“Space Seed” is an episode of the American science fiction television
series Star Trek. First broadcast by NBC on February 16, 1967, it was
written by Gene L. Coon and Carey Wilber and directed by Marc Daniels.
Set in the 23rd century, the series follows the adventures of Captain
James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew aboard the starship USS
Enterprise. In the episode, they encounter a sleeper ship holding
selectively bred superhumans from Earth’s past. Khan Noonien Singh
(Ricardo Montalbán) attempts to take control of Enterprise with the
help of Marla McGivers (Madlyn Rhue). Montalbán, the casting director’s
first choice, described the role as “wonderful”. The script changed many
times during preproduction, in part to reduce costs, but the special
sets and shots using starship miniatures took the show over budget.
Although the episode did not win its time slot on its first run, it has
been named one of the best of the series by Cinefantastique, IGN, and
other publications. The 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan serves
as a sequel to “Space Seed”, and plot elements from both were used in
the 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Louis IX of France dispatched André de Longjumeau as his
ambassador to the Mongol Empire.
United States Navy Lieutenant Stephen Decatur led a raid to
destroy the captured USS Philadelphia in Tripoli, denying her use to the
Barbary States in the First Barbary War.
The Council of Lithuania signed the Act of Independence,
proclaiming the restoration of an independent Lithuania.
World War II: Norwegian commandos destroyed a factory to
prevent the German nuclear weapon project from acquiring heavy water.
Two trains collided in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S., killing
11 people and leading to the creation of comprehensive federal rules for
passenger car design.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
A small dog breed which originated in China; a dog of that breed.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight
— it’s the size of the fight in the dog.
–Dwight D. Eisenhower
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