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Patterns of Force 

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


Vincent McEveety


Gene Roddenberry (created by), John Meredyth Lucas




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Richard Evans ... Isak
Valora Noland ... Daras
Skip Homeier ... Melakon
David Brian ... John Gill
James Doohan ... Scott
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Patrick Horgan ... Eneg
William Wintersole ... Abrom
Gilbert Green Gilbert Green ... S.S. Major
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Lev Mailer ... S.S. Lieutenant (as Ralph Maurer)
Ed McCready Ed McCready ... S.S. Trooper


The Enterprise searches the reportedly primitive and warlike planet, Ekos, for the missing Federation cultural observer, Professor John Gill (David Brian). When Kirk (William Shatner) and Spock (Leonard Nimoy) 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 (Richard Evans), who takes them to the Zeon resistance. The resistance tests them, and plots with an Ekosian defector (Valora Noland) 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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In one of the sequences of news footage, all of which consisted of stock shots and stock footage, a car with Adolf Hitler accompanied by soldiers is used to represent John Gill as the Führer on the planet Ekos. The sequence is a use of stock footage from Triumph of the Will (1935), the infamous Nazi propaganda film for whose production Leni Riefenstahl was responsible. See more »


The first time Kirk and Spock infiltrate the Nazis, they are speaking English and relying on the Universal Translator to turn their speech into Ekosian, a language with presumably no correlation to English. Their mouth movements should appear to the locals as being badly out of sync with the words being heard, like a badly dubbed foreign movie, which would lead to their discovery long before it actually happens. This is normal for The Original Series, and the fact that all aliens encountered by the crew seem to speak English is never really dealt with. The Universal Translator is only mentioned in a few episodes (but not this one). However, in Star Trek: The Original Series: Metamorphosis and Star Trek: The Original Series: Bread and Circuses, Kirk does point out with a note of curiosity that the inhabitants of certain planets speak English. See more »


Spock: Captain, I'm beginning to understand why you Earthmen enjoy gambling. No matter how carefully one computes the odds of success, there is still a certain... exhilaration in the risk.
Capt. Kirk: Very good, Spock. We may make a Human of you yet.
Spock: I hope not.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in Star Trek: Enterprise: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II (2005) See more »


Music credited to Alexander Courage
Sung by Loulie Jean Norman
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Interesting to watch,...but the Enterprise facing Nazis?!
8 December 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

It seems that a Federation social scientist came to the planet years before and found it embroiled in wars and chaos. So, in order to promote unity, he re-created the Nazi empire. After a while, the militaristic planet began attacking and scapegoating a neighboring planet of peaceful humanoids (like the Jews). The crew, upon discovering this hell, know it is incumbent upon them to put things right and stop the madness! Only on Star Trek would you have seen an episode where a Nazi planet would be encountered! This isn't really a huge criticism, but obviously this sort of ultra-fanciful episode could never have appeared on most other sci-fi series that were more attempting to give a more "realistic" view of the future. So, provided you can completely suspend disbelief and try to enjoy the show on a purely non-aesthetic level, it is very interesting and entertaining.

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