Thread: Why Khan?
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Old February 27 2013, 03:34 AM   #11
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Re: Why Khan?

WarpFactorZ wrote: View Post
Because that's what defined Khan's *wrath* in The WRATH of Khan!
They're not remaking The Wrath of Khan.

Off-screen ethos? Have you seen the movie? Did you miss Khan's background explanation of why they weren't on Ceti Alpha VI? The Ceti Eels, his crew, his beloved wife? That was hardly off-screen.
You mean a planet exploded and his wife died on screen? You're right. I guess I haven't seen it.

Khan's superhuman abilities were highlighted, but aside from his intellect and learning curve, there's not a lot he can do with them on a starship.
You mean aside from understanding "The infinite extension of the three-dimensional region in which all matter exists," has three-dimensions?

They did overpower the entire crew of Regula One,
How do you know? Did you see it? Terrell said Khan did, but Terrell also had a magic space slug in his ear. For all you know, he was lying.

though, and he does some pretty heavy power-lifting on the Reliant.
He lifted nothing that a "normal" fit human couldn't lift under an adrenalin rush--unlike Cumby, who've already seen swing a significantly larger object around like a whiffle bat.

Also, there's that thing about surviving 15 years in a completely hostile environment...
By "hostile" you mean "without food or water." Once again, there were no on-screen indications he had access to either (Magic space slugs don't seem to fill many dietary needs.), so we can only assume he didn't. As he so astutely point out, he and his friends were still human. Surviving under such conditions isn't a matter of genetic superiority, but rather movie magic.

Anyway, despite these super advantages, it was his *human* ego that was his downfall. THAT's the point of TWOK, and THAT's what made Khan a complex villain.
No. It's what made him a trite, one-dimensional villain. Take Montys performance out of it, and he's no different than half the bad-guys in any other SF&F film, or, you know, Nero. The difference is Nero wasn't essential to the plot. He was just the means to the end.

In Space Seed, aside from throwing people against a wall and locking Kirk in a barometric chamber, how did he display his superior intellect?
He didn't really, aside from we actually SEE him craft a plan and execute it.

Really, though, the fact is the character has never been used to the fullest of his potential. That's why the redo.
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