History Film / StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan

19th Jun '18 6:31:49 AM Toadofsteel
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Outside the world of ''Star Trek'', ''Wrath of Khan'' is notable for containing two big breaks. Creator/KirstieAlley made her acting debut in this film playing the young Vulcan [[NaiveNewcomer Saavik]], even getting the onscreen credit "[[AndStarring and introducing Kirstie Alley]]". This was also the first major motion picture to be scored by Music/JamesHorner, who would go on to do ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', ''Film/TheRocketeer'', ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', and ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. As Nicholas Meyer once put it, they hired James Horner to do ''Star Trek II'' because they couldn't afford Music/JerryGoldsmith, but by the time Meyer returned for ''Film/{{Star Trek VI|The Undiscovered Country}}'' they hired Cliff Eidelman because they couldn't afford James Horner. (Horner would succeed Goldsmith on [[Franchise/{{Alien}} another sci-fi franchise]], modifying one of his cues from this movie to great effect.)

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Outside the world of ''Star Trek'', ''Wrath of Khan'' is notable for containing two big breaks. Creator/KirstieAlley made her acting debut in this film playing the young Vulcan [[NaiveNewcomer Saavik]], even getting the onscreen credit "[[AndStarring and introducing Kirstie Alley]]". This was also the first major motion picture to be scored by Music/JamesHorner, who would go on to do ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', ''Film/TheRocketeer'', ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', and ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. As Nicholas Meyer once put it, they hired James Horner to do ''Star Trek II'' because they couldn't afford Music/JerryGoldsmith, but by the time Meyer returned for ''Film/{{Star Trek VI|The Undiscovered Country}}'' they hired Cliff Eidelman because they couldn't afford James Horner. (Horner would succeed Goldsmith on [[Franchise/{{Alien}} another sci-fi franchise]], modifying one of his cues from this movie to great effect.effect, while Goldsmith, ironically, would later score the [[Main/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]-era films ''[[Film/StarTrekFirstContact First Contact]]'', ''[[Film/StartrekInsurrection Insurrection]]'', and ''[[Film/StarTrekNemesis Nemesis]]''.)
18th Jun '18 7:40:07 PM kelly-away-from-home
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* BondVillainStupidity: Khan’s FatalFlaw is that he cannot resist toying with Kirk.
26th May '18 3:17:09 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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'''Kirk:''' ''(trembling with rage)'' ...'''[+KHAAAAAAAAAN!!!+]'''

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'''Kirk:''' ''(trembling with rage)'' ...'''[+KHAAAAAAAAAN!!!+]'''
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26th May '18 3:16:46 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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'''Kirk: (trembling with rage).....KHAAAAAAAAAN!!!'''

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'''Kirk: (trembling '''Kirk:''' ''(trembling with rage).....KHAAAAAAAAAN!!!'''
rage)'' ...'''[+KHAAAAAAAAAN!!!+]'''
29th Apr '18 8:56:48 AM costanton11
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* KickedUpstairs: Kirk's promotion to Admiral (established in the previous film, though he briefly downgrades his rank voluntarily to captain for that mission) is explained. He accepted promotion willingly out of a feeling of being over the hill, and has to be talked into getting his command back by both Bones and Spock. (ExpandedUniverse and other media have suggested that Kirk voluntarily downgraded himself to captain for the duration of a second five-year mission with the Enterprise, however there is no actual indication of this on screen and certainly not in this movie, so as far as the film continuity is concerned, Kirk never lost the admiral ran he had at the start of StarTrekTheMotionPicture.)

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* KickedUpstairs: Kirk's promotion to Admiral (established in the previous film, though he briefly downgrades his rank voluntarily to captain for that mission) is explained. He accepted promotion willingly out of a feeling of being over the hill, and has to be talked into getting his command back by both Bones and Spock. (ExpandedUniverse and other media have suggested that Kirk voluntarily downgraded himself to captain for the duration of a second five-year mission with the Enterprise, however there is no actual indication of this on screen and certainly not in this movie, so as far as the film continuity is concerned, Kirk never lost the admiral ran he had at the start of StarTrekTheMotionPicture.''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''.)
29th Apr '18 8:37:20 AM costanton11
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** The second season episode "Catspaw" features Chekov not at his usual navigator station but filling in at Spock's science station while Spock is off the ship. The stardates given in the episode (3018.2) place it before "Space Seed," (3141.9) providing on-screen evidence that Chekov was on the ship before Khan, but not yet assigned to the navigator post that would make him a regular fixture on the bridge. It should be noted, however, that it wasn't until Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration that stardate use was made consistently chronological (for example, there are a couple of StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries episodes with stardates ''higher'' than that of the first movie, yet clearly set before.

