CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan (1982)

In the year 2285, Admiral James T. Kirk oversees a simulator session of Captain Spock’s trainees. In the simulation, Lieutenant Saavik commands the starship USS Enterprise on a rescue mission to save the crew of a damaged ship. When Enterprise enters Klingon space to reach the ship it is attacked by Klingon cruisers and critically damaged. The simulation is named the “Kobayashi Maru”—a no-win scenario designed to test the character of Starfleet officers. Later, Dr. McCoy joins Kirk on his birthday; seeing Kirk in low spirits, the doctor advises Kirk to get a new command and not grow old behind a desk.  ST2_1

Meanwhile, the USS Reliant is on a mission to search for a lifeless planet for testing of the Genesis Device, a technology designed to reorganize matter to create habitable worlds for colonization. Reliant officers Commander Pavel Chekov and Captain Clark Terrell beam down to the surface of a possible candidate planet, which they believe to be Ceti Alpha VI; once there, they are captured by genetically engineered tyrant Khan Noonien Singh. Enterprise discovered Khan’s ship adrift in space 15 years previously; Kirk exiled Khan and his fellow supermen from 20th century Earth to Ceti Alpha V after they attempted to take over Enterprise. After they were marooned, Ceti Alpha VI exploded, shifting the orbit of Ceti Alpha V and destroying its ecosystem. Khan blames Kirk for the death of his wife and plans revenge. He implants Chekov and Terrell with indigenous eels that enter the ears of their victims and render them susceptible to mind control, and uses the officers to capture Reliant. Learning of Genesis, Khan attacks space station Regula I where the device is being developed by Kirk’s former lover, Dr. Carol Marcus, and their son, David.

st2 1

Enterprise embarks on a three week training voyage. Kirk assumes command after the ship receives a distress call from Regula I. En route, Enterprise is ambushed and crippled by Reliant, leading to the deaths and injuries of many trainees. Khan hails Enterprise and offers to spare Kirk’s crew if they relinquish all material related to Genesis. Kirk stalls for time and uses Reliant ’​s prefix code to remotely lower its shields, allowing Enterprise to counter-attack. Khan is forced to retreat and effect repairs, while Enterprise limps to Regula I. Kirk, McCoy, and Saavik beam to the station and find Terrell and Chekov alive, along with slaughtered members of Marcus’s team. They soon find Carol and David hiding deep inside the planetoid of Regula. Khan, having used Terrell and Chekov as spies, orders them to kill Kirk; Terrell resists the eel’s influence and kills himself while Chekov collapses as the eel leaves his body. Khan then transports Genesis aboard Reliant. Though Khan believes his foe stranded on Regula I, Kirk and Spock use a coded message to arrange a rendezvous. Kirk directs Enterprise into the nearby Mutara Nebula; static discharges inside the nebula render shields useless and compromise targeting systems, making Enterprise and Reliant evenly matched. Kirk exploits Khan’s inexperience in space combat and two-dimensional thinking to critically disable Reliant.

st2 final

Mortally wounded, Khan activates Genesis, which will reorganize all matter in the nebula including the Enterprise. Though Kirk’s crew detects the activation of Genesis and attempts to move out of range, they will not be able to escape the nebula in time due to the ship’s damaged warp drive. Spock goes to the engine room to restore the warp drive. When McCoy tries to prevent Spock’s entry, as exposure to the high levels of radiation would be fatal, Spock incapacitates the doctor with a Vulcan nerve pinch and performs a mind meld, telling him to “Remember”. Spock successfully restores power to the warp drive and the Enterprise escapes the explosion, though at the cost of his life. The explosion of Genesis causes the gas in the nebula to reform into a new planet, capable of sustaining life.

Kirk arrives in the engine room, as Spock lies dying of radiation poisoning. A space burial is held in the Enterprise ’​s torpedo room and Spock’s coffin is shot into orbit around the new planet. The crew leaves to pick up Reliant ’​s marooned crew from Ceti Alpha V. Spock’s coffin, having soft-landed, rests on the Genesis planet’s surface.

