reliant'' and ''Enterprise''. Kirk and Spock take advantage of this to execute malicious code on ''Reliant''[='=]s computer. It's even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d that it will only work if the supergenius who [[GrandTheftPrototype stole a starship]] didn't think to change the (five digit) password on the computer.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Khan, repeatedly. [[TooDumbToLive repeatedly]]. Despite his "superior intellect", superior intellect, he fails to anticipate acknowledge that the crew of the ''Enterprise'' might would be more familiar with how another Starfleet ship like ''Reliant'' works, especially after so many years (and the fact that Khan had never actually engaged in starship-to-starship combat before ''ever''!). Then he futilely blows himself up with the Genesis device, because he simply cannot imagine that anyone (i.e. Spock) could possibly be smart enough to get the ''Enterprise's'' warp drive working again in time to escape the detonation. Had he listened to [[OnlySaneMan Joachim]] in the first place, he could have taken the ''Reliant'' and the Genesis device and [[ConquerTheWorld carved out a nice empire for himself somewhere. somewhere]]. Instead, every asset he gains is turned against Kirk, and ends up doing him far more harm than it does Kirk.
* HollywoodHacking: Actually handled fairly realistically. Khan wants Kirk to hand over all data regarding the Genesis Project, so he opens a network connection between ''Reliant'' and ''Enterprise''. Kirk and Spock take advantage of this to execute malicious code on order ''Reliant''[='=]s computer. computer to deactivate their [[{{DeflectorShields}} shields]], leaving her open to counterattack. It's even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d that it will only work if the supergenius who [[GrandTheftPrototype stole a starship]] didn't think to change the (five digit) password on the computer.



* HostileTerraforming: Discussed. The Federation is trying to find a ''completely'' lifeless world to try the Genesis Device on so they avoid this, but it is quickly brought up that it would make a very effective weapon as the Genesis Device would overwrite any existing life present.

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* HostileTerraforming: Discussed. The Federation is trying to find a ''completely'' lifeless world to try the Genesis Device on so they avoid this, but it is quickly brought up that it would make a very effective weapon as the Genesis Device would overwrite any existing life present. [[FromBadToWorse Then Khan steals it]].



** Like most Augments, Khan suffers from this flaw. He's ''very'' intelligent, but he lets his {{Pride}} and desire for revenge get the better of him, causing him to make mistakes.

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** Like most Augments, Khan suffers from this flaw. He's ''very'' intelligent, but he lets his {{Pride}} and desire for revenge get the better of him, causing him to make mistakes.



* InformedAttribute: The Augments. Of them all, only Khan really seems at all impressive. The rest are just {{Mooks}}, and seem to contribute little beyond filling seats on the ''Reliant'' bridge. The one exception is Joachim, a fiercely loyal HyperCompetentSidekick who, while obviously completely devoted to Khan, feels it is his duty to point out whenever his master is about to embark on a possibly foolish course of action. If only Khan had listened to him, he might be off in some far-flung region of the galaxy establishing his own Augment empire.



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%%* NewMeat: Peter Preston.

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%%* * NewMeat: Peter Preston.Everyone on the ''Enterprise'' aside from the bridge crew is a trainee.



-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' "In the wrong hands"? Would you mind telling whose are the ''right'' hands, my logical friend?

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-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' "In the wrong hands"? Would you mind telling whose are the ''right'' ''[[TooMuchForManToHandle right]]'' hands, my logical friend?



-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' According to myth, the Earth was created in six days. Now watch out! Here comes Genesis! We'll do it for you in six minutes!

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-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' [[TheBible According to myth, the Earth was created in six days. days]]. [[CreatingLifeIsBad Now watch out! Here comes Genesis! We'll do it for you in six minutes!minutes!]]



* ProperlyParanoid: After watching the informational video on Genesis, [=McCoy=] immediately realizes that Genesis could also be used as a weapon of mass destruction. Spock thinks [=McCoy=]'s being his overemotional self. Then, they encounter [[TheSociopath Khan]], who wants Genesis for himself, and they become determined to prevent him from taking it.