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** The second season episode "Catspaw" features Chekov not at his usual navigator station but filling in at Spock's science station while Spock is off the ship. The stardates given in the episode (3018.2) place it before "Space Seed," (3141.9) providing on-screen evidence that Chekov was on the ship before Khan, but not yet assigned to the navigator post that would make him a regular fixture on the bridge. It should be noted, however, that it wasn't until Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration that stardate use was made consistently chronological (for example, there are a couple of StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episodes with stardates ''higher'' than that of the first movie, yet clearly set before.
22nd Apr '18 1:05:19 PM Brainbin
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* BusCrash: Actress Madlyn Rhue, who played [=Marla McGivers=] (Khan's lover from "Space Seed"), was not able to appear in the film, [[RealLifeWritesThePlot as she was suffering at this point from severe multiple sclerosis, forcing her to end her acting career]], so she was killed offscreen by the [[BrainSlug Ceti Eels]] to explain her absence (as well as give Khan some serious motivation for [[ItsPersonal wanting personal revenge]] against Kirk).

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* BusCrash: Actress Madlyn Rhue, who played [=Marla McGivers=] (Khan's lover from "Space Seed"), was not able to appear in the film, [[RealLifeWritesThePlot as she was suffering at this point from severe multiple sclerosis, forcing which had confined her to end her acting career]], so she a wheelchair]], and the production team opted against giving [=McGivers=] a WrittenInInfirmity to account for this. (Rhue continued to act otherwise, including in a recurring role as the Cabot Cove librarian in ''Series/MurderSheWrote''.) [=McGivers=] was killed offscreen by the [[BrainSlug Ceti Eels]] to explain her absence (as well as give Khan some serious motivation for [[ItsPersonal wanting personal revenge]] against Kirk).[[note]]Technically, Khan's "beloved wife" is not identified by name in the finished film, but the script explicitly identifies his "beloved wife" as [=McGivers=].[[/note]]
19th Apr '18 11:20:10 PM WxWax
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** As in the prior Star Trek film, at least one supporting character from the original series turns up, with a promotion. As noted in TheCameo, transporter operator Lieutenant Kyle from the original series shows up, still serving with his old crewmate Chekhov, as the U.S.S. Reliant's communications officer, now promoted to commander. The implications are more significant than the usual cameo because of Khan's prior interactions with the Enterprise crew: Since Kyle played a prominent role in "Space Seed" while Chekhov did not, and Khan recognized Chekhov instantly, there is little doubt that Khan recognized Kyle, but this is not shown onscreen.
17th Apr '18 1:44:41 AM scooter
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* FixFic: A classic ''Franchise/StarTrek'' example, fixing an apparent continuity glitch--in the film, Khan and Chekhov recognize each other upon meeting. However, "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]", the episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' in which Khan appears, is a first-season episode, and Creator/WalterKoenig did not join the cast of the show until the second season. The semi-official {{retcon}} (not explained in any of the shows or movies, but widely propagated by producers and actors in convention appearances) is that Chekov was on the ''Enterprise'' at that time, he just wasn't part of the bridge crew yet and thus didn't appear on screen. After all, Khan was trying to recruit the crew to follow him, with the implied narrative that ''every single crew-member'' (other than Lt. McGivers, of course) refused to do so, out of a ship's complement of 430, while only about 30 of the crew are shown onscreen, so Chekov could easily have been among those not shown, since there was never any canonical evidence showing when Chekov officially came onboard the ''Enterprise''. Likewise, Khan had full access to the names and other information of the crew, who as prisoners would likewise give their names, ranks and serial-numbers etc.\\

