Friday, September 16, 2016

Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) - Episode 25. Space Seed


Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS)

Episode 25. Space Seed

Story, Script & Trivia


Episode 25. Space Seed

Season:    1
Air Date:    1967-02-16
Stardate:    3141.9
Writer:    Gene L. Coon and Carey Wilbur
Story:    Carey Wilbur
Director:    Marc Daniels
Guests:    Ricardo Montalban (Khan), Madlyn Rhue (McGivers?), Blaisdell Makee, Mark Tobin

The derelict DY100 class spaceship S.S. Botany Bay built in the 1990s is discovered by the Enterprise. Biological scanners detect life aboard, but only 4 heartbeats a minute, so Bones does not believe them to be produced by humans. The Enterprise has no record of the ship, but this is not surprising as many records were lost in the great World War of Eugenics fought during that period.

Bones, Scotty, Kirk and historian Marla McGivers beam aboard and discover it is indeed an old Earth ship powered by primitive nuclear power. The crew is in suspended animation, but the leader is accidentally awakened when the lights are turned on. Kirk is forced to break the glass and remove him from his chamber when the revival procedure fails and he is almost killed. McCoy and the man are then beamed aboard the Enterprise.

As the Enterprise proceeds to Starbase 12 in the Gamma 400 star system, historian McGivers falls in love with the leader (who is discovered to be Khan Noonien Singh). Khan makes a miraculous recovery, and holds Bones at scalpel-point to find out where he is. Khan and his crew are products of the Eugenics Wars of the 1990s. In 1993, a group of supermen simultaneously seized power in more than 40 nations. Spock reveals to Kirk that his research has determined that that there were 80-90 supermen unaccounted for at the end of the war. This, together with Khan's extreme strength and physical prowess lead Kirk and Spock to wonder if there passenger might be one of the missing supermen. Through subtle questioning, Kirk gets Khan to inadvertently admit that he is one of the supermen when he blurts out "We offered the world order." Kirk and company look up Khan in the database and find him to have been the most dangerous of the supermen, and at one time to have ruled a quarter of the Earth.

Khan uses his great strength to break out of his cabin, and McGivers helps him to transport to the Botany Bay. Khan awakens the 72 out of 84 superhumans (30 of them women) whose life support systems are still functioning and takes over the Enterprise with their help. Khan cuts off life support to the bridge, knocking out Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scott, Uhura, Technicians First Class Tooly and Harrison, and Lt. Spinelli.

When Khan puts Kirk in a decompression chamber to force the other command crew members to join him, McGivers relents and helps Kirk regain control of the ship by cutting off the monitor camera on the chamber, injecting the guard, and releasing Kirk. Kirk then helps Spock escape when he is brought to the chamber for his turn. They gas the entire ship, but Khan escapes to engineering and attempts to cause the ship to self-destruct. Kirk takes on Khan in hand-to-hand combat, and is able to overcome him using a rod which he pulls from the control panel.

Kirk maroons the superhumans on Ceti Alpha 5, leaving them sufficient supplies to enable them to colonize the uninhabited planet. On hearing this, Khan asks Kirk if he has ever read Milton, and Kirk says yes, he understands. The reference is the statement Lucifer made when he fell into the pit, "It is better to rule in Hell than serve in Heaven." Kirk gives McGivers a choice between court martial and being left behind with Khan, and she elects to stay with Khan.

This episode was the basis for the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.


