I’m a regular contributor over at MoviefiedNYC, and over the course of this month and the next, I’m discussing all eleven entries in the Star Trek series leading up to the release of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness. With that in mind, whenever I have a new post go up there, I’ll link to it here on my blog. You can check out my previous post covering The Motion Picture and The Wrath of Khan here. And in case you weren’t aware, you can also read everything I’ve done for other blogs and sites on the right side of my blog. Give those other places a visit when you get a chance. Anyways, on to Star Trek.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was originally supposed to be Spock’s swan song. Saving the ship from imminent danger isn’t that bad of a way to go out, so leaving Spock’s body on the Genesis planet would’ve been fitting—a meaningful resting place for a crew member who meant a great deal to many people. But, as Leonard Nimoy tells it during The Captain’s Summit, that plan got changed at the last minute. A production member approached Nimoy and basically asked him to whisper something–anything–to Bones in order to make another sequel possible, so Nimoy had Spock say the word “remember” as he touched Bones’ face. That being a really bizarre and nebulous thing to say to someone with only three minutes left in the movie notwithstanding, it’s also a really bad way to go about setting up sequels in general. “Hey, just make up something weird and unexplained so we can go back after the fact and make up even more stupid stuff!” is the only imaginary quote that works inside my head in terms of rationalizing and actually going with such a dumb idea.