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Space Seed
Production Number 24
Air Date (US) 1967-02-16
Season 1
DVD Disc No. 6
Watch Episode Trailer (.mov QuickTime format - 2.514 MB)  
William Shatner as James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy as Spock
DeForest Kelley as Leonard H. McCoy
James Doohan as Montgomery Scott
Nichelle Nichols as Uhura

Guest Cast:
Ricardo Montalban as Khan
Madlyn Rhue as Lt. Marla McGivers

Creative Staff:
Director: Marc Daniels
Teleplay By: Gene L. Coon and Carey Wilber
Story By: Carey Wilber
A piece of one of history's great puzzles falls into place when Kirk's crew comes across the S.S. Botany Bay, an old-style, pre-warp sleeper ship from Earth that contains several bodies in stasis. Amongst these bodies is Khan Noonien Singh, a genetically engineered strongman and one of the great leaders of Earth's Eugenics War of the 1990s. Although he disappeared without a trace then, once Khan is aroused from his long sleep he soon reveals the ambition, strength and intelligence that helped him conquer a quarter of the Earth.
Once aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, Khan quickly befriends the beautiful Lieutenant Marla McGivers, the ship's historian who has a passion for strong-willed leaders. Together with his Botany Bay crew and new companion, they seize control of the Enterprise by capturing the engine room. Before it's too late, Marla has great misgivings about her newfound loyalties. With her help, Kirk and Spock regain control of the ship by flooding it with gas. Khan's men are soon overtaken and a due punishment is meted out. Khan and his crew, including Marla McGivers, are exiled to a planet where they must start life anew.
Ricardo Montalban reprised the role of Khan in the only Star Trek film based on an episode, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan.
The model of the Botany Bay vessel was later seen as a target in "The Ultimate Computer" and was featured in the 25th anniversary Star Trek display at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum. As Kirk is bashing in Khan's glass coffin, his phaser falls off his belt. McCoy keeps looking down at it, like he's wondering when they're going to yell 'cut' so they can re-shoot the scene. They never did re-shoot because they didn't want to invest in more glass.




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