Coming up on it fast, sir.
Are you certain of your sensor readings?
Definitely a space vessel of some type.
Unknown. It could hardly be an Earth ship.
There have been no flights into this sector for years.
I'm picking up a signal, sir.
Captain, that's the old Morse code call signal.
Thank you.
We're reading it, Lieutenant.
I thought you said
it couldn't possibly be an Earth vessel.
I fail to understand
why it gives you pleasure to see me proven wrong.
An emotional Earth weakness of mine.
There it is.
An old Earth vessel,
similar to the DY 500 class.
Much older--
DY 100 class, to be exact.
the last such vessel was built centuries ago,
back in the 1990s.
Then it's a derelict,
its signal left on automatic.
Or an old Earth ship being used by aliens.
Weapons status.
Deflector shields on maximum,
phasers manned, sir.
Bio-scanners report.
[McCoy] Life science bio-scanners are picking up heart beats.
Can't be human, though. They're too faint and average--
only four beats per minute.
Sensors indicate functioning equipment on that vessel.
All decks go to full alert.
Space-- the final frontier.
These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise.
Its five-year mission--
to explore strange new worlds...
to seek out new life and new civilizations...
to boldly go where no man has gone before.
Captain 's Log. Stardate 3141.9--
A full hour has elapsed since interception
of the strange vessel.
Our presence along side
is still being completely ignored.
Although our sensors continue to show signs
of equipment and life aboard,
there has been no indication of danger to us.
Weapons department-- maintain battle stations.
All other decks-- standby alert.
All decks acknowledging, sir.
Continuing to pick up
some form of heart action over there--
very faint, very slow.
Seems to be coming
from about 60 or 70 bodies.
Alien bodies?
Could be.
There's no sign of breathing
or other forms of respiration.
Hull surface is pitted with meteor scars.
However, scanners make out a name-- S.S. Botany Bay.
You can check the registry.
No such vessel listed.
Records of that period are fragmentary, however.
The mid-1990s was the era of your last so-called
world war.
The Eugenics Wars.
Of course--your attempt to improve the race through selective breeding.
Now wait a minute.
Not our attempt, Mr. Spock--
a group of ambitious scientists'.
I'm sure you know the type--
devoted to logic, completely unemotional--
Doctor, I would be pleased--
All right, gentlemen, as you were.
Rig for tractor beam. Lock onto that vessel.
Rigging, sir.
The bridge is yours, Mr. Spock.
Care to join the landing party?
Well, if you're actually giving me a choice--
I'm not.
Oh, I'll need somebody familiar
with the late 20th century Earth.
Here's a chance for that historian
to do something for a change.
What's her name... uh, McIvers?
Lieutenant McGivers.
Attention-- the following personnel
report to transporter room--
Engineering Officer Scott, Lieutenant McGivers.
McGivers. On my way.
Well, it looks like that ship is expecting us.
We read heat coming on,
complete oxygen atmosphere.
Very interesting. You ready, Bones?
I signed aboard this ship to practice medicine,
not to have my atoms scattered across space
by this gadget.
You're an old-fashioned boy, McCoy. Where's that historian?
Come on, Lieutenant, uh...
McGivers, sir.
Definitely Earth-type mechanisms, sir.
20th century vessel-- old-type atomic power,
bulky, solid...
I think they used to call them transistor units.
I'd love to tear this baby apart.
Captain, it's a sleeper ship.
Suspended animation.
Uh-huh. I've seen old photographs of this.
Necessary because of the time involved in space travel
until about the year 2018.
It took years just to travel
from one planet to another.
Is it possible they're still alive...
after centuries of travel?
It's theoretically possible.
I've never heard of it being tested
for this long a period.
What a handsome group of people.
Jim, I have a new reading.
The lights must have triggered some mechanism.
Captain, look here.
Beats me what's happening.
We've triggered something, all right.
The heart beat's increasing--
Now passing eight beats per minute--
And there are some signs of respiration beginning.
This one was probably programmed
to be triggered first.
Could he be the leader?
The leader. Lieutenant?
Yes, sir.
The leader was often set to revive first.
This would allow him to decide
whether the conditions warranted revival of the others.
Heart beat now approaching 40 per minute.
The respiration pattern is firming up.
From the northern India area, I'd guess.
Probably a Sikh.
They were the most fantastic warriors.
Heart beat now 52 and increasing.
The others?
No change, and they're mixed types--
Western, mid-European,
Latin, Oriental.
A man from the 20th century coming alive.
Heart beat dropping.
Circuit shorting.
Probably some dust.
Heartbeat now 30, dropping fast.
There's a heart flutter. He's dying.
Do something, Captain.
Can we?
Take an hour to figure out.
What happens if we get him out?
He'll die in seconds if we don't.
How long...have you been sleeping?
Two centuries we estimate.
Landing party to Enterprise.
Come in.
Go ahead, boarding party.
We read you.
Lock in on McCoy's beam.
He's transporting back
with a casualty we discovered here.
Captain 's Log, supplemental--
Along side the S.S. Botany Bay for 10 hours now.
A boarding party of engineering and medical specialists
are now completing their examination
of the mysterious vessel.
