Sometime during the 1990’s the Eugenics Wars had torn much of Earth apart. What with scientific gains in DNA mapping and experiments in cloning causing upheaval across the nations. The experiments had created a more advanced human, physically stronger with heightened learning abilities. In fact the characteristics were more than the scientists expected. They had helped create a human with more drive, determination and ego. All the ingredients needed for conquerors, tyrants and military tacticians.
Tagline – At the end of the universe lies the beginning of vengeance.
Boldly warping through space in the year 2266, the Federation starship USS Enterprise is happily going about it’s day to day business, awaiting its next story line. Right on cue there’s the arrival of a “sleeper ship” with technology at least 200 years from the past. A seemingly derelict ship called the SS Botany Bay, adrift in space. A ship with a crew of 82 passengers asleep in a state of suspended animation. Luckily the Enterprise has a gorgeous redhead historian onboard to help figure this mystery out. Lieutenant Marla McGivers (Madlyn Rhue) likes to paint gladiators and stand in soft focus lights.
With failing sleep pods the crew of this traveling cargo are slowly dying. If they revive the groups leader, they can understand what they are doing so far from Earth. Marla’s eyes up the hunk with giant pectorals, silky hair and lovely tanned skin. Marla was drooling before he’d even opened his eyes, well he is wearing a fishnet catsuit!. Stepping out from his 200 year old bed is a super hunk, in fact a super Sikh. The physically, mentally and intellectually superior genetic superman, Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban)
Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), First Officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and the rest of the Enterprise gang are about to meet their match with Khan and his superior army. Though a little troubling is our Captain Kirk seems more concerned with Khan’s amazing charismatic lady hypnotising abilities. When he’s got over the shock that he’s not head hunk of the galaxy, will he be able to defeat this mastermind and his super Sikh powers?
Little did they know that this battle of the brawn and brains would last another 20 years. Kirk would gain reading glasses and an annoying son! And Khan would acquire a band of merry ginger Mad Max men. The rest they say is history!
“Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven.”
I’d seen Space Seed 25 odd years ago, well overdue for a rewatch. The beautiful HD gave it an amazing new look. Quite strange to see them all in such high definition. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) looked devine and for the love of good god her dress was shorter than I could ever of imagined.
Now I know The Wrath Of Khan is arguably the best film in the series but for me I’ve always had a sweeter spot for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). Still have vivid memories of it at the cinema. It maybe slow for some but it’s visually incredible to look at and for me, that ending is pure genius. To come up with that screenplay idea at around the same time of the real space probe is incredible to me.
Watching Space Seed and Wrath together works surprisingly well. It gives the 1982 film so much more depth and emotional kick. That final radiation scene is still as heartbreaking as it always was, sure to make even the most unemotional Vulcan to push a tear drop through a duct!
I read a funny anecdote about Chekov (Walter Koenig). As Chekov had not yet joined the cast of the original series it was strange that Khan remembers Chekov in the film. The theory goes that Chekov was there, just sat on the toilet! When even a superhuman gets caught short, he’d been urgently banging on the toilet door. When it opens, a sheepish Chekov is standing there and Khan never forgets a face. So there you go!
What an inventive idea to take an episode from the original series some 15 years ago and imagine that story continuation into not only a film but a sequel at that. To have been able to encapsulate not only a movie that ultimately works on it’s own merits but can be enhanced knowing the origins of the two. With such passion for stories it’s no wonder Star Trek is the most loved and longest running science fiction series that just keeps giving.
Do you have a favourite episode of the series or films? One that comes to mind that I must revisit was called “Wink Of An Eye” from season 3, episode 11. It featured invisible invaders that travel at incredible speeds resulting in a contrast of perception. Remember it being an ingenious idea. I must revisit it. Actually it’s on Netflix, let’s go see.
Live long and prosper.