Wednesday, January 9, 2013

TOS: Space Seed

My creepy crushes are going to come out sooner or later, might as well go ahead and get the first one out of the way while we're still in the first season of TOS. So, here it is:

I have a thing for Evil Geniuses. 

As a kid, I only halfway remember watching "Space Seed" which features Khan Noonien Singh for the first time.  I watched it again, as an adult, a few years ago and like Lieutenant McGivers I was suddenly way, way into Khan. Watching it again this week, nothing has changed. Khan struts onto my TV and I'm not good for anything for the next hour.

Yep, just like this. 
I don't know if it's the accent, the ridiculously perfect posture, or just the superior ability mixed with superior ambition but this dude is amazing. If he suddenly showed up in my quarters and said I should change my hair-do (lol, as if I've ever had a hair-do) I would do exactly what McGivers does--which is to say I'd show him all my fan-art of other evil geniuses and then agree to help him take over the ship.

"Oh, you should put this on DeviantArt."
Kirk sort of explains to Spock what makes charismatic evil geniuses like Khan so captivating:

Kirk: We can be against him and admire him all at the same time. 
Spock: Illogical. 

I tend to agree with Spock but that's ok. Sometimes I don't think it's so important to question why I'm super into something. I know one thing though, by the time you get to Wrath of Khan, I'm over him. It's not the age or the mullet or the space-monster-skin outfit (I actually rather like that) it's just that he's lost control and gone "Full Ahab." By the time Chekov stumbles upon the Botany Bay, Khan's focus has shifted. He's less about world domination and more about killing Kirk at any/all costs. He doesn't have time to come up to my room and look at my etchings. But that's a conversation for another day... you know, the day after I re-watch Wrath of Khan.


  1. I always learn so much here. And I, too, have crushed on an evil mastermind once or twice in my day. I think it's the charisma. Or the cars. Or maybe the hair. They often have great hair. I don't know. But you're right - once someone has gone Full Ahab, you can't really want to jump on that. They wouldn't even notice you!

    1. Ha! Yes, I almost went into my deal with Hannibal Lecter but decided against it.

      One of my favorite lines in this episode is when Khan pushes her away and says, "Go! Or... stay, but do so because it is what you wish to do!" I'm dreamily sighing just thinking about it.


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