Star Trek: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 2


Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Sep 14, 1974 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Near the end, the turbolift doors behind Kirk on the bridge are closed, then open, then closed.

    • While Bem's ability to split up into individual pieces is noted, it's never explained how they can fly, as they do several times in the episode.

    • At the 18:15 mark, as Scotty says "Beg pardon, sir?" his hair turns gray.

    • Why didn't Kirk and Spock just lift up the cage that they are captured in, there is no bottom and it seems to be made out of a light bamboo.

  • Quotes

    • 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 beyond 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

    • 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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