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Date issues

Since this site places Space Seed in the Year 2267 would that place ST2 in 2282 (15 years later) -- TOSrules 05:44, 22 Sep 2004 (CEST)

Both are correct as Khan states that he was on Ceti Alpha V for 15 years and the movie is set in 2285 and Kirk agreed with Khan. This is a continuity error, but one easy to fix. We can just suppose that Khan referred to local years on Ceti Alpha V and Kirk agreed with Khan because after 18 years, Kirk did not remember that it was 18 years ago instead of 15 years ago. It is just a little retcon. It is not like an whole season is a dream sequence.  ;) Ŭalabio 21:11, 2004 Nov 21 (CET)
Or we could just assume everyone is rounding off, as people often do in everyday speech. --Steve 21:16, 21 Nov 2004 (CET)
The film cannot be set in 2282 - the label on the bottle of Romulan ale which Bones gives Kirk as a birthday gift reads 2283! --Defiant | Talk 06:02, 20 Mar 2005 (EST)
the Romulans used time warp, obviously (-; that's why Romulan ale is illegal, or Bones is brewing some bathtub gin, er, Romulan ale and got the label wrong. The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).
Kirk seemed surprised when he saw 2283 on the date... that could be because 2283 didn't happen yet. Imagine if you saw a bottle of wine that said it was packed in 2015 -- you'd react the same. McCoy's comment would basically revolve around the fact that it was poured prior to 2283

The Romulan Ale is Romulan, so on a Romulan Calendar it is after 2283, heck it could be 2383 on the romulan Calendar. And before you point out anything like the date they left, remember their plant could have a shorter orbit. --TOSrules 19:57, 9 Aug 2005 (UTC)

