In Star Trek: Wrath of Khan, was that a follow up to a tv episode?

Khan, played by Ricardo Montolban, is the best villian of all the Trek films. Was that movie to follow up to an episode where Montolban battled against the Enterprise before? Him and Kirk seemed to know each other going way back.


great article Marklemoore. Did you write that yourself ? How could I find this episode to watch ?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Yes. The original episode from the series was titled "Space Seed".

    The derelict DY100 class spaceship S.S. Botany Bay built in the 1990s is discovered by the Enterprise. Biological scanners detect life aboard, but only 4 heartbeats a minute, so Bones does not believe them to be produced by humans. The Enterprise has no record of the ship, but this is not surprising as many records were lost in the great World War of Eugenics fought during that period.

    Bones, Scotty, Kirk and historian Marla McGivers beam aboard and discover it is indeed an old Earth ship powered by primitive nuclear power. The crew is in suspended animation, but the leader is accidentally awakened when the lights are turned on. Kirk is forced to break the glass and remove him from his chamber when the revival procedure fails and he is almost killed. McCoy and the man are then beamed aboard the Enterprise.

    As the Enterprise proceeds to Starbase 12 in the Gamma 400 star system, historian McGivers falls in love with the leader (who is discovered to be Khan Noonien Singh). Khan makes a miraculous recovery, and holds Bones at scalpel-point to find out where he is. Khan and his crew are products of the Eugenics Wars of the 1990s. In 1993, a group of supermen simultaneously seized power in more than 40 nations. Spock reveals to Kirk that his research has determined that that there were 80-90 supermen unaccounted for at the end of the war. This, together with Khan's extreme strength and physical prowess lead Kirk and Spock to wonder if there passenger might be one of the missing supermen. Through subtle questioning, Kirk gets Khan to inadvertently admit that he is one of the supermen when he blurts out "We offered the world order." Kirk and company look up Khan in the database and find him to have been the most dangerous of the supermen, and at one time to have ruled a quarter of the Earth.

    Khan uses his great strength to break out of his cabin, and McGivers helps him to transport to the Botany Bay. Khan awakens the 72 out of 84 superhumans (30 of them women) whose life support systems are still functioning and takes over the Enterprise with their help. Khan cuts off life support to the bridge, knocking out Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scott, Uhura, Technicians First Class Tooly and Harrison, and Lt. Spinelli.

    When Khan puts Kirk in a decompression chamber to force the other command crew members to join him, McGivers relents and helps Kirk regain control of the ship by cutting off the monitor camera on the chamber, injecting the guard, and releasing Kirk. Kirk then helps Spock escape when he is brought to the chamber for his turn. They gas the entire ship, but Khan escapes to engineering and attempts to cause the ship to self-destruct. Kirk takes on Khan in hand-to-hand combat, and is able to overcome him using a rod which he pulls from the control panel.

    Kirk maroons the superhumans on Ceti Alpha 5, leaving them sufficient supplies to enable them to colonize the uninhabited planet. On hearing this, Khan asks Kirk if he has ever read Milton, and Kirk says yes, he understands. The reference is the statement Lucifer made when he fell into the pit, "It is better to rule in Hell than serve in Heaven." Kirk gives McGivers a choice between court martial and being left behind with Khan, and she elects to stay with Khan.

    This episode was the basis for the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes, the original episode was called um... well shoot I can't remember it But it is, same actors. They do go way back. The enterprise discovered Khan's ship. He and his crew were a genetically engineered 'superhuman' race developed on earth in the 20th something century. They had been in suspended animation for a long ole time. This is why Khan's thinking is 'two dimensional' during the stealth battle in the nebula. No space travel back then. S. S. Botony Bay was the name of Khan's ship, and maybe the name of the episode

  • 1 decade ago

    It was the ep "Space Seed"... thats when the Enterprise encounters the Botany Bay in space. They wake the sleepers up and take them aboard the Enterprise, not knowing at first who he was.

    I won't spoil the ep for you if you want to watch it on G4 or TVLand... but that's where you get the back story on them, the wife he mentions (who was an Enterprise crew member) and how they end up on Ceti Alpha 5.

    But as tons of fans already know... don't be surprised if you don't see Chekov in the ep... he wasn't in there yet. So people assume he was somewhere on board in another position and that's how he and Khan know each other by sight.

  • 1 decade ago

    absolutely. Khan was on an older TV Star Trek and exiled to a forgeign planet. The Wrath of Khan was his revenge.

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  • 4 years ago

    The Movie is from the Next Generation Series, so Spock is not a character in the movie. However, I have to say it is a very good story, and the special effects are quite amazing. Just give it a look. The worst that can happen is you'll lose 2 hours of your live that you'll never get back. The best thing is, you might like it and be hooked.

  • 1 decade ago


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