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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This episode was filmed on the 25th anniversary of the Holocaust. William Shatner
and Leonard Nimoy
, both being of Jewish backgrounds, felt compelled that Kirk (disguised as an S.S. Obersturmführer) and Spock (disguised as a member of the Gestapo) should defeat the Nazi Reich on planets Ekos and Zeon. 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
[after Kirk knocks an Ekosian unconcious
Spock, take his uniform.
You propose we pass ourselves off as Nazis, Captain?
If John Gill is the Fuhrer, it would seem the logical approach.
That's very well taken, Captain.