The Ultimate Computer
When control of the Enterprise is handed over to a computer, what is a starship captain like Kirk to do? Luckily he gets to do what he does best – disable that computer! Find out how and why when we put The Ultimate Computer in the Mission Log.
Tags: D.C. Fontana, Dr. Richard Daystrom, John Meredyth Lucas, M-5 computer, The Original Series, The Original Series Season 2, The Ultimate Computer, TOS
One of my favourite episodes, so well acted and written, with a message(s) that never gets old, and some super lines that remain timely (“We’re all sorry for the other guy when he loses his job to a machine. When it comes to your job, that’s different. And it always WILL be different.”)
How relevant the success of the M-5 computer might have had on Starfleeet is a different story. A computer can pilot the ship there, scan a planet and select the most appropriate landing party to beam down – but there still *has* to be a landing party. Unless some of Mudd’s androids are looking to stick their robot guts into Starfleet uniforms…
Love this episode, especially the part where the red shirt gets blasted by M5. Pretty sure I shouted a very audible WHOA and rewatched. Really effective.