Ricardo Montalban, 1920 – 2009

By Phil Plait | January 14, 2009 8:35 pm
Ricardo Montalban as Khan

I just read that we lost another Star Trek great: Ricardo Montalban passed away at the age of 88. You can say what you want about Fantasy Island, or any other role he ever had, but his portrayal of Khan Noonian Singh will go down as one of the great scenery-chewers of all time, one of the only characters able to hold his own against the overly-amplified James Kirk. Trek has never — and the way things look, will never — have a greater movie than the second one. It’s the classic example of a sequel being better than the original. A lot of that was due to Montalban’s portrayal of Singh.

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  1. spencer

    how come not one article I’ve read brought up the 2 Planet of the Apes movies?

  2. Scott

    Great movie and Montalban was great in the role in both the original episode and the movie. So many of the people who played significant roles in ST: TOS whether as regulars, guest starts, or not in front of the camera folks have passed on. It’s sad, part of my childhood is going away forever.

    P.S. I think the article on SciFi.com mentioned his roles in the two Planet of the Apes movies.

  3. Davidlpf

    KKKHHHAAANNNN!!!!!

  4. SciFi.com’s SciFi Wire did mention the two Apes movies by title. The one I noticed totally ignored was his appearance in all three SPY KIDS movies, with a major role in the 3rd. (Okay, we’re not talking Shakespeare level here, but he did add to the films)

    Montalban, Patrick McGoohan, and I’m just waiting for the popular myth of deaths ‘coming in threes’.

    J/P=?

  5. wright

    Hail and farewell, Senor Montalban. Thanks for the drama and the laughs.

  6. Patrick McGoohan, 1928 – 2009. He died Tuesday.

    Another interesting year for obits at the Oscars.

  7. I think he was a true gentleman that tried to change the perception of Latino actors. He made Star Trek II. Without him, that would not have been the great movie it was. I think that was the best Trek movie in the franchise, to date!

    Yeah, I know we can diss on Fantasy Island, but how many of us now 40 something year old were glued to our Televisions after The Love Boat! It was kitschy and it was fun!

    RIP Mr. Montalban, and thank you for sharing your talent with us!

  8. IVAN3MAN

    Phil Plait:

    [Star] Trek has never — and the way things look, will never — have a greater movie than the second one. It’s the classic example of a sequel being better than the original. A lot of that was due to Montalban’s portrayal of Singh.

    DITTO! Also, sorry to hear that Patrick “I am not a number – I am a free man!” McGoohan of the cult 1960s TV series The Prisoner has died last Tuesday.

    Yeah, you’ve guessed it, that’s where I got my pseudonym from.

  9. James

    Not a StarTrek fan, but did know him as Vincent Ludwig (Naked Gun)

  10. OtherRob

    I mentioned this at my office today and the two others my age (late 30s/early 40s) reacted appropriately. The other, younger, guy in the room just said, “who?” Man, I feel old.

  11. Tony

    Bummer man. How he gleefully put those ear maggots in Chekov’s and um the other other guy’s helmets. That was awesome.

    Another great. Almost as bad as the discontinuation of the Chrysler Cordoba.

    Rest in Peace Mr. Montalban.

  12. Greg in Austin

    Mr. Roarke and his chest will be sorely missed.

    :(

  13. Man, if I look that good in my 60’s (The ST II years), I’ll be doing fine! (I think my math is good)

  14. Cameron

    Darn, Davidlpf beat me to it.

  15. Asimov Fan

    The BA noted :

    ” … his portrayal of Khan Noonian Singh will go down as one of the great scenery-chewers of all time, one of the only characters able to hold his own against the overly-amplified James Kirk.

    Eh? Scenery-chewer? Can you explain that one for me? The only image that creates in my mind is termites on the set! 😉

    Actually I thought both “Khan” & “Kirk” were pretty OTT and hammy .. Not bad, quite entertaining, funny, dramatic and all but well .. yeah, a pair of hams! In My Humble Opinon Naturally. (IMHON)

    “Trek has never — and the way things look, will never — have a greater movie than the second one.”

    Er ..well I gotta say I thought ST – IV :The Voyage Home” was better & I also liked “The Undiscovered Country” with its zero-gee bloodbath, Klingon-Federation peace treaty issues and the explosive opening and all more too ..

