Because the STAR TREK universe keeps getting wider, Mark Clark’s STAR TREK FAQ 2.0 was merited. Published by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, the unauthorized, 400-page paperback provides accounts of the production of each movie (including creator Gene Roddenberrys struggle to retain control of the franchise) and every episode of THE NEXT GENERATION (and the conflicts that roiled its writing staff). It also offers profiles of the cast and crew, and looks at fan-made productions as well. In this excerpt, Clark assesses the 1982 hit film STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN.
The Wrath of Khan offers everything its predecessor promised but failed to deliver. It’s a thrilling, fast-paced sci-fi adventure rich in both sustained suspense and character exploration. The story wades into meaningful thematic currents on the way to a powerful emotional payoff. Not only is Khan a worthy successor to the television series, but in some respects it represents an improvement on the classic program. Not only is the movie far superior in all technical aspects (sets, costumes, special effects), as almost any feature film would be, but it’s also better scripted, directed, and performed than the vast majority of the seventy-nine original episodes.
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