Star Trek: “Space Seed”


Introducing the man who is arguably Star Trek’s greatest villain, “Space Seed” is truly an episode ahead of its time predicting genetic manipulation and possibly fostering the very attitude that has set gene manipulation back.

Richardo Montalban owns the role of Khan and provides an excellent foil for Spock and Kirk and is a formidable physical foe despite the strange white-washing of an Asian character… with a Latin actor.

This episode is just awesome with philosophy and literature references and great performances. I love every minute of it.


Interesting Fact: In the James Blish-written novelization of this episode, after Spock mentions returning to the planet in 100 years to see what has sprouted from the seed he had planted, Kirk responds, “Let’s just hope in 100 years that Khan doesn’t come looking for us.” This was a basis for the plot of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

“It is better to rule in hell than serve in heaven.”
– Kirk quoting Milton

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