“Conscience of the King”
Wooo! What’s that smell? It’s this episode! Most of the first season eps of TOS (The Original Series) are pretty good, many among the best, but not this one.
Kirk gets the hots for blond, 19 year old Lenore Kardashian, oops, Karidian. 19 YEARS OLD! And he's 36! We all know Kirk will shag anything in a skirt, or tight slacks, a mu mu, suit of armor….But a 19 year old girl that he’s just met seems very, very wrong (well, this is the same dude who fell head over transistors for blond robot chick Reyna after literally one game of billiards in a three hour time frame!). Turns out her Pops - Lenore's not robot girl's - is not only the head of a traveling Shakespeare Acting Company, but a mass murderer - dude slaughtered half of a planetary colony (nice stats!). Now his little chica is following in papi’s footsteps.
There’s one cool set full of funky angles shown in this episode that is never seen again – the shuttlecraft hangar observation deck. This location was the scene of the most blatant sexual innuendo of any Star Trek episode. I am seriously baffled as to how it got past network censors of the day. After some mindless chitchat, Lenore turns to Kirk and says, ostensibly regarding the ship’s engines, “All this power surging and throbbing, yet under control. Are you like that, Captain?” Kirk just responds with a sly smile. "Surging and throbbing?" "SURGING AND THROBBING?" And is the captain like THAT? I need a cigarette just for transcribing it! Maybe they trashed the set 'cuz they couldn't get scrape all the smut off the walls.
This was the last time we also saw Bruce Hyde’s character Lt. Kevin Riley (the first being "The Nekkid Time"). He was a fun character, too bad they couldn’t keep him around. (If he was kept, I guess there wouldn't have been a Mr. Chekov. Is that such a bad thing?)
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