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one bothered by Star Trek's time inconsistencies. The one involving "The Wrath of Khan" particularly annoyed the hell out of me.
First of all, why would ROMULAN Ale have an Earth date on it? Secondly, is two years that long a time to ferment? (I'm really asking; I have no clue)
Lastly, it is rare enough to find one person who rounds down from 18 years (2285-2267) to get 15, but two or more doing that is absurd. If Star Trek II does take place in 2285, then the episode "Space Seed" must have taken place around 2270. I don't believe it did. Khan was a romantic who used license when referring to the number of centuries it had been since he ruled on Earth, but if he wanted to round the number 18, he would have said 20 years. And Kirk would have said 20 years as well. But Kirk also said fifteen. Thus I can only conclude that A.) ST II:TWOK taked place in 2282 and B.) I have way too much time on my hands. The preceding unsigned comment was added by Scottmz (talk • contribs).
Well, it could have very well taken place in 2282, although this seems unlikely since Kirk was retired in 2284. He was presumably retired in 2282, as well, when he met Antonia in Idaho, but he also could have been on shore leave. Who knows? --From Andoria with Love 23:18, 31 Dec 2005 (UTC)
Getting back to the year in which Star Trek II was supposed to have taken place, I had not really thought about the scene in Star Trek: Generations in which Kirk talks about Antonia and returning to Starfleet. Two things come to mind however. First of all, I recently read in one of Ronald D. Moore's old blogs that he had intended Kirk's time in the Nexus to have referred to the period either before or after the events in Star Trek: The Motion Picture and thus the whole time period is a bit screwed up. Second, even before I knew Moore's thoughts on this, I never bought the piece about Antonia and the other events in the Nexus, as the Nexus didn't give people reality; Picard didn't actually have a wife and family and his nephew couldn't have visited his house for Christmas. And Kirk never actually retired from Starfleet; he was promoted. Therefore I stick to my original belief that the movie, despite conventional wisdom, took place in 2282.
Incidentally, I listened to Nick Meyer's commentary on the Star Trek II special edition DVD today. And his explanations of certain ideas only reaffirmed my opinion. He said that Kirk was going to be specifically aged at 49 years old (Shatner objected). Whether Meyer realized that most fans consider Kirk to have been born in 2233 is questionable. But this would definitively place the movie's events in 2282. Incidentally, I still have too much time on my hands. We Trek fans are, on average, the most anal retentive of all fans in the world to contemplate, much less debate when a fictional event took place. The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).
If I can correct, Kirk's relationship with Antonia ended 9 years prior to the date that Kirk entered the nexus. How was this date established? I otherwise know of nothing that precludes the movie from having taken place as early as 2283 which would place "Space Seed" at 2268 only one year's shift from the accepted date. Federation 06:41, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
Here's another thought. Assume that Kirk did tell Antonia that he intended to return to starfleet in 2284. Does this mean anything? Kirks meets Antonia while he is an admiral on Earth. ST:II-ST:IV took place between March 22 2283 and some time in 2284. Kirk retires briefly 2284 and returns to duty. I believe there is something like 3 months between III and IV. Leaving a full month for II and III to take place, this takes us to July 2283. This still leaves Kirk a 17 month retirement. Federation 07:13, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
Wow, this was over a year ago... um, okay, the Star Trek Chronology conjectures that Kirk was retired between the years 2281 and 2284. In fact, however, it was never specified that Kirk actually "retired", per se, and even so, the exact date of that retirement is never given. All that is known is that Kirk left Antonia and returned to Starfleet nine years prior to 2293 following an absence of some kind (or a planned absence – perhaps he was thinking about leaving but decided against it). I personally believe that Star Trek II and the next two films took place in 2282 (or maybe 83) and that Kirk either briefly resigned or considered resigning prior to Star Trek V, and that he met Antonia while taking shore leave on Earth while the Enterprise-A was getting all the bugs worked out of it (as seen in Trek V). Of course, that's merely my own speculation...
If Star Trek II took place that early in 2283, then the rest of the films took place in that same year. Star Trek III took place at most a few weeks after Star Trek II and Star Trek IV took place I think 3 months after Star Trek IV. Nothing wrong with that, just making that clear and agreeing with you. (See my reply above, as well). --From Andoria with Love 09:53, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
Interesting that we both came up with similar theories. One thing is clear though, if ST:II took place on March 22 of a year, ST:III must had taken place the same year, and ST:IV in all likelihood took place that same year too. So if everyone think that ST:II took place March 22 2285 then why does memory-alpha place ST:III & IV in 2286? Also I rewatched ST:II last night and there is that funny line in the movie about the ale: Kirk: "2283?" McCoy: "It takes time for the stuff to ferment". Like many great lines in Star Trek films, its hard to make heads or tails out of what it means. The ale wasn't consumed until 2293. Maybe Kirk was disgusted that the stuff was new, and Bones was warning him he needed to give it time before he drank it. Federation 18:46, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, I had a whole timeline created and posted on my subpage which included an entry explaining that Kirk did not actually retire but was only considering it. Although that has since been removed to make way for other info, you can still find my thoughts about dating the second, third and fourth movies here. As for the ale... I never actually thought of that before. It was never implied in the film, but the ale they drank during Star Trek VI could have been the bottle McCoy gave Kirk. I don't think Kirk was disgusted, but he may have been questioning the year. Again, though, it's also possible that it was a Romulan year printed on the bottle. Alas, all this is merely speculation; personally, though, I would prefer to move the date of Star Trek II to 2283, at least. --From Andoria with Love 03:51, 6 March 2007 (UTC)
Well, two points really. (I know this topic is old but who cares.) First of all on the timing, "15 years ago", it's like me, I round off to five years. As Ŭalabio said (in 2004): "Kirk agreed with Khan because after 18 years, Kirk did not remember that it was 18 years ago instead of 15 years ago". Maybe Kirk rounds off to every five years too. With the Romulan Ale part, McCoy would have said if it had been a Romulan calendar year, surely. Dave 19:22, 10 May 2008 (UTC)

This one has bugged me for a while. First, when Kirk reads the date, 2283, McCoy's quip, in context, was most likely intended to be a joke about how new it is. Second, the movie was actually produced 15 years after "Space Seed" and 11 years before the Okudas produced their chronology. Third, Director Nicholas Meyer mentions in his Director's Edition commentary that Kirk was 49, although he and the Shat agreed not to specify (while this doesn't make it official, it does give it context). Kirk seems to be having difficulty with this particular birthday. Fourth, the Okuda Chronology places Star Trek IV 78 years prior to the Next Generation based on press materials. However, the 78-year figure has never been spoken or seen in any episode or film. This seems to break the established rules for what is included in the canon. So, in conclusion, the film took place 15 years after "Space Seed" (as established on screen) just like Kirk and Khan said it did, around 2283.--Voyager 7 03:40, 3 January 2009 (UTC)

I think the most obvious reason this movie should be set in 2283 is that woyld be Kirk's 50th birthday. Who gets sad over their 52nd birthday? (Odyssey47 (talk) 22:49, January 2, 2019 (UTC))

Chamber where Spock was launched from?

How is the chamber called, where Spock's 'funeral' took place? The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).

