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(On stage, a velvet-clad
arm raises a bloody knife, then plunges it again into his sleeping
victim. The audience are rapt.)
Kirk: "Interesting. An Arcturian Macbeth."
Leighton: (a man with an eyepatch) "Watch him. Watch Macbeth."
Lenore: (as Lady M) "Is he dead? Speak. Is King Duncan dead?"
Karidian: "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean
from my hands."
Leighton: "That voice. He's back. That man on the stage. I'm
certain of it. That's Kodos the Executioner."
Karidian: "Pluck out mine eyes!"
Kirk: "Captain's log, star date 2817.6. Starship
Enterprise diverted from scheduled course. Purpose, to confirm discover by
Doctor Thomas Leighton of an extraordinary new synthetic food which would
totally end the threat of famine on Cygnia Minor, a nearby Earth colony."|
Kirk: "You mean to tell me
you've called me three light years off my course just to accuse an actor
of being Kodos?"
Leighton: "He is Kodos. I'm sure
Kirk: "You said you discovered a
new food concentrate. What am I supposed to put in my log, that you
lied? That you diverted a starship with false information? You're not
only in trouble, you've put me in trouble, too."
Leighton: "I did it to trap
Kirk: "Kodos is dead."
Leighton: "Is he? Is anyone
sure? A body burned beyond recognition?"
Kirk: "Tom, the authorities
closed the book on that case years ago."
Leighton: "Then let's reopen it.
Jim, four thousand people were
Kirk: "Martha, you tell him."
Martha: "I can't tell him
anything, Jim. He's been like this since the company of actors arrived."
Kirk: "Kodos is dead. I'm
satisfied of that."
Leighton: "Well, I'm not. I
remember him. That voice. The bloody thing he did."
(He turns his head to reveal it's not
just an eyepatch, but a covering over half his face)
Leighton: "Jim, Jim, I need your
help. There were only eight or nine of us who actually saw Kodos. I was
one, you were another. If he's to be exposed..."
Kirk: "He's dead."
Leighton: "Then it will be a
ghost Martha and I receive in our home tonight. I invited the entire
company to a cocktail party. I have to be sure."
Kirk: "And I have to get back to
my ship and figure out how I'm going to enter all this in my log. Tom.
Computer: "Library computer."
Kirk: "History files. Subject, former Governor Kodos of Tarsus Four,
also known as Kodos the Executioner. After that, background on actor Anton
Computer: "Working. Kodos the Executioner, summary. Governor of
Tarsus Four twenty Earth years ago. Invoked martial law. Slaughtered fifty
percent of population Earth colony, that planet.
Burned body found when
Earth forces arrived. No positive identification. Case closed. Detailed
information follows. On stardate 2794.7... "
Kirk: Stop. "Information on Anton Karidian."
Computer: "Director and star of travelling company of actors
sponsored by galactic cultural exchange project, touring official
installations last nine years. Has daughter, Lenore, nineteen years
stop. Give comparative identification between actor Karidian and Governor
Computer: "No identification records available on actor Anton
Kirk: "Give information on actor Karidian prior to Kodos' death."
Computer: "No information available, Anton Karidian, prior to twenty
Kirk: "Photograph Kodos." (an image of a red-haired man with a beard
comes on the monitor) "Photograph Karidian." (the grey-haired man with a
small moustache) "Now photograph both."
Kirk: "Mister Spock. You know Doctor Leighton, don't you? Would you
say he's given to fantasy?"
Spock: "A good empirical research scientist. Steady, reputable,
Kirk: "With a very long memory."
Spock: "I have no information on that, Captain. We are ready to leave
Kirk: "We'll delay departure for a time. I'm beaming back down to the
Captain of the Enterprise. Interesting." |
Kirk: "So, Lady Macbeth. Interesting. What's your next move?"
Lenore: "We play two performances at Benecia, if the AstraI Queen
can get us there."
Kirk: "She's a good ship. (takes a glass from a passing tray)
Thank you. You were very impressive as Lady Macbeth."
Lenore: "Thank you. And as Lenore Karidian?"
Kirk: "Very impressive. Lenore. I'd like to see you again."
Lenore: "You mean professionally?"
Kirk: "Not necessarily."
Lenore: "I think I'd like that. Unfortunately, we must keep a
Kirk: "You don't have a schedule now, do you?"
