Star Trek: Season 1, Episode 22

Space Seed (16 Feb. 1967)

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Captain Kirk and his crew find and inadvertently revive a genetically augmented world conqueror and his compatriots from Earth's 20th century.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Madlyn Rhue ...
Makee K. Blaisdell ...
Spinelli (as Blaisdell Makee)
Mark Tobin ...
Kathy Ahart ...
Crew Woman
John Winston ...


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 Tony-B4

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Ricardo Montalban (Khan) and Madlyn Rhue (Lt. Marla McGivers) had played a romantic couple together previously in Bonanza: Day of Reckoning (1960). Montalban portrayed Matsou, a Bannock Indian, and Rhue played Hatoya, his Shoshone Indian wife. See more »


In the closing titles, the word "script" is spelled "scpipt" See more »


[Khan is escorted out by Security]
Scott: It's a shame for a good Scotsman to admit it, but I'm not up on Milton
Captain James T. Kirk: The statement Lucifer made when he fell into the pit: "It is better to rule in Hell than serve in Heaven."
Mr. Spock: It would be interesting, Captain, to return to that world in 100 years and learn what crop had sprung from the seed you planted today.
Captain James T. Kirk: Yes, Mr. Spock. It would indeed.
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Referenced in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) See more »

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Before the Wrath
10 August 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The only direct link from the original Star Trek to the various big screen feature films that were made based on the original series was this episode. Fifteen years later Ricardo Montalban would come back and try to wreak terrible vengeance on Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise in The Wrath Of Khan.

But William Shatner's first encounter came when the Enterprise discovers an old earth style space ship containing several cryogenically frozen bodies. Later we learn that these frozen people are enhanced genetic humans and were part of a Eugenics War, something we can look forward to in our future. But being the advanced and civilized folks on earth we've become, we don't kill them we just blast them into space into space to land wherever and fend for themselves.

But Shatner releases Montalban from his frozen tomb and his enhanced mind catches up on a whole lot of history and advances in science. Soon he has big ambitions and he needs the Enterprise to fulfill them. Montalban enlists Enterprise crew member Madelyn Rhue to help him. Rhue finds him charismatic and somewhat irresistible.

By dint of the fact that Khan came back in a feature film you know that he's going to live in the end. But now with Space Seed available on various cable networks you can see the genesis of the film The Wrath Of Khan and appreciate that all the more.

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