(On stage, a velvet-clad arm raises a bloody
knife, then plunges it again into his sleeping victim. The audience are
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
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!
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
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 of it.
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
LEIGHTON: I did it to trap Kodos!
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 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
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
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. Martha.
COMPUTER: Library computer.
KIRK: History files. Subject, former Governor Kodos of Tarsus Four,
also known as Kodos the Executioner. After that, background on actor
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 old,
KIRK: Stop. Give comparative identification between actor Karidian and
COMPUTER: No identification records available on actor Anton Karidian.
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
(The cocktail party is in full swing in the main
room, and Martha is bringing another tray of drinks for her guests.)
KIRK: Where's Tom?
MARTHA: He went to town. He called. He's on his way back.
(The lovely young blonde Lenore Karidian enters, and Kirk beams)
KIRK: The others are on the patio.
LENORE: I take it you're the welcoming committee. (referring to his
glass) Is that for me?
KIRK: Why not? I saw your performance today. May I extend my
LENORE: My father will be delighted, Mister. Mister?
KIRK: Captain James Kirk, Starship Enterprise.
LENORE: We are honoured.
KIRK: I had hoped to meet your father, here, tonight, personally.
LENORE: I'm sorry, Captain Kirk. He has a rigid rule about that. He
never sees anyone personally, and he never attends parties.
KIRK: An actor turning away his admirers? Very unusual.
LENORE: Karidian is a most unusual man. You saw Macbeth. That was my
KIRK: Then I'll talk to Lady Macbeth.
LENORE: So. 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 schedule.
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 you
(Meandering between rocks and scrubby trees, arm in
KIRK; Tired of walking?
LENORE: No. Just thinking.
KIRK: About what?
LENORE: At the party, you were such a brash young man.
KIRK; And now?
LENORE: Now somehow different. Not a ship's Captain with all those
people to be strong and confident in front of. You know, you're really
very dear, aren't you? In some ways, very lonely.
(But just as their lips are about to meet, Kirk spots a body among the
rocks and goes to investigate)
KIRK: It's Tom Leighton. He's dead.
(Tom's body is laid out on the couch, and Martha
MARTHA: At least he has peace now. He never really had that before. Oh,
why was Tom killed if what he suspected wasn't true?
KIRK: I don't know. I'll try and find out.
MARTHA: Oh, Jim. How I'll miss him. (bursts into tears and leaves)
KIRK: Kirk to Enterprise.
UHURA [OC]: Bridge here, Captain.
KIRK: Put me through to Captain Jon Daily of the AstraI Queen on orbit
station, and put it on scramble.
UHURA [OC]: Captain Daily's on, sir.
KIRK; Jon? Jim Kirk.
DAILY [OC]: Hi, Jim.
KIRK: Can you do me a favour?
DAILY [OC]: I owe you a dozen. Just ask.
KIRK: Don't make your pick-up here.
DAILY [OC]: You mean strand all those actors?
KIRK: I'll pick them up. And if there's any trouble, it'll be my
DAILY [OC]: Will do. Anything else?
KIRK: Just keep this between the two of us and accept my thanks. Over
and out. Kirk to Enterprise.
UHURA [OC]: Bridge here, Captain.
KIRK: Transporter room, ready to beam up.
SPOCK: Ready to resume course, Captain.
KIRK: I think we're due for a pick-up.
SPOCK: What kind? Personnel? Cargo?
UHURA: Captain? A Miss Karidian has been transported aboard ship. She
requests permission to see you.
KIRK: Tell her to come up to the Bridge, Lieutenant.
UHURA [OC]: Escort Miss Karidian to the Bridge.
SPOCK: How did you know this lady was coming
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 transportation has
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.
Captain's log, stardate 2818.9. There are many
questions in my mind, too many, perhaps, about the actor Karidian and
For personal reasons, I'm almost afraid to learn the answers.
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?
SPOCK: My father's race was spared the dubious benefits of alcohol.
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 pretty
exciting creature. Of course your, personal chemistry would prevent you
from seeing that. Did it ever occur to you that he simply might like
SPOCK: It occurred. I dismissed it.
MCCOY: You would.
SPOCK: Did you know that he suddenly transferred Lieutenant Riley to
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
(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 occasion?
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 the
KIRK: What would you like to know?
LENORE: Has the machine changed them? Made them just people instead of
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.
(Finally, a passionate embrace)
(Spock is on duty, and thinking)
COMPUTER: Library computer.
SPOCK: Full personal dossiers on the following names. Doctor Thomas
Leighton, Anton Karidian, Lieutenant Kevin Riley, and Captain James T.
COMPUTER: Accomplished. Standing by.
