Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
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 even many non-fans regard it as an excellent science fiction film.
- Directed by Nicholas Meyer. Written by Jack B. Sowards
- In the 23rd century...
- [Opening text.]
- James T. Kirk: [to Bones] Physician, heal thyself.
- Leonard McCoy: Is that all you've got to say? What about my performance?
- James T. Kirk: I'm not a drama critic.
- James T. Kirk: A no-win situation is the possibility every commander may face. Has that never occurred to you?
- Saavik: No, sir, it has not.
- James T. Kirk: How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life, wouldn't you say?
- Saavik: [Irritated] As I indicated, Admiral, that thought had not occurred to me.
- James T. Kirk: [Amused] Well, now you have something new to think about. Carry on.
- James T. Kirk: [to Spock] Aren't you dead?
- [Kirk reads from 'A Tale of Two Cities']
- James T. Kirk: "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times."
- Carol Marcus: There can't be so much as a microbe, or the show's off.
- Khan Noonien Singh: I never forget a face. Mister... Chekov. Isn't it? I never thought to see your face again.
- Khan Noonien Singh: Never told you how Admiral Kirk sent seventy of us into exile on this...barren sand heap with only the contents of these cargo bays to sustain us?
- Chekov: You lie! On Ceti Alpha V there was life! A fair chance!
- Khan Noonien Singh: [shouts] THIS is Ceti Alpha V!! [calmer] Ceti Alpha VI 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, three hundred years ago, I was a prince with power over millions.
- Chekov: [disgusted] Captain Kirk was your host. You repaid his hospitality by trying to steal his ship and murder him!
- [Khan, about to put Ceti Eels in Terrell and Chekov's ears]
- Khan Noonien Singh: You see, their young enter through the ears and wrap themselves around the cerebral cortex. This has the effect of rendering the victim extremely susceptible to suggestion. Later as they grow follows madness and death.
- Chekov: Khan, listen to me...
- Khan Noonien Singh: These are pets, of course. Not quite domesticated.
- Khan Noonien Singh: That's better. Now, tell me, why are you here? And tell me where I may find James Kirk.
- [in Vulcan]
- Saavik: He's never what I expect, sir.
- Spock: What surprises you, Lieutenant?
- Saavik: He's so-- human.
- Spock: Nobody's perfect, Saavik.
- Spock: You proceed from a false assumption. I am a Vulcan. I have no ego to bruise.
- James T. Kirk: You're about to remind me that logic alone dictates your actions?
- Spock: I would not remind you of that which you know so well. If I may be so bold, it was a mistake for you to accept promotion. Commanding a starship is your first, best, destiny. Anything else is a waste of material.
- James T. Kirk: I would not presume to debate you.
- Spock: That is wise. In any case, were I to invoke logic, logic dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
- James T. Kirk: Or the one.
- Spock: You're my superior officer. You are also my friend. I have been, and always shall be yours.
- James T. Kirk: Galloping around the cosmos is a game for the young, Doctor
- Leonard McCoy: Dear Lord, do you think we're intelligent enough to — suppose — what if this thing were used where life already exists?
- Spock: It would destroy such life in favor of its new matrix.
- Leonard McCoy: Its new matrix? Do you have any idea what you're saying?
- Spock: I was not attempting to evaluate its moral implications, Doctor. As a matter of cosmic history, it has always been easier to destroy than to create.
- Leonard McCoy: Not anymore. Now we can do both at the same time! According to myth, the earth was created in six days. Now watch out! Here comes Genesis. We'll do it for you in six minutes!
- Spock: Really, Dr. McCoy. You must learn to govern your passions. They will be your undoing. Logic suggests—
- Leonard McCoy: Logic? My God, the man's talking about logic! We're talking about universal Armageddon. You green-blooded, inhuman—
- Saavik: Sir, may I quote general order 12? "On approach of any vessel when communications have not been established--"
- Spock: Lieutenant, the Admiral is well aware of the regulations.
- Saavik: Aye, sir.
- [Khan quotes a French proverb]
- Khan Noonien Singh: Ah, Kirk, my old friend. Do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? [pause] It is very cold in space.
- Saavik: I don't understand...
- James T. Kirk: You must know why things work on a Starship...
- Spock: Each ship is programmed with its own prefix code...
- James T. Kirk: To prevent an enemy from doing what we are attempting... using our console to order Reliant to lower her shields.
- Spock: Assuming he hasn't changed the combination. He's quite intelligent.
- Khan Noonien Singh: 15 seconds, Admiral.
- James T. Kirk: Khan, how do we know you'll keep your word?
- Khan Noonien Singh: Oh, I've given you no word to keep, Admiral. In my judgement, you simply have no alternative.
- James T. Kirk: I see your point. Standby to receive our transmission. [sotto voice] Mr. Sulu, lock phasers on target and await my command.
- Hikaru Sulu: Phasers locked.
- Khan Noonien Singh: Time's up, Admiral.
- James T. Kirk: Here it comes, Khan. [To Spock] Now, Mr. Spock.
- James T. Kirk: We're alive only because I knew something about these ships that he [Khan] didn't.
- [This line in a deleted scene was restored for the Director's Edition, an extended cut of the film.]
- Leonard McCoy: Go? Where are we going?
- James T. Kirk: Where they went.
- Leonard McCoy: Suppose they went nowhere?
- James T. Kirk: Then this will be your big chance to get away from it all.
