Episode 408: Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan

Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan (1982)Watch the trailer!

It took us over 400 episodes, but we're finally paying tribute to the longest-running American science fiction franchise, one that has millions of loyal followers all over the globe! That's right, it's time to talk about Star Trek! For our first film in the pairing, we're looking at what most Trekkers consider the best film to come out of Trek Lore! Directed by Nicholas Meyer and written by Gene Roddenberry, Jack B. Sowards, and Harve Bennett, "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" is the first and only Trek film to find its story in the continuance of one of the original television episodes! Some thirty years after the events of "Space Seed" (1967), Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the crew of the Starship Enterprise are on Earth, helping train a class of new cadets at Starfleet Academy. This film introduces us to the dreaded "Kobiashi Maru" simulator test, something that has become firm and lasting Trek lore. Taught by Captain Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and led by cadet Saavik (Kirstie Alley), the cadets are headed out on a training cruise with most of the normal bridge crew along to assist: helmsman Sulu (George Takei), Communications Officer Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley) and Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott (James Doohan). Meanwhile, aboard the U.S.S. Reliant, Pavel Chekov (Waltern Koenig) is 1st Officer to Captain Terrell (Paul Winfield) are looking for a lifeless planet so that Dr. Carol Marcus (Bibi Besch) can test out the Genesis Device, a missile capable of terraforming an entire planet in a manner of days, turning it into a habitable, Earth-like world. Unfortunately for Terrell and Chekov, the planet they are investigating isn't the one they think it is. Worse yet, it's the planet where the Enterprise originally stranded Khan Noonian Singh (Ricardo Montalban), a genetically engineered tyrant. He takes Terrell and Chekov hostage, seizes control of the Reliant, and begins hunting both Kirk and the Genesis device! The race is on to see if the Enterprise can survive Khan's attack, and if Dr. Marcus and her crew can be saved before Khan turns Genesis into a weapon of mass destruction! Also starring Merritt Butrick and Judson Scott!

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