SPOCK: Correlate. Check their past histories. Report any item, any past
episode or experience they all have in common.
MCCOY: I appreciate whatever concern you may have
for the ship's company, Mister Spock,
SPOCK: I will continue, Doctor. According to our library banks, it
started on the Earth colony of Tarsus Four, when the food supply was
attacked by an exotic fungus and largely destroyed. There were over
eight thousand colonists and virtually no food. And that was when
Governor Kodos seized full power and declared emergency martial law.
MCCOY: I've heard of it.
SPOCK: You may not have heard it all. Kodos began to separate the
colonists. Some would live, be rationed whatever food was left. The
remainder would be immediately put to death. Apparently he had his own
theories of eugenics.
MCCOY: Unfortunately, he wasn't the first.
SPOCK: Perhaps not. But he was certainly among the most ruthless, to
decide arbitrarily who would survive and who would not, using his own
personal standards, and then to implement his decision without mercy.
Children watching their parents die. Whole families destroyed. Over
four thousand people. They died quickly, without pain, but they died.
Relief arrived, but too late to prevent the executions. And Kodos?
There never was a positive identification of his body.
MCCOY: What has Karidian to do with it?
SPOCK: His history begins almost to the day where Kodos disappeared.
MCCOY: You think Jim suspects he's Kodos?
SPOCK: He'd better. There were nine eye witnesses who survived the
massacre, who'd actually seen Kodos with their own eyes. Jim Kirk was
one of them.
With the exception of Riley and Captain Kirk, every other eye witness
is dead. And my library computer shows that wherever they were, on
Earth, on a colony, or aboard ship, the Karidian Company of Players was
somewhere near when they died.
MCCOY: It's unbelievable.
(There's just one officer on duty, and he hasn't
touched the meal lying on a plate nearby)
RILEY: Hey. Rec room. Somebody.
RILEY [OC]: Talk to me.
MATSON: Larry Matson here. Is that you, Riley?
MATSON [OC]: What's up?
RILEY: Not me. I am down. In the engineering room.
MATSON [OC]: You've been a bad boy.
RILEY: Maybe so. Whatever I've done, they're sure keeping it a secret
RILEY [OC]: Hey. Is that Uhura playing? Let me talk
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
UHURA [OC]: 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
UHURA [OC]: Tomorrow a stop along the way
(Something gets squirted into Riley's milk)
UHURA [OC]: Then let the years go fading
UHURA: Where my heart is
(Riley reaches for his tray)
UHURA [OC]: Where my heart is
Where my love eternal is waiting'
Somewhere beyond the stars
UHURA: How'd you like that, Riley?
(But Riley is sweating and choking)
RILEY: Help me, please.
SPOCK: You've got to pull him through.
MCCOY: I'm not sure I can.
SPOCK: If he dies, the only one who'll be able to identify Kodos is the
Captain. And he'll be the next target.
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 aboard ship.
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? My
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
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 a man 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
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.
(A scene break, during which McCoy apparently leaves)
SPOCK: Logic, Captain. Doctor Leighton was murdered while the Karidian
Company was on Planet Q. Now an attempt has been made against Riley
while the company is on board the Enterprise.
KIRK: Doc isn't sure it was a murder attempt. Besides, I have an idea
SPOCK: Shh. Listen. Do you hear it? That low hum.
KIRK: A phaser.
SPOCK: On overload. (starts searching)
KIRK: This is the Captain. There's a phaser on overload in my quarters.
If it blows, it'll take out the entire deck. Evacuate all personnel in
this quadrant. Double Red Alert. (now starts searching himself) You get
out of here.
SPOCK: You can't stay.
KIRK: Go on. Block off this section. Hurry. I'll find it.
SPOCK: Evacuate this section. Seal it off. Clear
section C4 and C5.
(In Kirk's quarters the noise gets louder, and finally he sees the
phaser silhouetted against the Red Alert light high in a bulkhead. He
gets it, dashes into the corridor and drops it into a convenient
pressure waste disposal unit directly opposite. Spock returns in time
for the bang that throws them against the opposite wall)
KIRK: (barging in without knocking) We're overdue
for our talk, aren't we?
KARIDIAN: I hoped you would have respected my privacy, Captain.
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 question.
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 ago?
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 difference.
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
KIRK: We've armed man with tools. The striving for greatness continues.
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 needlessly
KARIDIAN: In order to save four thousand others. And if the supply
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 nothing.
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
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: If I had gotten everything I wanted, you might not walk out of
this room alive.
LENORE: Captain Kirk.