Lenore: "You mean leave? But I've only just arrived."
Kirk: "So have I."
Lenore: "And you hate to overstay a welcome."
Lenore: "Why not?"
Kirk: "Good. I'll make our apologies to our hostess. I'll meet
Spock: "How did you know this lady was coming aboard?"
Kirk: "I'm the Captain."
Lenore: "Captain Kirk, I didn't think we'd be meeting again so soon."
Kirk: "You probably wouldn't believe me if I told you I arranged it."
Lenore: "No, but it's a delightful thought. Captain, I'm afraid we
need your help. We've been stranded. It seems that our
cancelled out on us."
Kirk: "Can't you make other arrangements?"
Lenore: "Yes, but not in time. You see, our schedule is like a chain.
One break and it all collapses."
Kirk: "It'd be a shame if that happened."
Lenore: "If ever we needed a Good Samaritan."
Lenore: "I appeal to you."
(Spock's eyebrow hits the ceiling)
Kirk: "The regulations are very clear about taking on passengers."
Lenore: "I'll make a bargain with you, Captain."
Kirk: "What have you got to trade?"
Lenore: "Special performance for the crew in exchange for a lift."
Kirk: "You make it sound very interesting. The crew has been on
patrol for a long time. They could use a break in the monotony."
Lenore: "Then you'll do it?"
Kirk: "You've got me backed into a corner. The men would never
forgive me if I deprived them of your performance, and your presence."
Lenore: "Thank you, Captain. I'm eternally grateful. I'll get the
company ready. This means so much to them."
Kirk: "Mister Spock, prepare to leave orbit as soon as the Karidian
company is aboard the ship."
(Lenore and her escort enter the turbolift)
Spock: "May I inquire as to our course, Captain?"
Kirk: "Benecia Colony."
Spock: "Benecia Colony is eight light years off our course."
Kirk: "If my memory needs refreshing, Mister Spock, I'll ask you for
it. In the meantime, follow my orders."
Kirk: "Captain's log, stardate 2818.9. There are
many questions in my mind, too many, perhaps, about the actor Karidian
and his daughter. For personal reasons, I'm almost afraid to learn the
Kirk: "Mister Spock, ETA the Benecia Colony." |
Spock: "We'll arrive stardate 2825.3, Captain, approximately fifteen
hundred Benecia time."
(Kirk goes over to Spock's station and throws a few switches)
Computer: "Library computer."
Kirk: "Data on question submitted to personnel files."
Computer: "Data being received. Kodos file of all survivors. There
are nine actual eye witnesses who can identify Kodos."
Kirk: "Stop. Give list."
Computer: "Kirk, J., presently Enterprise Captain, Leighton, T.,
Moulton, E., Riley, K., Eames, D... "
Kirk: "Stop. Is that star service Lieutenant Kevin Riley?"
Computer: "Affirmative. Riley, Kevin. Presently assigned U.S.S.
Enterprise communications section."
Kirk: "Stop. Mister Spock."
Kirk: "Lieutenant Kevin Riley in communications, I wish to have him
transferred down to the engineering decks."
Spock: "He came up from engineering, Captain."
Kirk: "I'm sending him back."
Spock: "Any explanation? He's a fine young officer. He's bound to
consider this transfer a disciplinary action."
Kirk: "I don't wish to discuss it, Mister Spock. Please follow my
McCoy: "Mister Spock, the man on top walks a lonely
street. The chain of command is often a noose."
Spock: "Spare me your philosophical metaphors, Doctor. The
Captain is acting strangely. I'm asking if you've noticed."
McCoy: "Negative. Did you know this is the first time in a week
I've had time for a drop of the true? Would you care for a drink, Mister
Spock: "My father's race was spared the dubious benefits of
McCoy: "Now I know why they were conquered. What are you so
worried about, anyway? I find Jim generally knows what he's doing."
Kirk: "It was illogical for him to bring those players aboard."
McCoy: "Illogical? Did you get a look at that Juliet? That's a
exciting creature. Of course your, personal chemistry would
prevent you from seeing that. Did it ever occur to you that he simply
might like the girl?"
Spock: "It occurred. I dismissed it."
McCoy: "You would."
Spock: "Did you know that he suddenly transferred Lieutenant
Riley to engineering?"
