On Episode 102 of the RETROZEST podcast, Curtis celebrates the 40th anniversary of STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN! This is the Star Trek film which saved the franchise in 1982, and is considered to be the best film of the franchise by many a Trekkie (including Curtis)! Assisting Curtis in this endeavor are two very special guests…
First of all, there’s LAURA BANKS, the actress who portrayed Khan’s Navigator on the stolen USS Reliant. Laura shares a lot of great behind the scenes info on the making of the film, as well as her brief relationship will William Shatner; all of which is more intricately detailed in her upcoming book, Close Encounters With Captain Kirk: The Making of Star Trek II (and the Rest of It) as well as her Interview with Shatner on her Podcast!
Also, legendary filmmaker STAN WOO chimes in and shares his fandom of the franchise, this film, and how all of it inspired him to make his own Star Trek fan film starring George Takei entitled YORKTOWN: A TIME TO HEAL! Back on Episode 090 of the RETROZEST podcast, Curtis celebrated this fan film with John Atkin, who first heard about the unfinished film in 1987 via Starlog Magazine Issue #119 and contacted Woo about it in 2010. Together they recruited a team of volunteer professionals to help finish the project. So the latter part of this episode serves as a bit of a part 2 to Episode 090!
Additionally, Mr. Retrovere shares this week’s Retro News segment.