    Come to think of it, I’d rate “Star Trek ? : First Contact with the Borg & Cochrane’s first contact with the Vulcans – with a bit of help from Picard & co – as my personal favourite Star Trek movie. Just ahead of the whales and laughs of “ST:IV Voyage Home”” then ‘The Undiscovered Country’ which was the first Trek movie I saw in the cinema, the ground-breaking original StarTrek movie, ie ST : I , and the
    “Genesis device” & Enterprise destroying drama of ST : III that led into ST : IV and so on …

    So to be honest, good as it was, I’m not all that sure “Wrath of Khan” would even rank in my top five Trek movies.. Not too far off but.. :-(

    Again, not meaning to be disagreeable or knock Montalban (Vale Rick) or anything like that just IMHON.

  16. @Asimov Fan
    You Know what, Mr> Montalban is dead, whatever you may think of Star trek, or whatever he may have been in, respect the fact that he has passed on….

  17. Thomas Siefert

    He will be missed, without the success of Wrath of Khan there would not be a Star Trek franchise.

  18. Asimov Fan

    Michael L Says:

    “@Asimov Fan : You Know what, Mr> Montalban is dead, whatever you may think of Star trek, or whatever he may have been in, respect the fact that he has passed on….”

    Sure. No disrespect intended.

  19. Asimov Fan

    Oh & I happen to like Star Trek & “The Wrath of Khan” movie too. I’m not knocking them – just adding my dollars worth.

    I agree he was agood , entertaining funny, iconic actor who’ll be missed.

    Peace ok.

  20. @Asimov Fan… all is forgiven….

  21. Almost as bad as the discontinuation of the Chrysler Cordoba.

    With that “rich coreenthean leather.”

    Sigh. Another one gone.

  22. csrster

    Asimov Fan – you answered your own question “scenery chewer” = “ham”. Think of Shatner or Montalban leaning up against a wall while ranting passionately at it. I think Phil’s point, though, is that Shatner and Montalban are/were _great_ hams, ideally suited to big SF melodramas. The real sin in acting is being a mediocre ham.

  23. DLC

    Montalban was one of those character actors who’re often better than the headliner.
    He leaves behind a body of work worth looking at.

  24. Jamie Dowling

    First Patrick McGoohan and now Ricardo Montalban. Got the feeling that this year isn’t going to be a good one for losing actors whose work we enjoyed.

  25. But is he really dead or just hiding and plotting his revenge on the world that cast him out…?

  26. Radwaste

    I can’t believe that an astronomer, so careful to fix the misconceptions people have of the real world, would not be soured on Khan for its sorry, even pre-school, physics.

    And that’s in a franchise with the maddening habit of inventing a magic button regularly to get the characters out of a jam, as well as just dropping everything at the end so Bones, Jim and Spock can tease each other.

  27. quasidog

    Sad news. Coincides with Australia losing it’s oldest person today too. She was 111.

  28. quasidog, don’t worry she’ll turn up… they usually don’t get very far at that age.

    I know. Tasteless joke. But I thought it was funny. It isn’t bad though getting over the century mark is it. My grandfather, we lost him about 5 years ago, got to 102. Wasn’t in too bad health really considering he scored the ton and all either.

  29. His last words weren’t from Moby Dick, were they? 😐

    A sad loss. I was just re-watching the films recently, coincidentally. I don’t think his acting was “hammy”. I thought he was gripping and very intense: as others have said, it made the film what it was.

  30. A friend of mine, who had the habit of quickly steering all conversations with new acquaintances to the subject of his high IQ scores, swore that Episode 4 (you know, with the whales) was not just the best Star Trek movie, but the greatest movie of all time.

    From my own lowly perch, I’ve got to agree that #2 was best of the Star Trek movies. Montalban’s portrayal of a megalomaniac in the series and the movie was a nice piece of work.

  31. American Voyager

    I liked him in everything I saw. I will miss him and his unique style.

  32. Montalban: Truly a loss. He will be missed.

    Star Trek 2: Not the best. Easily in the top five.

    Star Trek: First Contact: Not the worst. Easily in the bottom five.

    Trek-wise, It’s hard to beat TMP for just straight crap. It had a TV episode plot in a feature-length film, with boring extended exterior sequences to fill time. As such, Khan didn’t have a very high bar to clear. I’d definately nominate 3, 4, and 6 as surpassing it.

  33. Jacques Meade

    @ Radwaste

    There is a word for people with your attitude: KILLJOY!

  34. Jacques Meade

    @ UNDERCOVER

    AND YOU’RE A DAMN PHILISTINE!

