Space Seed (1967) Into The Wrath Of Khan (1982) A Star Trek Double Bill

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Sometime during the 1990’s the Eugenics Wars had torn much of Earth apart. What with scientific gains in DNA mapping and experiments in cloning causing upheaval across the nations. The experiments had created a more advanced human, physically stronger with heightened learning abilities. In fact the characteristics were more than the scientists expected. They had helped create a human with more drive, determination and ego. All the ingredients needed for conquerors, tyrants and military tacticians.

Tagline – At the end of the universe lies the beginning of vengeance.

Boldly warping through space in the year 2266, the Federation starship USS Enterprise is happily going about it’s day to day business, awaiting its next story line. Right on cue there’s the arrival of a “sleeper ship” with technology at least 200 years from the past. A seemingly derelict ship called the SS Botany Bay, adrift in space. A ship with a crew of 82 passengers asleep in a state of suspended animation. Luckily the Enterprise has a gorgeous redhead historian onboard to help figure this mystery out. Lieutenant Marla McGivers (Madlyn Rhue) likes to paint gladiators and stand in soft focus lights.

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With failing sleep pods the crew of this traveling cargo are slowly dying. If they revive the groups leader, they can understand what they are doing so far from Earth. Marla’s eyes up the hunk with giant pectorals, silky hair and lovely tanned skin. Marla was drooling before he’d even opened his eyes, well he is wearing a fishnet catsuit!. Stepping out from his 200 year old bed is a super hunk, in fact a super Sikh. The physically, mentally and intellectually superior genetic superman, Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban)

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Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), First Officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and the rest of the Enterprise gang are about to meet their match with Khan and his superior army. Though a little troubling is our Captain Kirk seems more concerned with Khan’s amazing charismatic lady hypnotising abilities. When he’s got over the shock that he’s not head hunk of the galaxy, will he be able to defeat this mastermind and his super Sikh powers?

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Little did they know that this battle of the brawn and brains would last another 20 years. Kirk would gain reading glasses and an annoying son! And Khan would acquire a band of merry ginger Mad Max men. The rest they say is history!

“Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven.”

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I’d seen Space Seed 25 odd years ago, well overdue for a rewatch. The beautiful HD gave it an amazing new look. Quite strange to see them all in such high definition. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) looked devine and for the love of good god her dress was shorter than I could ever of imagined.

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Those eyes say “I want you Wolfman” I’m sure of it?

Now I know The Wrath Of Khan is arguably the best film in the series but for me I’ve always had a sweeter spot for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). Still have vivid memories of it at the cinema. It maybe slow for some but it’s visually incredible to look at and for me, that ending is pure genius. To come up with that screenplay idea at around the same time of the real space probe is incredible to me.

Watching Space Seed and Wrath together works surprisingly well. It gives the 1982 film so much more depth and emotional kick. That final radiation scene is still as heartbreaking as it always was, sure to make even the most unemotional Vulcan to push a tear drop through a duct!

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Khan “I can still smell it!”

I read a funny anecdote about Chekov (Walter Koenig). As Chekov had not yet joined the cast of the original series it was strange that Khan remembers Chekov in the film. The theory goes that Chekov was there, just sat on the toilet! When even a superhuman gets caught short, he’d been urgently banging on the toilet door. When it opens, a sheepish Chekov is standing there and Khan never forgets a face. So there you go!

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What an inventive idea to take an episode from the original series some 15 years ago and imagine that story continuation into not only a film but a sequel at that. To have been able to encapsulate not only a movie that ultimately works on it’s own merits but can be enhanced knowing the origins of the two. With such passion for stories it’s no wonder Star Trek is the most loved and longest running science fiction series that just keeps giving.

Do you have a favourite episode of the series or films? One that comes to mind that I must revisit was called “Wink Of An Eye” from season 3, episode 11. It featured invisible invaders that travel at incredible speeds resulting in a contrast of perception. Remember it being an ingenious idea. I must revisit it. Actually it’s on Netflix, let’s go see.

Live long and prosper.

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36 thoughts on “Space Seed (1967) Into The Wrath Of Khan (1982) A Star Trek Double Bill

  1. Love this series so much. Space Seed is a cracking episode and Wrath Of Khan is an even better film. As for the gaffe about Chekov, I just choose to believe that Khan knows Chekov because he read the crew list when he browsed through all the ships records and saw his photo and remembered the face.

    I have so many favourite episodes from this series, but one I really love is The Tholian Web, as it features so many great Bones and Spock moments when they deal with the possibility of losing Jim. I also adore Balance Of Terror, Shore Leave, Dagger Of The Mind, Court Martial, Mirror, Mirror, The Immunity Syndrome and The Squire Of Gothos. Where No Man Has Gone Before is my favourite of the two pilot episodes.

