Star Trek (1966–1969)
8.0/10
1,228
19 user 6 critic

The Ultimate Computer 

Kirk and a sub-skeleton crew are ordered to test out an advanced artificially intelligent control system - the M-5 Multitronic system, which could potentially render them all redundant. Star fleet is very optimistic, but, Kirk fears - even in a testing situation - removing humans from the equation is a very dangerous position to be left in. A position of life or death.

Writers:

(created by), (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Sean Morgan ...
...
Edit

Storyline

Captain Kirk replies to an urgent (yet brief) message from Commodore Enright, which only tells him to report to the nearest space station. Once there, most of the crew is removed - held in a security area, leaving only a minimal skeleton crew on-board. Commodore Bob Wesley arrives, and informs the captain he's the unwitting 'fox in the hunt;' of simulated war games to be played. The purpose? To put the so far only-rumoured-to-exist M-5 Multitronic unit - through its paces. The M-5 computer is the latest invention of the brilliant Dr. Richard Daystrom, creator of the Duotronic computer systems, which power Enterprise, and many other high-end systems. Daystrom is confidant his unit can not only take control of the starship, but do a better job than humans can. At first, the Enterprise under M-5's control easily defeats two other starships, but, quickly begins to act independently of its human masters, Daystrom has little interest in disconnecting the M-5 and treats it more like an ... Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 March 1968 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Spock describes M-5's diversionary tactics as "pursuing a wild goose". In "The Gamesters of Triskelion", after McCoy calls Spock's search for Kirk, Uhura, & Chekov a wild goose chase, Spock retorts that he was not chasing "some wild aquatic fowl". See more »

Goofs

After Kirk, Spock, and McCoy depart the turbolift to Engineering, McCoy says "If it could, they wouldn't have to replace me, I'd resign..." McCoy's lips do not match "If it could" See more »

Quotes

Captain James T. Kirk: You know, I have... I have never felt this way before - at odds with... the ship. I sat there and watched my ship perform for a mass of circuits and relays, and felt... useless. Unneeded. To Captain Dunsel.
Dr. McCoy: To James T. Kirk, Captain of the Enterprise.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Star Trek: Shattered Universe (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Daystrom's Dilemma
3 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a rather complex episode. It has the classic question as to whether complete mechanization (including a master computer) is preferable to a human (or non-human) crew. A man named Dr. Daystrom is one of the pioneers in the development of space technology. He was once lauded but, like so many pioneers, has become the object of the public's malaise over past accomplishments. He uses the Enterprise as his Guinea pig, installing his ultimate computer and putting the crew in menial positions. To test out his baby, Daystrom has arranged war games with other starships. The computer does a masterful job of running the ship, but because artificial intelligence lacks imagination, when the games commence, the thing can't distinguish the game from reality. It believes these ships are actually attacking it. Daystrom goes mad when efforts are made to stop his creation. Another issue is if Daystrom has his way, there will be no more crews, no more explorations. Would it spell the end of the need for looking into the unknown.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Charlie X Question rockerchicksg1
Christine... vgarci2003
OOOPSSS!!! timmytony80
Am curious who were the inv737
Charlie X vgarci2003
I'm Baaaack! Again. timmytony80
Discuss The Ultimate Computer (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page