Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1982. Paramount Pictures. Story by Harve Bennett, Jack B. Sowards, Screenplay by Jack B. Sowards, based on the television series Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry. Cinematography by Gayne Rescher. Produced by Robert Sallin. Music by James Horner. Production Design by Joseph R. Jennings. Costume Design by Robert Fletcher. Film Editing by William Paul Dornisch.
After the disappointment of the U.S.S. Enterprise’s first voyage onto the silver screen, this rippling adventure was a healthy return and superior sequel for Trekkies to sink their teeth into and wholeheartedly enjoy. It’s a sequel to an earlier episode of the original Star Trek television series, which ended with Captain Kirk (William Shatner) stranding the evil Khan (played again by Ricardo Montalban) on a deserted planet and leaving him there for dead. In this film, we learn that Khan not only survived, but is planning revenge on Kirk for having done this to him. At the same time, the Enterprise crew learns of a Federation project called Genesis, which will be responsible for making uninhabitable planets safe for humans, and which is being worked on by an old flame of Kirk’s and their (surprise!) son (the late Merritt Butrick). A vicious villain, dazzling visual effects and sturdy direction: what more could you ask for? It’s a great adventure, and is improved upon by the two wonderful sequels to follow.