Star Trek 2: The wrath of Kahn sees our beloved Captain Kirk up against and old foe. Well a new foe to me because as you might have read in my review of Star Trek: The Motion Picture I’ve never seen a Star Trek episode or movie before. Luckily somebody like me can easily watch this film as any back story is explained through dialogue. Now is The Wrath of Kahn a similar borefest like its predecessor or not?
Luckily it’s not, but it’s not an action packed space adventure movie either. Maybe I’m expecting too much of a Star Wars like movie but compared to that the Star Trek universe is rather small and not so filled with extra-terrestrial life. Especially life that doesn’t resemble humans.
The movie has a higher pace than it’s predecessor and it’s good to have some kind of foe this time rather than some ominous space cloud which turns out to be something we made centuries ago. It’s too bad the two never meet face to face. That’s the problem with this movie. It could have been a tense battle between them but all they do is stand on the bridge of their space ship and yell orders around. Now a space ship battle can be tense, just look at the battles in Star Wars IV: A New Hope. But once again they are rather dull here.
It’s not all bad though. Exchanges between Kirk, Spock and McCoy are still fun. I loved little things like Kirks midlife crisis. Kirstie Alley also pops up in her first motion picture. The script was far from bad and quite intriguing actually with the whole Project Genesis thing going on. If only they had put a little more and better action in the movie. Than it could’ve been truly great. Now it’s an average sci-fi picture.