Attempts to revive other sleepers
await our success or failure
with the casualty already beamed over.
Dr. McCoy is frankly amazed
at his physical and recuperative power.
Kirk to boarding party.
Scott here.
Scotty, any records, log books of any kind?
Negative. They were in suspended animation when the ship took off.
How many alive?
12 units have malfunctioned,
Leaving 72 still operating.
30 of those are women.
Kirk out.
72 alive...
a group of people dating back into the 1990s.
A discovery of some importance, Mr. Spock.
There are a great many unanswered questions about those years.
A strange, violent period in your history.
I find no record what so ever of an S.S. Botany Bay.
Captain, the DY100 class vessel
was designed for interplanetary travel only.
With simple nuclear-powered engines,
star travel was considered impractical at that time.
It was 10,000-to-1 against their making it to another star system.
And why no record of the trip?
Botany Bay...
That was the name of a penal colony
on the shores of Australia, wasn't it?
If they took that name for their vessel...
If you're suggesting
this was a penal deportation vessel,
you've arrived at a totally illogical conclusion.
Your Earth was on the verge of a dark ages.
Whole populations were being bombed out of existence.
Criminals could have been dealt with far more efficiently
than wasting one of their most advanced spaceships.
Yes. So much for my theory.
I'm still waiting to hear yours.
Even a theory requires some facts, Captain.
So far...
I have none.
And that irritates you, Mr. Spock.
I am not capable of that emotion.
My apologies, Mr. Spock.
You suspect some danger in them?
Insufficient facts always invite danger, Captain.
Well, I'd better get some facts.
Rig for towing.
Aye, aye, sir.
Make course for Starbase 12.
Aye, sir.
That will be all.
He'll live.
My compliments.
No, I'm good, but not that good.
There's something inside this man
that refuses to accept death.
Now, look at that--
Even as he is now,
his heart valve action
has twice the power of ours,
Lung efficiency 50% better.
An improved breed of human.
That's what the Eugenics War was all about.
I'd estimate he could lift us both with one arm.
Be interesting to see if his brain matches his body.
Doctor, will he live?
It appears he will, Lieutenant.
I'd like to talk to you.
If I were to rate your performance today--
I know, sir. I'm sorry.
Lieutenant, at any one time,
the safety of this entire vessel
might depend upon a single crewman,
and the fact that you find a man
strangely compelling to you personally--
Not personally, Captain. Professionally.
My profession is historian,
and to find a specimen from the past alive--
I mean, the sheer delight of examining his mind.
And men were more adventure some then...
bolder, more colorful?
Yes, sir, I think they were.
If I can have honesty,
it's easier to overlook mistakes.
That's all.
Yes, sir.
A pity you wasted your life on command, Jim.
You'd have made a fair psychologist.
Sick bay to Lab.
Anything new on those bios?
They all came out fine, Doctor.
Good. McCoy out.
Well, either choke me or cut my throat.
Make up your mind.
I thought I dreamed hearing it.
Where am I?
You're in bed,
holding a knife at your doctor's throat.
Answer my question.
It would be most effective
if you would cut the carotid artery
Just under the left ear.
I like a brave man.
I was simply trying to avoid an argument.
You're aboard the United Spaceship Enterprise.
Your vessel is in tow.
I remember a voice...
Did I hear it say I had been sleeping for two centuries?
That is correct.
Where is your captain?
I have many questions.
I have a patient here with many questions, Captain.
On my way.
James Kirk, commanding the starship Enterprise.
I see.
And your name?
I have a few questions first.
What is your heading?
Our heading is Starbase 12,
a planet in the Gamma 400 star system--
our command base in this sector.
Is that of any use to you?
And, um...
my people?
72 ofyour life-support canisters
are still functioning.
You will revive them.
As soon as we reach Starbase 12.
I see.
And now...
Khan is my name.
Khan--nothing else?
What was the exact date of your lift off?
We know it was sometime in the early 1990s.
I find myself growing fatigued, Doctor.
May we continue this... questioning
at some other time?
The facts I need will take very little time.
For example, the nature of your expedition--
Later might be better.
I wonder if I could have something to read during my convalescence.
I was once an engineer of sorts.
I would be most interested in studying
the technical manuals on your vessel.
Yes, I understand.
You have 200 years of catching up to do.
They're available to any patient on the viewing screen.
Dr. McCoy will show you how to tie into the library tapes.
Thank you, Captain.
You are very cooperative.
This Khan is not what I expected
of a 20th century man.
I note he's making considerable use of our technical library.
Common courtesy, Mr. Spock.
He'll spend the rest of his days in our time.
It's only decent to help him catch up.
Would you estimate him to be a product
of selective breeding?
There is that possibility, Captain.
His age would be correct.
In 1993, a group of these young supermen
did seize power simultaneously in over 40 nations.
Well, they were hardly supermen. They were aggressive, arrogant.
They began to battle among themselves.
Because the scientists overlooked one fact--
Superior ability breeds superior ambition.
