Classic Cinema: Star Trek Wrath of Khan (1982) – By Jason S. Lockard

Leonard Simon Nimoy was born on March 26, 1931 in the West End of Boston, Massachusetts, to Jewish immigrants from Iziaslav, Ukraine. Nimoy began acting at the age of 8 in a children’s and neighborhood theater. Even though his parents wanted him to attend college his grandfather encouraged him to become an actor.

His first major role was at 17 in an amateur production of Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing!, the role “lit a passion” that led him to pursue an acting career. “I never wanted to do anything else.”

While a great actor in everything he did it was the role in the classic sci-fi tv series created by Gene Roddenburry that he would be linked with forever as the Vulcan Spock. While the series only lasted a short three seasons the episodes are filled with countless hours of entertainment. This of course lead the the Star Trek film series. While the first film didn’t quite meet to everyone’s expectations, the three films that followed were an amazing three film story story arc.

The first of the films that has come to be known as “The Trilogy” is The Wrath of Khan. Khan Noonien Singh first introduced in the TV episode “Space Seed” in this film Khan returns.

In this film Captain Kirk is ready to move on from galopping around the stars, but embarks on a three-week training voyage. When the Enterprise is ambushed and crippled by the Reliant. Khan hails the Enterprise and offers to spare Kirk’s crew if they relinquish all material related to the Genesis device, an a technology designed to reorganize matter to create habitable worlds for colonization.

Kirk never one for retreat or surrender decides to fight his most dangerous enemy. While victory comes, it comes at a great price. The a technology designed to reorganize matter to create habitable worlds for colonization death of Kirk’s great friend, Mr. Spock.

The film still holds up to this day and is a thrill ride of an adventure. Bring us action, adventure, drama, heartbreak and hope. Next month we continue our tribute to the great Leonard Nimoy with the next film in the trilogy.

So until next month this is Jason S. Lockard reminding you if you want to see a great movie check out a classic.

Moral Rating: violence and adult language
Audience: teens and adults
Genre: action/adventure
Length: 112 minutes
Released: 1982
Rating: A