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* FixFic: A classic ''Franchise/StarTrek'' example, fixing an apparent continuity glitch--in the film, Khan and Chekhov recognize each other upon meeting. However, "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]", the episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' in which Khan appears, is a first-season episode, and Creator/WalterKoenig did not join the cast of the show until the second season. The semi-official {{retcon}} (not explained in any of the shows or movies, but widely propagated by producers and actors in convention appearances) is that Chekov was on the ''Enterprise'' at that time, he just wasn't part of the bridge crew yet and thus didn't appear on screen. After all, Khan was trying to recruit the crew to follow him, with the implied narrative that ''every single crew-member'' (other than Lt. McGivers, [=McGivers=], of course) refused to do so, out of a ship's complement of 430, while only about 30 of the crew are shown onscreen, so Chekov could easily have been among those not shown, since there was never any canonical evidence showing when Chekov officially came onboard the ''Enterprise''. Likewise, Khan had full access to the names and other information of the crew, who as prisoners would likewise give their names, ranks and serial-numbers etc.\\



** Khan blames Kirk for “the death of his wife,” forgetting that Kirk ''gave'' him his wife as well, by dropping charges against Lt. McGivers as well, and allowing her to live on the planet with him (and presumably ''marrying'' them to each other as well).

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** Khan blames Kirk for “the death of his wife,” forgetting that Kirk ''gave'' him his wife as well, by dropping charges against Lt. McGivers [=McGivers=] as well, and allowing her to live on the planet with him (and presumably ''marrying'' them to each other as well).



** Harve Bennett, when given the reigns of the ''Star Trek'' franchise, had no experience whatsoever with it. So, one weekend he had a marathon session of watching each and every episode to bring himself up to date on the franchise. Keep in mind, he didn't watch it on videotape - he watched it on ''kinescope''.

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** Harve Bennett, when given the reigns reins of the ''Star Trek'' franchise, had no experience whatsoever with it. So, one weekend he had a marathon session of watching each and every episode to bring himself up to date on the franchise. Keep in mind, he didn't watch it on videotape - he watched it on ''kinescope''.
17th Apr '18 1:39:51 AM scooter
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* RetCon: the movie had quite a few of these, to square the movie-plot with the original episode ‘’Space Seed,’’ which was a bit deeper, as well as morally ambiguous and profound.
** Khan is described by Chekov as being simply a “criminal,” despite originally being a famous figure from history who ruled ¼ of the Earth, before disappearing in 1997; and he was not a "criminal" in terms of being wanted for (or found guilty of) crimes, but rather he was ‘’admired’’ by the Enterprise crew since there had been no massacres under his rule. Rather, Khan explained that it was his desire “to unite humanity,” and to “’’improve man’’” rather than depending on simply advancing technology while humanity became stagnant, saying that he fled because "we offered the world ''order''--" at point which Kirk noted that Khan spoke for a super-race of humans.
** Khan is also stated by Chekov as having “tried to murder Kirk and steal his ship;” but in the episode ‘’Space Seed,’’ he was acting to ‘’save humanity’’ in his own way; and he was only ‘’bluffing’’ about killing Kirk, while in reality ordering him removed from decompression while ‘’still conscious.’’

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* RetCon: the movie had quite a few of these, to square the movie-plot with the original episode ‘’Space Seed,’’ ''Space Seed,'' which was a bit deeper, as well as morally ambiguous and profound.
** Khan is described by Chekov as being simply a “criminal,” despite originally being a famous figure from history who ruled ¼ of the Earth, before disappearing in 1997; and he was not a "criminal" in terms of being wanted for (or found guilty of) crimes, but rather he was ‘’admired’’ ''admired'' by the Enterprise crew since there had been no massacres under his rule. Rather, Khan explained that it was his desire “to unite humanity,” and to “’’improve man’’” “''improve man''” rather than depending on simply advancing technology while humanity became stagnant, saying that he fled because "we offered the world ''order''--" at point which Kirk noted that Khan spoke for a super-race of humans.
** Khan is also stated by Chekov as having “tried to murder Kirk and steal his ship;” but in the episode ‘’Space Seed,’’ ''Space Seed,'' he was acting to ‘’save humanity’’ ''save humanity'' in his own way; and he was only ‘’bluffing’’ ''bluffing'' about killing Kirk, while in reality ordering him removed from decompression while ‘’still ''still conscious.’’''



