Charlie Jane Anders writes a comprehensive exploration of the creation the classic Star Trek villain Khan Noonien
Singh. She interviewed two college professors
who have devoted considerable time to researching the history of the Khan character, from his first appearance in the original
series episode “Space Seed” to his return in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
The Tenutos, who are professors at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL, are long-time Star Trek fans. But they were
visiting University of Iowa for another reason, and discovered that Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer had donated his
papers, including script drafts, memos and photographs, to the University’s library. The Tenutos became obsessed with
discovering the details of Wrath of Khan’s genesis, including stuff they hadn’t found in the official “making of” book. And then,
they decided to visit Los Angeles and look at Gene Roddenberry’s papers at UCLA, and the CBS/Paramount archives for similar
info about the episode “Space Seed,” Khan’s debut.
In looking at both Khan stories, the Tenutos were motivated by Meyer’s dictum that creativity thrives with limitations — and
they wanted to see how the limitations that both productions faced made them more creative.
KHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!! (I had to do it).