- 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! Kirk, you're still alive, my old friend.
- James T. Kirk: Still! Old! Friend! You've managed to kill just about everybody else, but like a poor marksman you keep missing the target!
- Khan Noonien Singh: Perhaps I no longer need to try, Admiral. [Beams up Genesis Device]
- Carol Marcus: Oh, no!
- David Marcus: They can't take it.
- James T. Kirk: Khan. Khan, you've got Genesis. But you don't have me! You're going to kill me, Khan, you're going to have to come down here. You're going to have to come down here.
- Khan Noonien Singh: 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.
- James T. Kirk: [shouts] KHHHHAAAAAAAAN! [echoes] KHHHHAAAAAAAAN!
- [in the Genesis Cave]
- Saavik: [to Kirk] Sir, may I ask you a question?
- James T. Kirk: What's on your mind, Lieutenant?
- Saavik: The Kobyashi Maru.
- James T. Kirk: Are you asking me if we're playing out that scenario now?
- Saavik: On the test, sir, would you tell me what you did? I would really like to know.
- Leonard McCoy: Lieutenant, you are looking at the only Starfleet cadet to ever beat the no-win senario. [points to Kirk]
- Saavik: How?
- James T. Kirk: I reprogrammed the simulator so that it was possible to rescue the ship.
- Saavik: What?
- David Marcus: He cheated.
- James T. Kirk: I 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.
- James T. Kirk: I don't believe in the no-win scenario. [pulls out communicator] Kirk to Spock, it's two hours, are you ready?
- Spock: [over communicator] Right on schedule, Admiral. Just give us your co-ordinates and we'll beam you aboard.
- James T. Kirk: All right. [to Saavik] I don't like to lose.
- Saavik: By the Book?
- James T. Kirk: By the Book. Regulation 46A: "If communications are being monitored during battle..."
- Saavik: "... no uncoded messages on an open frequency". (To Spock) You lied.
- Spock: I exaggerated.
- Saavik: What happens if Reliant fails to follow us into the nebula?
- Spock: I think we can guarantee she'll follow us, Lieutenant. Remind me to explain to you the concept of the human ego.
- [This line in a deleted scene was restored for the Director's Edition, an extended cut of the film.]
- Khan Noonien Singh: I'll chase him 'round the Outer Nebula and 'round Antares Maelstrom and 'round perdition's flames before I give him up!
- [Spock is about to sacrifice himself to save the ship]
- 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.
- Leonard McCoy: [grabs Spock] You're not going in there.
- Spock: Perhaps you're right. What is Mr. Scott's condition?
- Leonard McCoy: Well, I don't think that he— [Spock nerve-pinches McCoy]
- Spock: I'm sorry, Doctor. I have no time to discuss this logically. [applies Vulcan mindmeld to McCoy] Remember.
- James T. Kirk: Time.
- Saavik: Three minutes, thirty seconds.
- James T. Kirk: Distance from Reliant
- Chekov: Four thousand kilometers.
- Sulu: We're not going to make it, are we...
- [Kirk looks at David Marcus; David shakes his head.]
- [Khan quotes from 'Moby Dick']
- Khan Noonien Singh: [to Kirk in absentia] No. No, you can't get away. From hell's heart, I stab at thee. For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee.
- [last words]
- Leonard McCoy: No! You'll flood the whole compartment!
- James T. Kirk: He'll die!
- Montgomery Scott: Sir! He's dead already.
- Leonard McCoy: It's too late.
- James T. Kirk: Spock!
- Spock: Ship... out of danger?
- James T. Kirk: Yes.
- Spock: Don't grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh...
- James T. 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?
- James T. Kirk: Spock...
- Spock: I... I have been... and always shall be... your friend. [holds up his hand in the Vulcan salute] Live long... and prosper.
- James T. Kirk: We are gathered here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. But it should be noted that 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... human.
- James T. Kirk: I should be on the bridge.
- David Marcus: Can I talk to you for a minute?
- James T. Kirk: I poured myself a drink. Would you like it?
- David Marcus: Lieutenant Saavik was right. You never have faced death.
- James T. 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 Marcus: You knew enough to tell Saavik that how we face death is at least as important as how we face life.
- James T. Kirk: Just words.
- David Marcus: But good words. That's where ideas begin. Maybe you should listen to them. I was wrong about you... and I'm sorry.
- James T. Kirk: Is that what you came here to say?
- David Marcus: Mainly. And also that I'm... proud. Very proud to be your son.
- James T. Kirk: [voiceover] Captain's log, stardate 8141.6. Starship Enterprise departing for Ceti Alpha V to pick up the crew of U.S.S. Reliant. All is well. And yet I can't help wondering about the friend I leave behind. "There are always possibilities," Spock said. And if Genesis is indeed life from death, I must return to this place again.
- Leonard McCoy: He's really not dead... as long as we remember him.
- James T. Kirk: [paraphrases 'A Tale of Two Cities'] "It's a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done before. A far better resting place I go to, than I have ever known."
- Carol Marcus: Is that a poem?
- James T. Kirk: No. Something Spock was trying to tell me on my birthday.
- Leonard McCoy: You okay, Jim? How do you feel?
- James T. Kirk: Young. [voice cracking] I feel young.
- Spock: [voiceover] Space, the final frontier. These are the continuing voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her ongoing mission, to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone... before.
- [closing monologue]
|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 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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