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* ProperlyParanoid: After watching the informational video on Genesis, [=McCoy=] immediately realizes that Genesis could also be used as [[HostileTerraforming a weapon of mass destruction.destruction]]. Spock thinks [=McCoy=]'s being his overemotional self. Then, they encounter [[TheSociopath Khan]], who wants Genesis for himself, and they become determined to prevent him from taking it.



** Subverted. Screws with your expectations by having every main character wearing red uniforms for most of the film.

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** Subverted. [[DefiedTrope Screws with your expectations by having every main character wearing red uniforms for most of the film.film]].



* {{Retcon}}: In ''Space Seed,'' Kirk had dropped all charges against Khan, because he considered it a "terrible waste" to sentence him, while Khan took control of the ''Enterprise'' because he was a great leader who wanted to "improve man," feeling that humans had stagnated. In doing so, he ''pretended'' to kill Kirk in order to coerce the crew to follow him; meanwhile Khan ''chose'' to live on the planet because nobody from Earth would follow him any longer. In ''Wrath of Khan,'', however, Khan is "a criminal who tried to steal Kirk's ship and murder him," and was "exiled" on the planet as punishment.



* SeriesFauxnale: This movie was supposed to be the GrandFinale for TOS and the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise itself (since the spinoffs didn't exist at the time), complete with [[ItWasHisSled Spock dying]]. But because Creator/LeonardNimoy had second thoughts about completely parting ways with ''Star Trek'', [[SequelHook a scene was shot with Spock putting his katra into McCoy's mind]] in case Nimoy wanted to return for any sequels. Ultimately, ''Wrath of Khan'' ended up being the first part of a trilogy.
* ShabbyHeroesWellDressedVillains: Inverted. The crew of the Enterprise wear pristine uniforms while Khan and his men are [[RummageSaleReject Rummage Sale Rejects.]]
* ShootTheShaggyDog: The whole point of "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]" was that Kirk was giving the Augments a second chance to redeem themselves, allowing them to start their own colony on an uninhabited planet, with the intention to come back and see what kind of civilisation would eventually develop from this "seed". Here we learn that in over fifteen years, neither Kirk nor any other Federation starship came back to check on them. If they ''had'', they would have noticed that the colony was destroyed by a natural disaster a mere ''six months later''. No wonder Khan is so [[JerkassHasAPoint incredibly bitter]].

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* SeriesFauxnale: This movie was supposed to be the GrandFinale for TOS and the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise itself (since the spinoffs didn't exist at the time), complete with [[ItWasHisSled Spock dying]]. But because Creator/LeonardNimoy had second thoughts about completely parting ways with ''Star Trek'', [[SequelHook a scene was shot with Spock putting his katra into McCoy's mind]] in case Nimoy wanted to return for any sequels. Ultimately, ''Wrath of Khan'' ended up being the first part of a trilogy.
* ShabbyHeroesWellDressedVillains: Inverted. The crew of the Enterprise wear pristine uniforms while Khan and his men are [[RummageSaleReject Rummage Sale Rejects.rummage sale rejects.]]
* ShootTheShaggyDog: The whole point of "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]" was that Kirk was giving the Augments supermen a second chance to redeem themselves, allowing them to start their own colony on an uninhabited planet, with the intention to come back "in a hundred years" and see what kind of civilisation civilization would eventually develop from this "seed". Here we learn that in over a mere fifteen years, neither Kirk nor any other Federation starship came back it developed into a threat to check on them. If they ''had'', they would have noticed that the colony was destroyed by a natural disaster a mere ''six months later''. No wonder Khan is so [[JerkassHasAPoint incredibly bitter]].entire galaxy.



* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: The ''Kobayashi Maru'' test. Kirk is the only Starfleet cadet ever to have beaten it, and his method was--by his own admission--as unorthodox as it was unauthorised. The extent to which [[Film/StarTrek the reboot]] truly reflects what Kirk Prime did is arguable.

