“Bem” is the second episode of the second season of the American animated science fiction television series Star Trek, the 18th episode overall.
It first aired in the NBC Saturday morning lineup on 14 September 1974, and was written by David Gerrold, who wrote the earlier episode “More Tribbles, More Troubles” and worked on several Original Series episodes.
This episode marks the first time that Captain James T. Kirk’s full name is given, revealing that the middle initial stood for Tiberius, after the Roman emperor.
In this episode, the Enterprise crew must cope with a diplomatically sensitive issue involving a guest officer who meddles in a crucial mission.
On stardate 7403.6, the Federation starship Enterprise crew is conducting a series of exploratory missions with honorary Commander Ari bn Bem, a representative from the newly contacted planet Pandro, who is working for his government as an independent observer of the Federation.
Bem accompanies a landing party on a mission to a newly discovered planet. Instead of observing, however, he begins to interfere with the mission.
Before long, Captain Kirk and his people are captured by primitive natives. They soon learn that these primitives are under the guardianship of a powerful non-corporeal entity who is upset that the Enterprise crew has come to her planet and interfered with her “children”.
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Bill Reed.
- Writer(s): David Gerrold.
- Release Date: 14 September 1974.
- Running Time: 30 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.