Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

2010 films 4) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

I spent most of last week in bed, and finally got round to watching this great example of the Star Trek genre, which I had not seen before (I still haven't seen the third or fourth films in the series either). Ricardo Montalban as Khan, and Kirstie Alley, years before Cheers, as Vulcan fledgling captain Saavik are both rather more memorable than the returning crew, but that's OK. The plot and execution are sufficiently close to the better episodes from the 60s, updated for 80s sensibilities, to succeed in what it aims to do.

I was struck especially by the resonances of Spock's death scene in New Who. RTD has done a couple of scenes which feel to me now as if they are conscious references to it - the Ten/Jack conversation in Utopia (though of course Jack isn't actually dying, which is partly the point) and Ten's own self-sacrifice in The End of Time II. Am I imagining this? Are there other famous examples of protagonists being killed by radiation poisoning on the other side of a transparent screen which I have missed?
Tags: doctor who: 10, films, tv: star trek

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