Capt Kirk is informed by an old friend, a colonial governor, that a Shakespearean acting troupe on his world is led by a man once known as Kodos the Executioner. 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, his friend, and a young crewman on the Enterprise. Kirk dismisses his friend's accusations until he turns up murdered, and his crewman nearly so. Karidian denies he's Kodos. Is he telling the truth? If so, who is behind the murders? Written by
Did You Know?
In the original draft, the character whose parents had been murdered by Kodos was named "Lt. Robert Daiken". When Bruce Hyde
was cast in the role, the staff realized that he played the character Kevin Riley in Star Trek: The Naked Time
(1966) so the character was rewritten as Riley. See more
While McCoy is enjoying a "drop of the true" in sick bay, he offers Spock a drink. Spock explains, "his fathers race was spared the dubious benefits of alcohol." To which McCoy sardonically responds, "Oh, now I know why they were conquered." However, in Star Trek: The Immunity Syndrome
(1968) Spock explains to Kirk that, "Vulcan has not been conquered within its collective memory. The memory goes back so far that no Vulcan can conceive of a conqueror." See more
Would you care for a drink, Mr. Spock?
My father's race was spared the dubious benefits of alcohol.
Oh. Now I know why they were conquered.
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Music by Wilbur Hatch
Lyrics by Gene L. Coon
Performed by Nichelle Nichols
Harpsichord by Marl Young
Guitar played by Laurindo Almeida
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