My friends and I are embarking on a new journey to watch all 22 episodes of Star Trek's animated series. We'll be posting on Wednesdays. All are welcome to join us for all or parts of our adventure.
Episode: "Once Upon a Planet"
Series: Star Trek: The Animated Series
Season 1, Episode 9
Original Air Date: November 3, 1973
|via Memory Beta
When our friends last visited, a being known as The Keeper oversaw the planet but he has since died, leaving the Master Computer (voiced by James Doohan) in charge. The MC is tired of sitting around and amusing others. It wants to get out and see the universe, intending to hijack the Enterprise for this purpose.
The fun of the TOS episode was the mystery of the origin of all the fantastical beings. This later story goes a bit further down the philosophical query path: where is the relationship between human and machine heading? Which is master, which servant? If we are to endow machines with intelligence, what are our responsibilities to them? To what rights and liberties are they entitled? How can we convince them not to enslave us all?
Apparently we just need to convince them they already live in the perfect vacation spot.
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