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    1. Amazing list of favourite episodes Maddy. I’m so pleased to see all three seasons are on Netflix and I’ve been dropping in every now and again. So amazing watching them again and they look beautiful in HD. I will head to the ones you mention when I go in next. There’s some classics in there. Yeah the Bones and Spock banter and interactions are the best.
      Hehe Khan and his super memory always remembers a face. I might be wrong but I think that is the only time in the film that Khan uses his super strength. As he picks up poor Chekov…..
      Hope you have an excellent weekend Maddy. Winters coming!!!! It’s freezing.

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    2. I watched The Tholian Web last night Maddy. OH you were so right, the interactions between Spock and Bones were wonderful to watch. Funny I couldn’t remember Bones raising his eyebrow as much as Spock. It was like an eyebrow UFC face-off to see who could raise them the highest! It was always gonna be Spock. I’d never seen this episode. Loved the whole idea and the Tholian Web was a fantastic idea, even if it did take them ages to build it, that as a weapon, it’s pretty impractical lol.

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        1. I know exactly what you saying. When Spock’s guard comes down and the human emotions are there, of gosh! Yep I hear you. The friendship between the three is so beautifully realised. Then with the rest of the regulars just adding another level to a wonderful crew. Perfect.

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          1. This is why I love this series so much. The friendship between the three is so beautiful to watch unfold. I love the Science Fiction and hopeful messages etc of this and all the other Trek series, but at the end of the day it is the characters and their friendships that I return for again and again. No better trio than Kirk, Spock and Bones.

            I think Leonard Nimoy always did a cracking job in the scenes where Spock shows emotion, or almost shows emotion and then is caught trying to hide it.

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  2. The absolute best Star Trek movie! As for favorite episodes, mine will always be “City on the Edge of Forever”, written by the late Harlan Ellison and featuring Joan Collins as Kirk’s doomed love interest. Doesn’t get any better than that one!

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    1. Right I’m gonna watch that one this weekend. Now you say Joan Collins I definitely remember that one but can’t I’m hoping I don’t recall the story. Can’t wait to see it again. I’ve seen most of the episodes but so long ago and lots slipped through the cracks. I’m loving watching them again on Netflix and in such beautiful quality.
      Harlan Ellison did the amazingly bonkers A Boy and his Dog! Loved that crazy film…. Just noticed a remake might be on the cards? Way too controversial to make now! Surely.

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  3. “When he’s got over the shock that he’s not head hunk of the galaxy,” ha ha, good one 🙂 Thanks again for telling me about “Space Seed” which I had fun watching. The actor who plays Khan has great presence on screen.

    My personal favorite of the films remains 1986’s Voyage Home. The supporting cast are given a bit more to do and I like the extra humor. The story is slightly wacky and far-fetched but still entertaining.

    Have you watched the documentary 50 Years of Star Trek (2016) ? Particularly interesting were the best TV episode picks. Could be old news to Trekkies, but I found it eye-opening. Inspired by that I discovered The City on the Edge of Forever (1967)

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    1. Ricardo Montalban has been about. Surprising where he’s been. He got on in the Planet Of The Apes films, Naked Gun! Cannonball Run II, The Colbys!!. I was fascinated to find out he had done a few film noir too.
      Did you know that Khan Noonien Singh actually played Ricardo Montalban in a CSI series original? 🙂
      https://wolfmanscultfilmclub.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/mystery-street-1950-crime-scene-investigation-with-special-guest-star-khan/

      Yes your so right Voyage Home is a delight. Such humor and the cast are having the most fun. It really shines on the screen. It’s a pure joy to watch…. Number 6 has that certain charm too I think.

      I’ve seen a fair few Trek docs. Though not sure on 50 Years of Star Trek? I will go investigate. Thank you. I’ve seen most of the episodes but so long ago and lots slipped through the cracks. I’m loving watching them again on Netflix. So I have probably seen City On Edge but I’m going to watch that next. Gary from Cracked Rear Viewer just recommended that episode too. Hope to see it tonight.
      Many thanks Chris for the great comment.

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  4. Love this film. Saw it at the theater when it came out. Quotable as hell and kind of makes you wonder how many other undiscovered territories,….. I mean sons were born to James T. Kirk out there among the stars. City On the Edge of Forever a classic. Also love A Piece of the Action and Devil In the Dark among others.

