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?
In all other episodes, the crew drinks non-alcoholic beverages aboard ship from Styrofoam cups. In this episode, Riley drinks his milk from a glass, presumably because its shattering would be more dramatically effective. See more
Spock discovers the Tarsus IV connection by asking to computer to correlate the historical data on Kirk, Leighton, Riley and Karidian and identify any common episode or experience. The computer reports in the affirmative. But it's previously clear that Kirk isn't certain about Karidian being Kodos at least in part because there is no record placing Karidian at Tarsus IV. See more
So, the captain of the Enterprise... Interesting.
Captain James T. Kirk
So, Lady Macbeth... Interesting. What's your next move?
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