Sibalh Khan Noonien Singh, genetically engineered human, a powerful warlord during the Eugenics Wars, later a nemesis of James Kirk, and a bit mad ….
OK, here’s an opinion I never tire of sharing: Khan is a terrific character and Montalban’s portrayal in STAR TREK II turned him iconic. But I also think he was tragically mishandled, in a way. Remember at the end of the original episode “Space Seed”, Spock says: “It would be interesting, Captain, to return to that world in 100 years and learn what crop had sprung from the seed you planted today.” There is so much POSSIBILITY in that line that it strikes me as nearly tragic that only twenty years later, we get a simple (even if very well-made) revenge story. This is partly why I can never really get behind STAR TREK II one hundred percent, because as good as it is, I think it is conceptually flawed and wastes some stunning potential.
This criticism may be a bit unfair, given the state of TREK back in 1981 when this movie was getting made. If TREK II had been lackluster, TREK itself would likely have died on the vine, so maybe wasting some potential for telling some amazing stories was warranted. After all, the needs of the many outweigh…well, you get it. But even so, I can’t help wondering how awesome it might have been to see the NEXT GENERATION crew come to Ceti Alpha V and discover a technological society led by Khan’s children….