By: Oberst Von Berauscht (A Toast) –
The crew of the starship “Enterprise” encounter an old foe in Kahn Noonian Singh (Ricardo Montalbán). Khan is a genetically altered Sikh warrior from the Earth’s distant past, a time when a great Eugenics war was fought with genetically altered humans… the mid 90s…
That explains Oasis, at least…
Khan has vowed vengeance against Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) for marooning him and his crew on a planet 15 years prior, blaming him for the deaths of most of his people. He also is seeking to capture and weaponize “Genesis”, a device which could destroy whole planets, creating new life in its wake. Admiral Kirk and the Enterprise crew are forced to match wits with Khan in a battle which may very well decide the fate of the galaxy.
While Star Trek: the Motion Picture was financially a hit, the film later suffered a backlash for its slow pacing and lack of action. As a result, the sequel’s budget was cut down to a fraction of the original’s size. Thankfully, the filmmakers accomplished much with these limitations…
On the other hand, they did have to hire Kristie Alley…
Although the lower budget is apparent, this seems to have forced the filmmakers to concentrate more on building characters. Director Nicolas Meyer keeps the pace deliberate and workmanlike, eschewing the stylistic exercises of its predecessor. This seeming shortcoming is more than overcome by a story which has genuine gravity, featuring a plot twist that truly shocked viewers of the time. Captain Kirk undergoes an arc, growing as a character for the first time. Kirk is a self-assured commander who believes he can always manage to find a way to win. As Khan’s plan unfolds, it becomes clear that Kirk is facing a threat which challenges this very philosophy. William Shatner’s performance near the end is heartbreaking, as he realizes how much he has sacrificed in the quest to succeed in his mission.
Like dignity… (Seriously why Kristie Alley? what the f…)
Ricardo Montelbán is wonderfully theatrical as the megalomaniacal Khan. The Wrath of Khan is also the only Trek film which is more or less direct sequel to an episode of the original series (The Space Seed), and Khan has changed since then. In The Space Seed, Khan’s personality is described as Napoleonic, and remnants of that remain, however the years of isolation and struggle for survival have maddened Khan, and he has turned his quest for domination inward. He now focuses on a pointless vendetta against Kirk, one which could not possibly help accomplish his overall goals. Montelbán conveys Khan as a man delighting maniacally in every little victory against Kirk. The result is one of the the most memorable villains in film history.
Even if you’re not much of a Trek fan, this is an essential entry into the Sci-Fi film genre in general, and stands well on its own.
Take a Drink: whenever someone mentions the Kobayashi-Maru test
Take a Drink: whenever Spock (or anyone else) uses some variance of the word “Logic”
Do a Double-shot: for the epic Shatner “Khaaaaan!” scream
Take a Drink: for any mention of the Genesis device