The Enterprise finds a 20th century spaceship which contains dozens of people in suspended animation. While investigating, one of the people is revived automatically. His name is Khan, a strikingly handsome Sihk who charms the Enterprise's historian, Lt. McGivers. While recovering, Khan reads up on the nearly 300 years of history he's missed, plus a great deal of technical information on the Enterprise. Through research, Kirk discovers that he's a genetic superman that escaped after the Eugenics Wars of Earth's 20th century. But he's too late: Khan and McGivers have gone back to his ship, revived Khan's crew, and returned to commandeer the Enterprise. Before he's successful, the crew manages to lock out some controls of the ship. Khan attempts to coerce the bridge crew to give him the controls by torturing Kirk in a pressure chamber. They don't relent, and Kirk is believed to have died. However, McGivers had a change of heart and rescued Kirk. Together, they initiate an gas attack on ... Written by
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used the 18th century British custom of shipping out the undesirables as a parallel for his concept of "seed ships", used to take unwanted criminals out to space from the overpopulated Earth (hence the name Botany Bay). Is his original treatment, the Botany Bay left Earth in 2096, with 100 criminals (both men and women) and a team of a few volunteering lawmen aboard. See more
As Khan wakes up, he asks Kirk how long he's been asleep. Kirk answers "two centuries." An answer of "three centuries" would have been much closer to the truth. Kirk would have known that Khan left Earth in the late 20th Century. Star Trek
was taking place nearly 300 years later. But this was not decided until Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
. Gene Roddenberry
always left the date ambiguous, and the reference here is directly contradicted by Star Trek: The Squire of Gothos
, for example. See more
Captain James T. Kirk
[offering Khan a hostile planet to inhabit
Those men went on to tame a continent, Mr. Khan. Can you tame a world?
Khan Noonien Singh
Have you ever read Milton, Captain?
Captain James T. Kirk
Yes. I understand.
Referenced in Star Trek Into Darkness