Star Trek: Season 2, Episode 21

Patterns of Force (16 Feb. 1968)

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Looking for a missing Federation cultural observer, Kirk and Spock find themselves on a planet whose culture now models the German Nazi Party of old Earth in the 1930's.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Evans ...
Skip Homeier ...
David Brian ...
Patrick Horgan ...
William Wintersole ...
Gilbert Green ...
S.S. Major
S.S. Lieutenant (as Ralph Maurer)
Ed McCready ...
S.S. Trooper


The Enterprise tracks the missing Federation's cultural observer, Professor John Gill, to the reportedly primitive and peaceful planet of Ekos. When Kirk and Spock beam down, they find the Ekosians have turned into a Nazi society, with Gill as its Fuhrer, and are at war with the peaceful people of neighboring planet Zeon. They steal uniforms to enter the headquarters; but when Spock is forced to remove his helmet, his ears betray them and they are led straight to the torture chamber. After a flogging as 'Zeon spies,' they manage to escape with the Zeon prisoner Isak, who takes them to the Zeon resistance. The resistance tests them, and plots with an Ekosian defector to get to Gill, posing as a Nazi propaganda film crew. Inside they discover things are not quite as they appear. Written by KGF Vissers

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The "leader principle" Kirk mentions at the end of the episode was a foundation of the leadership in Nazi Germany. Known in German as "Führerprinzip", it essentially can be described as a state of law in which there are no laws above those of the Führer, and that the government must obey and enforce such laws. See more »


Kirk and Spock's tools, including the Universal Translators, are confiscated upon their capture, yet they continue to talk with Ekosians and Zeons with no trouble. See more »


[Kirk has requested that McCoy beam down in a Nazi uniform]
Capt. Kirk: Kirk to Enterprise. What's happening up there?
Uhura: Doctor McCoy is having difficulty with that uniform, sir.
Capt. Kirk: Well, send him down naked if you have to. Kirk out.
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Referenced in Futurama: Where No Fan Has Gone Before (2002) See more »

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Star Trek 'Patterns of Force' use of Nazi terminology
2 September 2006 | by (Hollywood, USA) – See all my reviews

The Star Trek study of how Nazis happened was just on G4TV. The show's use of terminology is skillful and usually meant to disguise something not exactly tasteful for 1960's TV. Like the "Komms" vs. "Yangs" in one other episode which were yoofamisms for Communists vs. Yanks. This episode was about "Zayans" vs. "Ekosians". The Zayans, the Jews, is obviously a reference to "Zion", but can anyone help with how "Ekosians" refers to Aryans, Germans, etc.?? Oh, by the way, Star Trek isn't like any of 'the other 1960's sci-fi shows' such as Voyage to Bottom of the Sea, Time Tunnel, or anything else. It was beyond television, beyond pop culture, and would be ahead of its time by a few centuries if it came out today.

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