Sunday, June 9, 2013

1982 - STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, paired up with 1967 - SPACE SEED

Double feature night at the local neighborhood theater which can't make up it's mind whether it wants to show independent films or old classic films.  Anyway we zipped over to watch Star Trek II:  The Wrath of Khan and much too my surprise they showed the original episode Space Seed which the film was based on. 

Well, Space Seed is from Season One of the original cast when the series was very fresh.  It looks like a television show, a lot of light on the sets everywhere to put it mildly.  Forgot how sexist the show was when it came to women, those Star Fleet uniforms sure are short and tight.  Ricardo Montalban is as over the top and hammy as he was in The Wrath of Kahn, he is a good villain for Kirk to go up against. Actually a pretty fun episode of the series which had had a lot of crappy shows particularly in the third season.

However all hail Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, the first real Star Trek film.  The troublesome Gene Roddenberry was pushed out of the film after making a mess out of Star Trek The Motion Picture.  His replacement Harv Bennett television producer of The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman was brought in to put together another Star Trek film.  It was Bennett who realized Space Seed could be a jumping off point for another Star Trek film.  When you get right down to it Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn is really just another episode of the old television series. 

After cutting the necessary deals with the cast, Bennett hired Nicholas Meyer and inexperienced director to shoot the film.  Meyer did an uncredited rewrite of the script and actually managed to get the old feeling of the show in the film something Roddenberry completely failed to do.

 A very enjoyable big screen version of the television series.

Space Seed 50 minutes.

Star Trek II:  The Wrath of Kahn  113 minutes.

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