    I figured you would like that in CAPITALS!

  35. Charles Boyer

    boring extended exterior sequences to fill time.

    Speak for yourself.

    For many of us who had grown up watching the Star Trek series on small TV’s and usually over-the-air, it was our first “real” look at “the ship.” And by Gawd, it was fascinating to see the Enterprise on the big screen.

    That was after having waited a decade to see a new Star Trek at all. Sorry, but the cartoons don’t count.

    a franchise with the maddening habit of inventing a magic button regularly to get the characters out of a jam, as well as just dropping everything at the end so Bones, Jim and Spock can tease each other.

    I have to admit often feeling the same way, but I attribute that to lazy writers who know little about real science or how the military (and folks, the Enterprise is a form of the military) works. Most of all, that engineers are not scientists and vice versa.

    You have to understand that Star Trek was written at a time when every episode had to be in a container and that unlike today’s shows, could be seen out of order with no apparent differences to the casual eye.

    Try that with BSG — you couldn’t watch a S1 show then jump to an S3 then an S4.5 and back to S1 very easily.

  36. Bazza

    @Michael L

    Get over it

    People are entitled to their own opinions. Simply dying does not make one great, nor respect worthy.

  37. !AstralProjectile

    Alternate scenario:
    Checkov: “Botany Bay….BOTANY BAY!! Ohhhhhh Nooooooo! (beep beep) Enterprise! emergency beamout NOW!”

    The End

    (Flash to credits)

  38. Andy Beaton

    I’m pretty bummed. I won’t claim that TWOK was the greatest film ever made, but it sure was a hell of a lot of fun. I actually read Moby Dick to make sure I didn’t miss any of Khan’s references. I don’t know if it’s good or bad that after a lifetime of acting, including some very impressive roles, Ricardo Montalban is being remembered as Khan. On reflection, I think it’s a good thing to create a really memorable character.

  39. Jumblepudding

    As a kid, I thought the fake abs and chest piece he wore in STII was his real body, and was convinced Ricardo Montalban WAS a genetic superman. And he even made a line like “Have you ever heard the Klingon proverb that revenge is a dish best served cold? It’s very cold in space.” Seem plausible and serious.
    If they ever had to bring Khan back in another incarnation of Trek, I nominate Willem Dafoe or Antonio Banderas.

  40. Joel

    His role as Khan was great. I remeber watching the movie, and when the two ships were maneuvering, I turned to my date and said “I’ve got it. This is a submarine movie plot.” Sure enough, Khan was done in by his “two-dimensional thinking” when Kirk went “10,000 meters negative Z”. I liked that bit.

  41. It’s possible to enjoy a good story even though the physics may have problems with it… and in that spirit, I salute the late Mr. Montalban. He will be missed.

    Here’s to ye, lad!

  42. !AstralProjectile did you even watch the move?! Even the dumbest Trek fan knows that Chekov was an officer on the USS Reliant and not the Enterprise. Though I must admit that your plot does have merit.

  43. Howard H

    I’m surprised that I havn’t seen a whole lot of mention of Montalban’s performance as Khan in TOS. That , IMHO anyway, was on of the best of TOS episodes. The whole concept of genetically engineered superpeople revolting is an interesting idea in itself, plus I think that was a fairly radical idea for a mid-late 60’s TV show.

  44. Thomas Siefert

    NoAstronomer: You beat me to it :-)
    Also Chekov was not even on Enterprise in the original episode ‘Space Seed’ where we first met Khan!
    … and.. and how come that Khan is familiar with old Klingon proverbs? He and his crew had been in suspended animation since the 20th century, woken by Kirk & Co. before being abandoned on Ceti Alpha V.

    Revenge is a dish best served cold. (also applies to Gazpacho).

  45. cuggy

    at least he wasn’t buried alive… buried alive…

  46. karebear1012

    This is number three, remember Majel Barrett Roddenberry passed away only a few weeks ago.

    And, in my humble opinion, ST movies were best on the even numbers. I much prefered numbers 2, 4 and 6.

    KB

  47. Dave Hall

    Between 1942 and 2008 Ricardo Montalban had over 167 movie and TV credits. He was a versatile actor having played the Mexican bandit Murrieta and Creole pirate Jean Lafitte. He also played a number of French barons, Sioux Indians, Spanish Noblemen and even a couple of Asians. He was a talented, hard working man. Part of a disappearing breed of stars possessing true class, the world is a bit poorer for his passing.

