Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan
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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is fondly regarded as being the closest in spirit to the 1966-69 TV series that spawned it. Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) escapes the tedium of a desk job to join Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley) on another space mission. While boldly going where no man etc. etc., Kirk crosses the path of his old enemy Khan (Ricardo Montalban), who as any die-hard Trekker can tell you, was the chief antagonist in the 1966 Trek TV episode "Space Seed." Leading a crew of near-savage space prisoners, Khan insinuates… More

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"There is something comfortable, even old-shoeish, about the new film, a sense, appropriate to its theme of coming to terms with middle age, that all aboard are pleasurably rediscovering their best selves."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"The net effect, between embarrassed guffaws, is incredulity: a movie at once post-TV and pre-DW Griffith."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"It was Star Trek II that put the franchise on the right track as the spirit of Gene Roddenberry's 60s television series was harnessed to spectacular effect."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"The merely curious are warned. If Star Trek: The Motion Picture showed little of the Enterprise of the culty TV series, this sequel is at times a flat-out Khan-job."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
""To boldly go" never went quite so boldly as it did here."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"Star Trek II is a very satisfying space adventure, closer in spirit and format to the popular TV series than to its big-budget predecessor."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Although I liked the special effects in the first movie, they were probably not the point; fans of the TV series wanted to see their favorite characters again, and Trek II understood that desire and acted on it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This is hands-down the best Trek flick made so far."
‑ , Total Film
"This isn't great "for a Star Trek movie", it's one of the best sci-fi adventure films of the post-Star Wars era."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Thrilling, philosophical installment of popular space saga."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"If only director Nicholas Meyer had grasped the implications of his tale more fully and enthusiastically, this might have become a classic piece of cornball SF poetry, but as it stands the tepid acting and one-set claustrophobia take a heavy toll."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Here comes a sequel that's worth its salt. The second Star Trek movie is swift, droll and adventurous, not to mention appealingly gadget-happy. It's everything the first one should have been and wasn't."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Leonard Nimoy has rarely been so moving."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Meyer does a superb job of bringing Montalban's sinister yet charming character back into the fold..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"If this is the supposed high point for the Star Trek movie series, it's still a low point for sci-fi."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
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