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Old June 10 2013, 02:41 AM   #19
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Re: Star Trek 2 The Wrath of Khan - Why did Kirk yell "KHAAAAAN!"?

Having just rewatched TWOK Director's Edition last night, it seems clear to me that it's a mixture of both motivations. I still think he had a plan (he was trying to convince Khan to go away because Enterprise already had orders to bluff Khan into thinking they needed longer to repair themselves, and playing to Khan's ego was a way of making Khan think he'd won), but the heat of the moment and the following scene where he discusses with Dr. Marcus about how Khan "wants me dead" indicates that the pressures of the situation are getting to him. It isn't until he's in the Genesis cave that he reaches a state of perfect calm again.
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