Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
My problem is this: Given how Khan basically slapped McGivers around in "Space Seed", I'm wondering how he ever could have considered her "beloved"... then again he could have been bullshitting Kirk when he said that.
At first Khan merely used Marla as a tool to gain control of the Enterprise
. But at the end of "Space Seed," he said he considered her a "superior woman." He certainly could have developed genuine feelings for her.
As for Khan slapping Marla around or physically abusing her -- what scene was that?