Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

Star Trek II Deleted Scenes

These are two sequences culled from fan copies of the workprint of Nicholas Meyer's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan edited into the final film. The first is the most significant, as contains the full revelation that Saavik (Kirstie Alley) is half Romulan. The come hither looks Saavik and David (Merritt Butrick) give one another never went anywhere in the films (though it features heavily in Vonda McIntyre's novelization of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock). This stuff has not ever been a part of any official broadcast or video release.

While Saavik's ancestry is well-known among aficionados, it is never outright stated in the film. It is a very important part of Alley's performance; she is introduced responding to a command situation with an emphatic, "Damn" and she takes Kirk (William Shatner) to task about the nature of the Kobayashi Maru. When Robin Curtis took up the role for the subsequent films, any reference to Saavik being anything other than a full Vulcan was dropped. I sometimes wonder whether that information would have been made explicit once again had Nicholas Meyer's original plan to lure Kirstie Alley back to play Saavik in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country not been nixed to what I felt was the detriment to the film. Valeris (Kim Cattrall) is an outsider, and so her role in the story is fairly obvious, while audience familiarity with Saavik would have placed her above suspicion; Valeris' reasons are never really explored while Saavik's would have been more apparent.

Having the information that Saavik is half-Vulcan, half-Romulan enriches the experience of watching the film in the same way that knowing the identities of Moony, Padfoot, Wormtail and Prongs are in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban... while it is disappointing not to have it included those tidbits in their respective films, as long as one knows that extra bit, the movies work somewhat better because of the insight it gives to the situation.
Tags: cinema, james horner, movie moments, star trek
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