Space Seed

Star Trek ClassicStardate 3141.9: The Enterprise discovers a derelict vessel which turns out to be an Earth ship dating back to a series of wars in the 1990s in which Earth’s population was threatened by a group of genetically engineered superhuman beings. The inhabitants of the rogue ship, though they try to conceal the fact at every opportunity, are the only surviving oppressors from that war. Their leader, Khan, wishes to resume their reign of terror, beginning with a takeover of the Enterprise.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episode via Amazon's Unboxteleplay by Gene L. Coon and Carey Wilbur
story by Carey Wilbur
directed by Marc Daniels
music by Alexander Courage

Guest Cast: DeForest Kelley (Dr. Leonard McCoy), James Doohan (Mr. Scott), George Takei (Lt. Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura), Ricardo Montalban (Khan), Madlyn Rhue (Marla), Blaisdell Makee (Spinelli), Mark Tobin (Joaquin), Kathy Ahart (Crew Woman), John Winston (Transporter Chief Kyle)

Note: This story was the basis for the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

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The Infinite Vulcan

Star Trek ClassicStardate 5554.4: A visit to a previously uncharted planet reveals an advanced laboratory, and a race of mobile plant life, the Phylosians. These beings prove to be friendly enough when they cure Sulu of the effects of a local poison. But when an a flock of airborne creatures aid in the abduction of Spock, a seemingly giant human being appears, claiming to be the long-lost Dr. Keniclius – a geneticist who was banished for his attempts to create a master race during the disastrous Eugenics Wars. Keniclius claims that he needs Spock to create a clone-army of beings to “enforce” peace upon the entire galaxy – but after seeing that the Phylosians have a hangar full of spacecraft, Kirk is suspicious of Keniclius’ goals.

Order the DVDswritten by Walter Koenig
directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: James Doohan (Keniclius), James Doohan (Agmar), Nichelle Nichols (Computer voice)

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Star Trek MoviesStardate 8130.4: “Captain” Saavik, a Vulcan lieutenant in Starfleet, manages to lose to the Kobayashi Maru simulator’s preprogrammed no-win situation, like every other cadet ever to take the test (with a single exception). Spock, now Captain of the Enterprise, returns to the ship to prepare for Kirk’s upcoming prelaunch inspection after dismissing the students from the simulator exercise. Kirk returns home and is visited by Dr. McCoy, who, after presenting him with a birthday present, tells Kirk that his abilities are wasted on a desk job and that he should resume his command of a starship.

USS Reliant, on assignment searching for lifeless planets as potential test sites for the top secret Genesis project, arrives at Ceti Alpha V. Beaming down, Captain Terrell and his first officer, Commander Chekov, discover a series of cargo bays formerly of the SS Botany Bay, a vessel full of genetically engineered supermen from late 20th century Earth led by the cunning Khan. Chekov urges Terrell to return to the Reliant, but they are captured by Khan and his followers. Khan, after fifteen years, is still seeking revenge against Kirk for exiling the Botany Bay’s crew. Khan infests Chekov and Terrell with Ceti eels, which affect the brain and make their victims susceptible to suggestion, although the eels’ victims will eventually go mad and die painfully. Khan hijacks the Reliant and has Chekov contact space station Regula 1, where the Genesis project is being developed by Dr. Carol Marcus, an old flame of Kirk’s, along with a team of scientists including her son David. Chekov tells the Regula 1 scientists that Kirk has ordered the Genesis device to be transferred to the Reliant upon arrival for immediate testing. David Marcus fears the worst, always suspicious of Starfleet’s motives concerning the Genesis project. Carol contacts Kirk while the Enterprise is on a cadet cruise to verify the orders, but her signal is jammed before she can tell him much.

Kirk takes command of the Enterprise and sets it on a course to the station. En route, Kirk, Spock and McCoy review a presentation prepared by Carol which reveals that the Genesis “torpedo” is a device which will, when fired on a lifeless planet, restructure it into a verdant, life-supporting world ready for colonization. The Enterprise arrives at Regula 1 and is fired upon by the Reliant, which, since the shields were not raised in the presence of a presumably friendly ship, causes critical damage to the Enterprise and kills many of the unprepared cadets. Khan reveals himself and demands that Kirk surrender himself, but Kirk bluffs Khan into giving him time to consider. Kirk overrides Reliant’s shields by remote control and returns fire, forcing Khan to retreat. Kirk, Saavik and McCoy beam down to the space station, finding most of the scientists slaughtered and the Genesis device missing. They do find Chekov and Terrell, apparently left for dead by Khan although the Reliant officers are actually keeping an eye on Kirk for their master. Deducing that the Genesis team must have had an underground test site on the dead planetoid Regula that the station orbits, Kirk gambles on beaming down into the surface under the station. There, they find the Genesis device, but are ambushed by David and one of the other scientists. Terrell kills the other scientist, and then contacts Khan, who orders Terrell and Chekov to kill Kirk. Terrell goes mad and kills himself, while Chekov collapses and the Ceti eel vacates his body. Khan beams the Genesis device up to Reliant.

