Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Corrected entry: When Spock dies, the left side of his body and the left side of his head rest against the transparent shield. In the next scene, the back of his body and the back of his head rest on the shield. The position of Captain Kirk relative to the position of Spock also changes between these scenes.

Tony DiClemente

Correction: Look more closely, before the scene changes to outside the enclosure, Spock's body shifts and it is his shoulderblade and not his back that rests against the transparency. It is the same position of both his head and his back that we see outside of the transparency.

Corrected entry: When Chekov calls Dr Carol Marcus about coming to take the Genesis device (after being subdued by Kahn) there is a science tech in the background, he is African American. Watch him, and his reaction to Chekov's statement about coming over to Regula One. At that point Chekov has mentioned just coming over. The techs reaction is one of questioning annoyance, he then darts his eyes realizing that he's reacting to the right thing at the wrong time.

Correction: His eyes don't quite 'dart' - he simply looks at Dr. Marcus after making that 'annoyed' face in reaction to Chekov's line 'We will be there in 3 days'. There's any number of perfectly normal reasons why this visit alone would annoy him. This would only be a 'mistake' if he'd also shouted 'You can't take Genesis.' (Though even that could just be the reaction of a paranoid conspiracy theorist. proving him correct in the process.)

johnrosa

Corrected entry: Khan claims to have remembered Chekov from "Space Seed", which ran during the series first season, but the character of Chekov wasn't created until the second season of the series.

Correction: Chekov only appeared in the show starting with the second season, true, but that doesn't mean that the character wasn't already working on the ship during season one. His sudden appearance was merely the result of him getting a promotion to the primary bridge crew - Khan simply met Chekov elsewhere on the ship at some unseen point during his time on the Enterprise.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: Doesn't it strain credulity that the Enterprise is (once again) "the only ship in the quadrant"? In Star Trek terminology (all series), a quadrant covers one fourth of the galaxy (smaller regions are "sectors" and the boundary runs just about right down the middle of the Federation, right by Earth to be exact. Are we to believe that there is no other starship in that entire half of the Federation?

Garlonuss Premium member

Correction: Before ST:TNG, "quadrant" was a term used somewhat loosely. In the Wrath of Khan, quadrant does not refer to one quarter of the galaxy.

Corrected entry: The scene where Checkov first goes to Khan's cabin on the planet, he notices a belt with "Botany Bay" and realizes it is Khan's cabin. This film is based on TOS-"Space Seed," however Checkov was not in "Star Trek" when this episode was made. How would Checkov know about the ship "Botany Bay"?

Correction: Maybe Checkov was assigned to another section of the ship at the time of Space Seed, then later he was promoted to bridge officer.

Corrected entry: After the Enterprise first attacks Reliant and they have moved away, Kirk says "Let's see how bad we were hurt". Then Scottie is seen coming out of the lift with a wounded crewman. Wouldn't it be better to take him to sick bay? Sickbay is in the upper (circular) hull, but is on a lower deck than the bridge. There's no sane reason why Scotty would bypass the deck where Sickbay is to go all the way up to the bridge in order to get help in carrying the wounded crewman back down again.

Correction: "no sane reason"-exactly. Scotty thinks the crewman, who happens to be his nephew as I recall, is dead. He's overwhelmed with grief and so is not thinking rationally.

Corrected entry: When they discover that the Genesis device has been activated, Kirk volunteers to beam over to stop it. Even though he is told it can't be stopped, that would indicate the transporters are still working. Why does nobody suggest beaming the device itself off of the Reliant and out into space with the widest possible dispersion, like they did in "Wolf in the Fold" to Redjac?

Garlonuss Premium member

Correction: The Genesis wave forming was interfering with transporter lock, making this solution impossible.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: In the end, Kirk's log entry starts as "Captain's Log" when he is still an Admiral. He doesn't get demoted to Captain until Star Trek 4 for so many violations.

