Since it was first broadcast in 1966, Star Trek has been wildly popular, eventually spawning 4 television series, 11 movies, and even an animated cartoon. Fans of the Star Trek universe, known as “Trekkers”, have continued to keep the franchise alive and well for over 40 years.
The first season episode “Space Seed” is cited by many a Trekker as their favorite in the original Star Trek series. In this episode, Captain Kirk and the rest of the crew of the Federation starship Enterprise find an abandoned spacecraft floating in space. The ship is ancient, having been launched from Earth over 250 years ago.
Aboard the derelict spaceship, the Enterprise crew finds dozens of people alive, frozen in suspended animation. One of the frozen individuals begins to wake up and is transported to sick bay aboard the Enterprise. Once fully awake, he introduces himself as Khan.
Accessing the Enterprise’s computers, Mr. Spock discovers that the man is Khan Noonien Singh, a name familiar to Trekkers from the movie “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”.
Khan is a genetically enhanced human who was created during a period in Earth’s history called “The Eugenics Wars”. During these wars, genetically enhanced beings like Khan thought themselves superior to the rest of humanity at attempted to conquer the world. They failed in their attempt but Khan and some of his followers escaped into space.
Placed under armed guard by Kirk, Khan manipulates Lt. McGivers, an officer aboard the Enterprise, into helping him escape back to his ship where he revives the rest of his followers. The return to the Enterprise and manage to capture Kirk. Khan threatens to kill Kirk unless the rest of the command crew follows his orders but McGivers, feeling guilty for her betrayal, frees Kirk. With the help of Spock, Kirk floods the ship with a gas that renders Khan’s followers unconscious. Kahn and Kirk struggle, with Kirk eventually knocking Khan out.
The feature film “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” followed up on the events of this episode and is considered by most people, Trekkers and non-Trekkers alike, to be the best film of the Star Trek series.