McCoy: "Lots of things go on around here that I don't know,
Mister Spock. Now, he's the Captain. He can transfer whoever he pleases.
You can look that up in a hundred volumes of space regulations
somewhere. All right? Come on, have a drink."
Spock: "No, thank you. "
McCoy: "You're welcome. But I will. And please, Mister Spock, if
you won't join me, don't disapprove of me. At least not until you've
tried it, huh?"
(Lenore is getting a personal tour of the ship)
Kirk: "This is the observation deck. That's the flight deck down
there with the shuttle craft."
Kirk: "Isn't it?"
Lenore: "Tell me, Captain Kirk."
Lenore: "Did you order the soft lights especially for the
Kirk: "If I had ordered soft lights, I'd also have arranged for
music and flowers. Unfortunately, it isn't so. On the Enterprise, we try
to duplicate earth conditions of night and day as closely as possible."
Lenore: "Star light, star bright. I wish I may, I wish I might.
Do you remember that, Captain?"
Kirk: "It's very old."
Lenore: "Almost as old as the stars themselves. And this ship.
All this power, surging and throbbing, yet under control. Are you like
that, Captain? All this power at your command, yet the decisions that
you have to make. "
Kirk: "Come from a very human source."
Lenore: "Are you, Captain? Human?"
Kirk: "You can count on it."
Lenore: "Tell me about the women in your world, Captain."
Kirk: "I'd rather talk about you. You must have wanted to perform
since you first saw your father act. When was that?"
Lenore: "In the beginning."
Kirk: "Tell me about it."
Lenore: "That's not fair. You haven't answered my question about
Kirk: "What would you like to know?"
Lenore: "Has the machine changed them? Made them just people
instead of women?"
Kirk: "Worlds may change, galaxies disintegrate, but a woman
always remains a woman."
Lenore: "All this and power too. The Caesar of the stars and the
Cleopatra to worship him."
Riley: "Hey. Rec room. Somebody. Talk to me." |
Matson (Over Comm): "Larry Matson here. Is that you, Riley? What's
Riley: "Not me. I am down. In the engineering room."
Matson: "You've been a bad boy."
Riley: "Maybe so. Whatever I've done, they're sure keeping it a
secret from me. Hey. Is that Uhura playing? Let me talk to her.
Matson: "I think his heart is sore.
Uhura: "What can I do for you, Riley?
Riley: "A song. Make it a love song. Just something to reassure me
I'm not the only living thing left in the universe, huh?
Uhura: "Well, you're not, and I'll prove it to you.
(sings) "The skies are green and glowing. Where my heart is, where my heart
is, where the scented lunar flower is growing.
Somewhere beyond the stars.
(As Riley listens, we see a shadow moving)
Uhura: I'll be back, though it takes forever forever is just a day
Forever is just another journey. Tomorrow a stop along the way
(Something gets squirted into Riley's milk)
Uhura: "Then let the years go fading where my heart is
(Riley reaches for his tray)
Uhura: "Where my heart is, where my love eternal is waiting'.
Somewhere beyond the stars. Beyond Antares."
Uhura: "How'd you like that, Riley?"
(But Riley is sweating and choking)
Riley: "Help me, please."
Kirk: "Captain's log, stardate 2819.1. Ship's officer
Riley's condition worsening. Doctor McCoy making lab analysis to
determine cause and antidote. Entire crew deeply concerned."
McCoy: "As of this date, lab report indicates presence of
appreciable amount of tetralubisol, a highly volatile lubricant in use
Spock: "Someone tried to poison him."
McCoy: "Tetralubisol us a milky substance. Someone could have
gotten careless, made a mistake."
Spock: "I don't believe that and neither do you. I want the
Captain to see that report."
McCoy: "When I've finished logging it."
McCoy: "My report on Lieutenant Riley."
Kirk: "Will he make it?"
McCoy: "He's got a good chance."
Spock: "Can we predict the same for you, Captain?"
Kirk: "All right, Mister Spock. Let's have it."
Spock: "Lieutenant Riley was a witness. So were you."
Kirk: "All right."
Spock: "Someone tried to kill him."
McCoy: "Could have been an accident."
Spock: "You should be told the difference between empiricism
and stubbornness, Doctor. I checked with the library computer, just
as you did. I got the same information."
Kirk: "Aren't you getting a little out of line, Mister Spock?
personal business. "
Spock: "Is my personal business when it might interfere with
the smooth operation of this ship."