    Mike Torr Says:
    “His last words weren’t from Moby Dick, were they?”

    The references to Moby Dick in The Wrath of Kahn are there as are some reflections of King Lear, copies of both are visible behind Kahn in the movie. Even the planet reflected Melville:
    Ceti Alpha V would be the fifth planet orbiting the alpha star in the constellation Cetus the sea monster or whale. Pretty subtle eh?

    And Joel Says:
    “I’ve got it. This is a submarine movie plot.” It sure was: “The Enemy Below” (1957 Robert Mitchum and Kurd Jurgens); “The Bedford Incident” (1965 Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier); and The original Star Trek series episode “Balance of Terror” (1965) was based almost entirely on “The Enemy Below.”

  48. Winter Solstice Man

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture (came out 30 years ago this year; I am officially old now) is in my opinion the best ST film and the one that best captured the original series in terms of feel, plot, and especially characters. It was also intellectually a head above all the others, going so far as to knock on 2001’s door.

    Instead the franchise went for the LCD and every film aftet that followed the corruption created by Star Wars that ruined the great SF film “experiment” that had begun over a decade earlier.

    Watch ST:TMP again and spare me the whining about certain scenes taking too long, then compare it to the rest. If the franchise had stayed the course with the first film, we would have had a series that followed the original TV series and been a cut above the rest. Instead we got bubblegum which tasted worse with each new film.

  49. Darth Robo

    Ricardo Montalban was a great character actor, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing if he will mostly remembered for playing Khan. Harrison Ford will always be remembered for Han Solo/Indiana Jones, Sean Connery for James Bond. Leslie Neilsen for Frank Drebin. But they’re all good in every role they play. :)

    But without a doubt, Star Trek II was THE best of all Trek films, period. (Now you can all argue to your hearts content)

    :)

    Rest in peace, Mr Montalban.

    @ cubby, funny, but that was baaaaad…

    😉

  50. Leon

    Not only was the second movie (substantiallly) better than the first, but Montalban’s performance in “Wrath of Khan” was quite a bit better than in the episode it was drawn from, “Space Seed”.

    The wind be at your back , Ricardo.

  51. Sili

    Have you ever read Melonpool? It’s a lovely mashup of Star Trek and Gilligan’s Island (together with oodles of other popculture references), written by a genuine lover of those shows. Steve Troop was one of the first webcartoonists, but sadly ahead of his time and his effort never paid off, so he eventually gave up the story. But there are still almost ten years of hilarious archives. Good for many a chuckle.

  52. Sarcastro

    As a kid, I thought the fake abs and chest piece he wore in STII was his real body, and was convinced Ricardo Montalban WAS a genetic superman.

    Montalban maintained that that was his real chest.

  53. Sarcastro

    “I’ve got it. This is a submarine movie plot.” It sure was: “The Enemy Below” (1957 Robert Mitchum and Kurd Jurgens); “The Bedford Incident” (1965 Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier); and The original Star Trek series episode “Balance of Terror” (1965) was based almost entirely on “The Enemy Below.”

    C.S Forrester’s Beat To Quarters (The Happy Return in Britain) is another bit of WoK’s inspiration. The set up for the final battle has quite a bit of similarity to the two actions between HMS Lydia and the Natividad portrayed in that novel.

  54. Alexandra

    A truly class act has just beamed out of our time-space continuum. For the first time in my life, I am keeping an actor’s obituary.

    Ricardo Montalban first came to my attention, when he played Khan on the original Star Trek series. At the time, I was a very naive, very sheltered, 14-year-old who still didn’t quite grasp why doing anymore than kissing any boy or man – quickly, on the cheek – could be in any way appealing? Ricardo Montalban, as Khan, provided me with the missing epiphanal insight and I suddenly understood the meaning of the term “sex appeal” as his charismatic virility stunned me speechless, with phaser-like force.

    The more I learned about Montalban over the years, the more I came to respect and admire him for the qualities he possessed apart from having one of the most magnificent chests I’ve ever seen on any man, any age. He was a faithful husband, had beautiful manners, was always impeccably groomed and he brought dignity to almost any project he was connected with, even if the project wasn’t deserving of that level of sublimity. At times it seemed as if Hollywood was bent on goading Montalban into losing his cool. To the best of my awareness, he never cracked — not when playing opposite a squeaky voiced little person, not even when confronted on Saturday Night Live, with an actress launching into a series of handstands in front of him, that exposed her skimpy underwear. He simply purred back politely, “My dear …”

    Montalban was the kind of man who inspired a gawky teenage girl – coming of age in the wildly discomforting era of “free love” and “women’s liberation” – to still want to grow up to be a real lady, who ends up living “happily ever after” with a prince of a guy, like he was.

