Thursday, 23 May 2013

TOS - 1.13 - The Conscience of the King

1.13 "The Conscience of the King"

Star Trek - Conscience of the King
Not the King in the Iron Mask

This is one of the more depressing, sombre episode to reflect the heavy subject matter.

 As I pointed out in the review for episode 1.2 "Charlie X", WW2 and in this case its post WW2 issues weren't far from the mind of the audience or the Trek writers. You have to remember that at this point in time, the writers (if they're older than 35) would be somebody who lived through WW2.

Many former Nazi officers escaped war crime trial and lived the rest of their days in another countries. They took on new identities just as our villain Kotus does in this episode.

It's understandable then that many Nazi hunters, who were usually Jews who survived the Holocaust, tried to bring the murderers to justice. This historical circumstances set the basic framework for the story of this episode.

The title "Conscience of the King" makes allusion to the Shakespearean play of Hamlet where Kotus performs in the art troupe. Hamlet is a play that deals with revenge, treachery and moral corruption, which this episode is about.

I told you it's heavy, didn't i?

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