Bandi is a Star Trek: The Original Series manga story from the 2008 anthology Uchu, published by ToykoPop, 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.


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 ran into Kirk and Spock while searching Deck 6 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 caught sight of the teddy-bear-like animal.

Captain's Log, Supplemental.
The stowaway creature has been captured and detained.

Analyzing it, Spock realized it was highly empathic, radiating “a field of intense emotions as a defense against predators.” Spock claimed he was immune to its effects. McCoy said it wasn’t born pregnant, but Kirk still wanted it off the ship. Kirk decided to take it to a biological preserve at Cawley Station three days away.

En route, the creature continued to escape and was found sitting in the Captain’s chair, frustrating Kirk. Spock warmed that the crew might not be able to withstand the intense emotional rollercoaster the creature generated. After considering sedation or keeping it in a tethered shuttlecraft, they secured it in the aft section of the ship. Kirk’s frustration had been turned by the bear into strong negative emotions that were assaulting the crew. Spock realized he wasn’t immune and confessed that he’d never felt emotions that intense.

That night Kirk dreamed that Klingons, Gorn and Mugatu boarded the ship and killed Spock. Spock suggested that killing the Bandi-bear might be the only way to save the ship. Kirk hoped for some other way. To ease its fear, Kirk realized he had to conquer his own fear. Kirk, Spock and McCoy approached the bear, but a security team turned and fired at them to defend the bear.

“Under its effects, the crew will protect it to the death,” Spock reported. Approaching again, Kirk thought friendly and happy thoughts, even thinking how being buried under tribbles was funny. It worked, overwhelming the crew with feelings of love and friendship instead of fear. The positive feelings were so strong that McCoy confessed to Spock how much McCoy admired and respected him. Spock neck-pinched the animal, and everyone returned to normal.

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


From the back of the anthology Uchu
’’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.’’



AltmanPavel ChekovJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS EnterpriseKlingon battle cruiser


Referenced only 
Cawley StationWokkle III

Races and culturesEdit

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Science and technologyEdit

phaser rifle

Other referencesEdit

Bandi-bearmugatoShip’s Armorytribble


Related storiesEdit

  • Passage to Moauv - Execution of a similar premise, produced by Peter Pan Records in 1975, where projected negative emotions from an ambassador’s pet overwhelmed the crew, and positive emotions were the cure.
  • TOS episode: "The Trouble with Tribbles" - Many references were made to these events.



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