Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

1982 American science fiction film directed by Nicholas Meyer
James T. Kirk

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Paramount Pictures, 1982) is the second feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. It is widely regarded by fans as the best film of the series, and many non-fans regard it as one of the best science fiction films.

Directed by Nicholas Meyer. Written by Jack B. Sowards
At the end of the universe lies the beginning of vengeance.

James T. KirkEdit

  • [eulogizing Spock] We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. And yet it should be noted, in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish. He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or empty one, and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings. Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... [voice breaks] human.


[Saavik's attempt at the Kobayashi Maru test]
Saavik: [in role of captain] Captain's log, stardate: 8130.3. Starship Enterprise on training mission to Gamma Hydra, Section Fourteen. Coordinates: twenty-two, eighty-seven, four. Approaching Neutral Zone. All systems normal and functioning.
Sulu: [in role of helmsman] Leaving Section Fourteen for Section Fifteen.
Saavik: Stand by. Project parabolic course to avoid entering Neutral Zone.
Suku: Aye, captain. [as course is projected on viewscreen] Course change projected.
Uhura: [in role of communications officer] Captain, I'm getting something on the distress channel.
Saavik: On speakers.
Kobayashi Maru voice: [over speakers] ...imperative. This is the Kobayashi Maru. Nineteen periods out of Altair VI. We have struck a gravitic mine, and have lost all power! Our hull is penetrated and we have sustained many casualties!
Uhura: This is the Starship Enterprise. Your message is breaking up. Can you give us your coordinates? Repeat - this is the Starship ---
Kobayashi Maru voice: Enterprise, our position is Gamma Hydra, Section Ten.
Saavik: [thinks briefly] In the Neutral Zone.
Kobayashi Maru voice: ...hull penetrated. Life support systems failing! Can you assist us, Enterprise? Can you assist us?
Saavik: [talking into right arm of captain's chair] Data on Kobayashi Maru?
Computer: [as information on Kobayashi Maru appears on viewscreen] Subject-vessel-is-third-class-neutronic-fuel-carrier-crew-of-eighty-one-three-hundred-passengers.
Saavik: [taking information in] Damn [thinks briefly again] Mr Sulu, plot an intercept course.
Sulu: [turns to face Saavik] May I remind the Captain that if a starship enters the Zone ---
Saavik: I'm aware of my responsibilities, mister. [Sulu flashes a look that says "Don't say I didn't warn you" as he returns to the helm, and enters course to the Neutral Zone]
Sulu: [as new course appears on viewscreen] Estimating two minutes to intercept. [the two minutes pass] Now entering the Neutral Zone.
Computer: [as viewscreen shows Enterprise in Neutral Zone] Warning-we-have-entered-Neutral-Zone. Warning---
Spock: [in role of executive first officer] We are now in violation of treaty, Captain.
Saavik: [into right arm of chair, to Transporter room chief] Standby, Transporter room, ready to beam survivors aboard.
Uhura: Captain...I've lost their signal.
Computer: Alert-sensors-indicate-three-Klingon-cruisers-bearing-three-one-six-mark-four-closing-fast.
Saavik: Visual! [viewscreen shows three Klingon K't'inga-class battle cruisers advancing, in a scene recycled from the previous film]
Saavik: Battle stations! [the bridge lights turn red and a siren goes off] Activate shields! [shot of an image of Enterprise viewed from above, surrounded by white LEDs that illuminate clockwise, starting from front]
Sulu: Shields activated.
Saavik: [to Uhura] Inform the Klingons we are on a rescue mission.
Uhura: They're jamming all our frequencies, Captain.
Computer: Klingons-on-attack-course-and-closing.
Saavik: [flustered] We're over our heads. [to Sulu; sharply] Mr Sulu, get us out of here!
Sulu: [apologetically] I'll try, Captain.
Computer: Alert-Klingon-torpedoes-activated. [shot of one of the Klingon cruisers powering up forward torpedo launcher, in another scene from the previous film] Alert--- [a torpedo is launched, heading towards the bridge on viewscreen]
Saavik: Evasive action! [stands up; the torpedo hits home, the helm station explodes and Sulu is thrown out of his seat, landing on the floor, seemingly dead. Another loud siren goes off, replacing the battle stations siren]
Saavik: [sits back down, into left arm of chair; to Scotty] Engineering, damage report!
Scotty: [over intercom, in role of chief engineer] Main energiser hit, Captain!
Saavik: Engage auxilliary power, prepare to return fire! [McCoy, in role of chief medical officer, climbs down to examine Sulu. At the same time, the communications station explodes, and Uhura screams, then falls back, seemingly dead]
Cadet acting as weapons officer: Shields collapsing, Captain! [the screen in front of him shows the shield image of the Enterprise, with the LEDs going off clockwise, indicating the shields are dropping. McCoy gets up from Sulu to attend to Uhura, when the ground in front of him explodes, and he, too, falls to the floor, seemingly dead]
Saavik: [apparently oblivious to McCoy's "demise"] Fire all phasers.
Spock: No power to the weapons, Captain. [the station Spock is seated at explodes; he half-stands, clutching his lower back, then falls, seemingly dead.]
Scotty: [over intercom, as Saavik surveys the "dead" crew on the bridge] Captain! It's no use! We're dead in space! [another explosion is heard, implying to have "killed" Scotty]
Saavik: [comes to a decision, standing up and speaking loudly] Activate escape pods. Send out the log buoy. [the abandon ship siren goes off, fighting with the "under attack siren"] All hands, abandon ship! Repeat - all hands, abandon ship!
Kirk: [off-screen] All right, open her up! [the viewscreen slides open, and the sirens start to fade. Kirk strides out from the viewscreen, and Saavik stands up]
Saavik: Any suggestions, Admiral?
Kirk: Prayer, Mr Saavik. The Klingons don't take prisoners. Lights! [the room is lit up once again, revealing that it was all a simulation]

