Star Trek (TOS) The Original Series Production Script THE ULTIMATE COMPUTER From Season 2, Episode 24. This is a Final Draft, Dated December 5, 1967. Written by the LEGENDARY D. FONTANA, based on a story by LAURENCE N. The original draft was given to Famed Novelist and Pulitzer Prize Recipient Ray Bradbury by Mathematician and Star Trek Fan Laurence Wolfe, to give to Gene Roddenberry! This is an Original Numbered Production Script (Numbered 82) in Very Good Condition with very light paper toning, particularly considering it’s age. Overall it’s in excellent condition. PLEASE NOTE: My scanner makes some things appear a little brighter than they actually are. The actual cover and pages are darker than my scanner shows. The cover is more of a dark red and the pages are lightly toned from age. Any shadows or substantial blurriness, particularly by the “hinged” area of the script that you see are also from the scanner and don’t exist on the script unless specifically mentioned in the description. Star Trek: (TOS) The Original Series Episode. AND HARD TO FIND D. ON TOP OF BEING SENIOR STORY EDITOR FOR SEASONS 1 & 2 OF THE ORIGINAL STAR TREK SERIES, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER FOR STAR TREK: THE NEW GENERATION AND LEAD PRODUCER/. FOR THE STAR TREK ANIMATED SERIES, D. FONTANA WROTE & SUCCESSFULLY FILMED (10) STAR TREK (TOS) EPISODES MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE! , (5) STAR TREK:TNG EPISODES AND ALSO WROTE FOR STAR TREK:DEEP SPACE 9, STAR TREK:THE NEW VOYAGES AND THE STAR TREK ANIMATED SERIES. THIS AMAZING NOVELIST, SCRIPT. WRITER, STORY EDITOR AND PRODUCER H. AS BEEN INDUCTED TWICE TO THE AMERICAN SCREENWRITERS ASSOCIATION’S HALL OF FAME! “The Ultimate Computer” is the twenty-fourth episode of the second season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek. Fontana based on a story by Laurence N. Wolfe and directed by John Meredyth Lucas, it was first broadcast on March 8, 1968. Sol Kaplan & Fred Steiner. Original air date March 8, 1968. Barry Russo as Commodore Robert Wesley. William Marshall as Dr. Sean Morgan as Ensign Harper. Frank da Vinci as Lt. Eddie Paskey as Lt. William Blackburn as Lt. The Federation Starship Enterprise is summoned to a space station without explanation. Commodore Wesley (Barry Russo) explains that the Enterprise will be a test vessel for the M-5 Multitronic System, a revolutionary tactical and control computer designed by Dr. Richard Daystrom (William Marshall). While Science Officer Spock is impressed with M-5, Captain Kirk and Chief Medical Officer Dr. In its first tactical drill, M-5 defends the Enterprise against mock attacks from Starships Excalibur and Lexington. The Enterprise is declared the victor, and Wesley jokingly refers to Kirk as “Captain Dunsel”, employing a Starfleet Academy slang term for a part serving no useful purpose. Kirk is troubled by this. Some time later, M-5 detects the Woden, an unmanned freighter, and attacks with live torpedoes, destroying it. Kirk orders M-5 taken offline, but on attempting to do so, finds it protected by a powerful force field. Spock and Scott attempt a manual override, but discover that the M-5 has rerouted all controls. Spock questions Daystrom on his computer design, and Daystrom reveals that he has imprinted human engrams onto M-5’s circuits, creating what amounts to a human mind operating at the speed of a computer. Meanwhile, four of Enterprise’s sister ships, Lexington, Potemkin, Excalibur, and Hood, approach to begin a new tactical drill. Since M-5 has disabled communications, Kirk is unable to warn M-5’s targets. M-5 detects the ships, and attacks them with full-strength weapons. The crew watches helplessly as the Enterprise fires on the Lexington, killing 53, and then turns to the Excalibur, killing all aboard and leaving her adrift. Commodore Wesley assumes that Kirk himself is responsible for the attacks, and requests permission from Starfleet Command to destroy the Enterprise. Daystrom, having indicated that the engrams he used were his own, believes he can reason with the M-5, but his conversation with the unit quickly degenerates into a self-pitying lament over his own career disappointments. McCoy warns Kirk that he sees a psychotic episode coming, and as Daystrom begins loudly to proclaim his and his creation’s invincibility, Spock subdues him with a Vulcan nerve pinch. Kirk then tries to persuade the M-5 to stop its attacks. The M-5 acknowledges Kirk, who asks M-5 what its purpose is. M-5 responds that its purpose is to protect lives. Kirk rejoins that it acted contrary to its purpose by murdering people. M-5 acknowledges that it has committed murder and must therefore die, and shuts itself down. In so doing, it also cripples the Enterprise. Having received permission to destroy Enterprise, the other Federation ships close in. The gamble pays off as the Commodore orders his ships to stand down at the last moment. Production and Reception Michelle Erica Green of Trek Today maintains that it is one of McCoy’s best episodes and praises the episode for taking place entirely on the Enterprise. She states that the M-5 turns out to be one of Trek’s best villains and that the analogies of computers taking over for humans is still powerful today. In 2011, this episode was noted by Forbes as one of the top ten episodes of the franchise that explores the implications of advanced technology, in particular the danger of A. In 2016, SyFy ranked guest star William Marshall’s performance as Dr. Daystrom, as the 14th best guest star on the original series. This episode was also considered groundbreaking in the casting of an African American, William Marshall, as the genius inventor of the M-5 as well as, the duotronic circuit which was the basis of all Star Fleet computer systems. The original draft was given to Ray Bradbury by mathematician and Star Trek fan Laurence Wolfe to give to Gene Roddenberry. Unless requested/stated otherwise, for script sales inside the continental U. Outside of the continental U. Please contact me for a quote. The item “Star Trek TOS Orig Script THE ULTIMATE COMPUTER Final Draft 12/5/67 D. C. FONTANA” is in sale since Sunday, February 23, 2020. This item is in the category “Entertainment Memorabilia\Television Memorabilia\Scripts\Originals\Unsigned”. The seller is “southfloridafishermen” and is located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Season 2: Episode 24: Final Draft: December 5, 1967
- Star Trek The Original Series: The Ultimate Computer
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Industry: Television
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Object Type: Script