Lesson 2: Feature a strong, charismatic villain that shouts literature.
Reason: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
From hell's heart, I stab at thee. For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee. - Khan… and Captain Ahab
The major drawback for The Motion Picture was that the bad guy was a 200 year old NASA satellite that couldn't quote Melville. Star Trek II remedies that problem by looking back to the series and digging up Khan Noonien Singh, a 20th century super genius warlord hell-bent on killing Kirk for abandoning him on a remote planet. He hijacks a ship, blows up some things, and proves that he had nothing better to do on Ceti Alpha V except read Moby Dick a few dozen times.
Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country ~ © Paramount Pictures
Star Trek VI
follows this lesson closely. Like Khan, Klingon General Chang also torments Kirk with his mastery of Human literature-"Cry 'Havoc!' and let slip the dogs of war!" *bew bew BOOM*-which is really just a cool thing to shout from the bridge of a starship. With Khan covering Melville, and Chang taking Shakespeare, perhaps Nero, the Romulan villain from Abrams' Star Trek played by Eric Bana
, will shout Sun Tzu. Then again, "All war is based on deception!" doesn't really work that well while firing photon torpedoes.
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