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Star Trek - The Original Series, Vol. 6, Episodes 12 & 13: Miri/ The Conscience Of The King

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"Miri", Ep. 12 - After beaming down to a planet that's identical to Earth, Kirk, Spock, McCoy and a landing party find a decaying 20th century city inhabited only by diseased "ancient children." "The Conscience of the King," Ep. 13 - There's a mass murderer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise! Kirk beams up a man he believes to be Krodos the Executioner, thought to have died 20 years ago.

The continuing adventures of the starship Enterprise, as recorded for posterity on DVD, move into their sixth volume with a very interesting pair of shows from the original series. "Miri," one of the most popular episodes, featured a couple of soon-to-be-semi-icons from two very different kinds of films from the late 1960s: Michael J. Pollard (who would appear in Bonnie and Clyde) and Kim Darby (John Wayne's costar in True Grit). The intriguing story concerns a race of children on an Earth-like planet who are in fact 300 years old, kept pristine in the summer of their lives by a disease that also causes madness and death with the onset of adulthood. The Enterprise's landing party, including Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), are instantly contaminated and forced to remain on the planet until McCoy can find an antidote. In the meantime, Darby's character, Miri, falls for Kirk and becomes jealous of his attentions toward anyone else. Easily one of Star Trek's strongest shows, "Miri" is a must-see for Trekkers and Trekkies.

Also on this disk is "The Conscience of the King," a memorable drama about a traveling Shakespearean troupe led by one Anton Karidian (Arnold Moss), who may or may not be the same man as Kodos the Executioner, former governor of a Federation planet who oversaw the mass murder of thousands of people rather than watch them starve to death during a food shortage. (Shortly after the deaths, Federation supply ships arrived and Kodos disappeared, right around the time that Karidian arrived as a classical actor touring the planets.) A nice twist: among victims of Kodos's wrongheaded mercy killings were relatives of Captain Kirk (William Shatner), adding a personal note to the mystery of Karidian/Kodos. Well-written (by Barry Trivers) and sensitively directed by a not-well-known but very interesting Hollywood filmmaker, Gerd Oswald.--Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • Volume 6 Contains 2 Episodes: Episode #12 Miri (Airdate: October 27, 1966) and episode #13 The Conscience Of The King (Airedate: December 8, 1966)
  • Digitally Enhanced and Remastered
  • Special Added Bonus: Original Broadcast Preview Trailers

Product Details

  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000022TTP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,157 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Star Trek - The Original Series, Vol. 6, Episodes 12 & 13: Miri/ The Conscience Of The King" on IMDb

