Westworld S3 & The Return of the ‘Nazi World’ Plot Device


HBO’s Westworld season III debuts on March 15th. One of the theme parks featured this time is a WWII/Nazi World, but this is far from the first time when alternate Nazi dominated worlds have been used as plot devices in TV and film.



Let’s take a look at some of them- including Man in the High CastleSS:GB, An Englishman’s CastleFatherland – and of course multiple episodes of Misfits and no less than five Star Trek stories (Patterns of Force in the original series),  Star Trek: Voyager (The Killing Game two-parter) and Star Trek: Enterprise (Storm Front double episode).


The Man In The High Castle Season 1 EP 10 Berlin part1

An Englishman's Castle - DVD available 5th October

Fatherland 1994 Official Movie Trailer

Misfits | Seth Needs To Stick It In

Star Trek - Back In Nazi Germany?

Nazis verse the Klingons

Star Trek ENT: New York, World War 2

Why so popular? I guess the perennial appeal of the ‘what-if’ and to some, the whole Nazi uniform aesthetic/fetish (Hugo Boss etc). And the fact that, in a world where there are many shades of grey, WWII Nazis are always identifiable as the bad guys. Death’s Head/Lightening Strike symbols, Swastikas, armbands, high shine jackboots and Bible-black uniforms being a bit of a giveaway…

Arnell Esq

Broadcast consultant - former Director/Creator of ITV3, ITV4 in the UK, producer/writer (most recently Bob Fosse for Sky Arts in May 2019, also Alex Cox, Sinatra), commentator for trades, broadsheets and magazines. Also occasional lecturer (University of Westminster, London). Content provider. Portrait courtesy of artist Darren Coffield. 'Non satis me tempo'