Correction: "Captain's Log" refers to his position, not his rank. Notice that in some episodes, Spock records in "First Officer's Log", not "Commander's Log". You are called Captain when you are in command, whether your rank is Lieutenant j.g. through Commodore.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: Khan wears a damaged 'Starfleet' emblem on a chain around his neck during this movie, obviously a souvenir from the last contact he had with any Starfleet personnel, which was Kirk and company back during the original TV episode 'Space Seed'. However, the emblem that Khan wears was not in use by Starfleet (either on the Enterprise or fleet-wide) at the time of his 'release' on Ceti Alpha V, as it came into use much later, during the 'Star Trek-The Movie' era. (Reportedly about 11 years after the ending of Kirk's original '5 year mission'). So where did Khan get the emblem?

Correction: The emblem was originally Enterprises sign (throughout the original series each ship had its own sign). In the episode "Space seed" one of Kirks crew left with Khan to be his girlfriend. She died on the planet (killed by one of the Ceti eels), so the emblem is for her. Now if Khan is genetically engineered & can conquer part of Earth, making the symbol shouldn't be much work for him.

Corrected entry: After beaming down to Ceti Alpha V (thinking it is C.A VI) and entering the cargo hold, Chekov notices the words "Bottany Bay" on one of the straps. This means that they are actually in part of the ship that Kahn and his followers were found in. How? That ship was ditched in the episode Space Seed well before they decided to drop Kahn and his followers off at the planet.

Garlonuss Premium member

Correction: Khan and his followers would need resources to build their new life on Ceti Alpha V - what remained of the Botany Bay would be an obvious candidate, with the added advantage of not providing Khan with any up-to-date technology. Kirk could have taken the Enterprise back to retrieve the ship for this reason.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: In every battle that results in major ship damage getting warp drive back on-line is always a priority. If it was so easy for Spock (in the sense that he did not need any tools and not easy in the sense that he died) to get warp drive back on-line why didn't somebody else (with full protective gear) do exactly what he did a lot earlier? Also, what did he do?

Correction: Spock is faster and more intelligent that anyone else on the ship - what he does to the warp drive is a very quick and dirty fix to get them moving. Had anyone else tried it, they would undoubtedly have got it wrong, resulting in the destruction of the ship - remember that the Enterprise is largely crewed by trainees at this point. The only other person who might have pulled it off, namely Scotty, is out of commission, leaving Spock as the only one left to do the job.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: In the original pre-screening of the film, the audience was furious over the death of Spock. This left the creators with the thought of "what have we done?" Their solution: shoot an extra scene in which Spock hits McCoy with a nerve pinch, transfers his 'living spirit' into the comatose doctor, and then insert it into the movie prior to the point in which he puts on Scotty's gloves and steps into the reactor room.

Correction: On the DVD Leonard Nimoy states that this change actually arose from a conversation between himself and a producer where they realised during filming that there might be a possibility for another sequel so they inserted the mind-meld as a vague hint that Spock could return.

Corrected entry: At the very end of the movie, as the Enterprise finally jumps into warp, and away from the Genesis explosion, we see a huge explosion, and then we see the Enterprise, racing at warp speed. If the Enterprise were traveling at warp speed, which remember is Faster-Than-Light, then we would have seen the Enterprise first, THEN the explosion.

Correction: Warp Drive isn't a faster than Light Propulsion - it warp the space around it and enters sub-space which allows you to get to places quicker - if flying faster than light you would age slower than the rest of the galaxy around you.

Corrected entry: Khan is able to capture the starship Reliant because Chekov and Terrell beam down to Ceti Alpha V, mistakenly thinking it's Ceti Alpha VI, where Khan takes them prisoner. Khan explains that Ceti Alpha VI exploded. Ceti Alpha is obviously a known solar system. Nobody aboard Reliant, not the helmsman, navigator, nor science officer, noticed that there was a whole planet missing from the system?

Correction: This is easily explained by considering the slow rotation of planets; it is likely that the ship approached the system from a particular direction and assumed that the other planet was hiding behind the star. It is further suggested that the explosion of Ceti Alpha VI threw Ceti Alpha V out of orbit, apparently into the previous orbit of Ceti Alpha VI.

