On February 16th 1967 the Star Trek TOS episode “Space Seed” first aired. The classic episode of the Original Star Trek introduced us to Khan Noonian Sing,played briillanty by Richardo Montelbann. Let’s look at a few facts about this classic episode.
#1 The original draft was not about supermen but a group of criminals sent out into space. After suggestions by producer Gene L. Coon the criminals were changed to supermen. Origionally the Kahn character was a Nordic superman named Harold Erricsen.
This comes to us courtesy of Memory Alpha. Since i’m not using Wikipedia we’ll call this TheWikiThatGoesWhereEveryManHasGoneBefore.
There’s some other interesting information in the Wikia enry for Space Seed. The writer, Carey Wilber used the tradition of 18th Century Britian sending out ships of undersireables to distant lands and expanded that to the “seed ships” that in the original treatment had 100 criminals and accompanying lawmen.(The Star Trek Compendium, p. 57)
Gene Roddenbury made the point that it would seem a waste of resources to send a ship with just criminals, something Kirk and Spock comment on as well. It was from there that the idea of a group of Napoleans being sent into space was developed.(These Are the Voyages: TOS Season One)
Maria Jose and John Tenutoat are professors of sociology at The College Of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. In 2013 they did a multi-part blog post for StarTrek.com about the making of this episode, based off material found in the archive of writer/director Nicholas Meyer at the University Of Iowa and Gene Roddenbury at UCLA.