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Production Number: II
Original Air Date: 06-04-82
Stardates: 8130.3, 8130.4, 8141.6

Synopsis: In the Twenty-third Century, Lt. Saavik and other Starfleet cadets take the Kobayashi Maru battle simulation test, overseen by Admiral James T. Kirk and Captain Spock of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

The U.S.S. Reliant arrives at Ceti Alpha Six in search of a lifeless planet on which to test Project Genesis, but Captain Terrell and first officer Pavel Chekov find Khan Singh and his followers from the S.S. Botany Bay, marooned on Ceti Alpha Five 15 years ago by Captain Kirk. Ceti Alpha Six exploded six months after Khan and his people were left on the planet, and shifted the fifth planet's orbit, destroying its environment. Khan's genetically engineered followers have managed to survive, but his wife and 19 others were killed by the planet's last remaining native creature, an eel-like animal whose young enter through the ear and wrap around the cerebral cortex. Khan uses two of the creatures to control the minds of Captain Terrell and Commander Chekov, and he commandeers the Reliant, planning to learn everything he can about their secret mission with Project Genesis, and to get revenge against Admiral Kirk.

During an inspection and training cruise for the new cadets aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, Admiral Kirk receives a message from his old girlfriend, Dr. Carol Marcus, the head of Project Genesis at the Regula One science station. Under orders from Starfleet Command, Admiral Kirk takes over command of the Enterprise from Captain Spock, interrupting the training cruise to investigate the trouble at Regula One.

On the way to Regula, the Enterprise is attacked by Khan on the Reliant, but the Enterprise escapes and reaches Regula, where the space lab's scientists are gone, but Kirk finds Chekov and Terrell on the station. They beam down to an underground cave on the nearby planetoid, where the scientists have escaped with the Genesis device, but Terrell and Chekov are still under Khan's mental influence, and they help Khan beam up the Genesis device to the Reliant.

The Genesis device is designed to transform the surface of a lifeless planet into a living biosphere, creating life from lifelessness, but its effect would also destroy any existing life, making it a dangerous weapon.

The Enterprise retrieves the landing party and the Regula scientists (including Dr. David Marcus, the son of Carol Marcus and Admiral Kirk), and escapes into the nearby Mutara Nebula, where starship sensors do not function, and Kirk baits Khan into following them into the nebula. The Enterprise heavily damages the U.S.S. Reliant, but the warp engines of the Enterprise are also damaged, leaving it unable to escape to a safe distance before Khan can activate the Genesis device. Spock performs a mind-meld on Dr. McCoy, then enters the radiation-flooded engine room and restores the warp drive in time for the Enterprise to escape before the Genesis device detonates and engulfs the nebula, forming a new life-bearing planet from its effect. Spock dies from radiation exposure, and his body is left on the new Genesis planet.

The Enterprise departs for Ceti Alpha Five to retrieve the crew of the Reliant.

  • Factoid: Dr. McCoy gives Admiral Kirk a bottle of illegal Romulan Ale for his birthday (vintage 2283 -- it takes a while for the Ale to ferment).

  • Factoid: Regula is a Class-D planetoid.

  • Dr. McCoy: "Jim, I'm your doctor, and I'm your friend."

  • Guest Characters: Khan Noonian Singh dies, Commander Kyle, *Dr. David Marcus, *Dr. Carol Marcus, *Lt. Saavik, *Captain Terrell dies
    Alien Races: Vulcans, [Klingons], *Ceti Alphan eels
    Starships: U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, *U.S.S. Reliant NCC-1864 destroyed

    KEY: [brackets]=illusions   *star=first appearance

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