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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.

Director:

Vincent McEveety

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), John Meredyth Lucas
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Cast

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
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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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The front of the Ekosian Chancellery has all of its windows and shutters closed, for the real world reason that the actual building was an active office of Paramount Pictures with daily business going on inside while the film crew and actors were shooting the exterior. Even so, two individuals who appear to be curious Paramount Pictures employees can be seen looking down on the courtyard from an upper window. See more »

Goofs

The lash marks on both Kirk's and Spock's bodies disappear and reappear between scenes. See more »

Quotes

Abrom: Isak. Uletta... is dead. Shot down in the streets.
Isak: [after a pause, explaining to Kirk and Spock] Sh-she would've... been my wife.
Abrom: She lived for five hours, while they walked past her. And spat on her. Our own people were unable to help her. Now you ask me to... help strangers.
Isak: If we adopt the ways of the Nazis... we're as bad as the Nazis.
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Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »

Connections

Referenced in Futurama: Where No Fan Has Gone Before (2002) See more »

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Star Trek 'Patterns of Force' use of Nazi terminology
2 September 2006 | by philkfiSee all my reviews

The Star Trek study of how Nazis happened was just on G4TV. The show's use of terminology is skillful and usually meant to disguise something not exactly tasteful for 1960's TV. Like the "Komms" vs. "Yangs" in one other episode which were yoofamisms for Communists vs. Yanks. This episode was about "Zayans" vs. "Ekosians". The Zayans, the Jews, is obviously a reference to "Zion", but can anyone help with how "Ekosians" refers to Aryans, Germans, etc.?? Oh, by the way, Star Trek isn't like any of 'the other 1960's sci-fi shows' such as Voyage to Bottom of the Sea, Time Tunnel, or anything else. It was beyond television, beyond pop culture, and would be ahead of its time by a few centuries if it came out today.


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