I had a chance to rewatch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan again recently…arguably one of the best (if not THE best) film with the original series cast. For the most part, the film holds up nicely. However, I couldn’t help but notice some serious plot flaws…enough, in fact, that I found 10 of them. So, without further adieu, I present…
The Top 10 Biggest Plot Flaws of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
10) Apparently some magical shit went down in the Ceti Alpha system since Kirk left Khan marooned on Ceti Alpha V fifteen years ago, or the folks on the Reliant are *completely* incompetent to not notice that the system had one less planet than it used to. And even if Ceti Alpha VI *did* explode, wouldn’t Ceti Alpha V still be Ceti Alpha V?
9) There are *so* many different uniforms, and styles of uniforms for the Star Fleet crew in this movie. Even Kirk, who is running at manic speed for most of the film, takes time to do at least 3 costume changes, including that awesome flipped collar winter coat that he puts on…to visit a space station?
8) All this fancy technology and you can lower a Federation ship’s shields by knowing a 5 digit prefix code? FIVE DIGITS? That’s less than my bike lock.
7) Scotty’s nephew sustains life-threatening injuries and Scotty carries him straight…to the bridge?
6) McCoy has a sickbay overflowing with burned and mangled trainees, yet when Kirk asks him if he can spare someone to go to Regula I, McCoy cheerfully replies, “I can spare me!”
5) Kirk finds Chekov and Terrell on the Regula I space station, Chekov says, “He put creatures in our brains to control our minds.” Um, McCoy…wouldn’t this be a good time to whip out your medical tricorder and do a quick scan on these guys before you take them down to the planet with you?
4) Apparently only a couple of folks in Khan’s gang can do anything…the rest all just stand around and snicker. And, while we’re at it, why do they all look like Chippendale’s dancers and Khan looks like a grandpa? Shouldn’t they all be the same age?
3) Little brain slug slips out of Chekov’s ear on to the floor (for no apparent reason) and Kirk, from the other side of the room, shoots it with his phaser. Hey, Jimmy Boy…you want to maybe get Chekov’s HEAD out of the way before you bull-eye that womprat from 3 meters away?
2) Wait, did Kirk and Saavik just hold a conversation mid-transport?
1) Kirk’s adult-aged PHD-touting son, David, is one heck of a whiny bastard. And what’s with that over the shoulder sweater during the final battle scene anyway? Did he think he was going to the clubhouse to play some racket ball?