Kirk: "You think that happened?"
Spock: "It could happen."
Kirk: "I don't like anyone meddling in my private affairs.
Not even my second in command."
McCoy: "Jim, Spock's simply trying..."
Kirk: "I know what he's doing, and I don't like it."
McCoy: "It's his job, and you know it."
Kirk: "And you also know that nothing is proven."
Spock: "Even in this corner of the galaxy, Captain, two plus
two equals four. Almost certainly an attempt will be made to kill
you. Why do you invite death?"
Kirk: "I'm not. I'm interested in justice."
McCoy: "Are you? Are you sure it's not vengeance? "
Kirk: "No, I'm not sure. I wish I was. I've done things I've
never done before. I've placed my command in jeopardy. From here on
I've got to determine whether or not Karidian is Kodos."
Spock: "He is."
Kirk: "You sound certain. I wish I could be. Before I accuse
of that, I've got to be. I saw him once, twenty years ago. Men
change. Memory changes. Look at him now, he's an actor. He can
change his appearance. No. Logic is not enough. I've got to feel my
way, make absolutely sure."
McCoy: "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."
Kirk: "No, but they may rest easier. "
(barging in without knocking) "We're overdue for our talk,
Karidian: "I hoped you would have respected my privacy,
Kirk: "A moment ago, we narrowly averted an explosion
which would have destroyed several decks of this ship. Before
that, someone tried to poison one of my crewmen."
Karidian: "I am sorry to hear that."
Kirk: "I'm sure you are. Are you Kodos? I asked you a
Karidian: "Do you believe that I am?
Kirk: "I do."
Karidian: "Then I am Kodos, if it pleases you to believe
so. I am an actor. I play many parts."
Kirk: "You're an actor now. What were you twenty years
Karidian: "Younger, Captain. Much younger."
Kirk: "So was I. But I remember. Let's see if you do.
Read this into that communicator on the wall. It will be
recorded and compared to a piece of Kodos' voice film we have in
our files. The test is virtually infallible. It will tell us
whether you're Karidian, or Kodos the Executioner. (switches on
comm.) Ready for voice test. Disguising your voice will make no
Karidian: (reading) "The revolution is successful, but
survival depends on drastic measures. Your continued existence
represents a threat to the well-being of society. (stops looking
at the paper) Your lives means slow death to the more valued
members of the colony. Therefore I have no alternative but to
sentence you to death. Your execution is so ordered. Signed,
Kodos, governor of Tarsus Four."
Kirk: "I remember the words. I wrote them down. You said
them like you knew them. You hardly glanced at the paper."
Karidian: I learn my parts very quickly."
Kirk: "Are you sure? Are you sure you didn't act this
role out in front of a captive audience whom you blasted out of
existence without mercy?"
Karidian: "I find your use of the word mercy strangely
inappropriate, Captain. Here you stand, the perfect symbol of
our technical society. Mechanised, electronicised, and not very
human. You've done away with humanity, the striving of man to
achieve greatness through his own resources."
Kirk: "We've armed man with tools. The striving for
greatness continues. But Kodos
Karidian: Kodos, whoever he was..."
Kirk: "Or is."
Karidian: "Or is. Kodos made a decision of life and
death. Some had to die that others might live. You're a man of
decision, Captain. You ought to understand that."
Kirk: "All I understand is that four thousand people were
Karidian: "In order to save four thousand others. And if
ships hadn't come earlier than expected, this Kodos
of yours might have gone down in history as a great hero."
Kirk: "But he didn't. And history has made its judgment."
Karidian: "If you're so sure that I'm Kodos, why not kill me
now? Let bloody vengeance take its final course! And see what
difference it makes to this universe of yours."
Kirk: "Those beautiful words, well acted, change
Karidian: "I suppose not. They're merely tools, like this
ship of yours."
Kirk: "There are no previous records to Anton Karidian
prior to twenty years ago."
Karidian: "Blood thins. The body fails. One is finally
grateful for a failing memory. I no longer treasure life, not
even my own. I am tired! And the past is a blank. Did you get
everything you, wanted, Captain Kirk?"
Kirk: "If I had gotten everything I wanted, you might not
walk out of this room alive."
