The Enterprise searches the reportedly primitive and warlike planet Ekos for the missing Federation cultural observer Professor John Gill. When Kirk and Spock beam down, they find the Ekosians have turned into a Nazi society, with Gill as their 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 a Zeon prisoner, who takes them to the Zeon resistance. The resistance tests them, and plots with an Ekosian defector just to reach Gill, posing as a Nazi propaganda film crew. Once they enter inside, they discover things are not quite as they appear. Written by
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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. Note that the Universal Translator is never mentioned in this episode, and is rarely mentioned in the series. The fact that all the aliens the crew encounters seem to speak English is never really dealt with. However, in Star Trek: Bread and Circuses
, Kirk does point out with a note of curiosity that the inhabitants speak English. See more
Eneg and I will go on the air, offer a new way for our people. For all our people, both Zeons and Ekosians.
Is is time to stop the bloodshed, to bury our dead.