Spock's funeral took place in the Enterprise's starboard side torpedo launcher (remember, the port side launcher was destroyed by the Reliant). --ApolloBoy 05:04, 1 Sep 2005 (UTC)

From Memory Alpha:Possible copyright infringements

Copied from Wikipedia --Memory 19:04, 4 Jan 2006 (UTC)

It should be noted that it's not the entire article, only part of the summary that has been deemed a copyright infringement. I think simply removing that portion of the text would be enough; that's usually what happens, anyway - someone pastes a copyrighted summary, it is simply reverted. I'm not sure if there's a need to place it here. Could be wrong, though. --From Andoria with Love 22:21, 4 Jan 2006 (UTC)

The problem is the old version stored in the database. Just removing it doesn't separates it from the history, so the versions must be deleted. If we just revert, we don't need this page here, if there is something like Lumerian we just remove it and write a short stub. But that won't erase the copyvio (to hit "Save page" means relicensing it without permission, so we have to remove all traces of this, just for the case that someone copies the copyvio version from here later). --Memory 17:23, 5 Jan 2006 (UTC)

Well if no one touches this yet in the next 12 hours or so the summary will have to be deleted and can be rewritten from scratch. --Alan del Beccio

Only the reverted part please ;-) --Memory 21:09, 19 January 2006 (UTC)

Perhaps you should do it, since I'm not seeing what you are getting at outside of explaining why we don't just revert it to the point prior to the addition of the copyvio template. --Alan del Beccio 10:20, 21 January 2006 (UTC)

I'm not an admin and can't delete the three copyvios in the history (1, 2 and 3). --Memory 22:35, 22 January 2006 (UTC)

It's not that easy. Even if I delete those specific entries, the same text is going to remain in the article. The text needs to be removed from the article or rewritten. Anyone can do that. --Alan del Beccio 21:59, 25 January 2006 (UTC)

Uh? Only the three versions I listed contain the cv stuff. This has been removed with my revert. Deletion of them is now the next step. --Memory 22:32, 25 January 2006 (UTC)

What is the point deleting contributions in the middle of a contribution list when the information is no longer in the article? --Alan del Beccio 22:48, 25 January 2006 (UTC)

Read above: they are still copyvios as long as they are stored anywhere here under our license. --Memory 22:54, 25 January 2006 (UTC) Moved, remains unresolved, please do not copy the mentioned versions while citing MA as their source. Use the Wikipedia original instead. --Memory 22:39, 2 February 2006 (UTC)


"Memorable Quotes"

I removed this section, since all the "memorable quotes" that are truly memorable have been integrated in either the Summary or Analysis section, or are taglines of thumbnails. Ottens 12:31, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

It's still nice to see some memorable quotes in their own section. There are a number of episodes that have the quotes buried in the text, but sometimes if you want a quick tagline, it's nice to check out the "MQ" section. As such, I'd suggest putting it back in, even if it repeats some of the lines. -- Sulfur 14:29, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

The thing is, the majority of the quotes are repeated under "Analysis", which would come right after "Memorable Quotes". Most of the others are in the thumbs--there are only a few that are "buried" in the text. So most shouldn't be hard to find. I just think that it's not a good idea to lengthen the page ever further, especially when it means repeating the same lines. Ottens 14:35, 8 August 2006 (UTC)


I think between Summary and Background is the appropriate location, since it discusses the themes of the film; it's not a behind-the-scenes thing. Ottens 15:00, 8 August 2006 (UTC)


As the name indicates, this is supposed to be a summary of the film's story, not a scene-by-scene breakdown, which is pretty much how it stands now. I would like to revert the edits made to the Summary section by Capt Christopher Donovan. Please let me know if there are any objections. Ottens 09:39, 20 August 2006 (UTC)

You'll have to revert much farther than that, I'm afraid. All I did was clean up grammar/syntax, etc, and move a couple of sentences. The basic structure of the article is 95%+ the same as I found it in...I had contemplated doing a total re-write, but didn't have the time then (and really don't now).
I don't have any objections if someone else wants to take a whack at it (not that my permission is needed in the first place). I would note that I've read other ep/movie summaries here that ARE as detailed as this one. Either way, I'd say leave it as is unless/until someone CAN do a "ground up" revision...Capt Christopher Donovan 09:50, 20 August 2006 (UTC)

Well I'll at least do some cleaning up then, there are some sentences bolded for some reason, and the images don't line up. Ottens 10:20, 20 August 2006 (UTC)

Peer review

Reworked this article recently, reworded the Summary and made it shorter, added Analysis to discuss the film's themes and motives, and added an extensive Background Information section with information about the development of the movie's script, construction of sets, designing of costumes, shooting of scenes, etc. I can't think of anything more that could be added to make it better, and believe it's up for featured status. Please let me know what you think. Ottens 16:41, 15 August 2006 (UTC)

DYK suggestion

  • That in Star Trek II you can see a "Smoking Prohibited" sign in the simulation room around the time that the distress call is received from the Neutral Zone

