The Ultimate Computer
Episode 24 of 26 within Season Two. Item 54 of 90 overall.
Production number 60353.
Laurence N. Wolfe - Story
D. C. Fontana - Teleplay
John Meredyth Lucas - Director
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Stardate: 4729.4--4731.3 --Kirk and the Enterprise are ordered to a space station and told to transport the vast majority of his the crew to the station.

Meanwhile, Kirk is informed that the Enterprise will be the test vehicle for the M5 Multitronic System, a super computer designed to replace a crew. It is to be tested in battle simulations, but as the mission progresses it refuses to give up control.

original airdate--March 08, 1968  

network: NBC

music:"Theme from Star Trek" "Where No Man Has Gone Before" by Alexander Courage 


Starships: U.S.S. Excalibur, U.S.S. Potemkin, U.S.S. Hood, U.S.S. Lexington, Freighter Woden [destroyed]

Log Entries:

  • "Captain's log, stardate 4729.4. The M-5 computer has been installed on board ship, and we have left the space station for test maneuvers."
  • "Captain's log, stardate 4731.3. The M-5 multitronic unit has taken over total control of the Enterprise."


Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Klingon: logh: HeH Qav'e'. DaH 'entepray' Duj lengmey lutalu'. Qu' vagh-DIS: Huj chu' qo', yISam yIn tayqeq chu', vay' boldly nuqDaq V pagh 'ej explore.

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Previous episode :
053 The Omega Glory
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055 Bread And Circuses

alternative title

Also known as - Klingon=De'wI' Ultimate

regional titles

The Ultimate Computer
The Ultimate Computer
Unite multitronique
Computer M5
An Ríomhaire deiridh
Il computer che uccide
El mejor ordenador