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
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A line scripted, but cut from the episode established that Kirk was a midshipman, fresh out of the Academy when he was stationed on Tarsus IV and witnessed the massacre. See more
Several characters, including Kirk, state that if "the last few eyewitnesses" who know what Kodos looked like were to die, than that knowledge will be lost. But Kirk finds Kodos' mug shots and voice prints easily enough in Starfleet's files to compare with Anton Karidian. See more
Captain James T. Kirk
You've got me backed into a corner. The men would never forgive me if I deprived them of your performance and your presence.
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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