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September 4, 2012

Episode 78: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

Special Guest: Nicholas Meyer

Are you familiar with the Klingon proverb that revenge is a dish best served cold? It is very cold in space... The first sequel in the Star Trek film franchise, The Wrath of Khan brought adventure and excitement back along with an old face, Khan (Ricardo Montalbán).

We're joined this week by Chris Cummins of Hibernation Sickness as we talk about this favorite of the Star Trek series.

Listen / Download Now:

Buy Nicholas Meyers's The View from the Bridge
Buy William Shatner's Star Trek Movie Memories
Buy Star Trek II on DVD
Read about Khan's son at Badass Digest
Visit Chris Cummins's Hibernation Sickness site

Watch James Horner on the Khan score:
Here's James Horner talking about his scoring for Aliens


  1. Thanks for listening!

    Rob St. Mary
    co-host of "The Projection Booth"

  2. I always love this podcast, but to have it review one of my favorite films is a real joy. Great episode.

  3. thank you so much for pointing out how terribly used Moby-Dick was in Star Trek: First Contact, in comparison to Star Trek II and just in general.

  4. YES! That First Contact dialogue was truly tin-eared and on the nose! BUT, to give credit where credit it due, Alfre Woodard and Patrick Stuart are so good that they sell it-well, sell it enough that it didn't make me cringe too much the first time I saw it.

  5. I can't believe you didn't talk about how William Pattison wrote Star Trek II.

    >>I was 17.I have an issue with my age. I knew a lady named Sonny Cooper who was on William Shatner's staff. She was also friends with Harve Bennett who was selected as the producer of Star Trek II. The thing was that Harve was having trouble coming up with an idea for the story for Star Trek II since he hadn't been a fan of the original series. Anyway, A month after he was assigned the position I actually went to a big get together for WISH: The William Shatner Fan Fellowship in LA. Harve was a guest for the event and Sonny introduced us. She thought having him talk to me because I knew all the original episodes by heart would help him out. It turned out Harve ended up asking me to stay for three weeks after. During that time he and I actually watched all 79 episodes of the original series. We went through four story ideas until finally we came up with Star Trek II: The Vengeance of Khan, it was later changed to The Wrath of Khan.Anyone who knows me knows my two favorite pieces of classic literature is Tales of Two Cities and Moby Dick. Why I mention that is because Nick Meyer, the director keeps trying to take credit for adding references to those in the script. Then later I was in LA again for a WISH get together and Harve called me in again to help write scenes for Star Trek III.<<

    1. I strongly doubt anyting like that ever happened,

      Paramount: Hmmm. We're dumping $17 million into this movie. Who do we get to write it. How about a 17yr old nobody's heard of with no representation and absolutely no published works.

      Sorry, Anonymous, I'm pretty sure that story is full of shit.

  6. While I've always been a much bigger fan of the first Star Trek movie, the virtues of its crowd-pleasing sequel are not lost on me. This episode offers a great peak into the topsy turvy development of the project with director Nicholas Meyer.

    Mike White's nerdy Trekkie prattlings with blogger Chris Cummins prove too much for co-host Rob St. Mary. At times, he seems genuinely concerned for his safety, if not his sanity.

  7. Next design of starship "Enterprise" with the distribution of a building, for have constant acceleration toward the floor.