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
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As Khan wakes up, he asks Kirk how long he's been asleep. Kirk answers "two centuries." An answer of "three centuries" would have been much closer to the truth. Kirk would have known that Khan left Earth in the late 20th Century. Star Trek
was taking place nearly 300 years later. But this was not decided until Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
. Gene Roddenberry
always left the date ambiguous, and the reference here is directly contradicted by Star Trek: The Squire of Gothos
, for example. See more
Khan Noonien Singh
It does not matter. The Captain is dead. Take Mr. Spock next.
Referenced in My Name Is Khan
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