** The plot claims Khan was “exiled” on the planet Ceti Alpha V; but in ‘’Space Seed,’’ Kirk formally ''drops all charges'' against Khan, since the Federation did not punish people in that way; and Khan had harmed no one; and Khan’s choice had to be made free of threat of criminal sentence, in order to be truly a choice. Therefore Khan’s choice was either to rule his own world, or join 23rd Century society where nobody would follow him; i.e. to “rule in Hell or serve in Heaven.” Thus Khan was thus not “exiled” to the planet, but rather it was ‘’given’’ to him and his crew, to rule as they chose.
** Khan blames Kirk for “the death of his wife,” forgetting that Kirk ‘’gave’’ him his wife as well, by dropping charges against Lt. McGivers as well, and allowing her to live on the planet with him (and presumably ''marrying'' them to each other as well).
** The plot also claims that the planet was particularly hazardous: i.e. infested with brain-control parasites, and also that a nearby planet exploded and laid waste to the Khan’s planet-surface; however in ‘’Space Seed,’’ Kirk expressly says that the planet was “no worse than the Botany Bay colony on Earth:” and records indicate neither of such hazards occurring ‘’there.’’

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** The plot claims Khan was “exiled” on the planet Ceti Alpha V; but in ‘’Space Seed,’’ ''Space Seed,'' Kirk formally ''drops all charges'' against Khan, since the Federation did not punish people in that way; and Khan had harmed no one; and Khan’s choice had to be made free of threat of criminal sentence, in order to be truly a choice. Therefore Khan’s choice was either to rule his own world, or join 23rd Century society where nobody would follow him; i.e. to “rule in Hell or serve in Heaven.” Thus Khan was thus not “exiled” to the planet, but rather it was ‘’given’’ ''given'' to him and his crew, to rule as they chose.
** Khan blames Kirk for “the death of his wife,” forgetting that Kirk ‘’gave’’ ''gave'' him his wife as well, by dropping charges against Lt. McGivers as well, and allowing her to live on the planet with him (and presumably ''marrying'' them to each other as well).
** The plot also claims that the planet was particularly hazardous: i.e. infested with brain-control parasites, and also that a nearby planet exploded and laid waste to the Khan’s planet-surface; however in ‘’Space Seed,’’ ''Space Seed,'' Kirk expressly says that the planet was “no worse than the Botany Bay colony on Earth:” and records indicate neither of such hazards occurring ‘’there.’’ ''there.''



*** Kirk is said to have ‘’cheated’’ on the Starfleet test, and then given a ‘’commendation’’ for cheating by Starfleet, rather than a dishonorable discharge.
** The movie also claims that Kirk “never faced death,” simply because he cheated on a no-win ‘’simulation;’’ but the Original Series-- and first movie-- showed Kirk facing death ‘’numerous’’ times, even ‘’ordering’’ his own death, to fulfill his duty as Captain.
** The movie attempts to claim that Kirk feels “old” at 50, despite the Original Series showing Kirk having already faced old age, as well as indicating that people were capable of living to nearly ‘’three times’’ that age.

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*** Kirk is said to have ‘’cheated’’ ''cheated'' on the Starfleet test, and then given a ‘’commendation’’ ''commendation'' for cheating by Starfleet, rather than a dishonorable discharge.
** The movie also claims that Kirk “never faced death,” simply because he cheated on a no-win ‘’simulation;’’ ''simulation;'' but the Original Series-- and first movie-- showed Kirk facing death ‘’numerous’’ ''numerous'' times, even ‘’ordering’’ ''ordering'' his own death, to fulfill his duty as Captain.
** The movie attempts to claim that Kirk feels “old” at 50, despite the Original Series showing Kirk having already faced old age, as well as indicating that people were capable of living to nearly ‘’three times’’ ''three times'' that age.
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