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 an never-filmed scene from the script, Yeoman Rand interrupted Kirk and Lenore on the observation deck to bring Kirk a report. This was incorporated into a 1994 Star Trek comic book story, "The Dream Walkers". See more
Mr. Spock reports that Governor Kodos had his 4000 victims killed efficiently and "without pain." The brutally half-destroyed face of Dr. Leighton, also attributed to Kodos, seems to be at odds with this claim. See more
I am an actor. I play many parts.
Captain James T. Kirk
You're an actor now. What were you twenty years ago?
Younger, Captain. Much younger.
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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