Episode 100 – Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan – Part 1

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3 thoughts on “Episode 100 – Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan – Part 1”

  1. Congradulations on your 100th episode.
    Rachel, has Chriss given you the complete count of franchise episodes/films there are in Star Trek? Xeno’s paradox much?

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    Even non-Trekkies get excited about this film. There’s too much too talk about. I heard Rachel whoop just like the audience did in 1982. We whooped.

    I cut school again to see a 9:00 am show in Manhattan. I thought there would be long lines so I got there at 5am, just before dawn. Only half a dozen people crazier than me got there first. We all sat on the sidewalk and played trivia games. At least the weather was nice. It was Summertime.

    The first thing that awed us were the opening credits. It doesn’t come across on a television screen but there is a weird optical illusion created on a big screen due to the slowly rotating star-field and text that fades out to a Cherenkov Blue. This is difficult to get across verbally… The stars are moving toward the audience gradually and at the same time, the whole field of view is almost imperceptibly rotating. This motion disturbs the normal depth perception in human vision, causing a VERY pronounced 3D effect. The deep blue fade out of the text enhanced the effect greatly. These visuals and the new upbeat military sounding music set our expectations for something very new that would contrast sharply with the previous film. ” WOW. This is going to be good.”

    We had all heard the persistent rumors of Spock’s death for weeks, and the training simulator scene told us that “this” was the source of the rumor. “Spock died. Ha ha.” The double fake-out was perfect. We had completely forgotten the threat and then got smacked in the head at the end. It was perfect storytelling. Was Rachel fooled like the rest of us?

    Saavik’s behavior:
    It is easy to forget that Spock is not a model for Vulcans. He is a unique Human/Vulcan hybrid, there are no others. Saavik is half Romulan, so she is neither a model for Vulcans nor of Romulans. So Kirsty Ally’s interpretation is the model for her character. The next actress had too little to do with the role to add to or to alter the character. Although I have never seen the idea explored, it is implied in the novelization that she is the result of a rape. This film went to some very dark places.

    Only Ricardo Montalban could out-shat the Shat. Ricardo’s performance absolutely makes this film his.

    Star Trek: Con Mucho Gusto!

  2. I always assumed the Star Trek insignia Khan wears around his neck was in memory of Marla.

    Much as I adore this film, I am always a little sorry we never got to see them as a married couple. Khan does seem to have loved her, and that he could care about someone who wasn’t one of his original supermen (or their descendants) suggests there was the possibility, however remote, of his eventual redemption/rehabilitation.

    If Marla had been around, I think (hope) this would have been a much different film. I can see at least two distinct possibilities for her character, either of which I would have loved to see: I think either she would have been a moderating influence on Khan, perhaps focusing his intensity and helping him to avoid some of the pitfalls he otherwise stumbles (or charges) right into (“Change the prefix code.” “Prefix code?”), or she would have been as vengeful and unhinged as Khan himself, encouraging and aiding his mayhem, but with much more knowledge of how Starfleet, and Kirk, operate and the best (worst) ways to stick the knife in and twist it. (“We don’t want you, Admiral.” “Give us Spock.” “Or McCoy.” “Your choice.” “Or we will destroy your entire ship.” “Choose wisely, Admiral.”)

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