Writers: Chuck Menville
Season 2 Episode 19
Star Trek The Animated Series
A mysterious energy cloud infects the USS Enterprises (NCC 1701) computer in Star Treks TAS "Practical Joker." On a routine survey mission the Enterprise is out flanked and out gunned by three Romulan Star battle cruisers. Fortunately, scotty's shields hold out. Kirk's chat with the Romulan Commander tells us any invasion of Romulan territory is punishable by death. Captain Kirk denies the charges tucks tail and runs for cover in a nearby gas cloud.
Amazingly the strategy works and with the Romulans gone, crew members begin to relax until...
Strange things start happening. Leaky glasses, faulty food synthesizers, laughing gas, Spocks black eyes and ice covered decks! All caused by a sentient intelligence absorbed into the ships circuitry. Instead of being alone and terrified, its gas hearing the "entity" amusing itself at the crews expense... laughter echoing throughout the ship.
Who said "We should be in tip top shape in another 24 hours, no thanks to those Romulan Vultures!"
The Enterprise is suffering from electronic nervous breakdown and its far from over with the Romulans. Romulans are a stubborn proud race. These guys don't just give up. They attack, its what they do. Apparently another sleigh ride into the gaseous cloud is on the cards.
Once inside the nebula, will the Romulan battlecruiser catch up with the Enterprise? How do you outfox a sentient computer playing practical jokes on you? Can you tell who voices the "sentient entity" from listening to the video clip?
Live Long and Prosper Trekkers, Bloggies and Trekkies.