In this breathless sci-fi adventure, fondly regarded as being the closest in spirit to the TV series that spawned it, Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) escapes the tedium of a desk job to join Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley) on another space mission. While boldly going where no man has gone before, Kirk crosses the path of his old enemy Khan (Ricardo Montalban), who was the chief antagonist in the 1966 Trek TV episode "Space Seed." Leading a crew of near-savage space prisoners, Khan insinuates himself into the Genesis Project, which is designed to introduce living organisms on long-dead planets. Intending to harness this program for his own despotic purposes, Khan engages in battle with the Enterprise crew. Directed by Nicholas Meyer (Time After Time, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country).