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.
Did You Know?
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
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
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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