Karidian / Kodos
Lt. Kevin Riley
Dr. Thomas Leighton
a visit to Planet Q Dr. Thomas Leighton confides to Kirk that he believes
the leader of a visiting theatre company, Anton Karidian, is actually
a man known as Kodos the Executioner. Twenty years previously, on planet
Tarsus IV, Leighton and Kirk had survived a massacre ordered by Kodos
who, since then, had been believed to be dead.
After much discussion Kirk starts to believe that Leighton may be right.
Later, while walking with Karidian's attractive daughter Lenore, Kirk
comes across Leighton's murdered body, which adds weight to his suspicions.
In order to investigate more thoroughly he calls in an old debt from the
captain of a transport ship and arranges for the vessel to miss its call
at Planet Q, leaving the company stranded. Kirk offers the services of
the Enterprise to transport them to their next destination.
On searching the library computer Kirk discovers that another member of
the Enterprise crew, Lieutenant Kevin Riley, is also a survivor of the
massacre and, for his protection, orders Spock to transfer him to Engineering.
Without any logical explanation for the order, Spock starts his own enquiries
and soon finds the connecting link. As he digs deeper into the computer
records he discovers that nearly all of the people who could identify
Kodos are now dead and that all their deaths occurred while the Karidian
Company were nearby.
Things start to heat up when Riley is hurried to sickbay after being poisoned
and Kirk narrowly avoids death from a hidden phaser set to overload. The
evidence seems strong enough for Spock but Kirk insists that there must
be undeniable proof. As payment for their ride, the actors put on a performance
of 'Hamlet' for the crew of the Enterprise. Riley arrives from sickbay
intent on killing Karidian but is intercepted by Kirk. On stage, Karidian
overhears their confrontation and is strangely distraught by the claims.
Karidian's daughter, Lenore, reveals that she is responsible for all the
murders, which she carried out in order to protect her father, and seizes
a phaser to protect herself. In her haste and anxiety she accidentally
activates the weapon and kills her father. This act finally breaks the
delicate hold she has on sanity and, with Kodos dead and Lenore sent to
a prison for the criminally insane, Justice is finally done.