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Empire's 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | The follow-ups that achieve greatness in their own right

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
DIRECTED BY NICHOLAS MEYER
RELEASED: 1982

Why's it so good? Frankly, we could simply remind you of Kirk's roar of "Khaaaaaaaaaannnnn!" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRnSnfiUI54) and that should be enough to convince anyone. But this also raised the franchise to undreamt of levels of drama and action, remained its undisputed crowning glory (at least until JJ Abrams' stormer this summer) and saw one of cinema's most memorable and moving death scenes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFyl4GxBzEw ).

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
How does it stack up to the original? Star Trek: The Motion Picture is not fit to lick Khan's boots. This features great character moments for all the original Trek cast, lots of the jokes that always made the series such a joy to watch, but also a deeper emotional connection that chimed with the fans' love of the show and persuaded non-fans that they were missing something. No Khan, no Next Generation or other spin-off shows, and no Chris Pine as Kirk.

Glaring error: William Shatner (Kirk) and Ricardo Montalban (Khan) filmed their roles four months apart and never actually talk face-to-face, since Montalban was still filming TV show Fantasy Island.


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 31 MONTHS


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