STAR TREK THE WRATH
OF KHAN > Synopsis
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In 2285 at Starfleet Academy, Admiral Kirk is busy
training new cadets. Among the cadets is Saavik, a young protégé of
Spock's, who feels that she has failed the Kobayashi Maru — a no-win
scenario test used to evaluate potential commanders. Kirk advises
the young Vulcan that all commanders at some point must face a
"no-win" situation. Saavik, displaying her willingness to become a
reliable commander, pilots the U.S.S. Enterprise out of spacedock on
a routine cadet training exercise.
Meanwhile, Dr. Carol Marcus, an old love of Kirk's, and
her son, David, complete the final computer simulation of the
Genesis project — a program designed to grant life where there is
none — on the space laboratory Regula I. However, Dr. Marcus is
concerned that Genesis could also be used as a weapon. At the same
time, the U.S.S. Reliant arrives at Ceti Alpha VI with a mission to
check for signs of life on the planet, a possible test site for
Genesis. Curious, Captain Terrell and Chekov beam to the surface
where they are confronted by Khan Noonien Singh, the former tyrant
of Earth's Eugenic Wars, exiled to the planet in 2267 by Captain
Kirk. With the aid of mind-controlling Ceti eels implanted in
Terrell and Chekov, Khan gains control of the Reliant.
At the Regula I space laboratory, Dr. Marcus is contacted by the
Reliant. She is told that Ceti Alpha VI has met the conditions
required for testing of the Genesis Device and the Reliant will
therefore now take the Genesis Device, months before the scheduled
test. Furious at this encroachment by Starfleet, Dr. Marcus contacts
Kirk on the Enterprise, expressing her outrage at the Admiral and
Starfleet for their militaristic intentions. Although Kirk, McCoy,
Uhura and Sulu are leading a training mission for the Starfleet
cadets, the crew decides to head to Regula I to investigate Dr.
Marcus' complaint. When they arrive, the Enterprise is inexplicably
fired on by the Reliant. Khan finally reveals himself from the
bridge of the Reliant, demanding that Kirk give him the Genesis
information. Kirk pulls a brilliant bluff, allowing the Enterprise
precious computer time to secretly lower the shields of the other
starship. The Enterprise then damages the Reliant, forcing the
captured starship to withdraw for the moment.
When Kirk and company board Regula I, the crew is shocked to find
that the scientists have been tortured and killed. They follow
transporter traces to the interior of the planetoid below, finding
Chekov and Captain Terrell alive and seemingly well in an
underground dwelling. Just then, David Marcus pulls a surprise
attack on Kirk, believing the Admiral to be the cause of all of the
station's trouble. Carol is then forced to reveal that Kirk is
David's father. Surprised and bewildered by the sudden turn of
events, Kirk and David form an uneasy truce. Carol then shows Kirk
and crew the Genesis torpedo.
Unbeknownst to Kirk and the rest of the group, Terrell, still under
the influence of the Ceti eels, secretly gives Khan the coordinates
of the torpedo. Khan quickly beams the valuable device aboard the
Reliant, then orders Terrell to assassinate Kirk. Terrell, however,
cannot bring himself to kill the Admiral. Instead, Terrell turns his
phaser on himself. When Chekov also resists Khan's orders, the Ceti
eel exits his ear and is subsequently destroyed. Khan, thinking he
is stranding Kirk and his crew on the planet, departs Regula I.
Carol Marcus then shows Kirk the Genesis cave, where an entire
biosystem has been created. She explains that this amazing
breakthrough means that barren planets can now be made safely
habitable for colonists. Kirk, impressed but concerned for his
crippled starship, regains contact with the Enterprise and has the
landing party and scientists beamed aboard.
Meanwhile, a repaired Reliant under Khan's control obsessively
searches for the U.S.S. Enterprise. Left without warp drive in the
previous skirmish, the U.S.S. Enterprise hides in the Mutara Nebula.
Kirk then deliberately goads Khan, hoping to throw the former tyrant
off balance, while the rest of the crew searches for the Reliant in
the static of the nebula cloud. Eventually, the U.S.S. Enterprise is
successful in fatally disabling the other starship. But Khan, in his
desperate hunger for revenge, arms the Genesis torpedo, knowing full
well that both ships will be destroyed upon its detonation. With the
Enterprise doomed without warp power, Spock suddenly enters the
starship's radiation chamber to repair the warp drive. McCoy tries
to stop the determined Vulcan, but Spock takes the upper hand and
touches the doctor's forehead cryptically, murmuring "Remember."
Just as the Genesis torpedo explodes, destroying Khan and the
Reliant with it, the Enterprise zips into warp. The crew and ship
have been spared, yet Spock, dying of severe radiation, has
willingly given his own life.
With the Enterprise safely away, McCoy tells Kirk to come to the
ship's engine room. There, a stunned Kirk must bid an emotional
farewell to his dearest friend. Kirk need not mourn, says Spock, for
his sacrifice was logical. "The needs of the many outweigh the needs
of the few, or the one" he tells his captain. Spock dies, but in
contrast to a new birth -- the new living star and planet formed
from the nebula and Genesis. A sullen and mournful funeral is held
for Spock, and, accompanied by Scotty playing "Amazing Grace" on his
bagpipes, Spock's coffin is sent to rest upon the new planet.
With Khan defeated, David Marcus finally makes peace with his
father. Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise then go to Ceti Alpha V to
pick up the abandoned Reliant crew, and the ship heads for Earth.
Kirk, though saddened at the loss of his friend, is hopeful for the
future, because as Spock once said, "there are always