Revenge is a dish best served cold.
Old Klingon proverb
[Captain Terrell tries to convince Khan's followers]
Khan: Captain, Captain... Save your strength, Captain. These people have sworn to live and die at my command 200 years before you were born. Do you mean he never told you the tale? To amuse your Captain, no? Never told you how the Enterprise picked up the Botany Bay, lost in space from the year 1996 with myself and the ship's company in cryogenic freeze?
Capt. Terrell: I never even met Admiral Kirk.
Khan: 'Admiral?' 'Admiral!' 'Admiral'... Never told you how Admiral Kirk sent 70 of us into exile in this barren sandheap with only the contents of these cargo bays to sustain us?
Chekov: You lie! On Ceti Alpha Five there was life! A fair chance...
Khan: [shouts] THIS IS CETI ALPHA FIVE! [walks back to Chekov and calms voice] Ceti Alpha Six exploded six months after we were left here. The shock shifted the orbit of this planet and everything was laid waste. Admiral Kirk never bothered to check on our progress. It was only the fact of my genetically-engineered intellect that allowed us to survive. On Earth, 200 years ago, I was a prince with power over millions...
Chekov: Captain Kirk was your host. You repaid his hospitality by trying to steal his ship and murder him!

James T. Kirk: I assume you're loitering around here to learn what efficiency rating I plan to give your cadets?
Spock: I am understandably curious.
Kirk: They destroyed the simulator room and you with it (!)
Spock: The Kobayashi Maru scenario frequently wreaks havoc on students and equipment. As I recall you took the test three times yourself. Your final solution was, shall we say, "unique"?
Kirk: It had the virtue of never having been tried.

[after Reliant's prefix code has been received]
Spock: The prefix number for Reliant is one-six-three-zero-nine.
Lt. Saavik: I don't understand.
James T. Kirk: You have to learn why things work on a starship. Each starship has a prefix command code to prevent an enemy from doing what we're attempting. Using our console to order Reliant to lower her shields.
Spock: Assuming he hasn't changed the combination. He's quite intelligent.

McCoy: Go?! Where are we going?
Kirk: Where they went.
McCoy: Suppose they went nowhere?!
Kirk: Then this'll be your big chance to get away from it all.

[Kirk has just seen Capt Terrell commit suicide and Chekov collapse in agony]
James T. Kirk: Khan, you bloodsucker. You're going to have to do your own dirty work now! Do you hear me? Do you?
Khan Noonien Singh: Kirk? You're still alive, my old friend?
Kirk: Still, "old friend!" You've managed to kill everyone else, but like a poor marksman, you keep missing the target!
Khan: Perhaps I no longer need to try, Admiral.
Kirk: Khan. Khan, you've got Genesis. But you don't have me! You were going to kill me, Khan. You're going to have to come down here. You're going to have to come down here.
Khan: I've done far worse than kill you. I've hurt you. And I wish to go on... hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her. Marooned for all eternity, in the center of a dead planet... buried alive. Buried alive.

[about their son David]
Kirk: I did what you wanted. I stayed away. Why didn't you tell him?
Carol Marcus: How can you ask me that? Were we together? Were we going to be? You had your world, and I had mine. And I wanted him in mine, not chasing through the universe with his father. Actually, he's a lot like you. In many ways. Please tell me what you're feeling.
Kirk: There's a man out there I haven't seen in fifteen years who's trying to kill me. You show me a son that'd be happy to help him. My son... My life that could have been. ...and wasn't. What am I feeling? Old. Worn out.

