He is arguably the most iconic villain in Star Trek history—if not cinema history itself. A character with superior abilities, superior intellect, but who easily grows fatigued. Of course he is Khan Noonien Singh. Instead of going for something completely new for the second installment of his Star Trek reboot, J.J. Abrams chose to use the villain who the fan base considers sacred—a move that has generated cries of outrage from many. But to understand Khan and his role in Into Darkness requires more than just a glance at The Wrath of Khan. In this episode of The Ready Room we're joined by the world's foremost expert on Khan, John Tenuto, to discuss the origins of the character, how he was used in "Space Seed," The Wrath of Khan, and Star Trek Into Darkness, and why there are more connections to the purest form of Khan's character in J.J.'s film than you may realize.
In our news segment we rejoice in Bye Bye Robot's choice to produce lithographs of Matt Ferguson's beautiful posters for the six Original Series films, get ready to listen to William Shatner's upcoming album Ponder the Mystery, and unleash our own wrath directed at Paramount and Bad Robot over the Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray fiasco. Plus, we field our first Questions from the Fleet.
Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing
The Original Khancept
Taking Khan Into Darkness
Khan and Section 31
Khan the Chameleon
A Love Letter to The Wrath of Khan?
An Obstacle to Overcome?
Listen to our previous in-depth history of Khan, the development of the character, the shooting of “Space Seed” and The Wrath of Khan, and much more from the archives of Nicholas Meyer with John Tenuto and Larry Nemecek on The Ready Room 80: Taking Out the Khan Baby.
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