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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.

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Gene Roddenberry (created by), D.C. Fontana (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
William Marshall ... Dr. Richard Daystrom
James Doohan ... Scott
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Sean Morgan Sean Morgan ... Harper
Barry Russo ... Commodore Bob Wesley
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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

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1968 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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4:3
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In his 1999 essay "Welcome Aboard the Enterprise," science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer writes, "...the ship's computers, as seen in "The Ultimate Computer," were designed by a Nobel-prize-winning black cyberneticist, played with equal dignity by William Marshall. During the era of Martin Luther King and the Watts Riots, it was a powerful, important statement to have the white captain of the Enterprise deferring to black people; as Marshall observed thirty years later, the single most significant thing about his guest-starring role was that he, an African-American, was referred to as "Sir" throughout the episode." See more »

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After the first round of attacks against the task force, Wesley reports to Starfleet that the captain and first officer of the Excaliber are dead plus "many casualties". With no further attacks, a few minutes later the Excaliber is reported to "look dead", and is subsequently scanned to show no life on board, even through it has not been attacked again. See more »

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[M-5 has destroyed an unmanned ore freighter in an unprovoked attack]
Captain James T. Kirk: Disengage the computer. Lieutenant, contact Starfleet Command. Tell them we are breaking off M-5 tests and returning to the space station. Come along, Dr. Daystrom. M-5 is out of a job!
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »

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that's the one thing no one machine ever had..
18 May 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

Star Trek

The Ultimate Computer

A cultural hub and by far one of the most loved and respected tale, Star Trek is created by Gene Roddenberry who wrote this brilliant concept, ahead of its time and is probably why it still doesn't fail to entertain us after these many years. It was written "for the future" in many aspects as it even though is smarter, wiser and powerful it still seeks for emotion and the force that binds it all. The relation between Spock and Kirk; despite of its premise, is the most human thing in this majestic tale where the adventures are endless. Encountering this original series, at this stage makes the execution look petty and a bit loose (the small technical aspects can be negotiated) but the writing is smart, gripping and hence completely overpowers it.

After a good run on its first season, the second season has more expectations to fulfill and hopefully they will try to develop the character a bit more and focus on the relations between the crew members on the enterprise to blend in and communicate easily with the audience despite of just focusing on more mind-numb missions that sometimes feel like they are filling their time and work in.

The Ultimate Computer certainly has a newer structure and doesn't quite go as predicted having said that, it still doesn't mean it is engaging or better than others but the conversations are intriguing and amusing especially Spock's input that Kirk is always enthusiast about.


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