Star Trek

Space Seed

Season 1, Ep 22, Aired 2/16/67
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  • Episode Description
  • The Enterprise picks up a crew of genetic supermen from the 20th century... and their leader, Khan, plans to create a new empire.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Leonard Nimoy

    Mr. Spock

  • William Shatner

    Captain James Tiberius Kirk

  • Marc Daniels

  • Gene L. Coon

  • John Arndt

    Crewman #1 (uncredited)

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Enterprise discovers a ship adrift through space for two centuries containing a group of genetically engineered tyrants.

    By meathead704, Jun 17, 2013

  • McCoy offers up his ear to a man who does not exactly appreciate Vincent Van Gogh’s work

    By hrtonslv, Dec 25, 2006

  • A good but not great episode....

    By uk6strings, May 29, 2009

  • The Enterprise discovers a ship full of genetically engineered criminals.

    By Celedorian, Sep 29, 2010

  • The Enterprise comes across a freighter that has been drifting in space for 200 years, and houses a frozen race of 'super humans'. But their leader, dictator Khan, plans to create a new empire. A quite good episode, although I'd say not a complete classic

    By Jay-Spacedust, Nov 05, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • McCoy: The Eugenics Wars of the 1990s. Spock: Your attempt to improve the race by selective breeding. McCoy: Oh no not our attempt, Mr. Spock. A group of ambitious scientists.

    • Kirk: Those men went out to tame a continent, Khan. Can you tame a world? Khan: Have you ever read Milton, Captain? Kirk: Yes, of course.

    • Kirk: (to McGivers, referring to Khan) Given the choice between court martial, and accompanying him there, which do you choose? McGivers: I'll go with him, Sir. Khan: A superior woman. I will take her.

    • Scotty: It's a shame for a good Scotsman to admit it, but I'm not up on Milton. Kirk: The statement made when Lucifer fell into the pit. "It's better to rule in Hell than serve in Heaven."

    • Khan: I should have realized that suffocating together on the bridge would create heroic camaraderie among you.

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    Notes (5)

    • Although Chekov was not on the show when this episode aired, Khan still recognizes him in Star Trek II. It is a general fan consensus that Chekov was on the ship during "Space Seed," but was not assigned to the bridge yet. Walter Koenig jokes that he believes Chekov accidentally made Khan wait an uncomfortably long period of time to use the bathroom.

    • The SS Botany Bay DY100 model shown in this episode was reworked and featured in the second season episode "The Ultimate Computer" as the Woden (NCC-325), an old-style automated Federation Antares-type ore freighter and is used as target drone.

    • Ceti Alpha V, where Kirk exiles Khan, McGivers and the rest of the Eugenics Wars' augments from the S.S. Botany Bay, is featured in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Twilight", as the planet where the remnants of humanity gathered after Earth's destruction by the Xindi weapon.

    • This is the first episode to mention the Eugenics Wars. This final World War, in the mid-1990's, is referred to many times in the Star Trek spinoffs, most recently in Star Trek: Enterprise episodes: "Borderlands (1)", "Cold Station 12 (2)", and "The Augments (3)." Dr. Arik Soong (Brent Spiner) starts out as a believer in eugenic science raising a group of Eugenics War era augments from embryos placed in artifical wombs.

    • This story is the basis of the 1982 movie sequel Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

    Trivia (19)

    • Trivia: The ship that Khan stole was of the DY-100 class. The S.S. Botany Bay's number was DY-103.

    • Despite the fact they say that McGivers is knowledgeable about the late 20th century, she seems to know almost nothing about the Eugenics Wars, and there is no indication of any 20th century paintings, statuary, etc., in her quarters.

    • When Khan first asks McCoy to speak to the captain, the doctor depresses the button on the com panel, and without him saying a word, the bridge answers. The com isn't a "hotline" to the bridge, so it wouldn't have connected there unless he called for it specifically.

    • After the Enterprise determines the ship they find doesn't have life signs or charged weapons, they are still at Red Alert for no apparent reason.

    • 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.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Khan: Have you ever read Milton, Captain?
      Kirk: Yes. I understand. ...
      The statement Lucifer made when he fell into the pit: "It is better to rule in hell than serve in heaven." Actual quote is "Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven." John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book I, line 263
      Khan preferred a rough world, such as Ceti Alpha V, to the heaven of Kirk's world.

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