Trekking With Tim, Day Two: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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My feeling is that movie adaptations should be able to appeal to both diehards and non-fans alike. They should maintain the spirit of their source material, but should not be slavishly devoted to it. Most importantly, they should work on their own terms; if you know nothing about the book, TV series, or original film that is being adapted, the film should still create a stand-alone experience. This is a roundabout way of getting to the point: I really enjoyed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. This second film feels like the birth of a movie franchise, not simply an extension of a popular TV show. Compared to Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Khan is more exciting, it's better acted, the special effects are more convincing, and, most importantly, the characters are better realized. This is hardly a minority opinion, since Khan is regularly cited as the best of the series. Still, it's a good movie any way you slice it.Back to Article