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.
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The attacking V-2 rocket on the viewscreen of Enterprise was reused footage of the Orion scout ship from Star Trek: Journey to Babel
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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: Metamorphosis Star Trek: Bread and Circuses
, Kirk does point out with a note of curiosity that the inhabitants of the planets of those weeks speak English. See more
[Gill has died in Kirk's arms
For so long, I've prayed for this. Now I'm sorry.
So was he.
You've given us all a new chance.
Thank you, but go now. We must do the rest.
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