Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Star Trek TAS "Once Upon a Planet"

Stardate: 5591.2
Air Date: 3rd November, 1973
Season 1 episode 9  "Once Upon a Planet"
Writers: Chuck Menville, Len Janson.

Y is for Yellow Alert. Today, I'm merging two blogfests into one blogfest! Enjoy! Once Upon a Planet is a sequel to the classic series STAR TREK adventure "Shore Leave" written by Theodore Sturgeon.

While beaming down for shore leave to  the "Keepers" pleasure planet, Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Dr McCoy and Sulu experience fantasies when the power of human imagination is enhanced by an underground super computer! Shooting spears, hovercraft robots, deadly playing cards, a giant cat and fire breathing dragons, all harry the away team. The question is where is the keeper?

This is another case with Captain Kirk vs the computer. To be fair the Master Planet's Computer is probably having a nervous breakdown. "I monitor any thoughts that are emotionally charged" it says to Uhura while holding her captive. Believing humans to be slaves of the Skymachines (eg USS Enterprise NCC 1701) the Master Computer amuses itself by playing deadly practical jokes.

Its a pity the Master Computer doesn't have a pet name like Nomad, V'ger, Oracle or "Banjo Joe." I found myself laughing as I listened to the Master Planets Computer anguishing over serving superior machines! Despite its logic the Keepers computer is plagued with self doubt about its true purpose in life!

Without the Planet's kindly human Keeper, soon the order is given to kill.  Unless Kirk, Bones and Spock figure out a solution fast, time will run out. Finally our heroes sneak underground! A logical sally of levity helps the underground computer feel better about itself. Kirk reasons:-

"Men and Machines co-exist each helping each other."
           "This is a shock" replies the Master Computer.

My friends Armchair Squid, Maurice and Mock are also watching Star Trek The Animated Series. Why not post your thoughts too?

What's a good name for the Master Computer? How would you reason with a super computer down in the dumps? Chin wag or pull the plug?

Watch Long and Prosper, Trekkers!


Bill Nicholls said...

I love reading this blog so I'm going to have add you to my Blog Roll. Thanks for following mine

Jeremy Hawkins said...

Great trek-formation... so much too see and know. I wish they would or could of a couple more animated works from the creators.

Tony Laplume said...

Kirk's first officer was originally a Cylon. He booted his original first officer out the nearest airlock.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It was almost like dealing with a child rather than a computer.

Spacerguy said...

Kirk lied to the Master Computer when he said "No one rules the galaxy. Machines and men co-exist" right? Think back, V'ger, Nomad, Landru, Multitronic M5 all had to be overcome.

Jeffrey Scott said...

Banjo Joe, great stuff. :)
How about giving the computer the pet name of ProTIR. It's something silly they would have done.
PROducing Thought Into Reality.

No? Oh well, I gave it a shot.

The Armchair Squid said...

A computer down in the dumps... When you put it like that, makes me think of Marvin from the Hitchhiker series. So, let's call him Marvin. Or Doug.

Jo said...

You`ve certainly made me nostalgic for Star Trek. Didn`t know about this animated series.

How about Jeeves.

Spacerguy said...

Thanks everyone, it was interesting Spock remained behind in the control room for talks with the Master Computer. I wonder what they chatted about?!

Birgit said...

Oh this is one of my favourites from the original series. I think the master computer is grieving and needs a hug. Eye'ore is a good name or Herman

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