Check if that needs to be added here as a background info... -- Cid Highwind 23:30, 23 November 2006 (UTC)


I love this line from the image caption:

To Meyer's mind, Khan was related to Satan, who fell from grace with God. Of course, thematically, this linked him with Genesis-–another of the film's Biblical allusions.

but I don't think there's much to back it up. Unless someone can provide a reference? Federation 17:47, 19 January 2007 (UTC)

There is one thing to deny' it: Meyer had never seen a single episode of Star Trek! Thereore, he wouldn't have known about Khan's citing Milton in being condemned to rule in a Hellish existence. In other words, Meyer was a baby playing with matches... in someone else's house. Yes, he made a lot of money... pimps always do; this is proven by Khan's handling Chekov, in the same way that Darth Vader handled Captain Antilles: i.e. identical. Lucas should have sued... as should every self-respecting Trekkie. But then, where would Picard be? The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).

Timeline question

According to the timeline on this page, Khan was marooned on Ceti Alpha Five in the year 2267. He was killed during the events surrounding project Genesis in 2285, a difference of 18 years. But, when he was discovered by Checkov and Terrell, Khan stated that he had been marooned there 15 years ago.  ???????????? The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).

Yes, we are aware if this minor continuity error. But I believe we prefer to think they were just rounding down. Since 2267 + 15 would equal 2282, we could say that the film takes place in that year. Unfortunately, Bones gave Kirk a bottle of Romulan ale from the year 2283. So, therein lies the problem. Personally, I'm all for assuming the 2283 year was actually the Romulan year in which the ale was made; it would only make sense, after all, that a Romulan drink would contain a Romulan year. But, alas, that's a decision the entire community must agree on. --From Andoria with Love 03:31, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
It may also be possible Khan lost track of time being marooned on a desolate planet.--UTS DeLorean 17:48, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
Folowing that line of thought, the length of a year would have changed when the planet was blown into a different orbit. Although that would have made it shorter, but maybe since Ceti Alpha 5 was barely habitable, it was on the outside of the class M zone and would have had a longer than normal year anyway. Not that every planet would have the exact same length year, but it can be assumed they're similar since the range from the star would be similar for habitable planets.--Cyno01 07:24, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
My figures says the Second move takes place in 2279. The reason people are lead to that date is because of a bottle of Romulan Ale. I figure the bottle's date is a Romulan date, placing the Romulan year after 2282. ALso Kirk also threw out the 15 year figure. --TOSrules 05:22, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Early names

The Wikipedia article (Comments and criticisms section, paragraph 7) mentions that the original name for the movie was "The Vengeance of Khan". This page mentions nothing like that; is there any proof behind this? -- 19:55, 24 January 2007 (UTC)


I noticed you reverted the part about the gay actors. Is it irrelevant? Why? Federation 03:45, 4 March 2007 (UTC)

How is it relevant? Why not just list everyone who is heterosexual, blue-eyed, and Catholic while we are at it? Those facts are equally irrelevant. --Alan del Beccio 04:06, 4 March 2007 (UTC)
(Edit conflict) I didn't revert it, but I don't understand it's relevance. While it may seem interesting that three of the 28 credited actors were homosexual, statistically, the same can be said of probably every Trek production, and I don't think common sense items need be included. Their orientation shouldcould of course be noted on their page (which it is).--Tim Thomason 04:09, 4 March 2007 (UTC)
I'm still not even sure that much is necessary, are all the heterosexual actors orientations noted on their pages as well? --Alan del Beccio 04:16, 4 March 2007 (UTC)
No. I meant in a full complete actors page, orientation might come up, and could be noted for completeness. John Logan named a character after his partner, which should be noted, and George Takei's "coming out" is a major part of his biography and big news in the homosexual community. Paul Winfield's orientation on the other hand isn't and probably shouldn't be noted on his page, as he kept it out of the public eye, like most Trek-related people. I think I was just being overly-political without even noticing the implications of my comments.--Tim Thomason 04:26, 4 March 2007 (UTC)
As the one who reverted the addition, I guess I should back up my actions. Stating that some actors in a movie were gay is extremely irrelevant... basically, who cares? Actually, a more proper question would be, who should care? Does it take away from their performance? No. Does it add insight into how the film was made? No. And, as Alan said, why single out the homosexuals? Why not blacks or Jews? I guess what it comes down to is... why should we single anyone out at all? It's noting what does not need to be noted... so it is irrelevant. That's my reasoning behind the removal of the information. --From Andoria with Love 05:37, 4 March 2007 (UTC)

For the record, I meant no anger, disrespect or malice (I think that word fits here) towards you, Federation – I just wanted to make my point very clear. It may have sounded harsh, but I think it got the point across. ;) --From Andoria with Love 06:30, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

Major copyvio?

