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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan
  • Directors: Marc Daniels
  • Writers: Gene L. Coon, Gene Roddenberry, Carey Wilber
  • Producers: Gene L. Coon, Gene Roddenberry, Robert H. Justman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: CBS Paramount International Television
  • VHS Release Date: April 15, 1994
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300213285
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,007 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Space Seed" introduced Khan Noonien Singh (a viperlike Ricardo Montalban) to Trek lore. The trouble begins when Kirk and crew discover a derelict ship and its crew of 70 supermen aboard, all in suspended animation. Led by Khan, these strange people turn out to be the product of genetic experimentation in the 1990s and instigators of a so-called Eugenics War, i.e., the Third World War on Earth often mentioned on various Trek programs. Though displaced from his more violent time and place, Khan quickly overcomes his disorientation and shifts into conqueror mode, rapidly overtaking the Enterprise with the aid of a comely Federation historian who is swooning at his feet. As any Trek fan knows, "Space Seed" inspired Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, regarded by many as the best of the Trek feature films. --Tom Keogh

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Captain Kirk matches wits with a race of supermen led by the tyrant Khan.

TREK TRIVIA
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.

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There's too much else to say, and it's too good to spoil.
Johnathan Bogart
Khan and his crew of "superior beings" are sent to live on Seti Alpha 5 to start a colony on their own without help from the federation.
Joe Owen
This is a showdown between a genetically-enabled Might Makes Right philosophy and the democratic ideals of the Scientific Enlightenment.
Brian Overland

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joe Owen VINE VOICE on September 6, 2001
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Khan Noonian Singh. One of my favorite villians of all time is introduced in this classic episode. A leader of the 20th century "genetic wars", Khan is banished to the SS Botany Bay which is adrift in space for over 200 years until the USS Enterprise finds it beaconing signal and beams over to investigate. Then the fun begins....
Khan is taken to the Enterprise where nobody knows who he is yet, except maybe a lovely archeologist. When Khan is finally figured out, let's just say that his brilliant "evil" plan is almost carried out. One of Capt. Kirk's best nemisis to say the least. Khan and his crew of "superior beings" are sent to live on Seti Alpha 5 to start a colony on their own without help from the federation. People forget he and his people exist...Until 15 years later...Thus begins the movie Star Trek II: The wrath of Khan. What a great episode this is. Highly recommended.
Remember what Khan says, "Revenge is a dish best serve cold!"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 16, 2001
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Ricardo Montalban turns in an extremely effective performance as Khan, a refugee from the Genetic Wars in the 1990s. Khan is stronger, more intelligent, and more charismatic than a typical human, but he is also more ambitious and egotistical.
The scenes where he seduces and later manipulates the historian, Lt. Givens, are unforgettable and chilling. His first scene with Dr. McCoy and the banquet are also top-notch, and very effective.
The story begins a little slowly, but as soon as Khan awakens, the episode becomes very engrossing, completely swallowing the viewer into the very well-written story.
One of the very best Star Trek episode in the series. A must-own for any Star Trek fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 15, 1999
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A piece of one of history's great puzzles falls into place when Kirk's crew comes across the S.S. Botany Bay. The old-style, pre-warp sleeper ship contains the bodies in stasis of Khan Noonian Singh, a genetically engineered strongman and one of the great leaders of Earth's Eugenics War. Although disappearing without a trace then, Kahn soon reveals the ambition, strength and that conquered a quarter of the Earth -- and Kirk is forced to depend for survival on the dictator's new lover, the adoring ship's historian and seeming traitor to the crew.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 12, 2001
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Probably no episode of Star Trek has gained more in prominence since the end of the show's original run than "Space Seed." Of course, this is due to the release of "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." Ricardo Montalban turns in a powerful performance as Khan Noonien Singh, a genetically bred superman from the late 20th century on Earth. The Enterprise discovers Khan and dozens of his followers in suspended animation when they find the Botany Bay adrift in space. The charismatic Khan seduces Marla McGivers (who may well be the only ship's historian ever seen on a starship) and with her help revives his crew, who immediately take over the Enterprise. You would think these people who be daunted by 200 years of scientific and technological advances, but Kirk lends a helping hand by giving Khan all the technical manuals he would need. Montalban's performance is what makes "Space Speed" a standout episode, proving that there is not much more impressive in the world than good diction and a neat accent. He might be having his biggest battles in this episode with Kirk, but the scene where Khan threatens McCoy provide one of the good doctor's finest moments. However, I have to think in the future the Enterprise will do without a ship's historian and just use the computer to find out about the past. Besides, there is nothing like a quote from Milton to lend a space opera a touch of class.
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This episode has become such a classic that I can't withhold the 5-star rating. In the end, it earns its rating because of the well-matched, carefully balanced antagonism between the two main opponents, Khan (the irreplaceable Ricardo Montalban) and Kirk (Shatner, of course). This is a showdown between a genetically-enabled Might Makes Right philosophy and the democratic ideals of the Scientific Enlightenment. Best of all is the fact that the "bad guy" is not superficial or one-dimensional. He says things like "We offered the world order" and "Join me. I will treat you well." He is not easily defeated by any means.

From the moment he is picked up by the Enterprise, Khan schemes to take over the ship. Born as a result of 20th-century experiments in genetics, Khan is physically and mentally superior. He believes that he can easily master the technical advances of the 23rd century and defeat Kirk. To some extent, he is right.

What do Kirk, Spock, and company have on their side? Nothing much, except their humanity. Khan, for all his superiority, represents a kind of Nietzschean "Superman" ideal that (in the view of Kirk and Spock) should have died with Hitler. Humanity wins out. To gain control of the ship, Khan seduces a pretty Enterprise officer (Madlyn Rhue), but his shocking brutality turns her against him in the end. Although the philosopher Nietzsche is never mentioned by name, the term "Superman" is frequently used in Nietzsche's sense of the word.

The episode is most famous, of course, for setting up Star Trek II. (Caveat: don't look for Chekov in this TV episode. You won't find him.) In that film, they defeat him again, but not without cost, which is appropriate. Kirk alone couldn't twice defeat Khan. Only with the help of Spock could he do so.
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