Star Trek - Space Seed
Raumschiff Enterprise - Der Schlafende Tiger
Gene L. Coon, Gene Roddenberry (executive) for Desilu, Norway Corporation/NBC
directed by Marc Daniels
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban, Madlyn Rhue, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Makee K. Blaisdell, Nichelle Nichols, Mark Tobin, Kathy Ahart, John Winston
story by Carey Wilber, screenplay by Carey Wilber, Gene L. Coon, created by Gene Roddenberry, music by Alexander Courage
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The starship Enterprise finds a spaceship of the 1990's marooned in
space, and aboard its crew, in cryogenic sleep for the past 200 years but
Soon enough, the Enterprise's Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and co
revive who's obviously the other ship's captain, Khan (Ricardo Montalban),
and they treat him like a honoured guest ... not knowing of course that he
was in his time one of the most ruthless dictators, and a sort of superman
created by genetical engineering. And now that Khan does't only have earth
to conquer but the universe, he is up to his old tricks, and soon enough,
he has awakened his whole crew (all also supermen from the 1990's), has
submitted the Enterprise's historian McGivers (Madlyn Rhue) to his will,
has studied the blueprints of the Enterprise, and ultimately he takes the
whole crew hostage and kills Captain Kirk in the decompression chamber to
force his crew into submission - to no effect, since a) the Enterprise's
crew is not easily forced into submission and b) McGivers has a sudden
change of heart and frees the Captain just in time.
In the end, Kirk resolves the whole situation in yet another fistfight,
and beams down Khan and co onto an uninhabited planet he announces to be a
penal colony. McGivers, rather than to be court-martialed, goes with Khan
and his supermen ...
One of the most beloved episodes of Star Trek and the
episode that was actually given a sequel in Star Trek II - The Wrath of
Khan in 1982, Space Seed actually isn't all that good, it's a
rather routine episode almost entirely set on the Enterprise about yet
another baddie trying to gain control of the ship. What makes the episode
outstanding though is Ricardo Montalban as the baddie, who turns in a
great performance hamming his role up just enough to stay clear of the
ridiculous but making it memorable nevertheless. And in that respect, Space
Seed is pretty good, actually ...