In cleaning up this article, I noticed that the script section seemed a bit too professional compared to the bulk of our articles (no offense intended to anyone). Upon doing a Google search on some of the phrases in that section, this site popped up, a virtual duplicate of the text here. It appears that when Ottens did a rewrite of our article, he copied the text verbatim from his Forgotten Trek site. The footnote on his site states "From Star Trek: The Magazine, volume 3, issue 05 (September 2002)", which is also cited as a source for our article. If, as it appears, the text on Forgotten Trek was copied in toto from the magazine, most likely without permission, then we have a definite copyvio here. I don't have access to a copy of that issue, though, so I can't be sure. If it was copied, and permission was granted, then that needs to be stated somewhere in the article. If not, then it should be removed. There may be other areas of copyvio in the article as well; I stopped searching after I found the big one. -- Renegade54 15:35, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Forgotten Trek is Ottens personal website. It's even listed on his user page. --Alan 04:20, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Khan and his medallion

Did anyone notice the medallion Khan wears throughout the film? The one like a C with a Starfleet insignia of sorts in it? It's the insignia Kirk wears. Where do you suppose he got it? Dave 19:18, 10 May 2008 (UTC)

I would assume it was one of the things Khan was left with when he was marooned on Ceti Alpha Five. Also, I would assume it was one a shiny full circle with the Enterprise insignia on it (At the time this was NOT the Starfleet Insignia, but just the Enterprise's, later all of Starfleet adopted it.) but it has become tarnished and broken over many years in the desert. The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).
one could also assume it was his wife Marla's, since she was an Enterprise crewman-- 20:38, March 11, 2011 (UTC)

Personal observation

I removed the following:

It is interesting to note that Khan did not pick up on the code used by Kirk and Spock, namely that days equal hours, despite his augmented intelligence especially when Spock enunciated it very obviously and added "...By the book, Admiral" at the end, hinting yet again that it is a misdirection.

It is only interesting to whoever wrote it and maybe a few others. It's very trivial, though, and not something that should be written in an encyclopedia. It also verges on nitpicking. --From Andoria with Love 03:43, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

Old Klingon Proverb

It annoys me greatly. How does Khan know an old Klingon proverb? Khan was from a time before major space travel or first contact with Klingons so he would have no interaction with their race or culture. He was unfrozen and had access to the Enterprise's databanks in Space Seed, but at this point I doubt very seriously their Klingon Wiki article would be about culture so much as the dangerous nature of their cold war with the Klingon Empire. And I doubt very seriously they would maroon Khan on Ceti Alpha Five with access to the Enterprise's tactical information on their greatest enemies! So where did this knowledge come from? Doesn't make any sense. Still a great line though. The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).

Why wouldn't it include Klingon culture? At the time he was unfrozen, Earth had more than a century of contact with the Klingons. --OuroborosCobra talk 19:53, 18 September 2008 (UTC)
Maybe Marla McGivers taught it to him. --TribbleFurSuit 23:47, 18 September 2008 (UTC)
It's actually a Spanish proverb, but the writers obviously decided that it would sound better as a Klingon proverb. Remember, he also misquotes Moby Dick.--Indefatigable 22:48, 28 July 2009 (UTC)

Removed nits

I removed the following (after it was pointed out elsewhere)

  • The Enterprise and the Reliant seem to be caught in some kind of mild time-warp during their initial battle . After Khan has disabled the Enterprise he gives Kirk 60 seconds to hand over any information and materials he has relating to project:genesis. In reality 2 minutes and 34 seconds pass before Khan's "minute" runs out. Khan gives 45 and 15 second warnings at 26 seconds and 1 minute 32 seconds respectively.

It's a nitpick. These kind of things are dramatic license, and not really notable.– Cleanse 23:58, 6 November 2008 (UTC)


  • "When the Enterprise's engineering (secondary) hull is first breached by Reliant's phasers, a large bulkhead rolls down to contain the Main Engineering compartment. However, as you can see, the door closes between a "gap" in a horizontal section of the warp core, thus cutting off power to the plasma conduits that feed the warp nacelles.
"This "gap" is curious, but problematic. Never before or since have we heard that a "section" of the warp core can be removed to accommodate the emergency bulkhead.
  • "Even by old cryptography standards, a five-digit password or encryption code (the prefix code) is incredibly easy to guess or hack, especially so in the year 2285 with the kinds of computers that would be available.
  • "Just after Kirk forces the Reliant to lower its shields and then opens fire, the shield status diagram on the weapons console on the bridge of the Enterprise mistakenly shows a graphic of the Reliant instead of the Enterprise. It is possible that the image is a result of the Enterprise having 'hacked' into Reliants computer and the bridge consoles on the Enterprise are now governing the command functions of Reliant.
  • "In the final confrontation in the Mutara Nebula, after the Enterprise's phaser fire destroys half of the Reliant's port nacelle, it is momentarily whole and pristine before Enterprise's second photon torpedo blasts it from the hull.

