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