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 »


Captain James T. Kirk: [about to beam aboard the Botany Bay] You ready, Bones?
Dr. McCoy: No. I signed aboard this ship to practice medicine, not to have my atoms scattered back and forth across space by this gadget.
Captain James T. Kirk: You're an old-fashioned boy, McCoy.
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Spoofed in This Ain't Star Trek XXX (2009) See more »

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one of the best episodes- at least an obvious fan favorite- Ricardo Montalban's finest hour!...
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...till the Wrath of Khan that is. In a precursor to one of the finest Stark Trek films, this is the episode that introduces the 'superman' type of villain in specially-bred Khan, who came aboard the enterprise following a sort of 'dethawing' that awoke him from sleep since the 1990s. It's a fascinating episode just on the basis of how there is almost a game made out of power, of things that aren't said but intonated about who's in charge. And the title, to be sure, isn't just something suggestive. There's a power-ideal going on there too, a Darwin thing almost. Oh sure, there's the typical facet of the villain taking over the ship and making the crew choose the captain (death) or him (subservience to an Alexander-type figure).

Sure there's the defector in McGievens, who lit by the cameramen to look like she's in an impressionist painting, and how she loses sight of her professional interest in history for the magnetism of his will when he says (paraphrasing) "stay or go, but do as you truly decide". But it's all pulled off with the utmost attention to entertainment, as well as some of the usual bright food-for-though in the Trek cannon. It's also a riot just seeing Montelban and Shatner go head to head- a kind of battle of the bulge in over-acting and machismo-steel looks- and this goes without saying that this is only the first step before things *really* went overboard on the 1982 sequel. It's wonderful pop-iconic stuff, with dashes of humor and statements on tyranny.

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