  55. Murff

    Wasn’t Data’s creator named Noonian Singh? I’m not a trekkie, I just watched the show some, so I’m probably wrong.

  56. JB of Brisbane

    @DLC – sorry to be a grammar nazi, but “who’re”?

    (puts on best Bugs Bunny voice)

    “I never HOIDA dat contraption.”

  57. @Winter Solstice Man – Good pacing is part of a good show. I’ve watched The Motion Picture dozens of times, and followed it up with Khan each time. Each time, I found Khan to be the superior film. Re-watching the film cannot fix its horrific pacing problems or weaksauce plot. As an episode of the TV series, it could have been fine. Bottom-rung, perhaps, but certainly acceptable. As a feature film, it was garbage.

    Until Nemesis, it simply had had no competition for “Worst Star Trek Film.”

    @Charles Boyer – and who else would I be speaking for? The exterior sequences were pretty. That might have made them worthwhile at a quarter of their length. As it was, they were filling time for a plot that just wasn’t there, and introduced a pacing problem that always has me hitting the kitchen or the fast-forward button to get to the “good” parts.

    Compare to the exterior sequences from Khan. Even the non-combat ones are pacing-appropriate and every bit as spectacular.

  58. Matt A

    I’ll never forget hearing the man expound upon the five stages of fame.
    Stage 1: Who is Ricardo Montalban?
    Stage 2: Get me Ricardo Montalban!
    Stage 3: Get me a Ricardo Montalban type.
    Stage 4: Find me a young Ricardo Montalban.
    And stage 5: Who is Ricardo Montalban?

  59. Blizno

    “# JB of Brisbane:
    @DLC – sorry to be a grammar nazi, but “who’re”?…”

    Who’re is a contraction of “who are”. “Who”, in that sentence, refers to “actors”, not to Montalban, so the plural is correct.

    I agree that ST2 was among the best Trek movies and I also agree with those who’ve said that First Contact and The Unknown Country also rank at the top.

    I’m somewhat of a freak, I confess. I also love Star Trek the Movie (ST1). It dragged in parts but it had some amazing moments. Our first glimpse of Klingons after decades of Trek-starvation was stupendous. Their bumpy foreheads, the scorch marks around their photon torpedo tube openings, the commands shouted in Klingon – magnificent! I also loved Scotty taking Kirk on a slow sight-seeing shuttlecraft tour around the refitted Enterprise. My favorite character on Star Trek was Enterprise, followed closely by Spock. After the long, terrible Trek-drought, our first glimpse of the refurbished Enterprise was delicious.
    Nimoy did an amazing rendition of Spock after he had spent decades on Vulcan, far from humans, purging his animal passions and making himself as Vulcan as he could possibly be. His inability to respond to the love showered on him by his former crewmates was painful and perfect. I’ve never seen Spock so Vulcan.

    I don’t judge Mr. Montalban’s body of work by Fantasy Island or his commercials. An actor’s gotta eat. Whenever he appeared, he exuded character and dignity. When he got the chance, he became the iconic genetically-engineered superman.

  60. Chip

    I got to see Ricardo Montalban on stage years ago in Shaw’s “Don Juan in Hell” from “Man and Superman”. He was a great, suave Don Juan. The other top-notch actors were Agnes Moorhead, Paul Henreid and Edward-(The Ghost and Mrs. Muir)-Mulhare* (who played Satan). Montalban was every bit in their league and really brought Shaw’s insights into his character.

    * Edward Mulhare was also the scientist in the celebrated Outer Limits episode “The Sixth Finger”.

  61. Gary Ansorge

    Thanks for the memories, Mr Montalban.

    GAry 7

  62. Larry

    I also saw “Don Juan in Hell” when I first attended UC Berkeley in Fall 1974 with Ricardo Montalban, Myrna Loy, Edward Mulhare (who played the Commendatore in this version) and Kurt Kazner (who played the Devil). It was a fantastic performance (all the more amazing for having the four actors sitting on stools, with no action and no props). At the time, I knew of Mr. Montalban from some b-grade movies and from Star Trek. A year later, I saw him in “Sayonara.” His stage performance as Don Juan, his kabuki actor from Sayonara, and his role as Khan will always make me believe that he was an incredibly great actor who was rarely given roles that his genius deserved. A great hispanic actor: yes. Also a great actor by anyone’s standards. It is a great pity that his hispanic background kept him and people like Cesar Romero and Gilbert Roland from the roles they so richly deserved during their acting careers. I hope we have come further than that now. And yes, the even numbered Star Trek movies were the best.

