Writer: David Gerrold
Airdate: 14th September, 1974
Season 2 Episode 18
In Star Trek TAS "BEM" Captain James "Tiberius" Kirk and Mr Spock are captured by "bug eyed monsters." How could this happen? A diplomatic away mission to Delta Theta III goes haywire when cultural observer - Commander ARI BEM sticks his beak in. Our green skinned friend is an important guest aboard the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 who sabotages Captain Kirks plans.
In a bid to secure intergalactic and scientific ties, Kirk's landing party beams down. We soon learn ARI BEM has hidden talents. Separating into "parts" allows him to switch Kirk's and Spock's phasers and communicators with fakes!
Don't you think thats weird? Cos' whoa - I sure did. BEM's little magic trick doesn't even qualify as a bona fide "Deus ex machina." Instead of helping Captain Kirk and Mr Spock, the daft beggar tricks them, "Observing" LOL. The plot thickens when BEM leads Captain Kirk and Spock into a trap.
For a while its looking dicey with our heros trapped inside cages, while the native reptilians wait for orders. BEM is a total wild card. The fun begins when a sentient intelligence, Earth Mother speaks! Meanwhile BEM is on the loose, "Observing." The message is clear - Do not interfere with my children below, now scram.
Does this episode remind you a little of Star Trek TNG Justice? What do you think happened in the end? Leave BEM behind or incur the Wrath of Earth Mother?
Live long and Prosper, Trekkies, Trekkers and Bloggies.