Interesting, if true.
They created a group of Alexanders, Napoleons.
I have collected some names and made some counts.
By my estimate, there were some 80 or 90
of these young supermen unaccounted for
when they were finally defeated.
That fact isn't in the history texts.
Would you reveal to war-weary populations
that some 80 Napoleons might still be alive?
Ship's historian, Lieutenant--
Marla McGivers.
I am told you participated in my rebirth.
In a small way.
I've been reading up on starships,
but they have one luxury
not mentioned in the manuals.
I don't understand.
A beautiful woman.
My name is Khan.
Please sit and entertain me.
I'd like some historical information about your ship,
its purpose and--
Why do you wear your hair
in such an uncomplimentary fashion?
It's comfortable.
But it's not attractive.
Mr. Khan, I'm here on business.
You find no pleasure here?
My interest is scientific. Men of--
That is, the world of the past--
I'm sure you understand to actually talk
to a man of your century--
Please remember.
Perhaps some other time,
when you feel more like talking about the past.
I'm glad you came.
Please do it again.
Very impressive.
Are we expecting a fleet admiral for dinner?
Lieutenant McGivers' idea to welcome Khan to our century.
Just how strongly is she attracted to him?
Well, there aren't any regulations against romance, Jim.
My curiosity is official, not personal, Bones.
Well, he has a magnetism,
almost electric-- you felt it--
and it could over power McGivers
with her preoccupation with the past.
Thank you.
I hoped, uh, you might guide me
to our dinner engagement.
Very good.
Fine technique.
It's a gladiator named Flavius. He once---
And you've rearranged your hair for me.
All bold men from the past.
Richard, Leif Ericson, Napoleon.
A hobby of yours, such men?
I am honored.
Thank you.
But I caution you.
Such men dare take what they want.
Forgive my curiosity, Mr. Khan,
but my officers are anxious
to know more about your extraordinary journey.
And how you managed
to keep it out of the history books.
Adventure, Captain. Adventure.
There was little else left on Earth.
There was the war to end tyranny.
Many considered that a noble effort.
Tyranny, sir?
Or an attempt to unify humanity?
Unify, sir?
Like a team of animals under one whip?
I know something of those years, remember.
It was a time of great dreams,
of great aspiration.
Under dozens of petty dictator ships.
One man would have ruled eventually,
as Rome under Caesar.
Think of its accomplishments.
Then your sympathies were with--
You are an excellent tactician, Captain.
You let your second-in-command attack
while you sit and watch for weakness.
You have a tendency to express ideas in military terms,
Mr. Khan.
This is a social occasion.
It has been said
that social occasions are only warfare concealed.
Many prefer it more honest,
more open.
You fled. Were you afraid?
I've never been afraid.
You left at the very time mankind needed courage.
We offered the world order!
Excellent. Excellent.
But if you will excuse me, gentlemen and ladies,
I grow fatigued again.
With your permission, Captain,
I will return to my quarters.
[Door Buzzes]
I wanted to apologize.
They had no right to treat you that way.
Quite understandable,
since I'm something of a mystery to them.
You're no mystery to me.
I know exactly who you are.
Do you?
Leif Ericson,
Richard the Lion-Hearted, Napoleon.
I don't know if you'll like living in our time.
Then I'll have to remold it to my liking.
Please don't.
Or stay.
But do it because it is what you wish to do.
I'll stay a little longer.
How many minutes do you graciously offer?
I only meant--
This grows tiresome.
You must now ask to stay.
I'd like to stay.
Open your heart.
Will you open your heart?
I intend to take this ship.
Do you agree?
Oh, please don't ask me--
I need your help.
You won't harm anyone?
Now you question me?
Will you assist me?
Oh, please, Khan, don't ask me--
Leave me then.
Go, I say.
I promise.
I'll do anything you ask.
Name-- Khan, as we know him today.
Name-- Khan Noonien Singh.
From 1992 through 1996,
absolute ruler of more than a quarter of your world,
from Asia through the Middle East.
The last of the tyrants to be overthrown.
I must confess, gentlemen.
I've always held a sneaking admiration
for this one.
He was the best of the tyrants
and the most dangerous.
They were supermen in a sense.
Stronger, braver,
certainly more ambitious, more daring.
Gentlemen, this romanticism
about a ruthless dictator is--
Mr. Spock, we humans have a streak of barbarism in us.
Appalling, but there, nevertheless.
There were no massacres under his rule.
And as little freedom.
No wars until he was attacked.
Mr. Spock, you misunderstand us.
We can be against him and admire him
all at the same time.
This is the captain.
Put a 24-hour security on Mr. Khan's quarters,
effective immediately.
I'm sorry, Captain.
I was, um,
Lost in thought.
My door--
Locked from outside, a guard posted.
Unusual treatment for Khan Noonien Singh.
You identified me with your computer system, I imagine.
I'd like those answers now.
the purpose of your star flight.
A new life,
a chance to build a world...
other things I doubt you would understand.
Because I'm not a product of controlled genetics?
Captain, although your abilities intrigue me,
you are quite honestly inferior.
Mentally, physically.
In fact, I am surprised
how little improvement there has been in human evolution.
