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.

Director:

Marc Daniels

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Ricardo Montalban was always the first choice for Khan. He had been suggested by casting director Joseph D'Agosta, who was not looking to cast an actor of a particular ethnic background due to Gene Roddenberry's vision for the series; Roddenberry wanted to show his perceived 23rd century values by not requiring any specific ethnicities when casting actors in guest roles. See more »

Goofs

Although Lt. Kyle (wearing a blue tunic) is operating the transporter device when the team (including Scotty) beams to the Botany Bay, stock footage of James Doohan's hands and red sleeves (with Lt. Commander rank stripes) are seen in the close-up shot. See more »

Quotes

Khan Noonien Singh: Nothing ever changes, except man. Your technical accomplishments? Improve a mechanical device and you may double productivity, but improve man and you gain a thousandfold. I am such a man.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »

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Referenced in Star Trek: The Infinite Vulcan (1973) See more »

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Theme from Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
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Sowing the seeds of one of the great villains
5 April 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

I came to Star Trek largely due to "Wrath of Khan", so 'Space Seed' was just some homework I'd eventually get around to. And this is very much the Khan we all know so well; a tyrant in the classic sense, tactically gifted and genetically enhance. Basically just the sort of power-mad dictator who'd try to steal the Enterprise and engage Kirk in battles of both wits and strength (Shatner's stunt double earns his paycheck this week).

But it's also a great episode. The character interactions are just right, the musings on human barbarism feel natural and Ricardo Montalban owns all of his scenes. Just painting the walls in Latin machismo.

This character was a natural for a Trek movie sequel.

8/10


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