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?
Did You Know?
The phaser overload emergency is the only known instance when a double red alert is declared. However, in James Blish
's adaptation of Star Trek: Court Martial
(1967) in Star Trek 2, he has Kirk ordering a red alert and then a double red alert during the ion storm - as opposed to the yellow alert and red alert that were depicted on screen. "Red alert" and "double red alert" were used in the final draft of that episode's script but were changed on-set before filming. See more
A phaser set to overload begins making noise as soon as the setting is engaged. However, the phaser hidden in Kirk's quarters doesn't start making noise until long after it was placed, in the middle of Kirk's conversation with Spock. See more
Has the machine changed them? Made them just people instead of women?
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.
Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more
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