Oh, there has been technical advancement,
but, uh,
how little man himself has changed.
Yes, it appears we will do well
in your century, Captain.
Do you have any other questions?
Thank you.
They've all been answered.
Move away.
The trip is over.
The battle begins again.
Only this time it's not a world we win.
It's a universe.
On course, sir.
Warp factor two.
[Beep Beep]
Captain, Security here.
Khan's escaped.
Sound security alert.
Security alert, Captain.
Communication channels are jammed, Captain.
Turbo elevators inoperative.
Jammed, Captain.
Atmospheric controls cut off.
Useless. They're on override in Engineering.
Scotty. This is the bridge.
What's going on?
He's not able to answer you
at the moment, Captain.
Yourship is mine.
I have shut off the life support system
to your bridge,
jammed up your exit routes.
I am willing to negotiate.
Flood all decks with neural gas.
Intruder control systems inoperative.
Mr. Khan was very thorough
in his study of our tech manuals.
Contact Starbase 12.
All channels are totally jammed, Captain.
Every contingency anticipated.
Your air should be getting quite thin by now.
Do you surrender the bridge?
Academic, Captain.
Refuse, and every person on the bridge will suffocate.
Stardate-- 3142.8.
They have my ship,
discarding their own worthless vessel.
Only moments of air left on the bridge now.
Commendations recommended for Lieutenant Uhura,
Technicians First Class Thule and Harrison...
Lieutenant Spinelli...
and, of course, Mr. Spock.
I take full responsibility...
I take full--
Nothing ever changes,
except man.
Your technical accomplishments?
Improve a mechanical device
and you may double productivity.
But improve man...
and you gain a thousand fold.
I am such a man.
Join me.
I'll treat you well.
I need your training to operate a vessel this complex.
Where is Captain Kirk?
I see now I made one serious error.
You are the communications officer?
Engage the viewing screen, please.
I should have realized
that suffocating together on the bridge
would create heroic camaraderie among you.
But it is quite a different thing
to watch it happening to someone else.
Engage the viewing screen.
I'm sure you recognize
your medical decompression chamber here,
and the meaning of that indicator.
Your captain will die.
If you join me, Mr. Spock,
I will save his life.
My vessel was useless.
I need you and yours to select a colony planet,
one with a population
willing to be led by us.
To be conquered by you.
A starship would make that most simple, wouldn't it?
Each of you in turn will go in there...
die while the others watch.
There's no reason I must watch this, is there?
But I hoped you would be stronger.
If any one of you joins me,
any one...
I'll let him live.
It's so useless!
[Beep Beep]
We've lost the channel.
How do I regain picture?
It does not matter.
The captain is dead.
Take Mr. Spock next.
Khan said to watch him very closely.
He may decide to cooperate.
Captain, I saved your life.
Now please don't kill him.
Surprised to see you, Captain, though pleased.
I'm a little pleased myself. Situation?
Khan is holding our staff in the briefing room.
His men have control of the ship.
Our only chance is the intruder control circuit.
Although it's cut off.
There's a relay junction down the corridor.
Gas all decks but this one.
Armory, this is Khan.
Anyone, report status.
Where's Khan?
He got out Just as the gas--
Kirk here.
Anesthesia gas in all sections except Engineering.
Someone just closed that line.
Captain, acknowledge.
Unable to flood Engineering section.
This is Scott.
Captain 's headed for the Engineering section.
I'll followin case--
Negative. We must retake the vessel
while the anesthesia lasts.
Meet me in the armory.
I'm blowing it clear first. Spock out.
[Beep Beep]
If I understood your manuals,
that's an overload in progress.
Your ship flares up like an exploding sun
within minutes.
I have five times your strength.
You're no match for me.
Captain 's Log. Stardate 3143.3.
Control of the Enterprise has been regained.
I wish my next decisions were no more difficult.
Khan and his people--
What a waste
to put them in a reorientation center.
And what do I do about McGivers?
Record tapes engaged and ready, Captain.
[Ding Ding]
This hearing is now in session.
Under the authority vested in me
by Starfleet Command...
I declare all charges and specifications in this matter
have been dropped.
Jim. Agreed you have the authority--
Mr. Spock, our heading
takes us near the Ceti Alpha star system.
Quite correct, Captain.
Planet number five there is habitable,
although a bit savage, somewhat inhospitable.
No more than Australia's Botany Bay colony was at the beginning.
Those men went on to tame a continent, Mr. Khan.
Can you tame a world?
Have you ever read Milton, Captain?
I understand.
Lieutenant Marla McGivers.
Given a choice
of court-martial or accompanying them there...
It will be difficult.
A struggle at first,
even to stay alive, to find food.
I'll go with him, sir.
A superior woman.
I will take her.
And I've gotten something else I wanted--
a world to win,
an empire to build.
This hearing is closed.
It's a shame for a good Scotsman to admit it,
but I'm not up on Milton.
The statement Lucifer made when he fell into the pit.
"It is better to rule in hell
than serve in heaven."
It would be interesting, Captain,
to return to that world in a hundred years
and to learn
what crop has sprung from the seed
you planted today.
Yes, Mr. Spock,
it would indeed.

