Feeds

Nazi Star Trek episode finally broadcast in Germany

ST:SS aired after watershed

Reducing security risks from open source software

German television has finally aired an episode of Star Trek, which was previously held from broadcast due to a Nazi theme that ran throughout.

Filmed in 1968 for the second season of the original series, Patterns of Force features Kirk and Spock dressed in Nazi uniforms, trying to blend into a planet overrun by aliens that look and act exactly like Hitler's henchmen.

Star Trek: Patterns of Force

The locals, taught Nazi order by a renegade Star Fleet officer in a bid to make the trains run on time, end up adopting the full spectrum of bad authoritarian behaviour, including intolerance, despotism and racism, and set themselves on a mission to destroy neighbouring planet Zeon. Hmm.

When Star Trek was first aired in Germany, TV channel ZDF held the rights and though there were no laws banning the episode's broadcast, the station decided Patterns of Force should not be shown.

Now, 43 years later, the same station has changed its opinion, broadcasting Patterns of Force dubbed into the local lingo. Even then, though, it was played after 10pm, with viewers strictly warned that no one under the age of 16 should watch it.

The episode has apparently only previously been offered to German audiences by means of a 1995 VHS release. ®

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.