The Conscience of the King (Season 1): A troupe of Shakespearean players offers to perform Hamlet for the Enterprise, featuring Anton Karidian (Arnold Moss) and his beautiful daughter (Barbara Anderson). Captain Kirk falls in love with Karidian's daughter, but he believes that Karidian may actually be Kodos the Executioner, a brutal dictator from Kirk's childhood who ordered the mass killing of some of his subjects and then disappeared. Murders begin to take place on the Enterprise, and Kirk must find out who Anton Karidian really is. Excellent episode with a fine climactic ending.
City on the Edge of Forever (Season 1): Written by Harlan Ellison, and a Hugo award winner, this episode is considered by many to be the best of the series. The Enterprise is taken back in time to 1930's America. Kirk falls in love with Edith Keeler (Joan Collins), an advocate for world peace. However, Edith's impending death is known to Kirk, and he wants to save her, thus risking complete change of the future. Spock and Dr. McCoy must help him through his heartbreaking dilemma. Fine acting and a great story prove this episode's award-winning status.
The Trouble with Tribbles (Season 2):
Shatner shines in this funny episode with the adorable little Tribbles sold by slippery salesman Cyrano Jones (Stanley Adams). Kirk is supervising delivery of a special grain for an annoying official (Herbert Anderson, Dennis the Menace's father), a man who Kirk cannot help goading. The Trouble is that Tribbles reproduce in incredible numbers and love to eat the grain. One of Star Trek's funniest memorable lines is from this episode: "Who put the Tribbles in the quadrotritcale?"
Runner-up Episodes, pictures first:
|Charlie and his first love, Yoeman Rand|
|Khan and Kirk|
|Star Trek /Galaxy Quest - Even a rabid fan has to laugh!|
And now for the piece de resistance. William Shatner spoofs himself in one of Saturday Night Live's funniest episodes. It caused some stir among the fanatic convention group, but most viewers got one of the biggest laughs SNL ever presented, even for Star Trek lovers like me. Just click on the link to experience a very entertaining comedy sketch featuring Shatner as a really good sport. You'll love it!