Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan | Chicago Reader

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

In this second Star Trek feature (1982), the crew of the Enterprise confronts middle age in a plot that makes very little literal sense but is packed with pertinent life-out-of-death, Waste Land imagery: a 200-year-old heavy (Ricardo Montalban) living on a barren planet, a secret project code-named “Genesis” that can turn deserts into tropical jungles, Captain Kirk wearing specs and rediscovering his long-lost family. 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. With William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, and Paul Winfield.



  • Nicholas Meyer


  • William Shatner
  • Leonard Nimoy
  • Ricardo Montalban
  • DeForest Kelley
  • James Doohan
  • Walter Koenig
  • George Takei
  • Nichelle Nichols
  • Kirstie Alley
  • Bibi Besch
  • Merritt Butrick
  • Paul Winfield


  • Jack B. Sowards


  • Harve Bennett
  • William Phillips
  • Robert Sallin

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