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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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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Carey Wilber 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 »

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At the hearing, when the witnesses get up to leave in the wide shot, two black marks (perhaps actor's positioning marks) are seen in the center of the floor. After a few close-ups, the next wide shot (as the first closing credit is shown) has no marks on the floor at all. See more »

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Captain James T. Kirk: [looking at a library picture of Khan on viewscreen] Name: Khan Noonien Singh.
Mr. Spock: From 1992 through 1996, absolute ruler of more than a quarter of your world, from Asia through the Middle East.
Dr. McCoy: The last of the tyrants to be overthrown.
Scott: I must confess, gentlemen. I've always held a sneaking admiration for this one.
Captain James T. Kirk: He was the best of the tyrants and the most dangerous. They were supermen in a sense. Stronger, braver, certainly more ambitious, more daring.
Mr. Spock: Gentlemen, this romanticism about a ruthless...
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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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