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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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 »

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When Spock nerve-pinches a Nazi officer, Kirk misidentifies the man's uniform (Totenkopf, or Deathhead, on the cap) as "Gestapo, I believe." In fact, the logo belonged to the Schutz-Staffel. Gestapo officers in the field wore civilian clothes. See more »

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Daras: You mean that the Führer is an alien?
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Referenced in Futurama: Where No Fan Has Gone Before (2002) See more »

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German Uniforms
19 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

If series like Star Trek are going to do scenes from Earth's past history, they should paid attention to the uniforms. The SS hats have the German Army eagles instead of the SS. The same could be said on the eagle on the left sleeves. There is also no SS rank insignia on the left collar tab. Furthermore, the SS major who capture Kirk and Spock had a early version of a Waffen SS general on his left collar tab. How would the American military feel if their uniforms and rank insignia were malign aligned by Gene Rodenberry? It is bad enough people do not know their history, but when details like the uniforms do not help people know the different uniforms of the combatants.


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