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Old June 10 2013, 12:42 PM   #20
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Re: Sulu and Chekov, not in Space Seed

Therin of Andor wrote: View Post
IIRC, Vonda McIntyre suggested a friendship between McGivers and Chekov in her novelization.
Ahhh! I thought I had a faint memory of some sort of Chekov backstory to explain Khan recognizing him.

Walter Koenig says that, on ST II, he realised immediately that Chekov hadn't met Khan onscreen in TOS, but worried that if he mentioned something the writers might give away his coveted lines to George Takei (not thinking that Sulu hadn't been onscreen with Khan either.) Maybe John Winston should have done some lobbying.
He had a case, and since the production cared enough to bring back a "C" player from TOS under the idea that some would recognize him, they handed Winston a bargaining chip!
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