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.
Did You Know?
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
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.
Very good, Spock. We may make a Human of you yet.
I hope not.
Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more
Music credited to Alexander Courage
Sung by Loulie Jean Norman See more