Star Trek: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 2

Bem

4
Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Sep 14, 1974 on NBC
6.7
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On a planetary survey mission, Kirk and Spock have to deal with a reckless observer named Bem.

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  • Bem, an erratic observer from the planet Pandro, secretly watches the crew of the USS Enterprise to determine whether the Federation is ready to open diplomatic relations with his advanced species.moreless

    6.5
    The story for this one, by David Gerrold, was one he thought of for the original series; but really, the science fiction idea of a colony character like Bem (who can separate into different parts) fits the Animated Series like a glove. Unfortunately, the episode drags a bit. Even the God-like entity that graces the episode (and sounds remarkably like Uhura) says about twenty minutes in, "You are still here? You are still interfering?" And I'm like, "I hear you, sister. It seems like it's been an hour." But the ending is pretty good, even if it takes a while to get there.moreless
  • Kirk and Spock have to baby sit Bem while they survey a new planet, but Bem causes more trouble than he is worth.

    5.8
    I didn't like this episode as much as I though I would have. The character Bem is interesting because he can split into several pieces, but he is also annoying. Besides the ability of being able to split into many body parts, he is a dull character that made no really memorable impression on me. The story wasn't that good either compared to other episodes of the series. Overall, I don't know if everyone would like this episode, it wouldn't be my top choice for must see episodes. But, there are some that like this episode. So, this is definitely left to personal taste.moreless
James Doohan

James Doohan

Commander Ari bn Bem

Guest Star

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

Alien Entity/"God"

Guest Star

George Takei

George Takei

Lt. Hikaru Sulu

Recurring Role

James Doohan

James Doohan

Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott / Lt. Arex

Recurring Role

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

Lt. Uhura

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Kirk: We're dealing with possibly a very dangerous planet.
      Bem: Patience. Every planet is dangerous to the ignorant. This one has decided that the nexus is now.

    • Spock: It appears to be a native food-gathering party.
      Kirk: Yes, and the food they have gathered is Bem.

    • Bem: Kirk Captain?
      Kirk: Shut up. We're rescuing you.

    • Bem: You are interfering with observations.
      Spock: This is how you observe, by being captured?
      Bem: As logical a way as any, Spock Commander.
      Kirk: I don't think Starfleet would approve.

    • Kirk: (confined in a cage) How come we always end up like this?
      Spock: I assume that's a rhetorical question, not requiring an answer.
      Kirk: I was just expressing my curiosity at our ability to get into these kind of situations.
      Spock: Fate, Captain. Fate.
      Kirk: Fate, Spock?
      Spock: I believe that is the correct Earth term.
      Kirk: Why don't you try your, uh, Vulcan Nerve Pinch?
      Spock: Captain, I am only a Vulcan. There are limits.

    • Bem: Sir, this one does not demean oneself by the use of casual violence to accomplish goals.
      Kirk: Oh.
      Bem: But you may demean yourself if you wish.

    • Kirk: There are times, Mr. Spock, when I I think I should have been a librarian.
      Spock: The job of librarian would be no less challenging, Captain, but it would undoubtedly be a lot less dangerous.

    • Scotty: Have you found the captain yet?
      Arex: I have located emanations that could be Caption Kirk's and another set that could be Mr. Spock's, but the sensory anomaly has interfered with our detection devices so that positive identification remains impossible.
      Uhura: Which means?
      Scotty: I think he said, "Maybe."

    • Bem: This one wishes you... what is the Earth word? "Luck." You will require it.

    • Bem: You do not demand punishment?
      Alien Entity: Punishment? What is punishment? Revenge? Intelligent beings need no revenge. Punishment is necessary only where learning cannot occur without it. You are behind that. My children here are not. That is why you must leave so as not to corrupt their development with concepts that they are not yet ready for.

    • Spock: Fascinating, Captain. A highly advanced alien entity using this particular system as a laboratory for guiding another race to intelligence. Almost a god, you might say.
      Kirk: Mr. Spock, the difference is meaningless. In comparison, we're all still children.
      Bem: In this one's case,Kirk Captain, this one is still an eggling.

  • NOTES (5)

    • DeForest Kelley and Majel Barrett are credited but don't appear.

    • David Gerrold converted this episode from a script he wrote for a third-season Original Trek episode that he never got a chance to produce.

    • Allan Dean Foster's Star Trek Log novelization of this episode added on a second "half" of original material which had the Enterprise returns to Pandro and helps Bem and his government against a renegade who plans to use the Pandrosians' collective body abilities against them by forcing them to separate and act independently.

    • This is the first episode of any Trek series where James T. Kirk's middle initial is identified as "Tiberius." While not strictly canon, David Gerrold's use of the name is now considered official and was later used in the movies (in Star Trek VI) and elsewhere.

    • The name "Bem" was a deliberate in-joke by writer David Gerrold. It's a standard s.f. acronym for Bug-Eyed Monster.

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