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?
This is the first of a long line of Star Trek episodes (and movies) which feature scenes, quotes, or references to William Shakespeare
. In this case, the title comes from "Hamlet" (Act II, Scene 2). The episode also features a travelling acting troupe, headed by a man believed to be the presumed-dead "Kodos the Executioner", who specialize in the works of Shakespeare. Aside from the pervasive "Hamlet" scenes, lines, and references, there is also a reference (though not a direct quote) to "Julius Caesar" (Act 1, Scene 2): "Caesar, beware the Ides of March". 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
Captain James T. Kirk
Worlds may change, galaxies disintegrate, but a woman... always remains a woman.
All this, and power too. Caesar of stars. Cleopatra... to worship him.
Music by Wilbur Hatch
Lyrics by Gene L. Coon
Performed by Nichelle Nichols
Harpsichord by Marl Young
Guitar played by Laurindo Almeida
(uncredited) See more