Article by Owen Cotter and Marlene Garza
Star Trek II: The wrath of Khan is celebrating its 40th anniversary. This groundbreaking sequel directed by Nicholas Meyer features many iconic sequences such as some of the first uses of CGI and motion pictures of the time. Specifically, the genesis project presentation, as well as the first time ILM industrial light and magic have worked outside of the George Lucas Star Wars Universe. This incredible sequel to the 1979 Star Trek motion picture movie reinvigorated the franchise created by Gene Roddenberry in the 60s. This film was an upbeat action pack adventure set in space with amazing starship battles, visual effects, and top-notch acting.
The story centers around the character of Khan played by actor Ricardo Montalban being found on the planet Ceti Alpha V by the crew of Starship Reliant. After encountering Khan on the planet’s surface which the crew did not expect to find him there; is then brainwashed, and their ship is stolen by Khan and his comrades.
Capitan James T. Kirk (William Shatner) is now admiral, and his crew goes on a mission of epic portions. Eventually, leading to a conflict with Khan which results in some of the greatest screenwriting of all time.
This film includes many powerful scenes. One of the most important is the scene between Kirk and Spock (Leonard Nimoy) where Spock sacrifices himself to save the Enterprise. This film is regarded as one of the greatest sequels of all time. Not only as outstanding performances by the cast as well as a perfectly executed soundtrack in sync conducted by legendary composer James Horner. Personally, this is one of my all-time favorite science fiction films. I highly recommend it! If you have not seen this masterpiece, please check it out.
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