Cinema Experience – ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’

SPOILERS ALERT!!!

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

It’s amazing to think how much time has passed since I saw this movie on DVD in 2004! I saw ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’ recently on the big screen at my local Showcase Cinema in Nantgarw. This was a limited re-release and I would be mad not to miss out seeing this film on the big screen here! 🙂

I have seen ‘Star Trek’ movies on the big screen before, what with the reboot trilogy including ‘Star Trek’ (2009); ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ and ‘Star Trek Beyond’. Although I like ‘Beyond’ a lot, this was the first time I’d seen a proper ‘Star Trek’ movie on the big screen. I didn’t think it would ever happen. 🙂

‘Star Trek II’ is definitely one of the best films ever made in the series and is one of my favourites! It’s amazing to think that this movie was released back in 1982 and it still holds up even to this day. From the movie’s opening titles and music, I was immersed into the ‘Star Trek II’ world in an instant! It was amazing!

I was disappointed the Director’s Cut of the film wasn’t shown on the big screen. I thought that would be the case when it was advertised on Showcase Cinema’s website. I would have liked to have seen the extended version of this movie on the big screen as with ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ in April 2018.

Despite that, I enjoyed seeing the original theatrical version of the movie on the big screen. It was amazing to see the details I hadn’t noticed before when watching the movie at the cinema. ‘Star Trek II’ feels epic and it’s a grand spectacle, full of well-directed character drama and action sequences.

It’s been four years since I saw this movie back in 2016 when I reviewed it on my ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog. I still consider ‘Star Trek: First Contact’ to be my absolute favourite ‘Star Trek’ movie, but ‘Star Trek II’ ranks highly with showcasing the best of what the original ‘Star Trek’ series and characters did.

In a way, ‘Star Trek II’ feels like a proper beginning to the original ‘Star Trek’ cast of Captain Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty and the rest in the movies. I know it was ‘The Motion Picture’ that started it off, but that was a bland beginning. Here, ‘Star Trek II’ contains the essences of what makes a good ‘Star Trek’.

With the movie being a sequel to ‘Space Seed’; featuring Ricardo Montalbán as the villainous Khan; the cast led by William Shatner as Kirk and the superb direction by Nicholas Meyer, ‘Star Trek II’ manages to be a film that pleases both ‘Star Trek’ fans and non-‘Star Trek’ fans alike. It’s pretty amazing!

I noticed how many Enterprise shots in ‘Star Trek II’ were reused from ‘The Motion Picture’ but utilised for more dramatic and pacier effect. I also found how epic the musical score by James Horner was. It matches well with what goes on in terms of the action and the character drama featured throughout the film.

I also reflect on how I’ve already had a photo with William Shatner at the ‘Destination Star Trek Birmingham’ event in October 2018. It was surreal to see this movie, knowing that I’ve had a photo with him in real-life. Shatner’s performance as Kirk stands out well in the film as well as the rest of the cast. I’ve also had photos with Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koening from the ‘Destination Star Trek Birmingham’ event. 😀

I also found how emotional the film’s climax was when watching it on the big screen. I had tears in my eyes with seeing Leonard Nimoy as Spock giving a heroic sacrifice and dying in the radiation chamber whilst Kirk watches him. His final words to Kirk and the funeral scenes for Spock were very tear-jerking.

I know that Spock comes back in ‘Star Trek III’ next, but the emotional ending still holds up even to this day. I don’t know if there’ll be re-releases of ‘Star Trek III’ and ‘Star Trek IV’ at my local cinema. Probably not. But it would be nice to see those movies in order to complete that trilogy experience. 🙂

I greatly enjoyed seeing ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’ on the big screen lately. It was worthwhile! The performances of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForrest Kelly, Ricardo Montalbán and the rest stand out well. So does Nicholas Meyer’s direction! It’s one of the best ‘Star Trek’ films ever made!

Please feel free to check out my detailed DVD review on ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’ in the link.

Enjoy!

Even Timelord007 loves ‘Star Trek II’ still. I’m sure he’d… (Pause; ponders) What’s he up to lately?

– – – – –

Elsewhere in time and space, Timelord007 plays his ‘Spider-Man’ PS4 game.

Timelord007: “Excellent! I finally platinumed this amazing game! And it’s DLC!”

Suddenly, Timelord gets beamed out into space. He screams as he’s beamed across dozens of light years.

– – – – –

Eventually, Timelord ends up sitting in a chair in a dark room.

Timelord007: “Hello? Who’s disturbed my gaming time bringing me here?”

Suddenly, restraints on his hands and his feet clamp shut.

Timelord007: “What?!”

Timelord struggles to break free. He can’t get out.

Timelord007: “No! The ex-girlfriends have finally caught up with me!”

Suddenly, a voice speaks to him.

(evilly) Hello Timelord. Are you sitting comfortably?

Timelord007: “Who is that? Those Welsh tones sound awfully familiar!”

(evilly) Don’t worry, Timelord. It’s me! Tim.

Timelord007: “Tim? What’s going on? Why have you zipped me light years across space? You could’ve texted, you know.”

(evilly) Do not be alarmed. You are trapped in a dark room in the middle of nowhere.

Timelord007: (disturbed) “Tim, you’re sounding rather sinister buddy. Have you been watching ‘The Keeper of Traken’ again?”

