Looking for a missing Federation cultural observer, Kirk and Spock find themselves on a planet whose culture has been completely patterned after Earth's 1944 Nazi society.



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


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 KGF Vissers

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16 February 1968 (USA)  »

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One of several "parallel Earth" plots in the series, contrived to save money by avoiding the necessity for "alien" sets, costumes and makeup. See more »


When Kirk and Spock are in the prison and getting flogged, Isak, observing this, has blood dripping from his mouth which changes from the right side of his mouth to the left. See more »


Capt. Kirk: [after Kirk knocks an Ekosian unconcious] Spock, take his uniform.
Spock: You propose we pass ourselves off as Nazis, Captain?
Capt. Kirk: If John Gill is the Fuhrer, it would seem the logical approach.
Spock: That's very well taken, Captain.
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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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