  63. alfaniner

    The last thing I saw him in was Spy Kids 3, and was surprised at just how much screen presence he still commanded.

  64. Anne

    Alexandra
    I too found Mr. Montalban to be quite a dream man. I watching him in a movie “The Face of Fear” with Elizabeth Ashley and him being on the Tonight show with guest host Joey Bishop the same night. He was describing going to his first dance as a teenager in Mexico and how wonderful it was to hold a girl close, etc. He made it sound so romantic! I think every woman would want a man to feel like that about her sometime. Joey Bishop even got out of his seat and kissed Ricardo after hearing it (as a joke of course, but give you some idea of how lovely he made it sound.) There just are gentlemen like him around any more.
    He appeared in St. Louis in Don Juan in Hell. Though I was unable to see the play, I did mail a fan letter to him at the theater, asking for an autograph, and enclosed a SASE. He graciously replied.
    A class act all the way. Rest in peace, Senor Montalban.

  65. Winter Solstice Man

    I did not say Wrath of Khan was a bad film, but ST:1 was superior to all of them and what the series should have been. I also realize I am surrounded by people dripping over Ricardo M., so I won’t be getting a lot of serious rationalizations at this time, if ever. And please, I am not dumping on RM, so spare me any negative commentary. I am just pointing out that most of you seem wrapped up in the emotional aspects of ST right now, which is understandable.

    Of course I also find the whole idea of an organic crew flying around the galaxy in a starship at FTL speeds to be a ridiculous method of interstellar exploration, but then we wouldn’t have all that hammy acting and laser battles, now would we?

    Maybe some of you actually had to be around in 1979 to fully appreciate seeing ST on the big screen for the first time. The later films just got lighter and worse. I would rank ST5 at the bottom, with 9 and 10 close seconds. The one with the Borg was enjoyable, but then I have always liked the Borg and imagine that the first ETI we meet will be some kind of variation of them, though probably without the need for any messy organics.

  66. !AstralProjectile

    Ouch!

    NoAstronomer and Thomas Siefert:

    Criticism accepted. :-(

  67. Zippy the Pinhead

    From Hell’s heart, I stab at thee.

  68. An Original Trekkie

    Mr. Rourk, Singh, Montalban and your sexy Spanish accent -you will be missed. Peace, wherever you may be.

  69. An Original Trekkie

    Mr. Rourk, Singh, Montalban and your wonderful Spanish accent – you will be missed. Peace, wherever you may be.

  70. GaterNate

    ST2 had a couple bits of bad astronomy:

    Nebulas aren’t thick clumps of pink gas suitable for hiding ships.

    If the sixth planet in a system exploded it would not draw the fifth planet farther out from it’s parent star. (Since the reliant crew assumed CetiAlpha 5 was indeed 6, it must have moved into 6’s former orbit, somehow.) And why would a wider orbit cause a planet-wide sandstorm rather than rapid cooling?

    Plus, if you were super-intelligent, and participating in a battle within a 3D space, in which both combatants can move almost freely within that space, would you just ignore one of the three dimentions?

    I guess it proves st2 was one of the best if we can take time to nitpick the science and the StarTrek canon violations. I’m sure st9 is full of errors as well but we’re too distracted by the forced humor and F. Murray Abraham pretty much squealing like a bratty toddler when his character didn’t get his way.

  71. Asimov Fan

    Thanks Brian & csrster.

    Like a few others here I think “The original Star Trek Movie (ST:I)’ was a lot better than most seem to think – I reckon it has been unfairly maligned and panned. Let’s not forget the others wouldn’t have happened without it! 😉

    I also think each of the movies has its own charms and special scenes … I’ve already listed which are my faves and why ..

    Ricardo Montalban Rest In Peace -wherever he is now it ain’t hells heart!
    😉

    Yeah, a bit of black humour to close with.

  72. i wasn’t alive when Montalban was mainstream, but it seems like he must have been a contender for Lady’s Man of the year at least a few times (during his prime)

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