There are bound to be production errors, for dozens of reasons, but really, this site isn't to be a catalog for them. Let's not nitter away our time with them when the page is already big enough as it is. --Alan 16:55, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Kirk's Unease

Kirk felt uneasy when the Enterprise was leaving space dock. He had previously made remarks like "I don't think they can steer," etc. Why is this so when Sulu was at the helm when they were leaving? Ctetc2007 21:49, 24 May 2009 (UTC) there is little r

Are you referring to the new movie? If so, that took place in an alternate timeline, and as such anything said in this movie has no relevance.--31dot 22:09, 24 May 2009 (UTC)

No, I'm referring to this movie, The Wrath of Khan. There were several indications that Kirk hated training cruises. When the shuttlecraft was approaching the Enterprise for the first time, Kirk says "I hate inspections... Well I for one am glad to have you (Sulu) at the helm for 3 weeks. I don't think these kids can steer." When Saavik is giving commands to take the Enterprise out of space dock, Kirk is again acting uneasy, and Bones whispers to him "Would you like a tranquilizer?" I think that this is because it is a trainee (Saavik) "piloting" the Enterprise out of space dock, but Sulu is the one who is actually at the helm, so why should Kirk be worried? Ctetc2007 22:21, 24 May 2009 (UTC)

Probably he was just worried in general, given that cadets were the vast majority of the crew.--31dot 22:24, 24 May 2009 (UTC)
It was obviously to make Kirk sound like a cranky old geezer-- along with everything else in the movie. The exact line was "these kids can't steer," which is exactly something a cranky old man would say about young drivers. Other lines included Kirk's grampa-glasses (he's "allergic to Retonix--" ahem ever heard of LASER-SURGERY?) and his remarks about his "getting senile," and "feeling old." HELLO? Kirk was FORTY-NINE-- while McCoy was later alive and sound-minded at age 137! Meyer had never seen a single episode of Star Trek, so obviously STII was a new version-- which BEGAN with a recycled plotline from "Space Seed," while turning Khan into Darth Vader. In "Space Seed," Khan believed that the Human race had failed in the future, and he wanted to SAVE it by improving mankind in his own "tough loving" way-- but in STII, he was just plain EVIL, with Meyer claiming allegedly comparing Khan to Satan. The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).

The Chekov Mystery

Yes, that whole thing about Khan recognising Chekov in the movie, but Walter Koenig not joining the cast until the second season of the series. I think I've worked out a plausible explanation. The season 2 episode "Catspaw", where Chekov makes an appearance occurs at stardate 3018.2, whereas "Space Seed" does not occur until stardate 3141.9. The trick is not to look at the order of broadcast, but the order of stardates. Yes, we know that in reality, they were probably more or less made up as they went along back then, but as has been demonstrated since, the stardates are supposed to increase over time. This places "Space Seed" after "Catspaw". From this we can assume that Chekov was in fact aboard the Enterprise during the first encounter with Khan. The preceding unsigned comment was added by MCN2009 (talk • contribs).

This is silly; it's absurd to claim that a crew-member is not on the Enterprise, until an actor joins the cast to play them-- particularly since there are 430 crew-members. Chekov simply was among the many unnamed (and uncast/unseen) characters during Space Seed, and the remaining episodes of the season.
Count how many different crew-members you see in Space Seed; it's far less than 430. After that, any of the crew-members you see could be re-assignees, since crew-members in different episodes could be re-assignees which replaced some of the crew-members you saw in prior episoes (especially the ones who died). So there's no way to conclusively say that Cheov wasn't on the Enterprise! The only way to do this, would be if 430 crew-members were shown during "Space Seed..." and there weren't! The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).


However, a much more reasonable responce would be that Khan spent a great deal of time searching the ships computers during his stay on the Enterprise, this is evidenced in the original episode. As stardates indicate that the episode "Space Seed" occured on 3141.9 and Chekov's first Season 2 appearance was in TOS: "Catspaw", Stardate 3018.2, it is logical to assume that his record would be accessable via the ships computer. If Khan possesses an eidetic memory, then remembering Chekov's face is quite possible. As for Chekov remembering Khan; a simple explination would be an after action review of the events, as is required by most quality organizations.