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Episode 25. Space Seed

The reception for Khan is said by Kirk to be an official dinner, yet only he, Spock, McCoy, and Scotty wear dress uniforms. Everyone else, including Uhura, wears standard uniforms.
As ship's historian, McGivers should have a blue sciences uniform, but wears the red of Engineering and Security.
It is constantly said that Khan had been in stasis two centuries (200 years). But the show takes place in the mid to late 23rd century, so it is actually closer to three centuries.
Both Scotty and Kirk say they knew about Khan - Scotty says he had a sneaking admiration for Khan, and Kirk says he was the "best of the tyrants." So why the heck don't they recognize him, or at least figure out that the guy in their ship named Khan from the year 1996 might just be related to the guy they're admiring named Khan from 1996? And why aren't there any pictures of Khan in 1996 they could check their passenger against?
The Eugenics Wars occurred beginning in 1993 and seem to have been a World War. yet in Star Trek: The Next Generation we find out that World War III doesn't occur until the 21st century. The Eugenics Wars sure seem like they would be considered a World War.
This is the first but not the last time that Kirk turns over the ship's library to a possible dangerous visitor who, sure enough, uses the information to take over the ship.
Lt. McGivers didn't have the gold braid to be a lieutenant, she was an ensign but was always called "lieutenant".
In the scene where they discover Khan in his sleep chamber still alive, Kirk loses his phaser. It falls off of his belt onto the floor as he bends down, Dr. McCoy notices it, and reaches down and shoves it aside as they finish the scene.
When Khan states that he will save Kirk if any of the officers join him, it seems that it would make more sense for someone to say "Sure, I'll join you" and then betray Khan later on (as McGivers does), instead of just sitting there watching the Captain die.

Being a first season episode, Chekov (Walter Koenig) does not appear. Nevertheless, Chekov does appear in the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), in which Khan not only meets but instantly recognizes him. Many fan theories subsequently tried to explain where Chekov could have been off-screen during that episode that would cause Khan to remember him. Walter Koenig himself came up with a story, which he likes to recite at conventions, that Khan, during the events of Space Seed, desperately needed to go to the bathroom, but the only toilet he could find was occupied, and when it was opened, Chekov walked out and Khan resolved never to forget Chekov's face. The Wrath of Khan novelization by Vonda N. McIntyre does officially explain that Chekov was working in Engineering when Khan began his rebellion there (and most of that happened off-camera), and it was because of Chekov's valiance in resisting that he was promoted to the Bridge for the series' second season. See also trivia for Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).
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Ricardo Montalban plays a character who is fond of making allusions to the first chapter of John Milton's "Paradise Lost". ("Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven.") Oddly enough, that same literary passage contains the word Montalban. This name, which is old-fashioned Spanish for White Mountain, appears in the poem in context where an angels-versus-demons war is compared to a list of great military actions in Earth history. Montalban was a battle site during the Franco-Moorish Wars of the Early Middle Ages.
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Gene Roddenberry questioned Carey Wilber's notion of wasting a high-tech spaceship and expensive resources on criminals - just like Kirk and Spock did come up with the same question in the story itself - and came up with the concept of "a bunch of Napoleons" sent to space in exile.
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In the original script, the Botany Bay's log stated that the ship was originally headed for the Tau Ceti star system. Examination of the ship reveals a damaged steering system, which has sent the Botany Bay careening off-course into deep space.
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This episode inspired two of the Star Trek films: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), in which Ricardo Montalban once again played the role; and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), in which Benedict Cumberbatch takes over the role.
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The Botany Bay model was later recycled as an ore freighter in Star Trek: The Ultimate Computer (1968).
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Carey Wilber used the 18th century British custom of shipping out the undesirables as a parallel for his concept of "seed ships", used to take unwanted criminals out to space from the overpopulated Earth (hence the name Botany Bay). Is his original treatment, the Botany Bay left Earth in 2096, with 100 criminals (both men and women) and a team of several volunteering lawmen aboard.
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Ricardo Montalban (Khan Noonien Singh) and Madlyn Rhue (Lt. Marla McGivers) had played a romantic couple together previously in Bonanza: Day of Reckoning (1960). Montalban portrayed Matsou, a Bannock Indian, and Rhue played Hatoya, his Shoshone Indian wife.
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In writer Carey Wilber's original treatment, Khan Noonien Singh is a Nordic superman named Harold Erricson. This evolved in the first draft, where the character first introduces himself as John Ericsson, but is later revealed to be Ragnar Thorwald, who was involved in "the First World Tyranny". Thorwald is more brutal in this version of the story, where he dispatches the guard outside his quarters with a phaser.
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There are scenes in the Second Revised Final Draft, dated December 13, 1966, that were either unfilmed, or not aired: Lieutenant Marla McGivers has a scene with Yeoman Baker in which Baker informs her that Lieutenant Hanson wants to go to a ship's dance with her. McGivers tells her to tell Hanson to get lost, that she is waiting for a man who will "knock down my door and carry me to where he wants me". This Yeoman Baker then has a couple lines of dialog as the court recorder at Khan's trial. According to Bjo Trimble's "Star Trek Concordance", Barbara Baldavin's name appeared on Desilu call sheets as playing Baker.
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The script featured a female character named Baker, who was a friend of Marla McGivers. Her scene was filmed, and Baker was played by Barbara Baldavin, who previously appeared as Angela Martine in Star Trek: Balance of Terror (1966) and Star Trek: Shore Leave (1966), but the scene was deleted scene. Several sources still claim Baldavin as appearing in this episode as "Baker".
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In the original story, Khan's ship was just one of many deportations of war criminals in Earth's history. This explains the ship name "Botany Bay", which was the site of a real penal colony near modern Sydney, Australia.
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In one early draft, Khan Noonien Singh was named Ragnar Thornwald; in another, he was named Harold Ericcson.
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Lt. Marla McGivers is indirectly referenced in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). She was Khan's wife who was killed by the Ceti eel creature. She was supposed to appear in the film, but Madlyn Rhue was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and Harve Bennett felt it would be unfair to recast the role.
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This episode takes place in 2267.
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First mention of the Eugenics Wars, a vague backstory used as a "macguffin" in numerous Trek productions.
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Barbara Baldavin was to reprise her recurring role as Angela Martine in two scenes but they were deleted from the finished episode.
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The fictional 'Eugenics Wars', Spock states as taking place from 1992-1996. Research during this period advanced in the aspects of DNA mapping and experimental cloning, but the scientific gains are realistically at least 30 years behind the writers predicted time-line.
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Except for Ricardo Montalban, none of the original actors who portrayed the supermen return for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).
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Helmsman Sulu does not appear in this episode. He was replaced by Makee K. Blaisdell as Lt. Spinelli. It was the first of two appearances in the series for Makee, who would return in Star Trek: The Changeling (1967) as Lt. Singh.
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Khan goes through a record five changes of costume for a male cast member of the original series: He is draped in gold mesh when he is brought back to consciousness; he is then in a short-sleeved sickbay tunic while recuperating; during his scene with McGivers in her quarters and while at dinner, he is seen in a jacket with oval patterns; while consulting with Kirk in his quarters, he is in an Enterprise engineering tunic; and finally, when he returns to the Botany Bay, he wears the red jumpsuit of his fellow exiles.
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Producer Gene L. Coon told Carey Wilber that his work was the best outline he had seen during his time on Star Trek. Fellow producer Robert H. Justman was less enthusiastic; he compared it negatively to Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, and felt the concept would be too expensive to film. There were also concerns that an unsolicited script submitted by science fiction author Philip Jose Farmer resembled the proposed plot which, as Gene Roddenberry had corresponded with Farmer, might lead to litigation.
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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.
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Ricardo Montalban called his role as Khan "wonderful", saying that "it was well-written, it had an interesting concept and I was delighted it was offered to me".
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The main cast were enthusiastic about working with Ricardo Montalban. DeForest Kelley later said "I enjoyed working with Ricardo the best. I was privileged. He is a marvellous actor."
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Following positive feedback from the producers and the network regarding James Doohan, this was the first episode to feature a more prominent role for Scotty.
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The creation of the Botany Bay miniature caused the episode to go over budget by more than $12,000. The episode actually cost a total of $197,262 against a budget of $180,000. By this point, the series was nearly $80,000 over budget in total.
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As Khan and his crew disembarked from Earth in the late 1990's, they would have had no knowledge of alien life forms then, let alone what a Vulcan is. Perhaps the introduction to one happened off-camera, as Khan is seen comfortably eating and conversating with Mr Spock shortly after his revival. This exchange is not shown to us.
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One of the rare moments that James Doohan's World War II injury is shown (freeze frame only), in close up while operated the transporter at the beginning. The camera angle used prevented it being noticed on screen.

