Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The Conscience of the King 

While Captain Kirk investigates whether an actor is actually a presumed dead mass murderer, a mysterious assailant is killing the people who could identify the fugitive.

Director:

Gerd Oswald

Writers:

Barry Trivers, Gene Roddenberry (created by)
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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Arnold Moss ... Anton Karidian
Barbara Anderson ... Lenore Karidian
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. Leonard McCoy
Grace Lee Whitney ... Yeoman Janice Rand
Nichelle Nichols ... Lt. Uhura
William Sargent William Sargent ... Dr. Thomas Leighton
Natalie Norwick Natalie Norwick ... Martha Leighton
David Somerville David Somerville ... Larry Matson (as David-Troy)
Karl Bruck Karl Bruck ... King Duncan
Marc Grady Adams Marc Grady Adams ... Hamlet (as Marc Adams)
Bruce Hyde Bruce Hyde ... Kevin Riley
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Captain Kirk is informed by his old friend, Dr. Thomas Leighton, that the head of a Shakespearean acting troupe on his world was once known as Kodos the Executioner. As Governor of Tarsus IV, Kodos had most of his colony killed when food supplies ran short rather than have so many starve. The only surviving witnesses to his actual appearance are Kirk, Leighton, and a young crewman on the Enterprise. Kirk dismisses Leighton's accusations until he turns up murdered, and his young crewman nearly so. The head of the Shakespearean acting troupe, Anton Karidian denies that he's Kodos. Is he telling the truth? If so, who's behind the murders? Written by Tony-B4

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1966 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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This episode was among the lowest in ratings during the first season, mainly due to the fact that it was "too talky" with no action scenes, and didn't feature any "monster" or "sci-fi gimmick". Hence, it was decided not to give it a repeat broadcast. See more »

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The drama hinges on the idea that if "the last few eyewitnesses" die, then the knowledge of what Kodos looked like will be lost. But Kirk easily orders up Kodos' mug shots and voice prints to compare with Anton Karidian. See more »

Quotes

Anton Karidian: If you're so sure that I'm Kodos, why not kill me now? Let bloody vengeance take its final course! And see what difference it makes to this universe of yours.
Captain James T. Kirk: Those are beautiful words, well-acted. Change nothing.
Anton Karidian: I suppose not. They're merely tools, like this ship of yours.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Beyond Antares
Music by Wilbur Hatch
Lyrics by Gene L. Coon
Performed by Nichelle Nichols
Harpsichord by Marl Young
Guitar played by Laurindo Almeida
(uncredited)
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has the machine changed him..
19 March 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Star Trek

The Conscience Of The King

A cultural hub and by far one of the most loved and respected tale, Star Trek is created by Gene Roddenberry who wrote this brilliant concept, ahead of its time and is probably why it still doesn't fail to entertain us after these many years. It was written "for the future" in many aspects as it even though is smarter, wiser and powerful it still seeks for emotion and the force that binds it all. The relation between Spock and Kirk; despite of its premise, is the most human thing in this majestic tale where the adventures are endless. Encountering this original series, at this stage makes the execution look petty and a bit loose (the small technical aspects can be negotiated) but the writing is smart, gripping and hence completely overpowers it.

Unlike any other hit series, it only has 3 seasons so luckily it means that they will be covering up all their ideas within it until they are satisfied. As it often happens, the first season is always promising and has potential (or else it won't lift up for further more seasons) in it and is utilized with fine detailed work like focusing on different new breeds and characters bonding through this journey.

Revisiting the Macbeth tale and recreating it almost in a way should have had better writing to support this genius idea but instead it spends its time on building up to its last dramatic act which not only is predictable but a bit overlong too.


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