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Star Trek - The Ultimate Computer

episode 2.24
Raumschiff Enterprise - Computer M5

USA 1968
produced by
John Meredyth Lucas, Gene Roddenberry (executive) for Desilu, Norway Corporation/NBC
directed by John Meredyth Lucas
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, William Marshall, James Doohan, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Sean Morgan, Barry Russo
story by Laurence N. Wolfe, screenplay by D.C. Fontana, created by Gene Roddenberry, music by Sol Kaplan, Fred Steiner

TV series
Star Trek, Classic Star Trek, Star Trek (original crew)

review by
Mike Haberfelner




The Enterprise is to become the testing vessel for Dr. Daystrom's (William Marshall) new supercomputer which would render most of a starship's crew redundant in this year's wargames. Captain Kirk (William Shatner) doesn't have a good feeling about this, while Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) unsurprisingly hates it, and not even Spock (Leonard Nimoy) is too fascinated. But the first engagement seems to prove them wrong as the computer reacts faster and more precisely than any human could. It's when it blows up an unmanned transport ship without provocations that everybody knows something's wrong. Kirk and company want to take the computer off the grid, against Daystrom's wishes, but they can't as the computer starts to defend itself. Then four Starfleet ships launch a simulated attack, but the computer answers with real firepower, killing people in the process. Daystrom, who has taught his computer to think like a human and loves it like a child, tries to reason with it, but fails, so it's up to Kirk's hyperboles to convince the computer to shut itself down.

 

There's some good acting in this one, but overall it doesn't have much going for it, as the story's just too predictable, too talky, and its resolution is actually rather silly. Not that this is a bad episode in the actual meaning of the word, it's just not very good, either, and aside from the fan factor, not very entertaining.

 

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