The Enterprise discovers a historically unrecorded 20th century Earth spaceship traveling through deep space with 72 genetically advanced humans in suspended animation (a remnant from Earth's Eugenics Wars of the 1990s). Visiting this vessel automatically revives Khan, a charismatic Sikh warrior-type with five times the strength and ambition of regular humans, who immediately attracts the attentions of ship's historian Lt. Marla McGivers. While Kirk and Spock slowly learn he is Khan Noonien Singh, the last and greatest of Earth's tyrants, Khan uses both Marla and the ship's library to revive his superhuman compatriots and take over the Enterprise. Written by
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The main characters discuss who put the SS Botany Bay on its trajectory. The first suggestion, that it's a prison ship, is dismissed by Spock for the logical reasons that Gene Roddenberry
pointed out when editing the script (see trivia). Ultimately the question is simply forgotten. See more
Captain James T. Kirk
Stardate 3142.8. They have my ship, discarding their own worthless vessel. Only moments of air left on the bridge now. Commendations recommended for Lieutenant Uhura, Technicians First Class Thule and Harrison... Lieutenant Spinelli... and, of course, Mr. Spock. I take full responsibility... I take full...
Referenced in Star Trek Into Darkness