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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.


Marc Daniels


Gene L. Coon (teleplay by), Carey Wilber (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Ricardo Montalban ... Khan
Madlyn Rhue ... Marla
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
James Doohan ... Scott
Makee K. Blaisdell ... Spinelli (as Blaisdell Makee)
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Mark Tobin Mark Tobin ... Joaquin
Kathy Ahart Kathy Ahart ... Crew Woman
John Winston John Winston ... Transporter Technician


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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Khan makes a very key point to Kirk during their conversation in his quarters. He says, "I'm surprised how little improvement there has been to human evolution. Oh, there has been technical advancement, but how very little man himself has changed." Khan is not speaking of mankind not evolving to what he is, but it's lack of development in human behavior. See more »


Khan complained of being fatigued when questioned by the captain upon his waking in sickbay. But yet takes time to ask the captain for reading material because he was an engineer and wanted to study the manuals of Enterprise. the captain should have known he was being evasive and insisted on him answering his questions since he had so much energy to read. See more »


Captain James T. Kirk: You suspect some danger?
Mr. Spock: Insufficient facts always invites danger, Captain.
Captain James T. Kirk: Well, I'd better get some facts.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in The Outer Limits: Down to Earth (2000) See more »


Theme from Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
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one of the best episodes- at least an obvious fan favorite- Ricardo Montalban's finest hour!...
21 October 2007 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

...till the Wrath of Khan that is. In a precursor to one of the finest Stark Trek films, this is the episode that introduces the 'superman' type of villain in specially-bred Khan, who came aboard the enterprise following a sort of 'dethawing' that awoke him from sleep since the 1990s. It's a fascinating episode just on the basis of how there is almost a game made out of power, of things that aren't said but intonated about who's in charge. And the title, to be sure, isn't just something suggestive. There's a power-ideal going on there too, a Darwin thing almost. Oh sure, there's the typical facet of the villain taking over the ship and making the crew choose the captain (death) or him (subservience to an Alexander-type figure).

Sure there's the defector in McGievens, who lit by the cameramen to look like she's in an impressionist painting, and how she loses sight of her professional interest in history for the magnetism of his will when he says (paraphrasing) "stay or go, but do as you truly decide". But it's all pulled off with the utmost attention to entertainment, as well as some of the usual bright food-for-though in the Trek cannon. It's also a riot just seeing Montelban and Shatner go head to head- a kind of battle of the bulge in over-acting and machismo-steel looks- and this goes without saying that this is only the first step before things *really* went overboard on the 1982 sequel. It's wonderful pop-iconic stuff, with dashes of humor and statements on tyranny.

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