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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

1982 | USA | 113 minutes

Screening and Discussion

Friday, October 12, 2018, 7pm

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is fondly regarded as being the closest in spirit to the 1966-69 TV series that spawned it. Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) escapes the tedium of a desk job to join Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley) on another space mission. While boldly going where no man etc. etc., Kirk crosses the path of his old enemy Khan (Ricardo Montalban), who as any die-hard Trekker can tell you, was the chief antagonist in the 1966 Trek TV episode "Space Seed." Leading a crew of near-savage space prisoners, Khan insinuates himself into the Genesis Project, which is designed to introduce living organisms on long-dead planets. Intending to harness this program for his own despotic purposes, Khan engages in battle with the Enterprise crew.

This event is organized by UC Riverside ARTS + Astronomy Group + Theoretical Particle Physics Group.

The film will be followed by a brief talk and Q&A session on The Physics of Star Trek with Prof. Stephen Kane (UCR) and Dr. Mario De Leo (UCR).

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