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Star Trek: The Original Series Season 2

Episode 24 "The Ultimate Computer"

Stardate 4729.4: Dr. Richard Daystrom has developed the next generation of computers, the M-5 Multitronic Unit, and Starfleet has ordered the device to be tested aboard the Enterprise. Once installed, tests begin with simple maneuvers and navigation problems, tasks which Kirk feel do not deserve the lavish attention given to the computer. After a mock engagement with the U.S.S. Lexington (NCC-1709) where the M-5 shows remarkable skill in defending the Enterprise, Commodore Wesley, the Lexington's commander, teases Kirk about being replaced by a computer. The performance of the M-5 pleases Daystrom, but at the same time Kirk feels uncomfortable about serving under a machine. The next test for the M-5 is an unexpected one in which the computer goes out of its way to destroy an ore freighter. Because of this unexplained behavior Kirk orders the M-5 deactivated, but the computer refuses to surrender control of the ship. A plan to cut off its power fails, and the bridge crew can only helplessly watch as the M-5 cripples a task force of four starships -- Hood (NCC-1703), Potemkin (NCC-1657), Excalibur (NCC-1664) and Lexington -- sent to further test the computer's capabilities. When one starship, Excalibur, is destroyed in the attack, Commodore Wesley is given the order to destroy the Enterprise in self-defense, and after Daystrom fails to convince his creation to stand down, Kirk uses the M-5's programmed sense of humanism to convince it that it has committed murder. The M-5 agrees and lowers the Enterprise shields so that the attacking force can easily destroy the Enterprise and thus itself. Kirk regains control but decides to gamble on Commodore Wesley's humanity and keep the shields lowered. Wesley calls off the attack, the M-5's plug is pulled, and Dr. Daystrom suffers an emotional breakdown
 
 
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