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The Conscience of the King

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EPISODE DATA

Title ----------- The Conscience of the King
Writer ----------------------- Barry Trivers
Director ---------------------- Gerd Oswald
Original Air Date ------- December 8th, 1966
Order of Filming ---------------------- 12th
Order of Broadcasting ---------------- 13th
Filmed --------------- Late September 1966


REGULAR CAST

Captain James T. Kirk -------- William Shatner
Lieutenant Cmdr. Spock ------ Leonard Nimoy
Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy -- DeForest Kelley

Lieutenant Uhura ------------ Nichelle Nichols
Yeoman Janice Rand ----- Grace Lee Whitney


GUEST CAST

Lt. Kevin Riley ------------------ Bruce Hyde
Anton Karidian ----------------- Arnold Moss
Lenore Karidian ----------- Barbara Anderson
Dr. Thomas Leighton -------- William Sargent
Martha Leighton ------------ Natalie Norwick
Lieutenant Leslie -------------- Eddie Paskey
Lieutenant Larry Maston --------- David Troy
Captain Jon Daily (voice) -------- Frank Vince
King Duncan --------------------- Karl Bruck
Hamlet ------------------------ Marc Adams
Computer voice --------------- Majel Barrett
Stand-in ---------------------- Eddie Paskey


TITLE REFERENCE

"The Conscience of the King"

Anton Karidian's haunting guilt over being Kodos the Executioner is equal to the guilt that haunted Hamlet's uncle Claudius.  "The Play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King."
-William Shakespeare, Hamlet


ORIGINAL TITLES

". . . The Conscience of the King!"


UNUSUAL FOREIGN TITLES

Germany ------------ Kodos the Executioner
Italy --------- The Magnificence of the King
Japan ---------- Kodos the Bloodthirsty Goul


STORY SYNOPSIS

Twenty-two years before stardate 2817.6, the governor of Tarsus IV, Kodos, evoked emergency martial law and ordered half of the planet's population executed. His intent was to address a severe food shortage on Tarsus IV, and it earned him the name "Kodos the Executioner." It was believed that Kodos died on the planet, but there is some belief that he may have escaped and assumed another identity.

James Kirk, Lt. Kevin Riley, and Dr. Thomas Leighton are the only surviving witnesses to Kodos' previous evil deeds; others who might have known Kodos have been mysteriously killed in various accidents.

A traveling theatrical troupe arrives at Planet Q, and a Dr. Leighton contacts the U.S.S. Enterprise regarding a new synthetic food concentrate. When he is beamed aboard, he tells Kirk that his real reason for contacting him was to tell the captain that he suspects Anton Karidian, the head actor in the theater troupe, is really Kodos.

When Dr. Leighton is murdered, Kirk agrees to transport the Karidian Players to the Benecia Colony on board the U.S.S. Enterprise. His real motive is to study Karidian and his daughter in an attempt to learn if he is, indeed, Kodos and responsible for Leighton's death.

When Riley is poisoned, the young man learns of Kirk's suspicions and goes to the theater on board the U.S.S. Enterprise to kill Kodos. Kirk stops him and takes the actor as his prisoner. Then he learns that Karidian's daughter, Lenore, has been killing anyone who might know of her father's past life. Karidian, who has been trying to forget his past, is horrified to find what his daughter has been doing. Lenore aims a phaser at Kirk, but her father steps into the line of fire and is killed. Lenore goes completely insane at having killed her father.







THE CONSCIENCE OF THE KING

Click the name of the WAVs to listen

Total WAVs: 30


(1) Accuse ------------------------ 14.2 KB
Captain Kirk


(2) Trouble ------------------------ 8.70 KB
Captain Kirk

Since when did the 'T' word bother Kirk?


(3) Log ---------------------------- 12.7 KB
Captain Kirk


(4) Library ------------------------- 3.87 KB
Computer

I wonder which version of Windows the Enterprise has...
Sorry, a bit of goofyness there.
Hehehe...


(5) Working ------------------------ 2.09 KB
Computer


(6) Interesting --------------------- 18.6 KB
Lenore Karidian - Captain Kirk

Smooth Kirk, very smooth!!


(7) Leave -------------------------- 24.6 KB
Captain Kirk - Lenore Karidian


(8) Enterprise ---------------------- 6.92 KB
Captain Kirk - Lt. Uhura


(9) Pickup ------------------------- 54.6 KB
Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk - Lt. Uhura

Great reaction from Spock about how Kirk
knows about the 'pickup.'


(10) Benecia ----------------------- 31.5 KB
Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk

A rare moment when Kirk gets annoyed
with Mr. Spock.


(11) Noose ------------------------ 19.3 KB
Dr. McCoy - Mr. Spock


(12) Acting ------------------------ 8.95 KB
Mr. Spock


(13) Juliet ------------------------- 8.95 KB
Dr. McCoy


(14) Throbbing --------------------- 21.9 KB
Lenore Karidian

I would say so...


(15) Woman ----------------------- 20.6 KB
Captain Kirk

Very romantic... But true!


(16) Affirmative -------------------- 2.60 KB
Computer


(17) Died -------------------------- 16.3 KB
Mr. Spock


(18) Two -------------------------- 10.2 KB
Mr. Spock

Spock doing a bit of math!


(19) Rest -------------------------- 37.6 KB
Dr. McCoy - Captain Kirk


(20) Overload ---------------------- 15.0 KB
Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk


(21) Question ---------------------- 4.38 KB
Captain Kirk


(22) Younger ---------------------- 16.5 KB
Captain Kirk - Anton Karidian


(23) Kodos ------------------------ 72.1 KB
Anton Karidian


(24) Alive -------------------------- 37.6 KB
Anton Karidian - Captain Kirk


(25) Shining ----------------------- 9.71 KB
Lenore Karidian


(26) Harm ------------------------- 15.8 KB
Lenore Karidian - Captain Kirk


(27) Theatre ----------------------- 22.4 KB
Lenore Karidian


(28) Match ------------------------ 11.4 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock


(29) Security ---------------------- 17.0 KB
Lt. Larry Maston


(30) Warp 1 ----------------------- 7.17 KB
Captain Kirk


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