During routine inspection and training maneuvers, Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) must assume command of his old star ship, the USS Enterprise, when the villainous Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban)-a “product of late 20th century genetic engineering”-emerges to exact vengeance on the unsuspecting Kirk. With a devastating new force at his disposal-Project Genesis-Khan is prepared to do whatever it takes to bring down Kirk, who Khan blames for the death of his wife.
Beyond the final frontier
In “Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan,” Admiral Kirk has more on his plate than strange new worlds and new life forms. Not only must he contend with the blind rage of the mad Khan, but the vagaries of middle age have begun to take their toll as well. His home is adorned with relics and models of the past. He now needs reading glasses. And mortality looms overhead like a specter.
Just like the good old days
“Star Trek 2” manages to retain all the quirky charms of the original TV series. Kirk is still teasing Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) over his obliviousness to all things human. And the jousts between logical Spock and the emotional Dr. “Bones” McCoy (DeForest Kelley) are still a hoot:
Spock: Really, Dr. McCoy, you must learn to govern you passions. They will be your undoing. Logic suggests-
McCoy: Logic? My God, the man’s talking about logic. We’re talking about universal Armageddon! You green-blooded, inhuman…
For nearly two generations the star ship Enterprise has blazed a trail and boldly gone where no man has gone before. And it is now time for all cinephiles to blaze an equally wide path to the beach, as “Star Trek 2” marks the opening of the popular summer series of free screenings, Moonlight Movies on the Beach, presented by Alfredo’s Beach Club and Long Beach Cinematheque. For information about the rest of the series, CLICK HERE. “Star Trek 2” will screen on Monday, July 2, at 8 PM, at Granada Beach.
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