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    1. They should do a film called Planet Kirk. Where all his offspring have populated a planet. From all the different species across many galaxy and universes that he’d sowed his seed. Giant statues and icons of Kirk everywhere. An ever growing society of kirk’s……. Actually thinking about it, it may have become a little incestuous. Ummmm better scrap that idea! #getscoat

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  5. I hadn’t watched the original Trek series since the late ’80s, so I picked up Seasons 1 and 2 very cheap on Blu-ray a few weeks ago, with those updated effects (which some fans might find sacrilegious, but I think they’re cool). I’m taking my time with those, but I picked up the first three Trek films at the library, on Blu-ray as well, and have watched the first two.

    I’m like you…I liked ‘The Motion Picture’, and didn’t mind its slow pace and emphasis on characters instead of action. But holy moly, did I ever love ‘Wrath of Khan’! I’d only seen it once before, in 1982, and I didn’t remember much about it. But jeez, what a cool story, and good dialogue, and exciting action scenes. I loved it so much, in fact, that I ordered it from Amazon. Now, stupidly, I’ll be going backwards and watching ‘Space Seed’ at some point soon.

    As for favorite episodes, off the top of my head (thinking back to 1988), I liked The Corbomite Maneuver, and Mirror, Mirror, and – like Maddy – The Tholian Web. And my Season 2 set includes the ‘Deep Space Nine’ episode where their crew goes back in time to interact with the Kirk crew…it’s a truly well-done episode, and worth a look if you’ve never seen it!

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    1. It’s so much fun revisiting the original series. I’m fitting one in every so often and it’s nice to see my Netflix subs are going to a good cause. I think you will find Space Seed really neat whatever way round you watch it. It’s quite amazing how well it fits in and incredible how they worked a 82 movie sequel from a 60’s TV episode so perfectly.

      I’m so happy you’ve reminded me about the Deep Space Nine episode because I know it but for the life of me I can’t remember the story at all. Think it’s also on Netflix. I’m all over it. I’ve stuck The Corbomite Maneuver on my list to see soon also.
      This has to be the DSN episode 🙂 Thanks buddy. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708655/

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        1. It was on Netflix. Watched it last night and my face was booming with a giant smile throughout. I really couldn’t remember it. It was so joyful. Actually really well done. The interactions with the old crew were pretty flawless. And revisiting the Tribbles lol. brilliant.
          Oh my days! forgot how super lovely Dax was! When she comes out in the TOS miniskirt uniform. OH MY G , instant Wayne’s World “schwing” moment. 🙂

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    2. I watched The Corbomite Maneuver last night. Brilliant, cheers Todd.
      Though that baby kid adult thing at the end is gonna give me nightmares! I have a feeling I’d seen that before and it’s took 30 years to wipe it from the memories banks! Now I gotta live with freaky “Richie Cunningham’s younger brother Clint Howard” running around in my mind!!!!!!