The Eugenics Wars, and the notion of genetically augmented Humans, has also served as background Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Infinite Vulcan (1973) as well as Star Trek: Enterprise: Borderland (2004), Star Trek: Enterprise: Cold Station 12 (2004), and Star Trek: Enterprise: The Augments (2004).

Although Kirk inquires as to the exact date of the launch of the Botany Bay, he never receives an answer. The non-canon novel The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2 revealed that it was launched from Earth on January 5, 1996 and began its journey through space six days later.

At the banquet, Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Scott are the only officers wearing dress uniforms.

This is the only appearance by John Winston as Kyle in which he has no dialogue.

This is the only episode in which Scott wears his dress uniform without his ceremonial tartan.

Lieutenant McGivers wears no braid on the sleeves of her uniform.

Although only one hallway of the Botany Bay is seen in detail, the design crew took the time and effort to build the beginnings of several other corridors with their own life support canisters, despite their only being seen for a few seconds.

In this episode, Star Trek: The Menagerie: Part I (1966) and Star Trek: The Menagerie: Part II (1966), one can see the other end of the briefing room set - a wall with a viewing screen was added in. Usually the room is only seen from the end nearest to the door. However, the rotating viewer, usually seen on the top of the table, is missing here.

One of the instruments on the back wall of the Botany Bay eventually found its way to the transporter room, as a scanner (with an added viewer that was similar to the one on Spock's science station) in the second season.

The cryogenic chambers from the Botany Bay were recycled and built into the sickbay set from season 2. Also, one of them served as the decompression chamber in Star Trek: The Lights of Zetar (1969).