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* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: The ''Kobayashi Maru'' test. Kirk is the only Starfleet cadet ever to have beaten it, and his method was--by his own admission--as unorthodox as it was unauthorised. The extent to which [[Film/StarTrek the reboot]] truly reflects what Kirk Prime did is arguable.
10th May '17 10:08:45 AM KaputExaltation
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The plot features the charismatic genetically-engineered tyrant Khan Noonien Singh of the original ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]", fifteen years after the events of the episode. Khan escapes his exile with [[ItsPersonal revenge]] against the man who sent him into exile, [[TheKirk Starfleet Captain James Tiberius Kirk]] as his main goal, and [[TakeOverTheWorld establishing a galactic]] [[TheEmpire Empire]] as his secondary goal, using a stolen [[Terraform compact terraforming device]] as a [[HostileTerraforming weapon to seal his victory]]. Meanwhile, ''Admiral'' Kirk has been [[ThePeterPrinciple promoted beyond his usefulness]] and is facing a mid-life crisis. It doesn't get any easier for him when a [[HotScientist young woman]] he once knew turns up [[LukeYouAreMyFather with her son]].

''Star Trek II'' is considered by many fans and critics to be the best movie in the series, and it's the yardstick against which all other installments are measured. This is largely attributed to the efforts of two men:

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The plot features the charismatic genetically-engineered tyrant Khan Noonien Singh of the original ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]", fifteen years after the events of the episode. Khan escapes his exile with [[ItsPersonal revenge]] against the man who sent him into exile, [[TheKirk Starfleet Captain James Tiberius Kirk]] as his main goal, and [[TakeOverTheWorld establishing a galactic]] [[TheEmpire Empire]] as his secondary goal, using a stolen [[Terraform [[{{Terraform}} compact terraforming device]] as a [[HostileTerraforming weapon to seal his victory]]. Meanwhile, ''Admiral'' Kirk has been [[ThePeterPrinciple promoted beyond his usefulness]] and is facing a mid-life crisis. It doesn't get any easier for him when a [[HotScientist young woman]] he once knew turns up [[LukeYouAreMyFather with her son]].

A rousing (and emotional) adventure movie and is even now considered one of the best examples of a SurprisinglyImprovedSequel, ''Star Trek II'' is considered by many fans and critics to be the best movie in the series, and it's the yardstick against which all other installments are measured. This is largely attributed to the efforts of two men:



While not flawless, it is a rousing (and emotional) adventure movie and is even now considered one of the best examples of a SurprisinglyImprovedSequel.
10th May '17 10:06:31 AM KaputExaltation
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The plot features the charismatic genetically-engineered tyrant Khan Noonien Singh of the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original series]] episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]", fifteen years later after the events of the episode. Khan escapes his exile with revenge against Kirk as his goal and using a stolen WeaponOfMassDestruction to make good on it. Meanwhile, Kirk has fallen victim to ThePeterPrinciple and is facing a mid-life crisis. It doesn't get any easier for him when a HotScientist he once knew turns up and her son says [[LukeYouAreMyFather Admiral, You Are My Father]]. Kirk doesn't like to lose, but this time he may only be able to achieve a PyrrhicVictory. The film's BittersweetEnding was created with the assumption that Nimoy would be leaving the show for good, but ironically, he liked making this film so much that he wanted to come back, and [[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock the next film]] revolved around mashing the ResetButton.

''Star Trek II'' is considered by many fans to be the best movie in the series, and it's the yardstick against which all other installments are measured. This is largely attributed to the direction of Creator/NicholasMeyer, who had previously penned the best-selling Franchise/SherlockHolmes novel ''Literature/TheSevenPercentSolution'' and directed the film ''Film/TimeAfterTime'', as well as the work of Harve Bennett. While Meyer hadn't actually seen the show before, he managed to watch all of the original series's episodes before sitting down to work, concluding that the premise was essentially "''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]]," and did a {{retool}} to emphasize the SpaceIsAnOcean angle. Some of Harve's work included getting rid of the ridiculous SpaceClothes used in the [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture previous movie]] (which took guts considering the small budget; to their credit, they still found a way to get extra mileage out of a lot of those pieces).

