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"Much of the credit is due to the film's Director, Nicholas Meyer. Meyer recognized early on that while Star Trek was about adventures in outer space, at its core it was still a series that concerned naval adventures similar to Horatio Hornblower. Meyer saw where Star Wars was able to do aerial dogfights and fast action, the battles of Star Trek would look ridiculous trying to emulate that type of action. Instead, since Wrath of Khan the series has relied on battles similar to that of lumbering submarines, slowly moving but able to ratchet up suspense to a fever pitch. The final battle in Star Trek II between Kirk's loyal crew of the Enterprise and Khan's renegades piloting the Reliant is a masterstroke of editing and patient storytelling. The moment swells until reaching an emotional moment that Star Trek as a series has never been able to reach again either on the large or small screen."
"Fans wanted basically to Kirk as the hero and master strategist, and see a two hour episode of Star Trek, not necessarily a serious piece of Science Fiction. That is what film makers gave the fans. Many of those fans are still saying thanks for it."