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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Episode complete credited cast:
Makee K. Blaisdell ...
Spinelli (as Blaisdell Makee)
Mark Tobin ...
Kathy Ahart ...
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John Winston ...


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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16 February 1967 (USA)  »

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John Arndt (Fields) was a regular extra; he also played unnamed crewmen in Star Trek: Miri (1966) and Star Trek: Dagger of the Mind (1966). When Arndt appeared in Star Trek: Balance of Terror (1966), his character was named Fields. His part seems to have been edited out of this episode. See more »


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 »


Mr. Spock: I fail to understand why it always gives you pleasure to see me proven wrong.
Captain James T. Kirk: An emotional Earth weakness of mine.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Enterprise: The Augments (2004) See more »


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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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