Star Trek (TAS): Bem – SF Debris

Opinionated Animated Series Episode Guide visits an alien world with a godlike being in control, and our heroes hampered by their guest who thinks they suck just because they fail when he gets in the way.

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  1. Just to let you know this is the wrong link and you’re showing the Michael episode of Stargate Atlantis, not Star Trek animated series episode Bem.

  2. Say what you will, but if I were forced to take one I’d take Jar Jar Binks over Bem any day. Jar Jar stays in one piece and, as of Episode 1, has no diplomatic position to protect him so you can confine him to quarters without repercussions.

  3. Where does the bug eyed monster come in? I didn’t see one.

  4. Snorgatch Pandalume

    I don’t understand the trumpet solo whenever anyone says Pandro.

    • Not 100% sure, but it feels like a MST3K reference. Can someone guess the episode?

    • The trumpets are playing a song known as the Mexican hat dance. “Pandro” sounds like “Pedro”, a super stereotypical name. So instead of sounding exotic and alien, it just sounds kinds of… mexican.

      Hence the mexican trumpets to accentuate how dumb a name it is.

      • thespecialneedsgroup

        No, the song a mariachi standard known as “Las Alazanas,” and I really think that there’s more to the joke than that–though, admittedly, that’s more of an explanation than I’ve been able to come up with so far.

  5. Wait, Star Trek actually remembered that planets are big?!

  6. How many different type of godlike beings are there in the Star Trek universe? Q, Trelaine, the Organians, that thing in the galactic core that needs a starship for some reason.

    Also, for some reason, I never can seem to remember how that one TNG episode ends. I remember the premise: Wesley does something stupid, gets sentenced to death for it, and somehow ends up alive in the next episode. But for the life of me, I can never remember how they ended up saving him. And I’ve seen the episode dozens of times. My theory is that the solution was so lackluster that it immediately blands itself out of my mind as soon as I see it.

    • A lot of talk from Picard about morality, forgiveness and human nature…..I think. Might have been about one species’ form of justice as opposed to another. I can’t really remember. I just know it was a bunch of talk that got the ship out of there with Wesley alive.

      If you look at the translucent guardian closely you’ll notice that it’s the space station model they reuse for the episode Conundrum in season 5.

    • Snorgatch Pandalume

      That was “Justice,” which SF Debris reviewed just a few weeks ago. A truly horrible 1st season TNG episode. Then again, almost all the first season TNG episodes were horrible.

  7. The Animated Trek might not have been as good as the original, but it introduced me to lots of ideas I had never seen before. Like in this episode, with the Composite Alien.

    • Snorgatch Pandalume

      TAS actually has a lot of good stuff in it. “Yesteryear” is I think one of the finest episodes from any Trek series. I like having more aliens on the bridge, too. And there were some ideas that ended up getting picked up later on. “The Practical Joker” was the first holodeck episode (and of course it tries to kill them, setting the stage for countless other episodes where the holodeck tries to kill the people in it), and the cloud creature in “One Of Our Planets Is Missing” was clearly the inspiration for V’Ger, though it was actually done better and made more sense.

  8. You know, this could have worked fine without Bem, and had the message. Make the god a BEM, and make the conflict be between them and solved by learning to communicate and thus end the conflict by agreeing to make sure the planet is left alone. You get your BEM villain and you get your message by the villain not actually be a villain.

    • Yeah, I’m thinking the Bem part seems like the weakest part of the episode. He’s really just an unthinking dick. It’ seems a little weak that a society of composite beings that’s reached the technological level of interstellar travel seems to have no idea how to judge potential allies. Unless everyone is capable of knowing everything, that level of technology require specialization of skills and knowledge, and that requires cooperation.

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