(evilly) It’s time for you to watch a movie, Timelord. So sit back, relax and enjoy.

Timelord007: “A movie hey?” (shrugs) “That doesn’t sound so bad.”

A big movie screen switches on. The ‘Star Wars’ fanfare goes off as well as the ‘Star Wars’ title.

Timelord007: (realises) “No. No! NO!!!!!”

The opening crawl comes up and it’s revealed to be…’EPISODE VIII – The Last Jedi’.

Timelord007: (cries) “ARGH!!!!!!!!!!”

(evilly) Yes! That’s right, Timelord! You will watch this film to the very end! You will not be released until it’s over.

Timelord007: “Get me out of this chair!!! Why, Tim?!!! Why are you doing this to me?”

(evilly) Because I feel evil today! (Pause) And because I’ve done a review on ‘The Last Jedi’ recently for my ‘Star Wars Review Season’. That’ll be coming out next week.

Timelord007: “This isn’t ‘Star Wars’! This is an abomination!”

(evilly) You must see this movie before you see my review on ‘The Last Jedi’.

Timelord007: “Get me out this chair! I’d rather stick needles in my eyes than watch this abomination again!”

(evilly) No, Timelord. You will stay and watch ‘The Last Jedi’! And enjoy it!

Timelord007: “I’ll escape! And when I do, you’ll be sorry!”

Timelord continues struggling to break free.

(evilly) It’s no good, Timelord! You can’t escape so easily.

Tim laughs out loud evilly.

Timelord007: (pleads) “Tim, please! Release me from this chair! Don’t torture me like this! I beg you! Don’t make me watch this atrocious monstrosity! Release me from this torture!!!”

(Khan-like) I’ve done far worse than torture you. I’ve taunted you! And I wish to go on…taunting you!

Timelord realises what’s happening and becomes quite scared.

(continues: Khan-like) I shall leave you as this movie left you…left many ‘Star Wars’ fans. Marooned for endless debates…in the centre of total fandom diversity. (whispers) Terrified! Terrified!

Timelord gets mad.

Timelord007: (screams; Kirk-like) “TIM!!!!!!”

Timelord007’s scream echoes out into space…far away from where he is…in ‘Bradley’s Basement’ HQ…?…on Earth…?

Timelord007: (continues; screams; Kirk-like) “TIM!!!!!! TIM!!!!!!”

Tim sighs in victory.

– – – – –

Back with the real Tim in our universe…

By the way, that wasn’t me who kidnapped Timelord007. That was a Mirror version of me from the Mirror Universe! (Pause) I’m still doing my ‘Last Jedi’ review in this universe incidentally. (Pause; confused) Bit of a coincidence. (Pause; snaps out of it) Thankfully Deadpool rescued Timelord007 on my behalf to bring him back to our universe! 🙂

Deadpool: “Now Tiny Tim! I’ve held up my end of the bargain rescuing Timelord from a fate worse than death. Now it’s your turn to fulfill your end of the bargain. So, tell me, Tim. Where is Francis?”

Awkward silence.

(feels nervious; to audience) Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

Deadpool: “I’m waiting, Tim.”

Another awkward silence.

2 thoughts on “Cinema Experience – ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’

  1. Sent me crazy Mirror Tim did torturing me with that abomination i had lie down in the Tardis zero room for 72 hours & still the images of that film haunt me lol.

    Deadpool he really hates Francis doesn’t he realise it’s just a actor playing a part?

    Great review Tim, this is still my favourite Trek movie it’s tense, dramatic, action packed & emotional, Spocks sacrifice floors me everytime, that scene with him & Kirk has me tearing up when he says “i am and always shall be your friend” then turns away & dies my God Nimoy makes that scene hard to watch because at the time we thought that was it for Spock.

    I prefer the DC version because we find out it is Scotty nephew is the one who dies which hads a more dramatic weigbt that characters we know & love actually lose loved ones which is something we can all relate too.

    I love the stand off between Kirk & Khan, Kirks “i don’t believe in a no win situation” & how he tricks Khan is excellent & i love how McCoy has a go at him on his birthday telling him get back on board the Enterprise.

    The only thing missing for me is a actual face to face between Kirk & Khan, I’d loved them to had a fight scene but this is just a minor quibble & doesn’t lessen the impact of the movie.

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    • Hi Simon.

      I had no idea there was a Mirror version of me popping into our universe. I hope we won’t have any more trouble from him. Deadpool must’ve sorted him out. 😀

      Hmm. I wonder if Deadpool knows Ed Skrien’s in ‘Midway’ or ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ recently. Oops, perhaps I shouldn’t have said that. 😀

      I’m very pleased I saw ‘Star Trek II’ at the cinema recently. I wish it was the director’s cut being shown on the big screen at my local cinema, but I still had a good time watching this film. I enjoyed the performances of the cast; the action; the music and the epic feel of the film throughout. Will I see ‘Star Trek III’ and ‘IV’ next at my local cinema though. Who knows?

      Yeah it would’ve been great if there was a scene where Kirk and Khan actually fought each other face to face. It would’ve been dramatic to see the two of them clashing in arm-to-arm combat against each other.

      Many thanks for your thoughts and comments, Simon.

      Tim. 🙂

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