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"Space Seed" introduced Khan Noonien Singh (a viperlike Ricardo Montalban) toTreklore. 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 theEnterprisewith the aid of a comely Federation historian who is swooning at his feet. As anyTrekfan knows, "Space Seed" inspiredStar Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, regarded by many as the best of theTrekfeature films.--Tom Keogh
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Studio:  CBS Paramount International Television
CastLeonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Ricardo Montalban, Madlyn Rhue
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It is impossible to review this episode without thinking of the subsequent movie, "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan." I consider Ricardo Montalban to have been the best guest star to appear in the original series and in the sequence of movies extending the series. The Enterprise encounters an old Earth ship slowly making its' way through the stars. They board it and discover that it is a sleeper ship containing a group of people who left Earth in the late twentieth century. The leader of the group spontaneously …
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