Over 30 years later, 1982’s The Wrath Of Khan remains the seminal Star Trek film. Kirk is at the height of his powers. He has a villain — from canon, no less — who is his equal. At stake is the most dangerous technology in Federation history, with moral implications worthy of a classic McCoy-Spock debate (which happens).
Moreover, the film gives depth where even the TV series often didn’t. Kirk’s infinite dalliances with galactic girlfriends at one point produced a son — one with a complicated opinion of his father. Kirk’s cowboy-style problem solving in years past catches up to him in the form of Khan. The crew is acknowledged to have aged, and not always gracefully. The allegories of Moby Dick and A Tale Of Two Cities and the introduction of the still ingenious Kobayashi Maru test expertly inform the action without overpowering it. Also, let’s not forget about the most compelling, pivotal, and emotional death in Trek history.
Indeed, after the slow crawl of its predecessor, The Wrath Of Khan changed Star Trek forever, and most certainly saved it from cultural oblivion. Though some may bemoan the distancing of Trek from Gene Roddenberry’s utopian ideals, or the transformation of Starfleet into a more militaristic organization, the tone, style and story of The Wrath Of Khan works on almost every level.
With that, one of our favorite YouTubers, Oliver Harper, has released yet another epic retrospective, this time looking back at this fan-favorite flick. Check out some insightful commentary, little known facts, behind-the-scenes footage and other things any Trekkie should enjoy.
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[via Oliver Harper]