- The Wrath Of Khan actually significantly grew on me. I previously watch the movie long before I watch any of The Original Series episode. However since I am watching this chronologically, the impact of Spockís death was significantly more emotionally impacting even if I really know he didnít really die permanently.
- Although if I nitpick - Why didnít they transport Spock out of the radiation room which would protect the rest of the ship. It also seems silly that the ship doesnít have radiation suits for situation like this. Perhaps a line saying there is not enough time to suit up and perhaps have Kirk order Spock to be beamed out and Scotty saying the radiation interference block transporter or the transporter is offline due to damage in the battle
- the famous/infamous KHAAAANNNNN by Shatner scream is actually ingenious. When it turns out that Kirk was speaking in code (hours instead of years) he is trying to deceive Khan in making the situation more desperate than it really is. He knows that the Enterprise will repair itself and will rescue Kirk and the crew pretty short period of time however he doesnít want Khan to know that. Therefore when Khan tells him that he will be stranded there for the rest of his life, Kirk has to pretend that Khan had won. So him screaming KHAAANNN is actually an act. All the criticism of overacting becomes irrelevant because this is Kirk acting to Khan. There is lovely touch that after the scream it seems like Khan is having an orgasm hearing Kirk suffer that shows how much driven by revenge.
- The only main problem that doesnít make sense in this film is Captain Terrell and his suicide. It was established early in the film that Captain Terrell has never met Kirk before. The brainwashing/mind control by the bug has manage to make him and Chekhov to basically be accessory to mass murder. The only thing that make him stop Khan command is to kill Kirk, a person who may well be famous but someone he has no personal connection to. It always seems like some egotistical thing that a caricature/parody Shatner would write in a script - You know Kirk is so awesome that a brainwashed/complete stranger would rather commit suicide than go through with the order. I didnít buy his suicide at all and it had no emotional weight.
Personally what I should have happened is that Terrell was going to shoot Kirk, however Chekov struggling with the brainwashing but conflicting with his personal friendship/loyalty to Kirk managed to temporary fight back against Khan control and shoot Terrell before he kills Kirk. Then Chekov knowing that he is a danger to the crew due to brainwashing worm and states that he doesnít know how long he can keep on fighting back Khanís control then points the gun at himself and is about to commit suicide however Kirk and/or McCoy tackles him and prevents him from doing that. It would been more dramatic scene and makes more logical sense to their character.
- I guess the whole Chekov didnít join the crew until the second season and hence he didnít meet Khan (at least on screen. Yeah I know the joke that they met offscreen and Chekov made him wait to get into the toilet). In hindsight knowing that Sulu became the captain of the Excelsior (this wasnít planned in advance), Sulu probably would have been the better choice to be the Reliant First Officer in terms of progression in rank and hence the promotion to captain in Star Trek VI seems more logical. Although this is really hindsight bias from my point of view.