Need something to watch on Netflix this weekend? We asked The Week.com’s entertainment editor, Scott Meslow, for a recommendation:
This weekend, so many moviegoers are primed to see J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness that most box-office analysts are projecting the highest-grossing opening weekend in the franchise’s 47-year history.
But if you’d rather stay home and kick back with a glass of Romulan ale, why not check out the very best Star Trek has to offer? In the wake of 1979’s disappointing Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan arrived in 1982 to give Star Trek the shot in the arm it needed. Wrath of Khan stars a never-better William Shatner as an older, sadder James T. Kirk, a former captain who is — like the Star Trek franchise itself — teetering on the brink of irrelevancy. When the villainous Khan (first introduced in the Star Trekepisode “Space Seed”) unexpectedly reemerges as a serious threat, Kirk works with his old allies to take his vindictive adversary down, leading to a high-stakes ending that’s still both shocking and genuinely tragic (even if it was undone by later films in the series). Wrath of Khan isn’t just a great Star Trek film, or even a great science-fiction film — it’s a great film, full stop.