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  6. HEY WOLFMAN, JUST DISCOVERED YOUR STUFF………….VERY COOL INDEED! STAR TREK……….(DON’T START ME)…….I COULD RATTLE ON FOR PAGES, BUT I WILL CUT IT SHORT!
    FAVOURITE EPISODES –
    ‘CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER’ – A STANDOUT, FOR SURE!
    ALWAYS HAD A THING FOR THE ORIGINAL PILOT, ‘THE CAGE’ – LOVED JEFFREY HUNTER, AS CAPTAIN CHRISTOPHER PIKE AND OMG, THE ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS SUSAN OLIVER AS THE ALIEN HOLOGRAM CHICK WAS A KNOCKOUT!
    ‘WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE’ (THE SECOND PILOT) WAS A CRACKER AS WELL! GARY LOCKWOOD/SALLY KELLERMAN – A WONDERFUL PAIRING AND A GREAT STORY! GARY LOCKWOOD HAD STARRED IN A SHORT-LIVED TV SERIES CREATED BY GENE RODDENBERRY CALLED ‘THE LIEUTENANT’………..AND LEONARD NIMOY GUESTED IN ONE OF THE EPISODES AND TO SEE THESE TWO AT EACH OTHER ONCE AGAIN IN ‘WNMHGB’ WAS DEFINITELY A TREAT!
    ‘THE MENAGERIE’ – WHERE SPOCK DOES A MUTINY AND TAKES A (NOW) WHEELCHAIR-BOUND/DISFIGURED CAPTAIN PIKE BACK TO SUSAN OLIVER WAS A WONDERFULLY CLEVER PUT-TOGETHER PIECE, SPLICING ORIGINAL FOOTAGE FROM THE ORIGINAL PILOT WAS A MASTERSTROKE!
    STAR TREK AT IT’S BEST!!!!
    MOVIES –
    ‘THE MOTION PICTURE’ – SAVAGED BY THE CRITICS, BUT NOT BY ME! DIRECTED BY THE GUY (ROBERT WISE) WHO DIRECTED ‘THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL’, ‘THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE’, ‘THE DESERT RATS’, ‘SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME’, ‘THE HAUNTING’, ‘THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN’, ‘THE SAND PEBBLES’, ‘WEST SIDE STORY’ AND ‘THE SOUND OF MUSIC’ (GO FIGGER), HOW COULD IT NOT WORK? WITH SHADES OF ‘2001-A SPACE ODYSSEY’ (LOCKWOOD AGAIN), THIS WAS A WONDERFUL FILM! NIMOY DIDN’T LIKE IT, AS HE THOUGHT THAT THE CHARACTERS WEREN’T “FLESHED OUT ENOUGH AND TOO MUCH SPECIAL EFFECTS”! FOR ME, THE CHARACTERS WERE ALREADY “FLESHED OUT’ FROM THE SERIES AND WERE GOING TO BE EVEN MORE DEVELOPED AS THE MOVIE SERIES CARRIED ON (OF COURSE HE DIDN’T KNOW THAT AT THE TIME)! A TRULY WONDERFUL FILM!
    ‘THE WRATH OF KHAN’………….WE ALL KNOW HOW GOOD THAT WAS………….KEY SCENE…….SPOCK/BONES…….”REMEMBER!”
    ‘THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK’ – UNDER-RATED AND I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT!
    ‘GENERATIONS’ – JEAN-LUC/KIRK/MALCOLM McDOWELL (“HOW COULD I GET ANOTHER JOB, I JUST KILLED CAPTAIN KIRK”-SHADES OF BRUCE DERN KILLING JOHN WAYNE IN ‘THE COWBOYS’)……HOW COULD IT FAIL………….IT DIDN’T……..A MASTERPIECE!
    ‘THE VOYAGE HOME’…………..JUST BRILLIANT!
    ANYWAY, I’VE CUT IT SHORT…………..CATCH UP SOON!!!!
    P.S. JUST SAW A WONDERFUL DOCO CALLED “FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK” MADE BY NIMOY’S SON, ADAM! NOW THIS IS A REAL TREAT AND IF YOU DON’T HAVE A TEAR IN YOUR EYE AT THE END OF IT, THEN YOU ARE A BORG!
    A CLASSIC…………IT’S ON NETFLIX!!!
    CHEERS!!!!

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    1. Hey thanks for the the kind words on the site and the awesome comments.
      I’ve just put “For the love of Spock” on my watch list on Netflix. Thanks for the heads up.
      Good to hear we are both in agreement that the Motion picture is amazing. Never understood the negative reviews. It looks incredible, still, and the story still fascinate me now. Such a clever idea after only a year or so after they’d sent the probes from Earth. You are so right, “they were fleshed out in the series”. What a list of films to Robert Wise name. A true master of his craft.

      I’m going to rewatch the first episode again this week. I so remember Captain Pike being really good. I’m sure I don’t recall the episode “The Menagerie” at all. So that will be very exciting to watch. That sounds brilliant. I will get on the case with that too.
      Thanks again. … Mikey

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  7. YEAH, ‘THE MENAGERIE’ IS PRETTY SPECIAL……………AND IT REALLY SHOWS WHAT A GREAT GUY SPOCK WAS!……………..THE ONLY TWO-PART EPISODES OF THE ORIGINAL SERIES! IT KINDA NEEDS TO BE WATCHED AFTER THE (PIKE) PILOT, ‘THECAGE!’
    ‘THE MENAGERIE’ WON A HUGO AWARD FOR BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION!
    JUST GOT THIS FROM WIKI:
    On November 13 and 15, 2007, the digitally remastered version of “The Menagerie”, in high definition and with Cinema Surround Sound, was released in theatres as a special two-night-only showing. It included a message from Gene “Rod” Roddenberry Jr., a 20-minute “making of” documentary about the restoration process, and a trailer for season two of the remastered series. This presentation was also shown in the United Kingdom for distribution for one night only at selected Odeon Cinemas on November 13, 2007.
    Some repertory movie theaters in North America showed the classic two-part episode as a feature film in the 1970s. Basically, the two original series episodes were shown back-to-back and unedited as part of one program. One such theater, the Seville in Montreal, showed 16mm prints of “The Menagerie” episodes on a big screen as part of a program that concluded with the presentation of the Star Trek blooper reels from seasons one and two.
    -WOW…………THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SOMETHING!!!