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I find it hard to give any of these episodes less than 5 stars because they are the cornerstone of Scifi, but I will say Kim Darby as "Miri" is amazing. She may be my favorite guest actor on the show and that covers a lot of ground. I don't agree that the plot was weak, I found it believeable. My only knock is the 'other' kids seem weak. Darbys' reaction to being 'found' at the beginning of the episode needs to be seen. McCoy and Spock are becoming an item to behold with this 12th episode, incomparable. Who does McCoy call out for in his time of pain? Spock.
The second episode here is not one of my faves but it is good. I never liked Kevin Riley much and was glad to see him leave, since he was a pivotal character of this episode it's no wonder I frown upon it ever so slightly. Anton Moss as "Karidian" is nice but nothing earth shattering.
This disc is a must though (aren't they all?) for the foundation building of Spock and McCoy and for the wonderful performance of Kim Darby. I wish someone would do a follow up "novel" with her character, "Miri" ... who knows maybe it will be me! There's just Something About Miri.
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Well, while this was not my favorite set of episodes, there were lots of wonderful moments in both of these episodes. As indicated by my title, Uhura singing is such a joy! It adds the extra bit of life, the personal side of the crew which we so rarely see...Miri is the ultimate clock race dealing with the inevitable. The parallels of real life are hidden beneath the surface of this gem...I trust you to see it in order to "see" them.
The Conscience of Kings is perhaps more chilling now than it was 30 years ago. (as was so many of these episodes) The fact that murder could be executed by the government in this fashon! (i don't want to ruin the plot, but it is worth seeing) A common thread, the good of the many vs. the good of the few, is portrayed nicely in this episdoe.
There are lots of subtle hints in both of these episdoes, which makes them fun and entertaining to watch.
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Volume 6 of The Star Trek original series DVD collection is similar to Volume 5: it's decent but not overall essential (except maybe MIRI). Although I am stating that these are decent episodes not a decent DVD release. (As I and many of the other reviewers have stated our discontent with this collection because each DVD has only 2 Trek episodes which seems like Paramount is robbing us) Anyway we have to settle for these 40(!) releases until Paramount will be kind enough to issue the episodes out by season (like they did with Star Trek TNG). All right now back to the episodes.
MIRI is one of the most popular Trek episodes from Season one. Guest starring teen stars (at the time) Michael J Pollard and Kim Darby (as Miri), this adventure finds Kirk, Spock, Yeoman Janice, and Dr.McCoy beaming down to a unknown planet after hearing a distress signal. When they arrive it is discovered that the planet is overrun by young children who hate grown ups. As the plot thickens it is revealed that grown ups (or "grups" as the children in this episode call them) once lived here and conduct experiments to prolong life however instead they created a deadly virus that kills all people once or after they have hit puberty(it also prolongs the aging process greatly before puberty therefore the kids are 300 years old!). Soon the members of the Enterprise gets the disease and it begins to affect everything they do. They have also lost contact with the Enterprise because the kids have stolen their communicators therefore they cannot use the proper equipment in order to find a cure for this virus. It's up to Kirk to get help from a girl named Miri in order to save the crew and the rest of the planet. Miri is a classic.
The second episode here is THE CONSCIENCE OF THE KING is mediocre.
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This volume of Star Trek on DVD contains two rather unusual episodes. "Miri" starts out with a weak plot point, the crew of the Enterprise stumbles upon a duplicate earth (with no clouds!) and beams down. There is no explanation of how this "other" Earth came to be--no ion storms or parallel universes here. Our heroes beam down and find the planet devoid of all human life except impossibly old children. No more spoilers here, except that we hear several cast members say the forbidden word "puberty."
"Conscience of the King," directed by Sean Penn's father, Gerd Oswald, is an unusual episode in many respects: scoring, sets, and general mood. The only plot points I will give away are that Kirk faces a ghost from his past, and picks up a real looney chick who likes to talk about his "surging and throbbing" starship.
But seriously, even though the network censors were thankfully snoozing when these episodes were screened, these are well crafted stories featuring some fine acting from the consistently underrated William Shatner.
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Captain Kirk is transporting Shakespearean acting group led by Anton Karidian to Benecia Colony on Planet Q.

Prior to arrival, Dr Thomas Leighton contacts Kirk wishing to inform him of a new synthetic drug he created, but instead tells him that Karidian is really Kodos the Executioner, tyrant of Tarsus IV, responsible for 4,000 deaths, including members of both Kirk's and Leightons family. The execution of 4,000 people by Kodos justified because of a food shortage and Kodos applied his own personal theory of eugenics to decided who lived and died. Dr Leighton is found murder and Kodos is the lead suspect. Riley is found poisoned near engineering, but McCoy is able to reverse out the poison from the blood. Spock uses the computer to determine Karidian and Kodos are the same person using opportunity and proximity of Kodos to the nine eye witnesses as proof. However, voice match fails becauses of Kodos injuries, a close match but not decisive.

Kirk's charater is very undecisive. Spock should have confront Kirk and said, "What is up with your brain? Why so much caution?" Kodos kill members of Kirk family and one would think Kirk would have be in wrath, seeking revenge. Instead Spock, not Kirk, is the outspoken character and is determined to prove that Karidian is Kodos. Strange considering Kirk has never been one for proof, he often acts on intution. Kirk wants proof and answers. Kirk secret plots too get the truth and has another captain fake engine problems, so the enterprise can pick up the acting crew and bring Kodos closer.

Spock must have thought Kirk was out of his Vulcan mind and probably wanted Kirk to have the "whole crew arrested". However, Kirk wants evidence before imprison the criminal and pressing charges.
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