The story for “The Ultimate Computer” was written by Laurence N. Wolfe, whose career as a mathematician led to his fascination with computing technology. His initial outline focused on Dr. Daystrom and the M-5 unit, almost entirely excluding the crew of the Enterprise. D.C. Fontana, seeing an opportunity for a good story from such clunky beginnings, focused on how James T. Kirk reacts to a computer that could theoretically do his job for him and his fear of being replaced.
I love everything about this episode except the tag. The M-5 has just killed the crew of an entire Constitution Class starship, and instead of a solemn ending, Spock insults McCoy and we laugh ourselves off to the next mission. How fun!
Christians are Morally Compromised
To Christians, this story is about the right of God to do anything he wants as the all-powerful-creator. Or, it’s about purification through suffering (even though Job was pure and righteous). Or, in the broadest sense, it’s about bad things happening to good people and the fact that there is, really, no explanation for that. Personally, I think it’s as stupid as God asking Abraham to sacrifice Issac. If God is omniscient, why does he have to have tests of faith?
That last one
Let’s just bottom line it. Would this be an establishment of religion created by the SCOTUS passed on to “closely held corporations?” What the hell is a closely held corporation anyway? Why do corporations have the right to exercise their religious beliefs over mine just because they may be paying for my government mandated healthcare? Same reason, I guess, that oil companies can fuck up the environment for everyone, then not be taxed or fined when they break the law. When will this corporate favoritism end?