By Steve Simels
July 06, 1990 at 04:00 AM EDT

The first Star Trek film as been defended both as a serious philosophical meditation and as a piece of kinetic art. No one, however, has ever claimed that it’s particularly exciting or faithful to the spirit of the TV show upon which it is based. Writer-director Nicholas Meyer’s follow-up, on the other hand, is the real deal. With humor, suspense, humanity, neat special effects, and a great villain (Ricardo Montalban, quoting Ahab in a Rod Stewart wig), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan delivers all the elements that made the original series so much fun. A-