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Star trek: The original series 1.06b - The conscience of the King

Stardate 2817.6
Threat advisory: Low - Low risk of entertaining activities

Episode propaganda

The Enterprise is diverted from its assigned course by Doctor Thomas Leighton (William Sargent), who claims to have manufactured a new synthetic food. This ruse is designed to lure Kirk (William Shatner) into confirming that the actor Anton Karidian (Arnold Moss) is, in fact, Kodos the mass murderer, believed by some to have escaped justice...

Persons of interest

  • William Shatner .... Captain James Tiberius Kirk
  • Leonard Nimoy .... Commander Spock
  • Deforest Kelley .... Doctor Leonard H McCoy
  • James Doohan .... Lieutenant Montgomery Scott
  • Nichelle Nichols .... Lieutenant Uhura
  • George Takei .... Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu
  • Walter Koenig .... Ensign Pavel Andreievich Chekov
  • Majel Barrett .... Nurse Christine Chapel, computer voice
  • Grace Lee Whitney .... Yeoman Janice Rand
  • William Sargent .... Doctor Thomas Leighton
  • Arnold Moss .... Anton Karidian
  • Barbara Anderson .... Lenore Karidian
  • Bruce Hyde .... Lieutenant Riley
  • Natalie Norwick .... Martha Leighton
  • David Troy .... Larry Matson
  • Karl Bruck .... King Duncan
  • Marc Adams .... Hamlet
  • Eddie Paskey .... Lieutenant Leslie
  • Barry Trivers .... Screenwriter
  • Gerd Oswald .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Uh-oh, Shakespeare on TV.

I would've thought that TV people would've learned by now that Shakespeare (and theatre in general) doesn't work on TV. Sigh.

The basic idea, that a mass murderer is masquerading as an actor (of the ham variety) is interesting, but, gee, the performances are just too annoying. There are some really good bits, but the crappy theatre stuff pulls it down. Watch only to see the Observation Lounge, the last appearance by Lieutenant Kevin Riley, or if absolutely desperate for entertainment.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 9 September2004

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