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"Star Trek" Patterns of Force (TV Episode 1968) Poster

(TV Series)

(1968)

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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.
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Due to the post-war German ban on Nazi-related imagery and paraphernalia, this was the only Star Trek episode that was not shown on German TV until mid-1990's, when these restrictions were gradually relaxed to allow for artistic expression.
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The name of the planet Zeon is a variation of the word "Zion", a Hebrew term, as in Mount Zion, near the city of Jerusalem. The names of the Zeons: Isak, Davod and Abrom are obvious references to Isaac, David and Abraham, traditional Hebrew biblical names.
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The "leader principle" Kirk mentions at the end of the episode was a foundation of the leadership in Nazi Germany. Known in German as "Führerprinzip", it essentially can be described as a state of law in which there are no laws above those of the Führer, and that the government must obey and enforce such laws.
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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.
The character Eneg (Patrick Horgan) is Gene Roddenberry's first name, spelled backwards.
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The Schulberg Building (formerly, the Directors Building) and the Lubitsch Building (formerly, the Producers Building), both located on the Paramount Studios lot, were used for the exterior shots of the Ekosian Nazi headquarters complex.
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This takes place in 2268.
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Skip Homeier, who plays Melakon, would later play the insane hippie leader Dr. Sevrin in the third season episode Star Trek: The Way to Eden (1969).
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This episode was finally shown on German pay TV in 1996 and included on all DVD/Blu-ray season sets. This episode was also finally shown on the public network channel ZDFneo on November 4, 2011.
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This is the only time on Star Trek that Leonard Nimoy is seen without a shirt.
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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.
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Skip Homeier, who plays Melakon, had his feature film debut playing a Nazi youth in Tomorrow, the World.
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