Series:Series/{{Star Trek The Original Series}}\\
Episode: Season 1, Episode 22\\
Title:"Space Seed"\\
Previous: The Return Of The Archons\\
Next: A Taste Of Armageddon\\
Recapper: Insert Witty Name Here]

The episode which was the basis for ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''.

It all begins when the ''Enterprise'' comes across the ''S.S. Botany Bay'', an apparent derelict from [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture the 1990s]], which the characters [[AsYouKnow handily remind each other]] was when Earth was nearly destroyed in a world-wide war which was ''[[RetCon not]]'' WorldWarIII. This war was caused by [[ForScience scientists]] creating [[BewareTheSuperman genetically-superior humans]]. These superhumans decided to TakeOverTheWorld, but ultimately ended up fighting amongst themselves.

Kirk, Bones, Scotty and Lt. [=McGivers=] (our GirlOfTheWeek) beam onto the ''Botany Bay'', finding it full of {{Human Popsicle}}s. Ricardo Montalban, who [[FakeNationality we're told is a Sikh]], wakes up and [=McGivers=] falls in LoveAtFirstSight. In Sickbay, he's discovered to be superhuman, holds a knife to [=McCoy's=] throat and says his name is "Khan", but refuses to answer any other question. Kirk decides it's a good idea to let Khan look at all the technical information on the ''Enterprise''. Meanwhile, [=McGivers=] gets to have a rather lame love scene with Khan in which we learn she wears her hair in a 1960s updo (which looks uncannily like a wig) because it's "comfortable."

Kirk and Spock question Khan some more and he as good as admits that he was one of the superhuman {{Evil Overlord}}s from the '90s. Since EvilIsSexy, [=McGivers=] takes Khan's side and apologizes to him for how rude everyone else was. He then manipulates her feeble [[ValuesDissonance female]] mind into agreeing to help him hijack the ship. With her help, he unfreezes his EvilMinions and takes over Engineering. It turns out he actually learned a bit from those tech manuals and cuts off life-support systems to the bridge. After everyone has passed out, he treats them to Kirk's torture in a decompression chamber, offering to let him live if someone joins him.

At this point, [=McGivers=] [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor has had enough]] and [[HighHeelFaceTurn sets Kirk free]], begging him to let Khan live. This leads to Kirk and Khan's {{Stunt Double}}s having a big ProfessionalWrestling-style fight which ends in Khan's defeat despite his superior strength due to Kirk breaking off a mechanical lever from the ship as an ImprovisedWeapon. Kirk and Khan agree that he and his followers will be dumped on the savage planet Ceti Alpha V, providing Khan the opportunity to build his own empire. [=McGivers=] decides to go with Khan rather than face court-martial. Kirk and Spock speculate about what will become of them:

-->'''Spock''': It would be interesting, Captain, to return to that world in a hundred years and [[TitleDrop learn what crop had sprung from the seed you planted today]].\\
'''Kirk''': [[{{Irony}} Yes, Mr. Spock.]] It would indeed.

The FanNickname for this episode is, of course, "TheOneWith Khan".
!!This episode includes the following tropes:
* AffablyEvil: Khan. He's surprisingly charming and polite for being a former dictator. Or not, considering how many dictators have come to power through charm and charisma.
* AmbitionIsEvil: As Spock describes Khan and his fellow augments, "Superior ability breeds superior ambition."
* BadassBookworm: [=McCoy=] tells Khan to "[[GetItOverWith make up [his] mind]]" how to kill him and even tells him the "most effective" way to do it. Even Khan is impressed.
* BadassNormal: Kirk. He beats the tar out of a supposed "superman" with nothing but his bare fists and a PVC pipe.
* BewareTheSuperman[=/=]NoTranshumanismAllowed: Khan is the ''reason'' why, as far forward as ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', BioAugmentation is forbidden.
* DieHardOnAnX: Kirk and his crew have to sneak through the ''Enterprise'' to undermine Khan and his followers.
* EvilCounterpart: A reason Khan became so popular, he is a perfect match for Kirk in both fighting prowess and strategic capability.
* EvilOverlord: Khan.
* FanGirl: [=McGivers=] is one for, as Khan puts it, "bold men from the past", such as Leif Erikson, UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart, UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte, [[FamousFamousFictional and Khan himself]]. She even draws FanArt of them!
* ForcedToWatch: In one of Khan's nastier moments, he makes the crew watch Kirk suffocate in an effort to force them to follow him.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Probably unintended at the time, but Spock's musing on what they would find upon returning to the planet on a later occasion essentially serves as a SequelHook leading into ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan.''
* HighHeelFaceTurn: [=McGivers=], after a manner of speaking. She still loves Khan, but she is unwilling to watch him execute her captain and the other officers.
* {{Human Popsicle}}s: Khan and Company, before being woken up.
* [[ICantLookGesture "I Can't Look" Gesture]]: Uhura turns off the viewing screen [[ForcedToWatch on which Khan is showing them Kirk suffocating.]]
* KickTheDog: One of Khan's men slaps Uhura after she shoots him a glare.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Come on, Kirk, his name is ''[[GenghisKhan Khan]]''. WhyDontYaJustShootHim
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Kirk takes in Khan and his men after he finds them floating in space and on the verge of dying when their ship systems fail. Khan returns the favor by attempting to kill Kirk and take over his ship.
* NostalgiaFilter: Pointed out by Spock {{in-universe}}. The human command crew view Khan through distant centuries, remembering him from their history classes fondly as the least evil of the Eugenics Wars' genetic supermen and they have the impression he was 'firm but fair'. Spock has a different and, it turns out, more accurate perspective that Khan was still a ruthless tyrant. This is probably meant to reflect how people romanticize historical figures like Napoleon and, indeed, Genghis Khan, as well as the old saw that Mussolini 'made the trains run on time'. (In fact, [=McGivers=] lovingly lists Napoleon as one of the figures whom Khan reminds her of.)
* {{Pride}}: Khan's FatalFlaw.
* SacredHospitality: Khan tramples all over it.
* SealedEvilInACan: Khan Noonien Singh and his cryogenically frozen followers.
* SmugSuper: Khan, full stop. He has no problem telling Kirk and Co. to their faces that they are "honestly inferior."
* TheSocialDarwinist: This is Khan ''full stop'' - and a large part of the reason he is so horrible.
* SuperStrength: Khan can crush a phaser in his hands and throw Kirk across the room.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Seemingly Khan's objective.
* TheRightOfASuperiorSpecies
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The establishment of the Eugenics Wars in the 1990s naturally caused the franchise some problems when it was still going strong [[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS3E8FuturesEnd when the decade actually came around]]. One of the novels makes a truly heroic effort to fit it into real history, explaining how the wars could have happened with no one knowing about them.
** [[spoiler: In contrast, the Star Trek:Khan comic miniseries dispels all pretense of that and pushes it straight into AlternateHistory, depicting Khan and his followers nuking Washington DC and Moscow...IN 1992!!!]]
* {{Ubermensch}}: Khan and his followers are physically and mentally superior to ordinary humans.
* VirtueIsWeakness: When Marla [=McGivers=] asks to be excused from seeing her captain and the other officers executed, Khan comments, "I had hoped you would be stronger."
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Kirk uses several wrestling moves against Khan.