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
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Riley wears a gold uniform shirt indicating he's a member of the Command Division. However, he is seen serving both the Communications and Engineering Departments, and should be wearing a red Ship's Services Division shirt. See more
And this ship... All this power, surging and throbbing yet under control. Are you like that, Captain? All this power at your command, yet the decisions that you have to make...
Captain James T. Kirk
Come from a very human source.
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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