McCoy begins tending to Chekov as Kirk and Carol discuss why David – their son – remained with Carol and became a scientist himself. They all go deeper into the test area and find a lush cave with vegetation and a waterfall, created by a fraction of the Genesis device’s power. Kirk then reveals to Saavik that he became the only cadet in history to beat the Kobayashi Maru test by reprogramming the simulator, which elicits a comment from David that Kirk has never had to deal with death on a personal basis. Reliant returns to the station after makeshift repairs, but the Enterprise is nowhere to be seen. The Enterprise, apparently contradicting the repair estimates of an earlier communication between Kirk and Spock, on which Kirk realized that Khan would be eavesdropping, arrives and retrieves Kirk and the others while hiding behind the other side of Regula. Kirk orders the ship into the nearby Mutara Nebula, where sensors of both ships will not function. Khan is unable to resist the chance to pursue, and plunges into the nebula behind the Enterprise.

In the ensuing battle, the Enterprise’s warp drive is damaged. Sulu manages a few lucky shots of his own, crippling the Reliant and killing most of Khan’s crew, but the dying Khan is unwilling to admit defeat and prepares to detonate the Genesis device at point blank range, which will destroy both ships. Scotty is unable to repair the engines, and Spock rushes to engineering without a word to anyone (except for what seems to be a very quick mind-meld with Dr. McCoy), forgoing safety precautions and entering the radiation-saturated engine chamber to repair the warp engines. When Spock finishes his task, Kirk orders the ship out of the nebula at top speed. The Reliant explodes, initiating the full Genesis effect on Regula, as Kirk, receiving a message from McCoy, hurries to engineering only to see Spock die from massive radiation poisoning. Spock’s body is loaded into a torpedo casing, which is fired at the Genesis planet. David admits that he may have misjudged Kirk and says he is proud to be his son, while the crew reflects on Spock’s sacrifice and the marvel of Regula’s transformation into a world of its own.

Order this movie on DVDDownload this episode via Amazon's Unboxscreenplay by Jack B. Sowards
story by Harve Bennett and Jack B. Sowards
directed by Nicholas Meyer
music by James Horner

Cast: William Shatner (Admiral Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Captain Spock), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), James Doohan (Scotty), Walter Koenig (Chekov), George Takei (Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), Bibi Besch (Dr. Carol Marcus), Merritt Butrick (David Marcus), Paul Winfield (Terrell), Kirstie Alley (Lt. Saavik), Ricardo Montalban (Khan), Ike Eisenmann (Cadet Peter Preston), John Vargas (Jedda), Judson Scott (Joachim), John Winston (Lt. Kyle), Paul Kent (Beech), Nicholas Guest (Cadet), Russell Takaki (Madison), Kevin Sullivan (March), Joel Marstan (Crew Chief), Teresa E. Victor (Bridge Voice), Dianne Harper (Radio Voice), David Ruprecht (Radio Voice), Marcy Vosburgh (Computer Voice)

Original title: Star Trek II: The Vengeance Of Khan (changed to avoid confusion with Revenge Of The Jedi, which also later changed its title)

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Doctor Bashir, I Presume

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Dr. Louis Zimmerman arrives on DS9 to work on a Long-term Medical Hologram, the template of which will be based on Dr. Bashir. He begins interviewing Bashir’s friends and colleagues to create a psychological profile. To Rom’s dismay, Zimmerman pursues Leeta, the object of Rom’s secret affection. To Bashir’s consternation, Zimmerman invites his parents to the station against his wishes, a development which threatens to bring Julian’s darkest secret to light.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Ronald D. Moore
story by Jimmy Diggs
directed by David Livingston
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Robert Picardo (Dr. Louis Zimmerman), Brian George (Richard Bashir), Max Grodenchik (Rom), Chase Masterson (Leeta), Fadwa El Guindi (Amnsha Bashir), J. Patrick McCormack (Rear Admiral Bennett)

Star Trek: Deep Space NineNotes: As with Voyager’s two-part episode Future’s End, set partly in 1996, this episode contradicts the original series episode Space Seed, which placed Khan and the Eugenics Wars in 1996; the later spinoff series Enterprise confirms this rewriting of Trek history by dating the Eugenics Wars and the augments to the 22nd century, rather than the end of the 20th.

