Star Trek

The Ultimate Computer

Season 2, Ep 24, Aired 3/8/68
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  • Episode Description
  • Starfleet uses the Enterprise to test a new super-sophisticated computer, but it soon develops a mind of its own.

  • Cast & Crew
  • William Shatner

    Captain James Tiberius Kirk

  • Leonard Nimoy

    Mr. Spock

  • DeForest Kelley

    Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy

  • D.C. Fontana

    Teleplay

  • Laurence N. Wolfe

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Dr. Daystrom programs a Milton Bradley game into the Enterprise computer just so he can relive a boyhood dream by yelling out “Oh no, you sunk my battlship!”

    By hrtonslv, Dec 25, 2006

  • Do they have have Myers-Briggs tests in the 23rd Century?

    By peck2000, May 25, 2012

  • Kirk is replaced by a computer.

    By Celedorian, Nov 27, 2010

  • The Enterprise is selected to test the M-5, a new super-computer that supposedly doesn't need human intervention and could potentially replace Kirk as Captain. But the M-5 soon becomes a threat. An average, slightly filler affair, but with some good ideas

    By Jay-Spacedust, Dec 05, 2008

  • Aboard the U.S.S Enterprise the ship is chosen to test the new M-5 multitronic computer but they did not know that the computer had a mind of it's own!

    By M00N-CAT, Nov 13, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • McCoy: Why don't I get the man who is responsible in the first place? Where's Daystrom? Kirk: He's with the M-5 unit... watching it. I think it surprised even him. Spock: Most illogical. Of all people, he should have known how the computer would perform. Of course, the M-5 itself has not behaved... logically. McCoy: Please, Spock, do me a favor and don't say it's fascinating. Spock: No. But it is.... interesting.

    • McCoy: Did you see the love light in Spock's eyes? The right computer finally came along.

    • Kirk: ...I stood on the bridge of my ship and I felt useless! (He raises his glass in a toast.) To Captain Dunsel. McCoy: To James T. Kirk, Captain of the Enterprise.

    • McCoy: Compassion. That's the one thing no machine ever had. Maybe it's the one thing that keeps men ahead of them. Care to debate that, Spock? Spock: No, Doctor. I simply maintain that computers are more efficient than human beings, not better. McCoy: But tell me, which do you prefer to have around? Spock: I presume your question is meant to offer me a choice between machines and human beings. And I believe I have already answered that question. McCoy: I was just trying to make conversation, Spock. Spock: It would be most interesting to impress your memory engrams on a computer, Doctor. The resulting torrential flood of illogic would be most entertaining.

    • McCoy: I don't like it, Jim. A vessel this size cannot be run by one computer. Spock: We are attempting to prove that it can run this ship more efficiently than man. McCoy: Maybe you're trying to prove that Spock, but don't count me in on it. Spock: The most unfortunate lack in current computer programming is that there is nothing available to immediately replace the starship surgeon. McCoy: Very funny.

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    Notes (8)

    • The ore freighter model shown in this episode is recycled from Khan's deep-sleep ship from "Space Seed." The explosion shown is also recycled, shown earlier in "The Changeling." In the remastered 2008 version, both are redone from scratch.

    • The picture of the four ships attacking the Enterprise is actually one picture of the Enterprise quadrupled. In the 2008 remastered edition this was changed so that each ship was the same style, but had different names and numbering. The visuals for the approach of the ships and the attacks in the 2008 remaster were similar to the visuals done for the XBox/Playstation 2 game Star Trek Shattered Universe during the M-5 mission.

    • The badly damaged model of the Excalibur was the same model used for the Constellation in "The Doomsday Machine".

    • The Lexington bridge is in fact a slightly altered version of the Enterprise bridge. An extra seat back was added which was originally used in "Mirror, Mirror."

    • Deep Space Station K-7 is seen in this episode. As seen here, it is recycled footage from "The Trouble with Tribbles." In the remastered version, a new CGI model is used, complete with the Lexington docked with it.

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    Trivia (7)

    • Trivia: The Daystrom Institute and Dr Richard Daystrom himself would be referred to many times during the course of the follow-up Star Trek series Next Generation, DS9, and Voyager.

    • Bones says "Jim he's on the edge of a nervous breakdown, if not insanity!". Given that statement by the ship's doctor, one would think it's probably not a good idea to upset Dr. Daystrom any more than he already is. But what does Kirk do? He immediately charges up to Dr. Daystom and says the worst thing you could possibly say to him at that point--"The M-5 must be destroyed!".

    • When the M-5 computer goes crazy and starts shooting at the other starships, Commodore Wesley instantly concludes that Capt. Kirk has lost his mind and is trying to kill everyone. Not even for one second does the Commodore think that the M-5, which is going through its trial test and which has complete control of the ship, is the cause of the problem. It also doesn't reflect well on their friendship that his first and immediate conclusion is that Kirk is nuts.

    • When McCoy, Kirk and Spock come out of the turbolift, McCoy's lips don't move saying "Very funny."

    • McCoy disappears then reappears throughout the scene when Spock and Scotty are trying to disable the M-5.

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