James Kirk: What's on your mind, Lieutenant?
Lt Saavik: The Kobayashi Maru, sir.
Kirk: Are you asking me if we're playing out that scenario now?
Saavik: On the test, sir. Will you tell me what you did? I would really like to know.
Dr Leonard McCoy: [with a grin] Lieutenant, you are looking at the only Starfleet cadet who ever beat the "No-Win" scenario.
Saavik: How?
James Kirk: I reprogrammed the simulation so that it was possible to save the ship.
Saavik: What?!
David: He cheated.
Kirk: Changed the conditions of the test. Got a commendation for original thinking. I don't like to lose.
Saavik: Then you've never faced that situation; faced death.
Kirk: I don't believe in the "No-Win" scenario. [pulls out his communicator] Kirk to Spock, it's two hours. Are you ready?
Spock: [on communicator] Right on schedule, Admiral. Just give us your coordinates and we'll beam you aboard.
Kirk: All right! [to Saavik] I don't like to lose.

Saavik: I don't understand. We were immobilized. Captain Spock said it would be two days.
Kirk: Come, come, Lieutenant. You of all people go by the book.
McCoy: I'm takin' this bunch to sickbay.
Saavik: By the book?
Kirk: By the book. Regulation 46A: "If transmissions are being monitored during battle..."
Saavik: " uncoded messages on an open channel." [astonished and looking at Spock] You lied.
Spock: I exaggerated.
Kirk: Hours instead of days. Now we have minutes instead of hours.

Joachim: We're all with you, sir. But, consider this. We are free. We have a ship, and the means to go where we will. We have escaped permanent exile on Ceti Alpha V. You have defeated the plans of Admiral Kirk. You do not need to defeat him again.
Khan Noonien Singh: He tasks me! He tasks me, and I shall have him! I'll chase him round the Moons of Nibia, and round the Antares Maelstrom, and round Perdition's flames before I give him up! Prepare to alter course!

[Kirk hails Khan]
James Kirk: This is Admiral Kirk. We tried it once your way, Khan, are you game for a rematch? Khan, I'm laughing at the "superior intellect."
Khan Noonien Singh: [simmering with anger] Full impulse power(!)
Joachim: No, sir! You have Genesis! You can have whatever...
Khan: [grabs Joachim in anger] FULL POWER! [shoves him aside] DAMN YOU!

Leonard McCoy: Are you out of your Vulcan mind? No human can tolerate the radiation that's in there!
Spock: As you are so fond of observing, Doctor, I am not human.
McCoy: You're not going in there!
Spock: Perhaps you're right. What is Mr Scott's condition?
McCoy: Well I don't think that he's...
Spock: [nerve-pinches McCoy] I'm sorry, Doctor, I have no time to discuss this logically.

Kirk: Engine Room: well done, Scotty.
McCoy: Jim, I... think you'd better get down here...
Kirk: Bones?
McCoy: Better hurry...

McCoy: No! You'll flood the whole compartment!
Kirk: He'll die...
Scotty: Sir! He's dead already.
McCoy: It's too late...

Spock: The ship... out of danger?
Kirk: Yes.
Spock: [nods] Don't grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many, outweigh...
Kirk: The needs of the few.
Spock: Or the one. I never took the Kobayashi Maru test until now. What do you think of my solution?
Kirk: Spock...
Spock: I have been... and always shall be... your friend. Live long... and prosper.
[Spock dies]
Kirk: No...

David: Lieutenant Saavik was right: You never have faced death.
Kirk: No. Not like this. I haven't faced death. I've cheated death. I've tricked my way out of death and patted myself on the back for my ingenuity. I know nothing.
David: You knew enough to tell Saavik that how we face death is at least as important as how we face life.
Kirk: Just words.
David: But good words. That's where ideas begin. Maybe you should listen to them. I was wrong about you. And I'm sorry.
Kirk: Is that what you came here to say?
David: Mainly. And also that I'm proud - very proud - to be your son.


Actor Role
William Shatner Admiral James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy Captain Spock
DeForest Kelley Dr. Leonard McCoy
James Doohan Commander Montgomery Scott
George Takei Commander Hikaru Sulu
Walter Koenig Commander Pavel Chekov
Nichelle Nichols Commander Nyota Uhura
Bibi Besch Dr. Carol Marcus
Merritt Butrick Dr. David Marcus
Paul Winfield Captain Clark Terrell
Kirstie Alley Lieutenant Saavik
Ricardo Montalban Khan Noonien Singh
Judson Scott (uncredited) Joachim

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