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
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In addition to playing his regular role of Chief Engineer "Scotty" Scott, in this episode James Doohan
also provides the voice of the computer M-5, as well as that of the briefly heard and unnamed starbase officer who gives Commodore Wesley and the other starship commanders permission to destroy the Enterprise. See more
When M5 begins the attack on the Federation task force, it concentrates most of its attention on two ships, the Lexington and the Excalibur, with a single attack on a third ship, the Potemkin. The fourth ship of the task force, the Hood, is never attacked by the M5-controlled Enterprise. However, when Commodore Wesley contacts Starfleet and asks for permission to destroy the Enterprise, he states that all four ships have sustained damage. See more
Captain James T. Kirk
The M-5 must be destroyed.
Dr. Richard Daystrom
Destroyed, Kirk? No. We're invincible. Look what we've done: your mighty starships - four toys to be crushed as we choose!