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"The Conscience of the King" is an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. It is episode #13, and aired on December 8, 1966. It was written by Barry Trivers and directed by Gerd Oswald. The starship Enterprise as it appeared on Star Trek Star Trek is a culturally significant science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. ... December 8 is the 342nd day (343rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ...

Quick Overview: Captain Kirk crosses paths with a murderous dictator. Captain James T. Kirk James Tiberius Kirk, a fictional character in the Star Trek television series, was the captain of the starship Enterprise (NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-A). ...

On stardate 2817.6, the starship USS Enterprise, under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, is transporting a Shakespearean acting troupe led by Anton Karidian to Benecia Colony on Planet Q. Stardate is the dating convention used in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... This article is about the vehicle for interstellar travel. ... The starship Enterprise (NX-01). ... William Shakespeare—born April 1564; baptised April 26, 1564; died April 23, 1616 (O.S.), May 3, 1616 (N.S.)—has a reputation as the greatest of all writers in English. ... Kodos the Executioner in 2266 Governor Kodos, or Kodos the Executioner, a fictional character in the Star Trek television series episode The Conscience of the King, was the governor of a Federation colony on the planet Tarsus IV circa 2246 AD. In 2246, a rare fungus destroyed most of the...

Prior to their arrival, Captain Kirk is contacted by a Dr. Thomas Leighton who wishes to inform Kirk about the development of a new synthetic food. Leighton however, uses the opportunity to inform Kirk that Karidan is really Kodos the Executioner, the former tyrannical governor of Tarsus IV, who is responsible for many deaths, including killing members of both Kirk's and Leighton's families. Kodos the Executioner in 2266 Governor Kodos, or Kodos the Executioner, a fictional character in the Star Trek television series episode The Conscience of the King, was the governor of a Federation colony on the planet Tarsus IV circa 2246 AD. Arnold Moss played the part of Kodos. ... In the fictional Star Trek universe, Tarsus IV is a planet that was discussed in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode The Conscience of the King. ...

Twenty-two years before, Governor Kodos ordered 4000 people on his planet executed, thus getting his nickname as "the Executioner". His reasoning for this was because of a critical food shortage on the world and lives had to be sacrificed. Rumor had it, Kodos was killed sometime later, but Leighton says he escaped and assumed a new identity. There are nine people who can identify Kodos, three of which are Captain Kirk, Lt. Kevin Riley, and Dr. Leighton, who were the only surviving witnesses to Kodos' previous evil deeds. Any others who might have known about Kodos have all been mysteriously killed in suspicious accidents.

Unsure if Karidian is really Kodos, Kirk decides to just keep an eye the man and his lovely, but mysterious daughter Lenore. When Dr. Leighton is found murdered, Karidian is the primary suspect, but Kirk allows him and his troupe to beam down to the colony regardless. Lenore is a poem written in 1843 by the author Edgar Allan Poe. ...

Mr. Spock becomes curious with the Captain's behavior and decides to do some investigating of his own. Of the nine eyewitnesses, only two remain, Kirk and Riley, and at every "accident" Karidian's acting troupe is always somewhere near. Later, Lt. Riley is poisoned in engineering and would have died if he wasn't communicating with other crewmembers at the moment of the poison's effect, allowing them to immediately dispatch assistance. Spock is certain Karidian and Kodos are the same person, however Kirk still remains unsure. Spock and Kirk's discussion is interrupted by the ominous humming of an overloading phaser hidden in Kirk's quarters. While Spock is clearing the deck, Kirk finds the weapon and jettisons it before exploding. Mr. ... The Star Trek fictional universe contains a very large number of weapons. ...

Kirk now decides to confront Karidian and asks him point blank if he is Kodos. Karidian is evasive but enough of his dialogue is recorded to see if it matches a voiceprint of Kodos. Meanwhile Lt. Riley is recovering in sickbay and overhears Dr. McCoy's log entry, learning that this Karidian might be Kodos, the man responsible for killing members of Riley's family. Anger quickly builds inside him. Meanwhile, Spock runs the voiceprint analysis, however the results reveal a close but not exact match, and Kirk is unwilling to pass judgement just yet. A sick bay is a nautical term for the location in a ship that is used for medical purposes[1]. Categories: Stub ... Leonard Horatio McCoy, M.D., nicknamed Bones, is a fictional character in the fictional Star Trek universe, played by the late DeForest Kelley. ...

The Karidian troupe begins their stage performance of Hamlet on board the Enterprise's theatre. Lt. Riley sneaks backstage, phaser in hand, and ready to enact his revenge on Karidian, however Kirk manages to stop him. Their conversation is overheard by Karidian and he goes backstage to investigate. Karidian trying to forget his past, learns to his horror, that his daughter Lenore is the one who has been assassinating the witnesses, and plans to finish her killing spree off with the last two targets. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a tragedy by William Shakespeare and one of his most well-known and oft-quoted plays. ...

Lenore then produces a phaser and takes aim at Kirk. Not wanting to cause anymore bloodshed, Karidian tries to stop his daughter, jumping in the line of fire as Lenore tries to shoot Kirk. The Executioner is now dead, and Lenore goes completely mad as a result.


This episode is both Star Trek's first Holocaust allegory. It is also one of only two episodes, along with "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky", in which the title line is uttered onscreen. Concentration camp inmates during the Holocaust The Holocaust was Nazi Germanys systematic genocide (ethnic cleansing) of various ethnic, religious, national, and secular groups during World War II. Early elements include the Kristallnacht pogrom and the T-4 Euthanasia Program established by Hitler that killed some 200,000 people. ... For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky is a third season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. ...

It also marks Grace Lee Whitney's quiet departure from the series, as her character, Yeoman Rand, can be seen in the background of one scene exiting a room. She does not speak. Her absence in future episodes is never explained, an example of the Chuck Cunningham syndrome. The creators of the series decided it wasn’t a good idea for Kirk to have a love interest on the ship, and Whitney's alcoholism was affecting her work in any event. The actress and character later returned in the Star Trek feature films as a minor character, and eventually even guest-star on an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, (Flashback). Grace Lee Whitney greets a fan at a Star Trek convention (circa 1978). ... Chuck Cunningham syndrome is a jargon used by TV critics; it refers to a TV series in which a main character or a character otherwise important to the shows plot is dropped with no explanation. ... Polish propaganda poster saying: Stop drinking! Come with us build happy tomorrows. ... The starship Voyager (NCC-74656), an Intrepid-class starship. ...

The Enterprise's observation deck is shown here for the only time in the entire series.

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Conscience in Its Age by Benedict XVI (Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger) (4387 words)
Conscience can also become an alibi for the fact that one has let oneself be carried away and cannot be told anything, when one's defiant inability to correct oneself is justified by loyalty to one's inner voice.
Conscience then becomes the principle of subjective obstinacy established as an absolute, just as in the other case it becomes the principle of the ego losing its autonomy by surrendering to the ideas of other people or an alien ego.
Alongside the suffering conscience he represents the prophetic conscience which shakes the power of the powerful, which raises the rights of those deprived of their rights, places himself calmly between the thrones and does not cease to disturb the rest of those whose power is at the expense of the rights of others.
The King Center (2508 words)
King’s funeral services were held on April 9, 1968 at Ebenezer Baptist Church and on the campus of Morehouse College, with the President of the United State proclaiming a day of mourning and flags being flown at half-staff.
Alberta Williams King, the mother of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot and killed as she sat at the organ in the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
King’s speech at the March on Washington in 1963, along with his acceptance speech of the Nobel Peace Prize, and his final sermon in Memphis are among his most famous utterances.
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