Monday, June 4, 2012

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 30 Years Old Today

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the U.S. release of the best of all the films in the Star Trek franchise; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

It's such a superior film to it's predecessor that a direct comparison isn't really possible. It really relaunched the Trek franchise, and its echoes still reverberated through the other movies and television series. Everything from the plot-- direct, but with enough twists to make it unpredictable-- to the acting-- Ricardo Montalbán's over-the-top performance was only matched by Shatner's-- to the music-- the score really put James Horner on the map-- to the costumes -- you still see the "monster maroons" showing up in flashbacks in the TV series as late as Voyager-- just everything is perfect.

This was one of the highlights of 1982, when I was an impressionable 16 year old, my life stuffed full with Trek, and gaming, and science fiction in general. It was a great watershed, and a film I will still watch whenever it comes on.

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