The Enterprise crew is being observed as their suitability to meet with advanced civilizations.
Did You Know?
added the idea of the God-like entity to the script. David Gerrold
was originally disappointed with this because he felt that idea had been used enough times on Star Trek
(1966). However, he eventually became satisfied with his own final script. See more
After Bem swaps the communicators for fakes, Kirk is shown using his as if it were his usual communicator. See more
Commander Bem, you were assigned to this ship as an independent observer yet you have spend the past six missions in your quarters. You haven't done any observing at all. Until now, when we're dealing with possibly a very dangerous planet.