Series: The Original Series
Air Date: December 8, 1966
Written by: Barry Trivers
Directed by: Gerd Osward
Anton Karidian, the leader of an acting troupe, is accused of being Kodos the Executioner. And it doesn't help that people start turning up dead.
According to Star Trek, there are three things that are timeless: Mark Twain, Shakespeare and The Beasty Boys. And Anton Karidian just wants to fight for his right to party. But Thomas Leighton will have no part in that. He's convinced that the leader of the Karidian Acting Troupe is actually Kodos the Executioner, who, as governor of Tarsus IV, executed half of the planet's population due to a food shortage. And that's pretty much half of the episode right there.
Much of the rest of the episode is littered with various scenes of Kirk turning on his A-game with Anton's daughter, Lenore. When Thomas Leighton ends up dead, Kirk decides he needs to study Anton more closely, so he offers to take the acting troupe to their next destination, and Lenore takes it as a chance to get to know her better. You see, Leighton was one of only a few living people who could identify Kodos. The others being Kirk and Riley, who are conveniently serving on the same ship. Kirk recognizes the similarities between Kodos and Anton, but this was 22 years ago; he has to be absolutely sure. I mean, it's not like the death penalty is at stake here. He didn't visit Talos IV, after all.
|Just killed a few million people.|
|No... no... Riley afuera.|
In the middle of all this, Kirk is being secretive and Spock is trying to figure out why. Spock confides in Bones that he believes Kirk is trying to find Kodos and that Riley is a connection. Well, when Bones enters this into his log, Riley hears it. Now he knows that the man who killed his parents is alive and well and on board the Enterprise. So, loose cannon that he is, he grabs a phaser and goes after Anton.
Meanwhile Anton and the whole acting troupe are in the middle of performing Hamlet for the officers in the ship's theater. A small exchange for taking them to their next destination. While Anton is busy playing Hamlet's dad's ghost, Riley sneaks up behind the set and waits fro him to finish. Meanwhile, Kirk has been alerted that Riley knows about Anton and goes to find him. Anton finishes, Kirk finds Riley, Lenore comes up and tries to tell daddy that she has been killing people for his own good, and Kirk suddenly loses interest in her.
|Why are all the good ones either taken or crazy as a bat?|
Kids, revenge is never the answer. As Hamlet taught us hundreds of years ago, so Kirk will teach us in the future. This episode is a classic and tells a timeless tale. Not so sure of the acting involved, but the writing! Oh, the writing!