The Conscience of the King (Episode)

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The Conscience of the King
"The Conscience of the King" (TOS13)

"The Conscience of the King" (TOS13)
Series Star Trek
Season 1
Episode 13
Production Number 13


Previous Miri (TOS12)
Next The Galileo Seven (TOS14)
Released 8 Dec 1966
Prime Timeline
(The root of all realities)

Stardate 2817.6: Kirk suspects a Shakespearean actor is a mass murderer.

Captain Kirk receives a message summoning the Enterprise to the home of Dr. Thomas Leighton, a brilliant research scientist whom Kirk knew many years before. The summons is a trick to lure the captain to Planet Q so that he could see and meet actor Anton Karidian. Leighton believes that Karidian is actually Kodos, the ex-governor of Tarsus IV, who oversaw a massacre that killed the doctor's entire family and part of Kirk's as well. When Leighton is killed, Kirk investigates and decides to transport the Karidian troupe on the Enterprise so that he can study the enigmatic actor. In an effort to discover the truth, Kirk romances Karidian's daughter, Lenore. During the voyage, Lieutenant Kevin Riley, another survivor of the massacre, is poisoned and nearly dies. A phaser explodes, almost killing Kirk and Spock. Riley recognizes Karidian as Kodos, but a shocked Kirk discovers the insane murderer of the survivors is Lenore — who accidentally kills her father.

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Related Data
Astrometrics Antares; Arcturus; Benecia; Benecia Colony; Cygnia Minor; Earth; Planet Q; Tarsus IV
Chronology Prime Timeline; 2247; 2248; 2267; Stardate 2817.6-2825.3
Culture Arcturian; "Beyond Antares;" checkers; chess; cocktail party; ghosts; God; gods; Good Samaritan; The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet; music; Neptune; Shakespeare; theatre; The Tragedy of Hamlet; The Tragedy of Macbeth; Vulcan lyre
Education doctor; doctorate; physician
Food alcohol; cocktails; milk; Saurian brandy; synthetic food
People Caesar, Julius; Cleopatra; Daily, Jon; Eames, D.; Harrison; Karidian, Anton; Karidian, Lenore; Kirk, James T.; Kodos; Leighton, Martha; Leighton, Thomas; Leslie; Matson, Larry; McCoy, Leonard; Moulton, E.; Rand, Janice; Riley, Kevin; Uhura, Nyota
Politics murder; Starfleet; Starfleet Ranks (Ensign, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander, Commander, Captain); Starfleet Regulations
Science & Technology biobed; biomonitor; communicator; companel; computer; deflector dish; eugenics; food slot; impulse drive; knife; light year; microtapes; nacelle; orbit; PADD; phasers (Type 2); poison; tetralubisol; time (year); transporter; tricorder; viewscreen; voice recognition; warp drive
Ships & Vehicles S.S. Astral Queen; Constitution class; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701; shuttlecraft
Xenology flowers; fungus; Humans; hybrids; Vulcans
Miscellaneous bridge; briefing room; Karidian Company of Players; logs; Main Engineering; observation deck; rec room; Red Alert; shuttlebay; sickbay; Starfleet Uniforms (2266)


William Shatner

Also Starring
Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock

Directed by
Gerd Oswald

Written by
Barry Trivers

Produced by
Gene L. Coon

Executive Producer
Gene Roddenberry

Created by
Gene Roddenberry

Associate Producer
Robert H. Justman

Script Consultant
Steven W. Carabatsos

Guest Star
Arnold Moss as Karidian

Also Starring
Barbara Anderson as Lenore

DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy
Grace Lee Whitney as Yeoman Rand

Nichelle Nichols as Uhura
William Sargent as Dr. Leighton
Natalie Norwick as Martha Leighton
David-Troy as Larry Matson
Karl Bruck as King Duncan
Marc Adams as Hamlet

Bruce Hyde as Kevin Riley

Theme Music by
Alexander Courage

Music Composed and Conducted by

Director of Photography
Jerry Finnerman

Art Directors
Rolland M. Brooks
Walter M. Jefferies

Film Editor
Frank P. Keller, A.C.E.

Assistant to the Producer
Edward K. Milkis

Assistant Director
Gregg Peters

Set Decorator
Marvin March

Costumes Created by
William Theiss

Post Production Executive
Bill Heath

Music Editor
Robert H. Raff

Sound Editor
Joseph G. Sorokin

Sound Mixer
Jack F. Lilly

Photographic Effects
Westheimer Company

Script Supervisor
George A. Rutter

Music Consultant
Wilbur Hatch

Music Coordinator
Julian Davidson

Special Effects
Jim Rugg

Property Master
Irving A. Feinberg

George H. Merhoff

Head Grip
George Rader

Production Supervisor
Bernard A. Widin

Makeup Artist
Fred B. Phillips, S.M.A.

Hair Styles by
Virginia Darcy, C.H.S.

Wardrobe Mistress
Margaret Makau

Joseph D'Agosta

Glen Glenn Sound Co.

A Desilu Production

In Association with
Norway Corporation

Executive in Charge of Production
Herbert F. Solow