Trekathon 053: The Ultimate Computer (TOS)

February 3rd, 2010

That old Sci Fi cliche, the computer stealing everyone’s job.

Oh, and then killing everyone to survive. Why can’t the job-stealing computers be peaceful for a change?

This episode suffers today from the existence of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Which came out a little over a month after this episode originally aired in March 1968. That’s a far better take on a similar concept. Here it ends up being reduced to ‘Kirk talks the computer into self destruction’ for what feels like the fourth or fifth time now.

(I did laugh at the line about McCoy’s job being the only one that couldn’t be replaced by a computer. Star Trek Voyager begs to differ…)

53 down, 684 to go.