Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Final Score: 79.75
I like Khan Noonien Singh as a villain, I do. I just find myself wondering why everything thinks he’s a great villain. He really didn’t do anything to Kirk. Even Spock’s death wasn’t due to Khan, but due to Spock’s own duty to the ship.
With the Undiscovered Country, we get some real emotional weight. Kirk finally shows his true rage for the death of his son and resents the Federation making nice with the Klingons. To further dig the knife into Kirk’s heart a bit more, the series introduced one of the greatest Star Trek villains ever, General Chang.
While Chang isn’t given as much to chew on as far as scenes go as compared to Khan, he’s among the most impressive villains possible. Chang is often played as an advocate for the betterment of the Klingons, but his duplicity with the Romulans and rogue Federation officials proves he’s as underhanded as they come. Khan wasn’t a traitor, he was loyal – to a fault – to his crew. Chang, on the other hand, was willing to sell out his own people and their future.
Truly the most impressive villains in the original Star Trek films. Here’s hoping that Strange New Worlds does him justice if/when the series decides to flush his character out more. Which they absolutely should, as Chang (Christopher Plummer) added so much to this film.