Removed as speculation and original research.--31dot 23:07, November 26, 2009 (UTC)

would this be worth mentioning

in a review of this movie at this link - sfdebris mentions the Chekov/Khan Bathroom joke at 0:40. ScarletScarabX (Talk) 02:33, October 13, 2010 (UTC)

Er, no. A second or third-hand account in a youtube video is not a reliable source. – Cleanse ( talk | contribs ) 03:07, October 13, 2010 (UTC)

he has done a billion reviews all Star Trek hes up to Generations in the movies. ScarletScarabX (Talk) 12:15, October 13, 2010 (UTC) I thought he was a good source for reliabiity regarding the literary themes from Paradise Lost King Lear and Moby Dick.

The only evidence that would be "reliable" regarding such things would be the evidence itself and not an accounting of it from this person. The volume of "reviews" they have done is not relevant.--31dot 12:43, October 13, 2010 (UTC)

i have no time to read thisd in depth is there the whole litery lillusions to the aforementioned novels? ScarletScarabX (Talk) 14:14, October 13, 2010 (UTC)

In author Greg Cox's Star Trek novel, To Reign In Hell, this was explained when Chekov was described as the crew member on the Away Team who gave Khan some parting words before leaving Khan, his people, and two cargo bay containers full of supplies behind on the planet. The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).

Mutara Nebula Battle - Genesis Device Activation

Moved to Forum:Mutara Nebula Battle - Genesis Device Activation.

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"'It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.' A message, Mr. Spock?"
"None that I am conscious of...except, of course, happy birthday. Surely 'the best of times...?'"

- Spock and Kirk

"Why bless me, Doctor--what beams you into this neck of the woods?"
"Beware Romulans bearing gifts. Happy birthday, Jim."

- Kirk and McCoy

"What the hell happened? If they crashed, then where's the rest of the ship?"

- Terrell, on the Botany Bay

(to Terrell)"I don't know you."
(to Chekov)"But you...I never forget a face. Mister...Chekov...isn't it?
"I never thought to see your face again."

- Khan

"Chekov, who is this man?"
"A criminal, Captain. A product of late Twentieth-Century genetic engineering."

- Terrell and Chekov, on Khan

"On Earth...(snickers)two hundred years ago...(sighs)ah...I was a prince...with power over millions."
"Captain Kirk was your host. You repaid his hospitality by trying to steal his ship and murder him!!"

- Khan and Chekov

"These are--pets, of course. Not quite domesticated..."

- Khan, on the "Ceti eels"

"Gishen worla ihk-banut. (He's never what I expect, sir.)"
"Wakli ak'wikman - ot-lan? (What surprises you, Lieutenant?)"
"Ish-veh ni...komihn. (He's so...human.)"
"Kling akhlami buhfik - Saavik-kam. (Nobody's perfect, Saavik.)"

- Saavik and Spock, on Kirk

"As a physician, you of all people should appreciate the dangers of re-opening old wounds."

- Kirk to McCoy, on talking with Carol

"So much for the little training cruise."

- Sulu, after the Enterprise is diverted to Regula I

"I'll chase him round the moons of Nibia and round the Antares maelstrom and round perdition's flames before I give him up.

- Khan to Joachim, paraphrasing Moby Dick

"Well, put simply, Genesis is life from lifelessness."

- Carol, in her summary proposal on the Genesis Project

"Let them eat static!"

- Khan, as the Enterprise requests communications

" careful."
"WE will."

- Spock and McCoy, before Kirk, McCoy and Saavik beam over to the space lab

"Khan, you've got Genesis, but you don't have me. If you're going to kill me, Khan, you're gonna have to come down here! You're gonna have to come down HERE!!"

- Kirk, taunting Khan

"No, Kirk. The game's not over.
"To the last, I will grapple with thee."

- Khan, as he activates the Genesis Device

"Are you out of your Vulcan mind? No Human can tolerate the radiation that's in there!"
"As you are so fond of observing, Doctor, I am not human."

- McCoy and Spock, outside the dilithium reactor chamber in the warp engineering compartment

"I haven't faced death. I've cheated death...I've tricked my way out of death...and patted myself on the back for my ingenuity. I know nothing..."
"You knew enough to tell Lieutenant Saavik that how we face death is at least as important as how we face life."
"Just words..."
"But good words! That's where ideas begin. Maybe you should listen to them."

- Kirk and David

"I was wrong about you. And I'm sorry."
"Is that what you came here to say?"
"Mainly. And...also...that I'm--proud...very proud...TO BE YOUR SON."

