Series: The Animated Series
Air Date: November 3, 1973
Written by: Len Jense and Chuck Menville
Directed by: Hal Sutherland
The crew returns to the "Shore Leave" planet to find that the caretaker has died and the robots have taken over!
So it's time once again for the crew to go on shore leave. And, of course, they know the perfect place to go. The planet they found in the episode titled "Shore Leave" is a perfect diversion for their space weariness. When they arrive, Bones recalls the last time they were there he saw a white rabbit being chased by Alice. And then the same white rabbit and little girl show up again. Things appear to be going swimmingly with Bones in his own Southern estate and Uhura singing by the shoreline. And then... The Queen of Hearts attacks. And a hovering robot kidnaps Uhura.
Bones is able to beam up and report to Kirk about what happened, so Kirk takes a team down to figure out what's going on. In the meantime, Uhura is brought before a master computer that has somehow gained sentience. And the computer explains that he is detaining Uhura so that her "master" won't leave. And Uhura is like "Bitch, I ain't got no master!" The computer explains that he's referring to the "sky machine" up in orbit around the planet. So, obviously, the computer has some kind of misconception going on. Uhura says the crew will look for her and the computer says he's gong to "turn them off"!
|While attempting to turn Uhura on?|
In the core of the planet, Kirk and Spock meet up with Uhura and the master computer and find that the master computer believes that machines, which are obviously superior to organic beings, are in control in the galaxy. He believes that the Enterprise uses the crew as slaves. But Kirk explains that the crew actually controls the ship. The master computer is all depressed because he thought he was gonna get a new friend. And he wants to escape his life of menial work. Meanwhile, on the surface, Bones and Sulu are being chased by a fire-breathing dragon.
|RANDOM ACTS OF ARSON|
Kind of a charming episode, but still not up to par with The Original Series. I dunno. I just don't know if there is any way The Animated Series can redeem itself.