‘SPACE SEED’ (TOS)
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In this episode, the Enterprise discovers an old ship from the 1990s that is drifting in space. It’s called the Botany Bay and is a sleeper ship, containing genetically engineered and powerful superhumans.
One of these superhumans is Ricardo Montalbán as the evil Khan Noonien Singh. Captain Kirk and his crew recover him from the sleeper ship, till eventually Khan attempts to take over the Enterprise.
This is one of the best and well-remembered ‘Star Trek’ episodes ever made in the TV series. It features the first appearance of Khan in the series and is a gripping episode all the way throughout.
I was delighted to see Ricardo Montalbán in this ‘Star Trek’ episode. For me, I saw Ricardo before in two of the ‘Spy Kids’ movies. It was superb to see him in this episode and to be playing the villain.
Khan is a ruthless man, but he’s highly intelligent as well as having super-strength. Once he’s been revived from sleep, he gradually works his way to take control the Enterprise ship from Captain Kirk.
Kirk and the others suspect Khan’s motives, as they look him in the computer records about him and about the Eugenics Wars in the 1990s. Of course those wars never happened in our time, did they?!
It was interesting how the episode gradually develops, as Khan exhumes charm and menace at the same time. Ricardo Montalbán balances those aspects of the character in his performance very well.
Madlyn Rhue guest stars as Lt. Marla McGivers in this episode. McGivers is a historian aboard the Enterprise and she joins the away team with Kirk, Bones and Scotty when they visit the sleeper ship.
Aboard Botany Bay, they find Khan just as he’s about to revive out of his deep sleep for two centuries. McGivers is fascinated by Khan once she sees him, as it starts from her historical interest.
But when she meets Khan and interacts with him, McGivers is gradually seduced Khan and soon falls in love with him. I couldn’t help feel that McGivers fell in love with Khan a little too fast for my liking.
Eventually Khan reveals his plan to McGivers, telling her that he intends to take control of the Enterprise ship. McGivers reluctantly agrees as she helps him to wake the others aboard Botany Bay.
Very soon, the Enterprise ship gets taken over by Khan and his band of superhumans. Kirk is horribly thrown into a decompression tank by Khan, as he threatens the other crewmembers to follow him.
It’s interesting that McGivers quickly has a change of heart, as she betrays Khan and frees Kirk out of the decompression tank. This gives Kirk a chance to stop Khan and save the Enterprise and its crew.
The fight scene between Kirk and Khan is very engaging and gripping to watch in the climax of the episode. However, I could clearly see that it is stuntmen fighting each other and not the real actors.
Eventually, a hearing is given by Kirk on Khan, McGivers and their actions. Kirk makes a decision by sending Khan with McGivers and his superhuman band to a live a life on a planet called Ceti Alpha V.
‘Space Seed’ is a gripping ‘Star Trek’ episode from the TV series. It’s great featuring Ricardo Montalbán as Khan. It wouldn’t be the last of him, as Khan would make a return in ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 6 of both the original and re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
‘Space Seed’ (TOS) rating – 10/10
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