Most of the music used in this episode is taken from Star Trek: Charlie X (1966), composed by Fred Steiner. Some of Alexander Courage's cues from Star Trek: The Cage (1986) can also be heard, most notably the "Talosian illusion" theme.

The preview trailer for this episode has the stardate as 3142.3.

Carey Wilber had briefly worked with Gene Roddenberry on the television series Harbormaster (1957). His science fiction extended beyond Star Trek (1966): he also wrote scripts for Lost in Space (1965) and The Time Tunnel (1966) around the same time.

Carey Wilber's idea was based on an episode he wrote for the television series Captain Video and His Video Rangers (1949). His work on that show featured Ancient-Greek-era humans transported in suspended animation through space, with the people of the future finding that they have mythological powers. For this episode, Wilber replaced these mythological powers with abilities that were enhanced due to genetic engineering.

Ricardo Montalban had previously appeared in a television movie created by Gene Roddenberry, Chevron Hall of Stars: The Secret Weapon of 117 (1956) (also referred to as The Secret Defense of 117), which was the writer's first attempt to create science fiction on television and aired more than ten years before Star Trek (1966).

Gene Roddenberry, Gene L. Coon and Carey Wilber's rewrites resulted in a shooting script of nearly 60 pages and 120 scenes.

The first day's filming coincided with the airing of Star Trek: Balance of Terror (1966), and Marc Daniels allowed the cast and crew to go home early to watch it. The other five days ran to schedule, to the extent that there was an early finish on the final day of filming, allowing cast and crew time to return home to watch a repeat of Star Trek: What Are Little Girls Made Of? (1966) which had replaced Star Trek: Arena (1967) on that evening's schedule.

The sound effects team borrowed effects and manipulated them in order to achieve the "painted sound" effect sought by Gene Roddenberry. Although a number of sources were used, they attempted to avoid most science fiction television series as they wanted an authentic sound. The sound archive of the United States Air Force was used, although the photon torpedo sound was created from The War of the Worlds (1953).

Scenes shot on the Botany Bay were cut as executives felt the costumes worn by the newly awakened crew were too revealing.

This is listed as one of the "Ten Essential Episodes" of Star Trek (1966) in the 2008 reference book "Star Trek 101" by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann.

Only the four principles (Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Scotty) are in their dress uniforms for the dinner party. The remainder of the crew attending are in their normal uniforms. One would expect all the crew to have dress uniforms for such occasions.

The automated signal that the S.S. Botany Bay sends, "CQ", is an actual Morse code shorthand for "seek you", or "please answer, anyone that can hear this."

When Khan is still in sickbay, McCoy remarks to Kirk that "he could probably lift both of us." In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), he does in fact lift both Terrell and Chekov at the same time.

When Khan is under guard in his quarters and talking to Kirk, he is wearing a red Starfleet uniform with an Engineering/Security/Operations rating but no rank insignia.

In Star Trek: Enterprise: The Augments (2004), Khan and his followers are referenced by Malik.
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John Arndt (Fields) was a regular extra; he also played unnamed crewmen in Star Trek: Miri (1966) and Star Trek: Dagger of the Mind (1966). When Arndt appeared in Star Trek: Balance of Terror (1966), his character was named Fields. His part seems to have been edited out of this episode.
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The Augment hypoed by McGivers in sickbay was previously seen as a member of the Alfa 177 science team in Star Trek: The Enemy Within (1966). He is later seen as a Klingon in the final planet scene in Kor's office in Star Trek: Errand of Mercy (1967) and as another Klingon in Star Trek: Day of the Dove (1968). The identity of this extra is not known.
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The unique engineering "clubs," one of which Kirk used to subdue Khan during their fight, were never used or even seen in another episode, nor is the collection of ancient medical instruments that adorns the wall of sickbay. The mirror that figures during McGivers' hairdo scene, however, is seen again in Star Trek: The Deadly Years (1967).
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Kirk's phaser is accidentally knocked off his belt when he smashes the glass to free the reviving Khan aboard the Botany Bay. The phaser can be seen falling to the floor (when viewed in slow motion) as Kirk uses the flashlight (that Scotty had been carrying in his right hand) on the window. Scotty can be seen grabbing the flashlight off the transporter console just before they beam over.
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The effects scenes featuring the Enterprise and the Botany Bay were filmed at Film Effects of Hollywood.
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The Botany Bay model was actually designed by Matthew Jeffreys before he came up with the Enterprise. He described it as an "antique space freighter" and put it aside for a chance to use it in the series.
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Footage of the Botany Bay was later recycled as the ore freighter Woden in Star Trek: The Ultimate Computer (1968).
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Strange that Khan remarks to Dr. McCoy that he 'thought he dreamed hearing English', as he overheard McCoy speaking English over the intercom in the previous scene
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Captain Kirk's line at the ending of the episode was scripted but cut from the filmed episode. Captain Kirk was saying he hopes Khan and his followers will not come looking after them.

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