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Statistical Probabilities

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Four people who were genetically engineered as children and were institutionalized due to side effects of the treatment are brought to DS9 to meet Bashir, as an example of someone like them who is leading a productive life. Their insights into the war lead Bashir to believe they could be invaluable to Starfleet – but then they make a series of calculations which indicate that the only way to save Federation lives is to surrender to the Dominion.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Rene Echavarria
story by Pam Pietroforte
directed by Anson Williams
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun), Tim Ransom (Jack), Jeannetta Arnette (Dr. Loews), Hilary Shepard-Turner (Lauren), Michael Keenan (Patrick), Casey Biggs (Damar), Faith C. Salie (Sarina)

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Chrysalis

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Jack, Lauren, and Patrick – three of Dr. Bashir’s fellow genetically-enhanced “mutants” – bring their friend Sarina to DS9 in hopes that Bashir can operate on her and bring her out of her fifteen-year cataleptic state. The operation is a success, and Sarina blossoms, much to the delight of Bashir, who finds himself falling in love with her.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Rene Echevarria
directed by Jonathan West
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Tim Ransom (Jack), Faith C. Salie (Sarina), Hilary Shepard-Turner (Lauren), Michael Keenan (Patrick), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), Randy James (Officer)

Notes: Sarina and the rest of the genetically-engineered savants were introduced in Statistical Probabilities in season 6.

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Borderland

Star Trek: EnterpriseA Klingon Bird of Prey ensnares a smaller ship in its tractor beams, and the Klingons are unimpressed by the human crew – until they overpower the Klingons with superhuman speed and strength, killing the entire crew. Word of the incident reaches Starfleet Headquarters, and Captain Archer and the Enterprise crew are assigned to rein in the humans. Believed to be augments – genetically engineered super-humans left over from the Eugenics Wars – these humans are believed to have been born from frozen embryos stolen by an amoral geneticist, Dr. Arik Soong. Imprisoned after he refused to tell the authorities of the augments’ whereabouts, Soong is brought aboard the Enterprise under heavy security. En route to intercept the augments’ ship, the Enterprise is attacked by Orion slavers, who kidnap nine crew members to sell into slavery, including T’Pol. Archer and Soong beam down to the Orions’ nearest planet to recover the missing crew members, but Soong takes advantage of the opportunity to escape from Archer. His attempt to get away is short-lived, but once brought back aboard the Enterprise, he begins to transmit a homing signal, bringing the augments in their stolen Bird of Prey to rescue him. Leaving the Enterprise crippled in space, Soong joins his “children” and sets them on a course to recover more of their kind…

Get this season on DVDwritten by Ken LaZebnik
directed by David Livingston
music by Dennis McCarthy & Kevin Kiner

Guest Cast: Brent Spiner (Arik Soong), Alec Newman (Malik), Abby Brammell (Persis), Joel West (Raakin), Big Show (Orion Slaver #1), David Power (Pierce), J.G. Hertzler (Klingon Captain), Dayo Ade (Klingon Tactical Officer), Gary Kasper (Orion Slaver #2), Bobbi Sue Luther (Orion Slave Woman), Thom Williams (Klingon Soldier #1)

Star Trek: EnterpriseNotes: Arik Soong is the father of Noonian Soong, the cyberneticist who invented the Enterprise-D’s Lt. Commander Data. As Arik obviously admires the augments of the Eugenics Wars, it’s not inconceivable that he could have named his son after one of the leaders of the augments, Khan Noonien Singh (Space Seed, Star Trek II). In reality, both characters, created by Gene Roddenberry, were named after an acquaintance of Roddenberry’s, and no direct link between the two was envisioned by him, though this neatly ties up the similarities in their names.) Guest star J.G. Hertzler portrays yet another Klingon, something he’s been doing since his recurring role as General Martok on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (he made an earlier appearance as another character in Judgement). Alec Newman made his genre mark as Paul Atreides in Sci-Fi Channel’s two miniseries based on Frank Herbert’s “Dune” novels.

