In the 23rd century, Admiral James T Kirk (William Shatner) is a guest aboard the USS Enterprise, which is taking part in a training exercise.
But the routine voyage becomes a serious mission when his old ship is lured into a deadly trap, placing Kirk and his companions at the mercy of a crazed adversary, the formidable Khan (Ricardo Montalban), a eugenically programmed genius exiled from 20th century Earth for trying to take over the world.
This big-screen sequel to the 1967 TV series episode ‘Space Seed’ is truer in spirit to the beloved space opera than the first feature and a firm favourite with some fans.
Here, genetic superman Khan wreaks vengeance against the Enterprise crew for sending him to a planetary wasteland.
Nicholas Meyer – who also directed Star Trek VI – puts the stress on the narrative values that made the original series so compelling and vibrantly weaves the thematic motifs of life, loss and adventure together as he expertly continues the saga.
Leonard Nimoy has rarely been so moving.
Admiral James T Kirk
Dr Leonard “Bones” McCoy
Dr Carol Marcus
Midshipman Peter Preston
Judson Earney Scott