Captain Kirk is informed by his old friend, Dr. Thomas Leighton, that the head of a Shakespearean acting troupe (known as Anton Karidian) was once known as "Kodos the Executioner". Having seized power as Governor of Tarsus IV, Kodos had 50% of his colony (4000+ people) killed when the food supply was destroy by an infestation, rather than have so many starve, not knowing that help was en route. Of the nine witnesses who could potentially identify Karidian as Kodos, only Kirk, Leighton, and a young crewman on the USS Enterprise, Kevin Riley (whose family was killed on Tarsus IV), survive. Kirk dismisses Leighton's accusations until the latter turns up murdered, and Riley almost dies of poisoning while alone in an engineering sector where no one else is present, which Riley and others view as some sort of punishment although it was really Kirk's misguided attempt to protect Riley. The other eyewitnesses have all died. Spock tells Bones that on each occasion the acting troupe was in ...
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Did You Know?
Both Arnold Moss
and Barbara Anderson
, despite their rich and dulcet tones so well-suited to the Shakespearean roles they play in this episode, were born in Brooklyn, New York. See more
While Star Trek anticipated a number of technological and scientific innovations, it apparently failed to predict DNA testing, which could have resolved the question if the body burned beyond recognition found on Tarsus IV was indeed that of Kodos the Executioner. The prequel series Star Trek: Enterprise
does make frequent references to DNA identification. See more
So, the captain of the Enterprise... Interesting.
Captain James T. Kirk
So, Lady Macbeth... Interesting. What's your next move?
One notable change is in the scene in which Kirk and Lenore are talking in a corridor with a window to outer space. In the original, when a camera on the left is facing right focused on Lenore there are stars outside the window. But when a camera stage right is facing left focused on Kirk, there are no stars. This is fixed in the remastered version in which there are now also stars outside the window behind Captain Kirk. See more
Featured in Bring Back... Star Trek
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