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 first Ekosian to confront Kirk and Spock is wearing the rank insignia (3 pips) of an SS Untersturmfuehrer (2nd Lt). After he is overpowered and Spock emerges in his uniform the rank insignia now has the 3 pips and stripe of an SS Obersturmfuehrer (1st Lt). See more
Isak. Uletta... is dead. Shot down in the streets.
[after a pause, explaining to Kirk and Spock
Sh-she would've... been my wife.
She lived for five hours, while they walked past her. And spat on her. Our own people were unable to help her. Now you ask me to... help strangers.
If we adopt the ways of the Nazis... we're as bad as the Nazis.