The Wrath of Khan is normally thought of as one of the best Star Trek movies made, and interestingly enough Gene Roddenberry (creator of Star Trek) was removed from this picture because he wanted to make a movie about the crew going back in time to stop the Klingons from stopping the Kennedy Assassination. I think this is one of the rare times that the studio did the right thing.
In this movie Kirk decides to retake command of the USS Enterprise, so they can check on a transmission being sent out by his former girl friend Dr. Carol Marcus. Meanwhile the USS Reliant has been captured by Kirk’s old enemy Khan, who sets a trap for Kirk and the Enterprise. I haven’t given away the whole plot, but already more has happened then Star Trek The Motion Picture.
It was really smart to bring in a foe from the TV Show for this film, since most people going to watch the movie loved the show. It was also briskly edited, so it didn’t drag so much, which was a huge problem with the previous movie, and watching Kirk and Khan yell at each other through space is always fun.
They made this movie on the cheep, so the special effects were kind of lame even for the 80s, but they did the best they could with the money they had, so they didn’t have to focus on cool special effects. They did find the money to replace the blue pajamas with the cool red Velcro uniforms we have all come to know and love.
Khan isn’t just a good Star Trek movie it is a good movie period. The story and the action is really top notch, and fact it is a Star Trek movie just makes it better. There are only a couple of Star Trek movies that are must watch, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is one of them.