Episode: Season 2, Episode 23
Title:"Patterns of Force"
Previous: Return to Tomorrow
Next: By Any Other Name
Recapper: Synjo Deonecros
- Artistic License – History: Spock’s conception of History was already outdated in the 60’s.Spock: What impressed me most was his treatment of Earth history as causes and motivations rather than dates and events.
- Artistic License – Military: Many of the Nazi uniforms have inaccurate or mismatched rank insignia comapred to history. This could be chalked up to Gill not being too fussy about the finer details.
- Backwards Name: Chairman Eneg, probably.
- Banned In Germany: Gee, wonder why....
- The ban for public TV was finally lifted in 2011, though it had already been shown on German pay TV in 1996 and included in the DVD/blu-ray sets.
- Broken Pedestal: Kirk is aggrieved to find that his teacher has become another Hitler. The pedestal is repaired when he gets out of his drug induced haze and denounces the regime, just before dying in Kirk's arms.
- Cycle of Revenge: Averted at the end - Melakon kills Gill, while Isak kills Melakon. When another soldier raises his rifle at Isak, Eneg stops him and declares "There has been enough killing."
- Defector from Decadence: Daras, AKA Girl of the Week
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Gene's not too subtle about anything in this episode. The Space Jews come from the planet Zeon (Zion).
- Dragon with an Agenda/Man Behind the Man: Melakon
- Failed a Spot Check: Kirk and Spock walk right by a Gestapo officer that is standing in broad daylight and are then somehow surprised when he "jumps" out to capture them.
- Final Solution: The plan for a Final Solution is announced midway through the episode.
- Forgotten Phlebotinum: Gee those Transponders might have come in handy in any of the other 78 episodes in which the landing party's communicators get taken away.
- History Marches On: It was often thought for a while after World War II that Nazi Germany was efficiently-run because of its fast ascension from military impotency, collapse of national morale, and economic devastation to a world power and scary conquering machine. As more and more research has been unveiled, the Third Reich has been shown to have sacrificed any hope of long-term efficiency in order to implement their short-term solutions, and even those needed to be augmented by expansion into the resources of Austria and Czechoslovakia to work.
- Ironically, this would perfectly tie it back in with their lebensraum attempt into Zeon.
- Idiot Ball: A massive one for John Gill for coming up with Fascism as the best way to peacefully unite a planet, while he already has an excellent example of one in the Federation itself (which has united Earth for centuries already).
- Human Ladder: Kirk and Spock make one in their escape attempt. Given that they've both been whipped, it's very uncomfortable for the captain.
- Inexplicable Cultural Ties: Not the case, which is noteworthy because that is often forgotten in summaries of TOS, and because the fact that it looks like this is one of the main things that tips off the Enterprise crew that something is seriously wrong despite the fact that only four episodes later they will react to another planet being very similar to an Earth society (in that case Romans) complete with names and symbols by handwaving it as just an example of natural parallel development.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: A Nazi officer attempts to analyze Spock's unusual appearance based on the regime's racial theories and declares that he exhibits "a low forehead denoting stupidity" and "the dull look of a trapped animal". Two words: Epic Fail.
- La Résistance: The Ekosians who disagree with the government's plan to wipe out Zeon.
- Meaningful Name: Zeon, clearly referring to Zion, the Jewish promised land.
- Naked People Are Funny: When Kirk asks why Bones hasn't beamed down yet, he's told the Doctor is having trouble getting his Nazi uniform on. Kirk says "I don't care if you have to send him down naked, just get him down here!" Cue Kirk's reaction when he hears the transporter beam whine start immediately after this. (Don't worry...it was the boot the Doc was having trouble with.)
- Nerve-Pinched For Disguise: Two Nazi officers.
- Nice Hat: That toque covers Spock's ears so well. The stolen helmet from the S.S. agent also works, until he's told to take it off.
- No Endor Holocaust: The ending implies that there won't be any anti-Zeonite sentiments left under the population, and that the army leadership will politely step down from power. Given Earth's many examples of what can happen when a political dictatorship is decapitated (as both the puppet leader and actual leader die), things could have gotten ugly very fast.
- No Swastikas: Averted.
- Non-Lethal Deadly Weapon: The gun had blanks.
- Planetary Nation: Melakon is trying to make the planet this.
- Planet of Hats: People from the planet Zeon are identified and arrested because they wear civilian clothes. All the Ekosians we see on screen are Nazi officials.
- Puppet Fuehrer: Melakon keeps Gill drugged and only trots him out to deliver the occasional speech.
- Reverse Mole: Daras and Chairman Eneg.
- Shirtless Scene: Kirk and Spock when they get whipped. Spock's scars are tinted green.
- Staged Shooting: Used to see which side Kirk and Spock are really on.
- Take a Third Option: When Ekosians launch the invasion fleet against Zenon, Daras, the Ekosian resistant fighter, pleads with Capt. Kirk to have the Enterprise destroy it to save Zenon. Kirk balks at that and manages to get Gill to cancel the invasion instead.
- Whip It Good: Kirk and Spock get the shit beat out of them.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Kirk is exasperated when Spock's Blunt Metaphors Trauma keeps him on Kirk's back for a little too long.Kirk: I don't care if you aim at the broad side of a barn.Spock: Why would I aim at such a structure?