Star Trek (1966–1969)
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Space Seed 

While on patrol in deep space, Captain Kirk and his crew find and revive a genetically engineered world conqueror and his compatriots from Earth's 20th century.

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The Enterprise comes across the SS Botany Bay, an ancient Earth spaceship from the 20th century traveling through deep space with a group of genetically engineered 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 statmanjeff

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Trivia

At the banquet, Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Scott are the only officers wearing dress uniforms. See more »

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The Star Trek series uses Metric units but the decompression chamber is rated for inches of mercury, not millimeters. See more »

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Captain James T. Kirk: [the landing party has beamed aboard the Botany Bay] Scotty?
Scott: Definitely Earth-type mechanism, sir. Twentieth century vessel. Old type atomic power. Bulky, solid. I think they used to call them transistor units. I'd love to tear this baby apart.
Lt. Marla McGivers: Captain, it's a sleeper ship.
Captain James T. Kirk: Suspended animation.
Lt. Marla McGivers: I've seen old photographs of this. Necessary because of the time involved in space travel until about the year 2018. It took years just to travel from one planet to another.
Captain James T. Kirk: Is it possible they're still ...
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Spoofed in Robot Chicken: The Deep End (2005) See more »

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Theme from Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
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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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