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"Bandi" is a Star Trek: The Original Series manga story from the 2008 anthology Uchu, published by TokyoPop, written by David Gerrold, with art by Don Hudson and shading by Steve Buccellato. This story was adapted from a story outline written by David Gerrold and submitted to Star Trek in 1967.[1] In this version of the story, Lt. Altman had beamed up an animal, but it escaped from the bio-lab and was seen fleeing through the corridors. It resembled a teddy bear and was highly empathic, projecting intense joys and fears that overwhelm the crew.

Publisher's description[edit | edit source]

Uchu back cover 
David Gerrold (writer of the classic episode "The Trouble with Tribbles") brings us a rumpus on the Enterprise as the mysterious, teddy bear-like creature Bandi runs amok with pretty virulent vibes.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Captain's log. 
We have completed our diplomatic mission to Wokkle III. The planet has broad savannahs and beautiful forests. It was a welcome break for the crew and we were able observe many unique specimens....

Chekov, Sulu and Lt. Altman run into Kirk and Spock while searching deck six for an escaped animal. Altman had brought back the Bandi-bear from the planetary survey on Wokkle III and had been keeping it in the bio-lab. Kirk and Spock catch sight of the teddy-bear-like animal.

Captain's log, supplemental. 
The stowaway creature has been captured and detained.

Analyzing it, Spock realizes it is highly empathic, radiating "a field of intense emotions as a defense against predators." Spock claims he is immune to its effects. McCoy says it isn't born pregnant but, despite assurances that it isn't a tribble, Kirk still wants it off the ship. Kirk decides to take it to a biological preserve at Cawley Station three days away.

En route, the creature continues to escape and is found sitting in the captain's chair, frustrating Kirk. Spock warns that the crew might not be able to withstand the intense emotional roller coaster the creature generates. After considering sedation or keeping it in a tethered shuttlecraft, they secure it in the aft section of the ship. Kirk's frustration has been turned by the bear into strong negative emotions that are assaulting the crew. Spock realizes he isn't immune and confesses that he's never felt emotions that intense.

That night Kirk dreams that Klingons, Gorn and Mugatos board the ship and kill Spock. Spock suggests that killing the Bandi-bear might be the only way to save the ship. Kirk hopes for some other way. To ease its fear, Kirk realizes he has to conquer his own fear. Kirk, Spock and McCoy approach the bear, but a security team turns and fires at them to defend the bear.

"Under its effects, the crew will protect it to the death," Spock reports. Approaching again, Kirk thinks friendly and happy thoughts, even thinking how being buried under tribbles was funny. It works, overwhelming the crew with feelings of love and friendship instead of fear. The positive feelings are so strong that McCoy confesses to Spock how much he admires and respects him. Spock neck-pinches the animal, and everyone returns to normal.

For the last few hours of the trip, the Bandi-bear is dematerialized and held in the beam of the transporter. McCoy says Cawley Station promises to give it lots of love and a good home.

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Characters[edit | edit source]

AltmanPavel ChekovJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhuraunnamed USS Enterprise personnel

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

USS Enterpriseunnamed D7 class starships

Locations[edit | edit source]

Cawley IV
Referenced only 
Cawley StationWokkle III

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

Human (Russian) • KlingonVulcan
Referenced only 
Gorn

Science and technology[edit | edit source]

biologydisruptorlife supportphaserphaser riflesedativetransporter

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

captaindoctorFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)lieutenant

Life forms[edit | edit source]

Bandi-bearmugatotribble

Other references[edit | edit source]

alert status (red alert) • animalassignment patchbiological preservebridgecaptain's chaircaptain's log, USS Enterprise, 2268cargo baycorridorcrewdayemotions (fearhatredlove) • hulllaboratorylog entrylogicmutinypregnancysandwichsecurity divisionStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)Vulcan nerve pinchweapons roomzoo


Timeline[edit | edit source]

Production history[edit | edit source]

July 2008 
Printed in 5" x 7 1/2" format in the anthology Star Trek: The Manga - Uchu
March 2009 
Reprinted in 6" x 9" format in the anthology Star Trek: The Manga - Ultimate Edition
10 September 2020 
Reprinted in Graphic Novel Collection #129. (Eaglemoss)

Appendices[edit | edit source]

Related stories[edit | edit source]

Images[edit | edit source]

Connections[edit | edit source]

Published Order
Previous comic:
Art of War
TOS comics
(Star Trek: The Manga)
Next comic:
The Humanitarian
Previous story:
Encounter at Farpoint
novelization
Stories by:
David Gerrold
Next story:
Changeling
Boukenshin
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
The Unforgiven
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Inalienable Rights

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Bandi (manga) article at Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek.

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