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ST:TOS #13: The Conscience of the King - Title Image [PNG] Previous Next | Votes: 15 | Points: 5.4 | Log On to vote
The Conscience of the King
(En konges samvittighed)
Stardate 2817.6
Star Trek: The Original Series, episode 13 (1.12)

Last Modified: 07 Jul 2007 20:08:13

         
Cast:
William Shatner   IMDB   Captain James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy   IMDB   Lt. Commander Spock
DeFobest Kelley   IMDB   Lt. Commander Leonard H. McCoy
James Doohan   IMDB   Lieutenant Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
George Takei   IMDB   Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu
Nichelle Nichols   IMDB   Lieutenant Nyota Uhura
Guest Cast:
Arnold Moss   IMDB   Anton Karidian
Barbara Anderson   IMDB   Lenore Karidian
Bruce Hyde   IMDB   Lieutenant Kevin Riley
Grace Lee Whitney   IMDB   Yeoman Janice Rand
William Sargent   IMDB   Doctor Thomas Leighton
Natalie Norwick   IMDB   Martha Leighton
Troy David   IMDB   Larry Matson
Karl Bruck   IMDB   King Duncan
Marc Adams   IMDB   Hamlet
Music:
Josep Mullendore   IMDB
Director:
Gerd Oswald   IMDB
Author:
Barry Trivers   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TOS LaserDisc Volume 06
DVD   ST:TOS DVD Volume 06
VHS   ST:TOS VHS 1.5
Teaser
The Original Series Teaser #13: The Conscience of the King

A travelling Shakespearean troupe led by Anton Karidian is being transported to their next performance by the Enterprise. Prior to this, Kirk has been contacted by Dr. Thomas Leighton, who tells him that Karidian is actually Kodos the Executioner, former governor of Tarsus IV, who was responsible for many deaths, including members of Kirk's and Leighton's families.
Synopsis
Twenty-two years before stardate 2817.6, the governor of Tarsus IV, Kodos, evoked emergency martial law and ordered half of the planet's population executed. His intent was to address a severe food shortage on Tarsus IV, and it earned him the name "Kodos the Executioner." It was believed that Kodos died on the planet, but there is some belief that he may have escaped and assumed another identity.

James T. Kirk, Kevin Riley, and Thomas Leighton are the only surviving witnesses to Kodos' previous evil deeds; others who might have known Kodos have been mysteriously killed in various accidents.

A traveling theatrical troupe arrives at Planet Q, and a Dr. Leighton contacts the U.S.S. Enterprise regarding a new synthetic food concentrate. When he is beamed aboard, he tells Kirk that his real reason for contacting him was to tell the captain that he suspects Anton Karidian, the head actor in the theater troupe, is really Kodos.

When Dr. Leighton is murdered, Kirk agrees to transport the Karidian Players to the Benecia Colony on board the Enterprise. His real motive it to study Karidian and his daughter in an attempt to learn if he is, indeed, Kodos and responsible for Leighton's death.

When Riley is poisoned, the young man learns of Kirk's suspicions and goes to the theater on board the U.S.S. Enterprise to kill Kodos. Kirk stops him and takes the actor as his prisoner. Then he learns that Karidian's daughter, Lenore, has been killing anyone who might know of her father's past life. Karidian, who has been trying to forget his past, is horrified to find what his daughter has been doing. Lenore aims a phaser at Kirk, but her father steps into the line of fire and is killed. Lenore goes completely insane at having killed her father.
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