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?
All the Nazi uniforms used in this episode are taken from Paramount's costume storage, and were previously featured in many of the studio's World War II-era films. Many of them featured mismatched epaulets, collar tabs, and other rank-identifying insignia. However, McCoy's collar tabs, bearing a single silver oak leaf, correctly identify him as a colonel, as Kirk had ordered. See more
When Kirk and Spock penetrate the Nazi headquarters to attempt to see John Gill, Kirk notes that "They've got the booth curtained off." When he says that, there is a camera shot of the curtain with no one near it. However, prior to that and just after that, Nazis are seen standing right in front of the curtain. There was not enough time between shots to account for their disappearance and reappearance from in front of the curtain, and the action continues clearly indicating that there is no time lapse between shots. See more
Führer's headquarters reports repulsing an attack by Zeon spacecraft. Our missiles utterly destroyed the enemy.
You look, er, quite well for a man who's been... utterly destroyed, Mr. Spock.
Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more