Series: The Original Series
Air Date: February 16, 1968
Written by: John Meredyth Lucas
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Spock and Kirk investigate a planet that seems to have adopted a Nazi philosophy of government. Grampa refuses to take his pills.
The Enterprise is on its way to pick up Dr. John Gill who has been out of contact with Starfleet for a few months now and it's getting concerning. The good doctor was a historian and a cultural observer sent to the planet Ekos to check out a pre-warp civilization and study their society. But when they get to the Ekos they find themselves under attack from a thermonuclear warhead, something that this planet should not have been able to produce yet.
After taking care of the missile, Kirk and Spock beam down to find the major planetary city resembles Germany of the 1940's. They discover that not only are they at war with the members of the neighboring planet, Zeon, but their uniforms are exactly Naziish and they have a concept of a Führer. And who would be their Führer? None other but Dr. John Gill.
|Someone has some explaining to do.|
They're placed in jail where they are whipped and given the threat of death. While there, they meet a Zeon named Isak. Isak explains how the Nazi regime began, corresponding with Gill's arrival at the planet, and he promises that if they can get out of the cell, he can take them to a Zeon underground that would be willing to help them out. Kirk and Spock Mcgyver their own little lasers out of subdermal transponders and the three of them escape to meet the Zeon underground.
|But not before stealing more clothes.|
When Gill's deputy, Melakon, takes over, they overtake the guards around Gill's door and find Gill drugged and half unconscious. Bones is brought down in proper attire to give him a stimulant. It's not very effective. Spock, however, gives him a mind meld and puts him in a state where he can at least answer questions. Gill explains that when he arrived, the Ekosians were warring among themselves. They were a fractured race and needed guidance, just like Germany of the 1930's. So he decided to throw the Prime Directive out the window and unite them under a Nazi regime, hoping that his benevolent leadership would steer the government in a better direction. But then Melakon took over.
|I don't always break the Prime Directive, but when I do... Nazis.|
This episode represents a very interesting turn of events. It's probably every historians dream to be able to relive a certain era, but tailor it to his own liking. Too bad it'll never work! As Gill so easily proved.