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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Commodore Wesley's high-backed command chair appears to be the same one used on the ISS Enterprise's command chair in "Mirror, Mirror". See more
McCoy notes that having a crew of only 20 aboard is insufficient to properly operate the ship if the M-5 fails. From a safety standpoint, no experimental equipment would ever be tested without reasonable safety measures in place to handle a catastrophic failure, including having a sufficient number of personnel on hand to handle an incident. See more
Captain, the computer does not judge. It makes logical selections.
[on Kirk's comment that the difference in recommendation from M-5 was only a matter of judgment