(She enters from the next room)
LENORE: (to Karidian) You'd better rest now. There's a stain of cruelty
on your shining armour, Captain. You could have spared him, and me. You
talked of using tools. I was a tool, wasn't l? A tool to use against my
KIRK: In the beginning perhaps. But later, I wanted it to be more than
LENORE: Later. Everything's always later. Later. Latest. Too late. Too
late, Captain. You are like your ship, powerful, and not human. There
is no mercy in you.
KIRK: If he is Kodos, then I've shown him more mercy than he deserves.
And if he isn't, then we'll let you off at Benecia, and no harm done.
LENORE: Captain Kirk. Who are you to say what harm was done?
KIRK: Who do I have to be?
(Kevin is pacing up and down in the background,
overhearing what is being dictated)
MCCOY: 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
Captain's log, stardate 2819.8. Suspect under
surveillance. Strategic areas under double guard. Performance of the
taking place as scheduled.
LENORE: (on stage) Tonight, the Karidian Players
present Hamlet, another in a series of living plays presented in space,
dedicated to the tradition of classic theatre. Hamlet is a violent play
about violent times when life was cheap and ambition was God.
(Two pieces of paper are lined up on his desk)
SPOCK: I believe we have a match, Captain.
KIRK: But not an exact match, Mister Spock. We're dealing with a man's
life. No machine can make that decision.
MCCOY: In the long history of medicine, no doctor
has ever caught the first few minutes of a play. Riley, don't forget to
(but he's not there)
MCCOY: Riley? Captain Kirk, McCoy here.
KIRK [OC]: Yes, Doctor.
MCCOY: Riley's gone. I was recording my log about Karidian and Kodos.
If he overheard
KIRK: You've made your point, Doctor.
SECURITY [OC]: Captain? Security, H deck, The weapons locker has been
broken into. One phaser is missing.
KIRK: This is the Captain. Security two alert. Find and restrain
Lieutenant Kevin Riley. He's armed and possibly headed towards the
(The Ghost summons Hamlet)
HAMLET: Whither wilt thou lead me? Speak, I'll go no further.
KARIDIAN Mark me.
HAMLET: I will.
(Kirk comes creeping around backstage)
KARIDIAN: My hour is almost come, when I to sulphurous and tormenting
fires must render up myself.
HAMLET: Speak. I am bound to hear.
KARIDIAN: 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 phaser)
KIRK: Riley, get back to the Sickbay.
RILEY: He murdered my father, and my mother.
KIRK: You could be wrong. Don't throw away your life on a mistake.
RILEY: I'm not wrong.
KARIDIAN: But that I am forbid to tell the secrets of my prison house,
RILEY: I know that voice, that face, I know it. I saw it. He murdered
KARIDIAN: Thy soul, freeze thy young blood.
KIRK: It's an order. Give me the weapon.
(Takes it from Riley)
KIRK: Now get back to Sickbay. Go on.
(Riley leaves, and there is polite applause at the end of the scene on
stage. Karidian comes backstage.)
LENORE: It's going beautifully. What is it? What's wrong?
KARIDIAN: 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.
LENORE: No, Father. The time will never come. Tonight, after my
performance, the last two who can harm you will be gone.
KARIDIAN: What are you saying?
LENORE: There were nine. Now there are only two, and they will be gone
as soon as I. Don't look at me like that.
KARIDIAN: What have you done?
LENORE: What had to be done. They had to be silenced.
KARIDIAN: All of them? All seven? More blood on my hands?
LENORE: No Father, not anymore. I'm strong, Father. It's nothing.
STAGEHAND [OC]: Second act, three minutes.
LENORE: 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.
KARIDIAN: Oh, my child, my child. You've left me nothing! You were the
one thing in my life untouched by what I'd done.
LENORE: 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.
KIRK: Bright as a blade. Come with me, both of you.
LENORE: Of course. After the play.
KIRK: The play is over. It's been over for twenty years.
KARIDIAN: I was a soldier in a cause. There were things to be done,
LENORE: Stop it, Father! You have nothing to justify.
KARIDIAN: Murder, flight, suicide, madness. I never wanted the blood on
my hands ever to stain you.
LENORE: I did it for you. I've saved you.
KIRK: By killing seven innocent men.
LENORE: They weren't innocent! They were dangerous! I would have killed
a world to save him!
STAGEHAND [OC]: Curtain going up, one minute.
(Kirk takes Karidian's arm)
LENORE: The play, Captain. He must go on. This is the great Karidian.
LENORE: You cannot deny him his last performance!
(She grabs the security guard's phaser and runs out onto the stage)
KARIDIAN: Lenore, don't!
KIRK: You'll never get off the ship.
LENORE: 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, Captain.
LENORE: Caesar, beware the ides of March.
KARIDIAN: 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)
LENORE: 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, didn't you?
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.