Skip to comments.German TV boldly shows ‘Nazi’ Star Trek episode
Posted on 11/04/2011 11:29:36 AM PDT by Olog-hai
An episode of the original Star Trek series in which Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock dress up as Nazis to infiltrate a far-right alien regime is to be aired on public television in Germany for the first time ever Friday night.
State broadcaster ZDFneo has evidently decided that German viewers are now ready for the episode Patterns of Force, 43 years after it was first broadcast in the United States in 1968.
The episode, part of the second season of the immensely popular science fiction franchise, sees the Starship Enterprise visit the planet Ekos in the M34 Alpha System to investigate the disappearance of John Gill, Federation historian and one of Kirks erstwhile professors at Starfleet Academy.
The Ekosians, at war with the nearby planet Zeon, are intent on wiping out all the Zeons living on their planet and destroying Zeon itself in what they call a Final Solution. The Ekosians refer to the Zeons as Zeonist pigs.
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Or, more correctly, “a far-LEFT alien regime”.
It’s not like that episode says anything nice about the Nazis. And then you need to add in the fact that the principle players, Shatner and Nimoy, are both Jewish and I’d think this would be acceptable.
Huh. As twitchy as they are about WW II Nazi symbology in Germany, I’m surprised they’re showing this. Then again, it’s been so long since I’ve seen the episode, I can’t remember exactly what the Space Nazi uniforms looked like. If they had actual Nazi or SS symbols on them like swastikas or sig runes, they can’t be shown in Germany—the display of those symbols is illegal.
If it doesn't ban all religion, it's considered "far-right" by leftists.
The Ekosians refer to the Zeons as Zeonist pigs.
I have seen it a few times and never picked up on that parallel.
This is what they looked like.
Then again, its been so long since Ive seen the episode, I cant remember exactly what the Space Nazi uniforms looked like. If they had actual Nazi or SS symbols on them like swastikas or sig runes, they cant be shown in Germanythe display of those symbols is illegal
A Starfleet historian implemented a Nazi-style government to organize a lawless and and corrupt society. But, it someone else seized control and turned it into a mirror of 1930's Germany, with ethno-religious genocide.
The episode synopsis: Patterns of Force (TOS)
“Piece of the Action” was still a better episode in my view
They do. For half the episode Kirk wears a Gestapo Colonel's black uniform with full regalia.
I've seen it over there, too. Where the original scripts called for the line "Heil Hitler," they dub in nonsense words or words like "gesundheit."
Alas, it's financially explosive "reboot" in 2009 by going after Gen Y assures it will run on forever since in sci fi -- if you are without either ideas or the ability to write -- you can simply skip to an alternate universe and mix things up. I, like most of my generation that watched the TOS in college dorm TV rooms (explain that concept to your grandkids), laughed at the 2009 version for its stupidity. When asked why we were laughing, we tried to explain the idiocy of the idea of a Second Class Academy Midshipman being made commanding officer of USS Nimitz. Alas.
Stargate -- a far better storyline -- was recently "closed" by MGM even as a third and even more profitable DVD movie was in the making. Perhaps some Hollywood insider can explain that one.
Actually, far-right is really correct, at least if that's how you would define fascism.
Hitler and his buddies appropriated the "Socialist" moniker when they changed their name of their political party, because "socialism" was fashionable at the time among the working class in Europe. It wasn't much more than a thinly-disguised attempt to co-opt that voting bloc.
Lyndon LaRouche calls himself a Democrat, but that doesn't make him one -- at least not one that represents the views of the US Democrat party.
Ironically, since both Werner and John Banner were both Jews that got the hell out of Germany before the s#it the fan...
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