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Podcast Enterprise: S1E13: The conscience of the king


Space, the final frontier. These are the podcasts of the Podcast Enterprise. Its only mission: to explore story structures, to analyze our favorite characters and plotlines, to boldly talk what everyone has seen before

We will analyze all episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series or TOS for short using the following guiding structure:

  1. Synopsis or summary of the episode
  2. Story structure
  3. Character analysis
  4. Our likes and dislikes

The synopsis:

Welcome to our discussion of the conscience of the king today.

Oh, I thought it was Shakespeare in love. Okay.

All right, so let’s have it. The summary of conscience of the king.

The plot of this episode is actually pretty straightforward and rather short given the time this episode takes, however, to put it very briefly, the USS Enterprise, when this episode begins, it is diverted off its regular course, and it finds itself on its way to Planet Q. They are lured by word of some synthetic food items. However, when they get. They get in touch with Dr. Thomas Layton and confesses that he brought Kirk there because he has suspicions about a traveling Shakespearean troop. And here the leader of that troop, he believes is a mass murderer by the name of Kodos, the Executioner.

His current name is Anton Karidian, and this is all a very mysterious setup that this episode brings in. And Kirk finds himself drawn to Lenore, who’s the daughter of this Karidian. And there’s a lot of dramatics in this episode. There’s a lot of Shakespeare. And as things go by, you don’t really know whether this Karidian is Kodos, the Executioner who is responsible for executing half the population of earth colony Tarsus four. And that is about 4,000 people out of 8,000 and only a few people survived. And as this episode goes on, you don’t really know, like I said, whether he’s responsible for this or whether he’s putting up a facade, however, Lenore, she’s another thing altogether. She has been covering up her father’s past and Kirk discovers this and eventually Lenore loses her mind. And that’s how the episode ends.

That brings us to the end of this episode. Thank you for listening to the Podcast Enterprise. Please do share your reviews with us and please share this podcast with any of your writing friends or trekkies. Live long and prosper!

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