TOS 1.24: Space Seed
Captain Kirk vs Khan
The Mission: Investigate an archaic Earth spaceship, floating derelict in space.
Planets visited: We don’t see it, but Khan and his followers
are relocated to Ceti Alpha V (this should more properly be Alpha Ceti V).
Things will not go well for them there.
Planets visited: We don’t see it, but Khan and his followers are relocated to Ceti Alpha V (this should more properly be Alpha Ceti V). Things will not go well for them there.
Famous Firsts: The first appearance of Ricardo Montalban
as Khan Noonien Singh.
Future History: The Eugenics Wars, also called the Third
World War, were fought during the 1990s. A progressive programme of eugenics
intended to improve the human race led to a number of superhuman warlords
fighting over the right to rule the Earth. Between ‘92 and ‘96, the world was
divided up between various warlords, the most powerful being Khan, who
conquered a quarter of the globe by 1993. After the supermen were overthrown,
Khan and a number of his followers fled the Earth in a sleeper ship, the Botany
At the time of broadcast, the 1990s were comfortably far off and no one expected thousands of fans to still be discussing these things in the 21st century. Subsequent series of Star Trek have fudged the issue, being deliberately vague about the timing of the Eugenics Wars and hinting that they were fought considerably later than this. TNG places the Third World War in the mid-to-late 21st century, but also seems to suggest that it’s a completely different conflict. Enterprise introduces the term Augments for the supermen. Note that in this episode Khan and his kind are stated to be the product of selective breeding; there’s no hint of genetic engineering. This aspect only appears on Khan’s return in Star Trek II.