Corrected entry: After beaming down to Ceti Alpha 5, Chekov discovers the SS Botany Bay name tag and says, "We've got to get out of here". They put on their helmets and go outside. Judging by past Star Trek movies/episodes, why wouldn't they have used the "Beam me up quick" method instead? The Botany Bay's cargo containers were sitting on the surface, not underground, so there shouldn't have been a problem.

Correction: I'm sure the very strong sand storm was causing interference with the ship's transporter (this has been shown in other Star Trek episodes). Also, the metal in the container probably has some degree of interference. Combine the two factors (storm and metal container), it would be enough of a problem, causing them to want to go outside to beam.

Bruce Minnick

Corrected entry: When Spock administers the Vulcan Neck-Pinch to McCoy in Engineering (just before he enters the radiation-contaminated area), McCoy grimaces, then sinks to the floor. When Spock is delivering his lines of, "I'm sorry doctor, I have no time to discuss this logically" McCoy's eyes flicker open, and he actually looks toward Spock's approaching hand when he is about to mind-meld with him.

Correction: McCoy could be partially conscious, but unable to move his body from the effects of the nerve-pinch.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: After Khan starts the Genesis device, things look hopeless because the Enterprise doesn't have warp capability repaired yet. They are unable to beam over and stop the device. Spock saves the day by sacrificing his life to get the warp drive repaired. Why doesn't the crew of the Enterprise destroy the Reliant (with the Genesis device) with a photon torpedo instead of trying to escape?

Correction: A torpedo might have detonated the Genesis device. Would you try to disarm an activated nuke by blasting it with a shotgun?

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: Chekov was not part of the original crew during the TV episode of "Space Seed", but in the movie Khan acts like he knows him and Chekov not only knows the name of Khan's ship but he also knows what happened.

Correction: While the Chekov character wasn't created at this point in the series, the "official" fix states that Chekov WAS a member of the Enterprise crew, but was not seen during the episode. Therefore, Khan would have had the chance to meet him during "Space Seed", and Chekov would be aware of the events that occurred. All these events are generally accepted to have happened "off-screen".

Corrected entry: After Spock's coffin is shot from the Enterprise toward the Genesis planet, the scene moves down to the planet. The camera meanders through the jungles until it eventually reaches Spock's coffin. In one of the jungle shots, a highway (cars and all) is visible in the lower left hand corner of the screen.

Correction: That's actually a stream, not a freeway. The "cars" are ripples in the water.

Corrected entry: Kirk's birthday visit from McCoy in his personal quarters overlooking San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is soundtracked by an audible foghorn, though there's no fog. Atmospheric as though this may be, I know for a fact [as a resident of this place] that no foghorn will sound when there's no fog and the sky's full of stars.

tedloveslisa Premium member

Correction: This film is set in the 23rd century. There is no way to know it was a fog horn. It could merely be a similar sounding alert for something else. With the technology available, fog would hardly impair the ability to detect what is around them.

Revealing mistake: When the Enterprise is leaving space dock, look at the right (starboard) side of the ship. You can see the shape of the mounting arm the model was mounted on, even though it was blacked out to look like space, and it also blocked out the bottom of the dock. The footage was reused from Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

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Dr. McCoy: Go... Where are we going?
Captain Kirk: Where they went.
Dr. McCoy: Suppose they went nowhere.
Captain Kirk: Then this will be your big chance to get away from it all.

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Trivia: This movie is basically a retelling of another story. When the camera first pans the shelves of the Botany Bay it stops and centers on one book on the shelf in particular.....Moby Dick. That is what this movie is about. Khan is Ahab, The Enterprise is Moby Dick. At one point in the book the whale is circling Ahab's ship on the ocean. At one point in the movie the Enterprise is circling the Reliant (Khan's ship) in the Motara Nebula. Ahab had a scar up one entire side of his body given to him by an encounter with the Whale. At the end of the movie Khan has a burn mark/scar up one side of his body as well. Not to mention that Khan quotes from Moby Dick throughout the movie. The last quote he utters is one that Ahab uttered "From Hell's heart, I stab at thee, for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee."

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