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Cold Station 12

Star Trek: EnterpriseCaptain Archer and his crew investigate Arik Soong’s original destination coordinates, finding a crude colony where he took his Augment children to escape from Earth authorities. There, they find that the Augments left one of their own to die – a young man whose powers didn’t quite measure up to theirs. Archer brings him aboard the Enterprise, and then sets the ship on a course for Cold Station 12. A Starfleet cold storage facility designed to keep isolated samples of various deadly pathogens away from any planetary biosphere, Cold Station 12 is also home to 1,800 frozen Augment embryos, the legacy of the Eugenics War. When humanity couldn’t decide how to deal with the embryos, they were set aside in stasis and treated as a disease. Soong and his Augments take the entire crew of the space station hostage, but find that the chief pathologist, Dr. Lucas, won’t give them access to the embryos when his life is threatened, or even that of his colleagues. Enterprise arrives and Archer leads a boarding party to Cold Station 12 to try to contain the situation, but they too become hostages – and Lucas’ old friend Dr. Phlox turns out to be the one person whose death he isn’t prepared to allow. With the codes to release the embryos, Soong and his “children” prepare to leave, but already Soong’s hold over them has begun to slip. Despite Soong’s insistence that human lives should be spared, the ambitious Augment Malik traps Archer and his landing party, with Lucas and his crew, on Cold Station 12 after programming the fields containing the station’s deadly diseases to shut down in four minutes…

Get this season on DVDwritten by Michael Bryant
directed by Mike Vejar
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Brent Spiner (Arik Soong), Alec Newman (Malik), Abby Brammell (Persis), Richard Riehle (Jeremy Lucas), Kaj-Erik Eriksen (Smike), Kris Iyer (Deputy Director), Adam Grimes (Lokesh), Amy Wieczorek (Female Pilot), Jordan Orr (Young Malik), Kevin Foster (Security Guard #1)

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The Augments

Star Trek: EnterpriseArcher has to take drastic measures to prevent the pathogen samples from contaminating Cold Station 12, relying on the Enterprise to beam him up after venting the station’s central core (and himself) to open space. Aboard the stolen Klingon ship, Malik tells Soong about his attempt to kill everyone aboard the station, and as a result Soong quietly resolves to eliminate the aggressive tendencies from the recovered Augment embryos before they are born. Soong also strongly objects to Malik’s plan to seed the atmosphere of a Klingon planet with more disease pathogens, a move which could spark a conflict between the Klingons and Starfleet, keeping both of them too busy to pursue the Augments. Malik sees both of these as Soong’s final betrayal of the Augments, and has the geneticist locked up in the brig. With the help of the sympathetic Persis, Soong escapes in a life pod to warn Captain Archer of Malik’s intentions, but finds that the Enterprise crew isn’t inclined to believe his warnings – and every second that he spends trying to convince them, Malik and the Augments are bearing down on the Klingon planet he has chosen as a target.

Get this season on DVDwritten by Michael Sussman
directed by LeVar Burton
music by Velton Ray Bunch

Guest Cast: Brent Spiner (Arik Soong), Alec Newman (Malik), Abby Brammell (Persis), Adam Grimes (Lokesh), Richard Riehle (Jeremy Lucas), Mark Rolston (Captain Magh), Kristen Ariza (Augment #1)

Notes: When Malik mentions the S.S. Botany Bay and Khan Noonien Singh (Space Seed, Star Trek II), Soong dismisses the survival of Khan and his sleeper ship as a legend. The “Briar Patch” mentioned in this episode is also where Star Trek: Enterprisethe Enterprise-E fought a pitched battle with several Son’a starships in Star Trek: Insurrection. The episode is dated 2154, and it’s mentioned that augmentation was banned “150 years ago” – which would date that ban in the year 2004. The Deep Space Nine episode Doctor Bashir, I Presume, in which DS9’s own doctor is revealed to be an Augment of sorts, and the Voyager two-parter Future’s End (set partly in 1996 in a world with no mention of the Eugenics Wars) seemed to relocate the Eugenics Wars into the mid-to-late 21st century, rather than the 1990s (the date the original Star Trek established for the wars). As a result, one possible interpretation of this episode’s dialogue may be that modern-day (2004) bans on human cloning and stem cell research are being cited as the first instances of human augmentation.