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The plot features the charismatic genetically-engineered tyrant Khan Noonien Singh of the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original series]] ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]", fifteen years later after the events of the episode. Khan escapes his exile with revenge [[ItsPersonal revenge]] against Kirk the man who sent him into exile, [[TheKirk Starfleet Captain James Tiberius Kirk]] as his goal main goal, and [[TakeOverTheWorld establishing a galactic]] [[TheEmpire Empire]] as his secondary goal, using a stolen WeaponOfMassDestruction [[Terraform compact terraforming device]] as a [[HostileTerraforming weapon to make good on it. seal his victory]]. Meanwhile, ''Admiral'' Kirk has fallen victim to ThePeterPrinciple been [[ThePeterPrinciple promoted beyond his usefulness]] and is facing a mid-life crisis. It doesn't get any easier for him when a HotScientist [[HotScientist young woman]] he once knew turns up and her son says [[LukeYouAreMyFather Admiral, You Are My Father]]. Kirk doesn't like to lose, but this time he may only be able to achieve a PyrrhicVictory. The film's BittersweetEnding was created with the assumption that Nimoy would be leaving the show for good, but ironically, he liked making this film so much that he wanted to come back, and [[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock the next film]] revolved around mashing the ResetButton.

her son]].

''Star Trek II'' is considered by many fans and critics to be the best movie in the series, and it's the yardstick against which all other installments are measured. This is largely attributed to the efforts of two men:
* The writing of Creator/HarveBennett, an experienced film producer and screenwriter with a variety of television series and miniseries to his name, who actually [[ArchiveBinge screened all 79 episodes of the original Star Trek series in a projection room at Paramount]] before writing the script, [[ShownTheirWork correctly concluding]] that the premise was essentially "''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]],".
* The
direction of of Creator/NicholasMeyer, who had previously penned the best-selling Franchise/SherlockHolmes novel ''Literature/TheSevenPercentSolution'' and directed the film ''Film/TimeAfterTime'', as well as the work of Harve Bennett. While ''Film/TimeAfterTime''. Meyer hadn't actually seen was introduced to Bennett later and completed the show before, he managed to watch all final drafts of the original series's episodes before sitting down to work, concluding that the premise was essentially "''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]]," script, and did also [[{{retool}} ordered a {{retool}} redesigned Starfleet uniform]] to emphasize the SpaceIsAnOcean angle. Some of Harve's work included getting rid of connection between Starfleet and the ridiculous SpaceClothes used in the [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture previous movie]] (which took guts considering the small budget; to their credit, they still found a way to get extra mileage out of a lot of those pieces).
Navy.
6th May '17 8:12:11 AM jacenskylo
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* AgelessBirthdayEpisode: At Creator/WilliamShatner's insistence, Kirk's exact age was left unstated onscreen. (In the series, he's the ripe old age of ''49,'' in a time when people live past ''137...'' meaning that Kirk has Progeria, perhaps a relapse from [[Recap/StarTrekS2E12TheDeadlyYears The Deadly Years]].)

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* AgelessBirthdayEpisode: At Creator/WilliamShatner's insistence, Kirk's exact age was left unstated onscreen. (In the series, he's the ripe old age of ''49,'' ''52,'' in a time when people live past ''137...'' meaning that Kirk has Progeria, perhaps a relapse from [[Recap/StarTrekS2E12TheDeadlyYears The Deadly Years]].)
15th Apr '17 9:54:57 PM MrTree1776
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->'''Khan:''' I've done far worse than kill you. I've hurt you. And I wish to ''go on'' hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her... marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet. Buried alive... ''buried alive''...\\
'''Kirk: KHAAAAAAAAAN!!!'''

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->'''Khan:''' I've done far worse ''worse'' than kill you. I've hurt you. ''hurt you''. And I wish to ''go on'' hurting go on...''hurting'' you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her... ''her''... marooned for all eternity eternity, in the center of a dead planet. Buried alive... ''buried ''Buried alive''...\\
! ''Buried alive''...!\\
'''Kirk: (shaking).....KHAAAAAAAAAN!!!'''
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