Star Trek (1966–1969)
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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

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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 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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16 February 1968 (USA) See more »

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The character Eneg (Patrick Horgan) is Gene Roddenberry's first name, spelled backwards. See more »


The first Ekosian to confront Kirk and Spock is wearing the rank insignia (3 pips) of an SS Untersturmfuehrer (2nd Lt). After he is overpowered and Spock emerges in his uniform the rank insignia now has the 3 pips and stripe of an SS Obersturmfuehrer (1st Lt). See more »


[after Spock uses a Vulcan neck pinch on an Ekosian]
Spock: Your uniform, Captain.
Capt. Kirk: Yes, it's a shame yours isn't as attractive as mine. Gestapo, I believe.
Spock: Quite correct. You should make a very convincing Nazi.
[Kirk aims a look at Spock with a mixture of surprise and near-annoyance]
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Referenced in Star Trek: Discovery: The Vulcan Hello (2017) 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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