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 second occasion, after Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever (1967), where Vulcans are shown to have body hair, with Spock fully removing his shirt to show a full front torso covered in hair. See more »


The character "SS Major" (played by Gilbert Green) is wearing the Oak Leaf of an SS Standartenfuhrer. This is the SS equivalent of the rank of Colonel. 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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I Want to See the Fuhrer: Ignore the Man Behind the Curtain
3 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the famous planet evolves into Nazi Germany episode. An envoy comes to a planet whose government structure is in disarray. The man, Gill, decides to implement a new world order based on the National Socialist Party of the 1940's. It's quite efficient for the powerful, but, as usual, there has to be a scapegoat. This is a peaceful civilization which becomes the target of the final solution. There are so many things that make one's eyes pop in this episode. For one thing, the Nazi's are an intercontinental organization (stock footage of thousands greeting the Nazi leadership). Yet, Kirk and Spock beam down, are picked up by a single soldier, and demand to see the Fuhrer (who just happens to be around). Eventually, the get hooked up with an underground movement and use them to infiltrate the headquarters. Even more amazing is that Gill has been drugged and his body propped up in a chair, a microphone concealing his mouth. He supposedly is the source of the usual hate talk. It really looks ridiculous as is the conclusion. It's an interesting idea, but way too much. Oh, for fun, watch the escape from the jail and how it is attained.

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