- David and Kirk

Removed the above per MA:QUOTE.31dot (talk) 09:12, July 2, 2012 (UTC)


"Later in the Trek franchise, there are two scenes where a crew is preparing for battle like the Enterprise crew does here. The first is in VOY: "Scorpion", as Voyager prepares to enter Borg space. The other time is in Star Trek Nemesis when Captain Jean-Luc Picard's crew readies the USS Enterprise-E ahead of their confrontation with Shinzon's ship the Scimitar.'

There are way more than that. I don't think this is a relevant point. - Mitchz95 (talk) 04:43, January 3, 2013 (UTC)

How did Khan know where Kirk was?

How did Khan know Kirk was on the Enterprise when Reliant attacked the Enterprise? Captain Terrel had never met Kirk and as far as anyone on the Reliant knew, Spock was captain of the Enterprise and Kirk was still assigned to Starfleet HQ, and it's unlikely anyone at HQ would have told the Reliant, given the sensitive nature of the Enterprise's orders. TySolpine (talk) 22:10, April 28, 2013 (UTC)

Plot questions should be asked at the Reference Desk as article talk pages are used to discuss article changes only; but to answer; where Kirk was was not relevant. Khan knew that Carol Marcus would try to contact Kirk over the Reliant taking Genesis from them. 31dot (talk) 22:14, April 28, 2013 (UTC)

Yes it is, because Khan seemed to know where the Enterprise was, and attacked it, as if he KNEW Kirk was on it (otherwise he never would wasted time attacking something that wasn't relelvant. Khan wanted Kirk, not the Enterprise.) Carol and Kirk never mentioned Kirk being on the Enterprise. TySolpine (talk) 22:17, April 28, 2013 (UTC)

Background information copyright issues?

Most if not all of the text in the background information section of the article appears to have been yanked verbatim from the issue of Star Trek: The Magazine that was devoted to this film. Isn't that plagiarism and/or a copyright violation? Captain Spadaro (talk) 07:38, September 20, 2014 (UTC)

McCoy's tears

I went to see this movie three times in five days in 1982. I know, with absolute certainty, that during the memorial for Spock in the photon torpedo bay, that there is a shot of McCoy with some tears on his face. What I don't understand is why this scene has been deleted from all subsequent edits of this film, whether on VHS or on DVD. Why? Doesn't anyone else remember this? GCapp1959 (talk) 03:01, June 13, 2016 (UTC)

Perhaps they thought that with Spock's katra inside him, he'd be less likely to cry. Did they have that plot point set in stone by the time the VHS came out? --LauraCC (talk) 16:21, June 13, 2016 (UTC)

Who jammed the signal?

The article says: "A furious Dr. Marcus attempts to contact Kirk to confirm the order, but the signal is jammed by Khan ..." I don't think that's true, considering that just two scenes earlier, Chekov said that the Reliant would reach the station in three days (and presumably Carol tried to reach Kirk immediately after that conversation). That's a long way away to jam a communication. I always wondered whether there was somehow a Khan-sympathetic saboteur on the Regula I station, or whether this was a leftover remnant of some script change. - Brian Kendig (talk) 14:10, September 14, 2017 (UTC)

The Genesis Project

A lot of incorrect information in the section of the article concerning the April 10, 1981 version of the script, entitled STAR TREK: THE GENESIS PROJECT by Jack B. Sowards and Harve Bennett. McGivers (they spell it as McGiver) is still in this draft and Mr. Savik is referred to by that title, not Dr. I have a copy of this script which I'd be willing to share if someone wanted to correct this. Since I'm unwilling to put the script "online," I'm wondering how we can cite it. This section, as it is now, is uncited, so...? Sir Rhosis (talk) 04:49, June 23, 2018 (UTC)


The following:

McGivers was written out of this draft after Bennett discovered that actress Madlyn Rhue had contracted multiple sclerosis, of whose complications she eventually died, and it now confined her to a wheelchair. He decided that it would be unfair to recast the role, and McGivers was now written as having succumbed to an infection that Khan was unable to cure, not having the required medical supplies.

Was removed by User:TrekComic per "Removed Madlyn Rhue’s reason for not being in the film. She was not in a wheel chair in 1982 as seen in a Diff’rent Strokes episode of that year." --Gvsualan (talk) 07:03, 30 December 2020 (UTC)

She was also a semi-regular in the show “Fame”, including an episode in 1984 where she can be seen running.TrekComic (talk) 07:08, 30 December 2020 (UTC)

If I'm following these sources correctly, Set Phasers to Stun: 50 Years of Star Trek; [1], especially the first, then that was still a valid reference, which is being negated by uncorroborated original research. Ppl with MS can have their ups and downs, so...–Gvsualan (talk) 07:16, 30 December 2020 (UTC)