Related Posts
Two Evil Eyes (1990)

It was the team-up of the century in 1990 when the Italian auteur of excess Dario Argento made this double-feature compendium creeper with DAWN OF THE DEAD helmer George Romero! Read more

To Kill With Intrigue (1977)

The year was 1977 and kung-fu fighting was still blasting out of discotheques, the spectre of Bruce Lee continued to haunt Hong Kong cinema and a young Jackie Chan was Read more

The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)

Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, The Wind Rises) brings you a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary Read more

The Shanghai 13 (1984)

The Shanghai 13 is from Chang Cheh (Five Deadly Venoms, One Armed Swordsman), and follows a tale of patriots vs. traitors in 1930's Shanghai features Shaw Brothers veterans David Chiang Read more

The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

"Don't Bury Me... I'm Not Dead!" Wes Craven (A Nightmare On Elm Street, Scream) directs this terrifying story of one man's nightmarish journey into the blood-curdling, deadly world of voodoo. Read more

The Incubus (1981)

Directed by John Hough, The Incubus stars John Cassavetes, John Ireland, Kerrie Keane, and Helen Hughes. It takes place in a quiet New England town that becomes the site of Read more

The House on Tombstone Hill (1988)

Directed by James Riffel, The House on Tombstone Hill stars Mark Zobian, Victor Verhaeghe, Sarah Newhouse, Douglas Gibson. It follows a group of friends who have decided to repair and Read more

The Brink’s Job (1978)

The robbery nobody thought could happen by the guys nobody thought could pull it off. Peter Falk heads a charismatic cast in this stylish and witty account of the Great Read more

The Boy (2015)

From Elijah Wood's SpectreVision and Chiller Films comes a disturbing film exploring the birth of evil. In the summer of 1989, nine-year-old Ted Henley (Jared Breeze - Cooties) and his Read more

The 7th Day (2004)

From master filmmaker Carlos Saura (Cría Cuervos) comes a story of love, betrayal and revenge. Set in the Spanish village of Extremadura, and based on a true account, The 7th Read more

Silent Rage (1982)

Chuck Norris, six time World Karate Champion, stars in his first suspense film, Silent Rage, as the tough, street-fighting sheriff of a small Texas town terrorized by a psychotic killer. Read more

Shakedown aka Blue Jean Cop (1988)

Whatever you do ... don't call the cops! A burned-out legal aid attorney (Peter Weller) reluctantly teams up with a renegade police detective (Sam Elliott) to find the truth behind Read more

Revenge (1971)

Joan Collins, James Booth and Sinéad Cusack star in this sensational, X-rated thriller in which an ordinary family turn to vigilante justice in the wake of their daughter's murder. With Read more

Ressha Sentai Toqger Vs Kyoryuger: The Movie (2015)

As 2015 begins, ToQger and Kyoryuger run wild on the big screen! When things get rough, all aboard! A station on the Rainbow Line is swallowed by a mysterious energy Read more

Rendel: Dark Vengeance (2017)

From the mind of visionary writer-director Jesse Haaja, comes the very first full-length superhero film from Finland. A brutal, dark avenger is born when a worldwide corporation known as VALA Read more

Rampant (2018)

Directed by Kim Sung-hoon, Rampant is a South Korean period action zombie film. It follows a lash between exiled prince Lee Chung (Hyun Bin) and the Joseon minister of War Kim Ja-joon Read more

Patlabor: The Movie (1989)

Earth’s sea levels are slowly rising and coastal cities around the world have been forced to resort to drastic measures to keep floods of Biblical proportions at bay. Nowhere has Read more

Outrage Coda (2017)

All the betrayal, double-crossing, and action-filled gun battles of OUTRAGE are back in OUTRAGE CODA, the final chapter of Takeshi Kitano’s acclaimed underworld film series. Five years after surviving the Read more

No Tears For The Dead (2014)

A hit man traumatized from accidentally killing a young girl during a job is given the mission to eliminate her mother and begins the ultimate fight to save her life. Read more

Night of the Creeps (1986)

Fred Dekker's supremely enjoyable throwback chiller Night of the Creeps combines classic horror and sci-fi elements with crazy humour and loving in-jokes. It stars Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow, Read more

Founded Cult Faction in 2014. Some would describe him as a teacher, writer, dream weaver, and visionary... some would not...

%d bloggers like this: