Star Trek: “The Conscience of the King”


In this episode, Captain Kirk exposes a mass murderer as a terrible actor… or is that vice versa? Well, whatever the case, this wasn’t that great of an episode. A boring, stuffy episode that tries to elevate itself through constant references to Shakespeare, but comes off quite braindead if you really consider the little things.

For example, if Kodos was such a bad guy why was there only one witness? Wouldn’t there have been thousands? And for Kodos to go hide out in a theater troop to hide from justice… a theater troop that regularly performs IN FRONT OF PEOPLE is just dumb.

The acting in this episode is horrible as well. The thing that saves it from being a total disaster is the fact that the episode does contain some nice suspense and mystery.


Interesting Fact: In the Star Trek: Enterprise episode “In a Mirror Darkly, Part Two” is it revealed that Hoshi Sato, the communications officer of the NX-01 and her future husband are destined to become victims of Kodos the Executioner. This information appears on a computer monitor on board the USS Defiant, a ship from Kirk’s time that journeys to the past and into an alternate universe.

“What if you decide he is Kodos? What then? Do you play God, carry his head through the corridors in triumph? That won’t bring back the dead, Jim.”
– McCoy

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