12 Amazing Facts You Probably Never Knew About Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan!
Star Trek has been around for a long time now, and goes through periods of being incredibly popular, then times when it gets largely forgotten. What doesn’t change, though, is the quality of some of the original Trek movies. It was always an ongoing joke that the even numbers were good, and the odd numbers not so much, and there is a lot of basis in this, so we’re jumping straight to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan with some facts about this classic film that you probably never knew…
1. The film was a sequel in two ways
Many people don’t realise that Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was not just a sequel to Star Trek: The Motion Picture, but also a sequel to an episode of Trek, Space Seed!
2. It was a first
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan being a sequel to Space Seed represented the first time a movie had been made as a sequel to a specific TV episode of a program.
3. Khan struggled to be Khan
Ricardo Montalban, who plays Khan in the movie, struggled to get back in to character 15 years after he first played Khan in Space Seed, as he had been playing Mr. Roarke on Fantasty Island for several years and felt “stuck” in that character.
4. He looked to himself for inspiration
To try and get back in to the character of Khan, Montalban watched Space Seed repeatedly, and after a few times he felt he had rediscovered the character of Khan in himself.
5. One star declined to appear
George Takei decided that he no longer wanted to play the part of Sulu and declined the opportunity to reappear as the character in Wrath of Khan.
6. It was down to the Captain to save the day
William Shatner personally called George Takei and convinced him to reprise his role of Sulu – Takei went on to appear in another 4 films after this, too!
7. One actress was desperate to appear
Kirstie Alley was a big fan of Star Trek from a young age, and was very keen to appear in Wrath of Khan and even imagined when she was younger playing Spock’s daughter in the show!
8. Alley’s character was meant to have more back story
Kirstie Alley’s character, Saavik, was supposed to have had a back story revealing that she was actually half-Vulcan and half-Romulan!
9. There are hints of this in the final film
In the finished film, Saavik is seen reacting with emotion several times, but is a Vulcan so should not do so. This is the last remnants of what would have been her extended back story.
10. There is a nod to a genuine health scare
When Kirk comes aboard, Scotty he had “a wee bout” but that McCoy had pulled him through – this was in reference to the fact that James Doohan had a heart attack shortly before making Wrath of Khan!
11. Doohan recognised talent
James Doohan said years after The Wrath of Khan was released that he felt Ricardo Montalban should have been nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Khan in the movie.
12. The film was a first for Trek
The Wrath of Khan represented the first time that the crew of the Enterprise wore the red tunic-style uniforms to replace the originals. These would stick for the next 4 films in the series.
Are you a fan of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan? Where does it fit in the series for you, is it one of the best? Do you still prefer this Trek, or the new rebooted versions? Let us know all of your thoughts in the comments as always!