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    1. OH MY GOSH what a night at the cinema that would of been. I never knew! Amazing. Especially with the message from Gene too. I watched The Cage last night in preparation for the double bill episode. I enjoyed that very much. I remembered the bobbled headed aliens but not much else. Think I saw it around early 90. Oh yes Susan Oliver was a delight. 🙂
      What amazed me the most was that apart from Spock everyone else didn’t make it (well apart from Miss Gene R). It’s incredible to have a pilot not given the go ahead but given the chance to have another go at it. Amazing the ship and the theme tune didn’t change from the original pilot, just the crew.

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      1. THOSE ‘BOBBLE HEADED ALIENS’ WERE ACTUALLY WOMEN………………BLEW ME AWAY WHEN I WAS A KID, WITH THE ‘MIND-READING’ CONVERSATIONS…………..VERY COOL!!!
        LOVED JEFFREY HUNTER………..IN THE CLASSIC JOHN WAYNE WESTERN, “THE SEARCHERS” AND PLAYED JESUS CHRIST IN “KING OF KINGS!”

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        1. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!!!!! No way. LOL I did not realise they were women. Haha
          Plus it didn’t dawn on me that he was Jesus! I guess the beard and looking all devine and jesusie fooled me! Two great factoids you just dropped on me. Nice one

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    1. Arrgh jeez a stroke in his early 40s wtf! That’s so sad!……. Just finished the Menagerie double episode. What a way to to recycle an episode that at the time they would of thought would never of been released. Total genius. Spock was superb. So clever. I remember the guy in that wheelchair but tbh couldn’t recall the episodes meaning. So it has been amazing viewing to watch it it all unfold now. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

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      1. THAT’S GREAT………….GLAD YOU WATCHED AND ENJOYED IT! IT WAS REALLY WELL EXECUTED! STAR TREK (THE ORIGINAL SERIES) WAS SO WELL DONE AND TO THINK WHAT THEY HAD TO WORK WITH…………THE CHEAP SETS, SPECIAL EFFECTS ETC., THEY MADE IT WORK…….PERFECTLY!
        LOVE THE NEWER MOVIES TOO WITH CHRIS PINE, ZAC QUINTO………THEY ARE BRILLIANT AND THEY HAVE THE MONEY TO ‘PUT ON A SHOW’, BUT THEY WOULD HAVE HAD NOTHING WITHOUT THE EXPERTISE OF SHATNER, NIMOY, KELLEY ETC, TO LAY THE GROUND-WORK (CHARACTER-WISE)!
        SOME OF THOSE EPISODES FROM THE ORIGINAL SERIES, COULD EVEN BE GUIDELINES FOR MANY MOTION PICTURES TO COME, AS IN ‘SPACE SEED’! THEY HAVE SO MUCH FODDER TO WORK WITH!
        STAR TREK CERTAINLY LIVES ON AND APPEARS TO BE IN VERY GOOD HANDS!
        IT’S FUNNY HOW ‘THE MOTION PICTURE’ CAME ABOUT AS ‘STAR WARS’ AND ‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS’ HAD JUST EXPLODED ONTO THE SCREENS AND PARAMOUNT STUDIOS WERE WONDERING HOW THEY COULD BATTLE AGAINST THESE MONSTERS (ESPECIALLY ‘STAR WARS’) AND SOMEONE AT PARAMOUNT SAID, “OH, BUT WE’VE GOT ‘STAR TREK”……………..AND SO IT BEGAN! SO BASICALLY, IF IT WASN’T FOR ‘STAR WARS’, STAR TREK AS WE KNOW IT, MAY NEVER HAVE HAPPENED

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        1. SO ‘COS I’M IN A STAR TREK MOOD LATELY…………….I JUST WATCHED ‘STAR TREK’ WITH PINE AND QUINTO! HAD SEEN IT UPON RELEASE……BUT DID A REFRESHER! GREAT FILM INDEED! BUT, I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT PINE HAD PLAYED HIS FATHER AS WELL (KILLED IN THE OPENING SCENES)…………..STUPID ME! HIS FATHER WAS PLAYED BY CHRIS HEMSWORTH……..YES, THAT CHRIS HEMSWORTH! IS THAT A WELL-KNOWN FACT? BLOWN AWAY!!!!

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          1. Not bad to jump straight from Home and Away into the boots of Kirk’s Dad. It may of been a small part but it certainly kick started his movie career. I really enjoyed the first “new” star trek film. Karl Urban smashes the Bones improv spot on. The two sequels were great but didn’t really set me alight.

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