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Episode 18

Written by: David Gerrold

Directed by: Hal Sutherland

Airdate: Sept. 14, 1974

Stardate: 7403.6

On a series of exploratory missions with Commander Ari bn Bem, a representative from the newly-contacted planet Pandro, the U.S.S. Enterprise encounters a planet of primitive natives under the guardianship of a noncorporeal being.

Voice Credits:

Regular Characters:
Captain Kirk William Shatner
Mr. Spock Leonard Nimoy
Dr. McCoy DeForest Kelley
Scotty James Doohan
Lieutenent Sulu George Takei
Lieutenent Uhura Nichelle Nichols
Lieutenent Arex James Doohan
Lieutenent M'Ress Majel Barrett

Guest Characters:
Commander Ari bn Bem James Doohan
Alien Entity Nichelle Nichols



  • This episode's author, David Gerrold, also wrote another animated STAR TREK episode "More Tribbles, More Troubles". He also wrote the original STAR TREK series episode "The Cloud Minders." David Gerrold recently said that both "Bem" and "More Troubles, More Tribbles" were originally written as possible episodes for the original STAR TREK's third season. He said that Gene Roddenberry asked him to write the tribbles sequel, but that it was dropped when the show changed management. In the mid-eighties, Mr. Gerrold helped Gene Roddenberry create STAR TREK: The Next Generation.
  • In this episode, Kirk's middle name was first revealed to be Tiberius. His middle name was mentioned again in STAR TREK VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). During the original series it was not known what his middle initial, "T", stood for.
  • The character of Bem would have been nearly impossible to do convincingly in a live action series.
  • No explanation was given in the episode as to how Bem's disconnected head and torso were able to float and move about in midair.
  • The name Bem comes from an acronym for "Bug Eyed Monster" a term made popular in the 1950's to refer to a generic movie alien.
  • Transporter Chief Kyle appeared in this episode but he had no dialogue.
  • A VHS video tape containing "Bem" and "The Albatross" is available for purchase from, the online bookseller.
  • "Bem" was novelized by Alan Dean Foster in Star Trek Log Nine published by Ballantine Books in February 1977. The entire book was devoted to this one episode.


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