The Conscience of the King
Episode 14 of 30 within Season One. Item 14 of 90 overall.
Production number 013.
Barry Trivers - Writer
Gerd Oswald - Director
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Stardate: 2817.6, 2794.7, 2818.9, 2819.8, 2825.3--When a friend of Kirk's dies under mysterious circumstances, Kirk suspects a Shakespearean actor of being the mass murderer at a colony where Kirk was one of the few survivors of the massacre who had actually seen the murderer. Kirk brings the actor and his daughter on-board to determine the man's guilt or innocence, but he becomes the next target of the killer. 

original airdate--December 8, 1966  

network: NBC

music: "Theme from Star Trek" "Where No Man Has Gone Before" by Alexander Courage 


Goofs--While Riley is listening to Uhura sing via comm panel during his "exile" in Engineering, shadows move about his plate of food long before the killer appears.

Trivia--In the original draft, the character whose parents had been murdered by Kodos was named "Lt. Robert Daiken". When Bruce Hyde was cast in the role, the staff realized that he played the character Kevin Riley in "Star Trek" (1966) The Naked Time (#1.4) so the character was rewritten as Riley.



Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Klingon: logh: HeH Qav'e'. DaH 'entepray' Duj lengmey lutalu'. Qu' vagh-DIS: Huj chu' qo', yISam yIn tayqeq chu', vay' boldly nuqDaq V pagh 'ej explore.

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013 The Menagerie (II)
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015 Balance of Terror

alternative title

Also known as - Klingon=Conscience ta'

regional titles

Het geweten van de koning
The Conscience of the King
La conscience du roi
Kodos, der Henker
An Coinsiasa an Rí
La magnificenza del re
La conciencia del Rey