(Kevin is pacing up and down in
the background, overhearing what is being dictated)
"Medical log. Lieutenant Riley's sufficiently recovered to be
discharged, but the Captain's ordered him restricted to Sickbay
to prevent contact with the passenger who calls himself Karidian
and who's suspected of being Kodos the Executioner and of
murdering the Lieutenant's family."
"Captain's log, stardate 2819.8. Suspect under surveillance.
Strategic areas under double guard. Performance of the Karidian
Players taking place as scheduled."
"Whither wilt thou lead me? Speak, I'll go no further."
(Kirk comes creeping around
"My hour is almost come, when I to sulphurous and tormenting
fires must render up myself."
"Speak. I am bound to hear."
"So art thou to revenge, when thou shalt hear. I am thy father's
spirit, doomed for a certain term to walk the night."
(Kirk spots Kevin with the
"Riley, get back to the Sickbay."
"He murdered my father, and my mother."
"You could be wrong. Don't throw away your life on a mistake."
"I'm not wrong."
"But that I am forbid to tell the secrets of my prison house..."
"I know that voice, that face, I know it. I saw it. He murdered
"Thy soul, freeze thy young blood."
"It's an order. Give me the weapon."
(Takes it from Riley)
"Now get back to Sickbay. Go on."
(Riley leaves, and there is
polite applause at the end of the scene on stage. Karidian comes
"It's going beautifully. What is it? What's wrong?"
"There was a voice out of the past haunting me, torturing me.
There was another part I once played long ago. I
never told you
about it. Now that same curtain rises again. The time has come."
"No, Father. The time will never come. Tonight, after my
performance, the last two who can harm you will be gone."
"What are you saying?"
"There were nine. Now there are only two, and they will be gone
as soon as I. Don't look at me like that."
"What have you done?"
"What had to be done. They had to be silenced."
"All of them? All seven? More blood on my hands?"
"No Father, not anymore. I'm strong, Father. It's nothing."
(voice): "Second act, three minutes."
"We'll be ready. Don't you see? All the ghosts are dead. I've
buried them. There's no more blood on your hands."
"Oh, my child, my child. You've left me nothing! You were the
one thing in my life untouched by what I'd done."
"But you're safe now, Father. I've saved you. Now, no one can
touch you. Not even Captain Kirk. See Caesar come? He's awed by
your greatness, your shining brightness. "Bright as a blade
before it is stained with blood."
"Bright as a blade. Come with me, both of you."
Of course. After the play."
The play is over. It's been over for twenty years."
I was a soldier in a cause. There were things to be done,
Stop it, Father! You have nothing to justify."
Murder, flight, suicide, madness. I never wanted the blood on my
hands ever to stain you."
I did it for you. I've saved you."
By killing seven innocent men."
They weren't innocent! They were dangerous! I would have killed
a world to save him!"
(voice): Curtain going up, one minute."
(Kirk takes Karidian's arm)
The play, Captain. He must go on. This is the great
"You cannot deny him his last performance!"
(She grabs the security guard's
phaser and runs out onto the stage)
"You'll never get off the ship."
"It will become a floating tomb, drifting through space with the
soul of the great Karidian giving performances at every star he
touches. (Kirk moves towards her) I know how to use this,
"Caesar, beware the ides of March."
"No, child! Don't!"
(As she squeezes the trigger,
her father steps in front of Kirk, and takes the shot himself.
Lenore screams at what she has done. and Kirk takes the phaser
from her as she kneels over Karidian's body)
"Father. Father! O, proud, death! What feast is toward in thine
eternal cell, that thou, such a prince at a shot so bloodily
hast struck? The curtain, the curtain rises. It rises. There's
no time to sleep. The play. The play. The play's the thing,
wherein we'll catch the conscience of the king."
McCoy: "Medical report.
(hands it over) She'll receive the best of care, Jim. She remembers
nothing. She even thinks her father's still alive giving
performances before cheering crowds. You really cared for her,
Spock: "Ready to leave Benecia orbit, Captain."
Kirk: "Stand by, Mister Leslie. All channels cleared, Uhura?"
Uhura: "All channels clear, sir."
Kirk: "Whenever you're ready, Mister Leslie."
Leslie: "Leaving orbit, sir."
McCoy: You're not going to answer my question, are you?
Kirk: "Ahead warp factor one, Mister Leslie."
McCoy: "That's an answer."