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Divergence

Star Trek: EnterpriseColumbia pulls alongside Enterprise so Trip can transfer to his old ship to sort out the engine damage. On the Klingon colony, Phlox has discovered that an attempt by the Klingon military to splice their own DNA with that of human Augments has created a highly contagious plague. Worse yet, the Empire’s response to that plague has been to begin a widespread program of “sterilization” – destroying any infected colonies, ships or outposts – and the colony where Phlox is fighting the odds to find a cure is next. Captain Archer gives Lt. Reed one last chance to help, and Reed leads the Enterprise and Columbia to the colony where Phlox is being held. Phlox has narrowed his research down to four possible antiviral strains, but even if he finds one, he won’t have enough time to create the cure. Captain Archer beams down to the colony to rescue Phlox, but he may be forced to take on a new role as a human incubator for the cure.

Get this season on DVDwritten by Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
directed by Dave Barrett
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Terrell Tilford (Marab), John Schuck (Antaak), James Avery (General K’Vagh), Ada Maris (Captain Erika Hernandez), Eric Pierpoint (Harris), Kristin Bauer (Laneth), Wayne Grace (Krell), Matt Jenkins (Tactical Officer)

Star Trek: EnterpriseNotes: Section 31 is, of course, the same covert intelligence organization within Starfleet that takes an active role in the 24th century Dominion War (and recruits Dr. Julian Bashir of Deep Space Nine). Given Section 31’s ambitious attempts to manipulate other governments, it’s not entirely unlikely that Admiral Cartwright (and, in added scenes for the home video and DVD releases, Colonel West) may have been working for Section 31 in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Section 31’s interest in the Augments exists in an alternate timeline as well (Star Trek: Into Darkness).

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Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek MoviesStardate 2259.55: After recklessly risking his ship in a first contact situation where he ends up throwing the Prime Directive to the wind, Captain James T. Kirk is relieved of command and busted down in rank; the Enterprise is reassigned to the command of Admiral Pike and Kirk is demoted to his first officer. Spock is scheduled to be reassigned to another ship as first officer.

After an explosion at a Starfleet facility on Earth is revealed to be the work of a Starfleet officer, the Starfleet admiralty is summoned to an emergency meeting, where it is revealed that the mastermind behind the explosion, Commander John Harrison, is still at large. Top priority is given to finding and eliminating Harrison. But Kirk quickly realizes that Harrison will come to them: a vehicle arrives just outside of Starfleet HQ and begins firing into the conference room. Admiral Pike is killed, and Kirk personally takes down Harrison’s ship, but the mysterious officer escapes, miraculously unharmed, and beams out using the long-range transporter technology invented by Scotty. Kirk tracks Harrison to the Klingon homeworld and requests the reinstatement of his command of the Enterprise. Admiral Marcus agrees, and provides Kirk with a new top secret weapon, long-range photon torpedoes, to carry out a shocking order: take Harrison out on the Klingon planet, even if it starts a war with the Klingons (which Marcus feels is inevitable already).

On the Klingon homeworld, Kirk elects not to use Marcus’ weapons, instead beaming down to personally capture Harrison. A fierce firefight ensues between Kirk’s landing party, Harrison, and the Klingons, but to Kirk’s surprise, Harrison surrenders himself willingly upon learning that the Enterprise has advanced torpedoes trained on his location. Once in custody aboard the Enterprise, he suggests that Kirk open one of the weapons. The torpedoes have built-in safeguards against being opened, but once defused, each torpedo is revealed to have a cryogenically frozen human being inside, each one a specimen of genetically enhanced “superhumans” created to fight in a 21st century conflict. And Harrison isn’t even really Harrison – he is the leader of these enhanced humans, blackmailed into cooperating with a top secret warfare division within Starfleet, which is expecting conflict with the Klingons.

Right on cue, a huge Starfleet ship appears, dwarfing the Enterprise. The U.S.S. Vengeance, commanded by Admiral Marcus (who is, curiously, out of uniform), takes an aggressive position against the Enterprise, and Marcus demands that Kirk surrender “Harrison” and his fellow augmented humans. Kirk refuses Marcus’ order, certain that Starfleet shouldn’t be on a war footing. But can he place any more trust in Harrison, who has already committed acts of mass murder? And can he fight both adversaries without sacrificing the Enterprise and her crew in the process?

Order this movie on DVDscreenplay by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof
directed by J.J. Abrams
music by Michael Giacchino

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