Saturday, August 07, 2010

City on the Edge of Forever

The USS Enterprise NCC 1701 detects time disturbances centred around a deserted planet. Mr Sulu is injured on the bridge and Dr McCoy saves his life with just a few drops of cordrazine. However, McCoy accidentally suffers an overdose when the Enterprise experiences another time displacement and injects a full vial of the powerful drug cordrazine into his bloodstream causing him to go beserk. Bones beams down to the planet below amidst the remains of a ruined city some 10,000 centuries old. In the grip of complete madness, he evades the enterprise crew yet again and leaps through a strange arch pulsating with power. The Guardian of Forever identifies itself to Kirk and Spock summarizing their predicament.

"Your vessel, your beginning. All that you knew is gone." Dr McCoy has gone back through time and changed their history! Their world no longer exhists! Uhura reports dead communicator contact with the ship. Fortunately, Mr Spock's tricorder was recording the Guardian's past timeline events, right at the point, McCoy dived through the portal giving them a chance to rectify the damage done. I love how Spock manufactures a computer from his tricorder that shows how history will unfold if the focal point in time, Edith Keeler, lives.

City on the Edge of Forever" had inclusions from Gene Coon and Steve Carbastos, major changes from Dorothy Fontana and a final rewrite from Gene Roddenberry, won the 1968 Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation in a shortlist that was entirely composed of star trek episodes. Harlan Ellison's story won a Writers Guild of America (WGA) award for Outstanding Dramatic Episode Teleplay in 1967-68.

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My friend is obviously Chinese. I see you've noticed the ears, they're actually easy to er explain" Kirk looks to Spock with a lost look on his face.

"Perhaps the unfortunate accident I had as a child." prompts Mr Spock.

"The unfortunate accident he had as a child, he caught his head in a mechanical rice picker."

This is a great moment when Kirk and Spock face a 1930's policeman who isn't convinced with the captain's rice picker bluff. Now I wonder why?

Live long and prosper, trekkers.


Francis said...

This is still one of my favorite episodes of Star Trek!

Daniel said...

Definitely one of my favorite episodes, and by far one of the most intellectual.

Cassandra said...

This is definitely my favourite. Love the fact that Kirk actually shows some pain without making light of it - very early angst. Ahhhh how much did I fancy Captain Kirk then? A LOT.
Hope all is well Spacer x

Spacerguy said...

I'm nearly afraid to mention this Cassandra.... When Captain Kirk fell in love with Edith Keeler... didn't he execute true Federation leadership by doing the RIGHT thing? I mean, it makes you pause for thought when you think of the heart rendering, horrific ending to this emotional drama.

Reflect, History is at stake, the future of all intelligent life-forms of the United Federation of Planets is riding on this precious moment in history... Our heroic captain allowed Edith to get run over in order to restore Planet Earth and the Federations time line..

Kirk never did believe in the no-win scenario. The Federation and the crew of the USS Enterprise NCC- 1701 get spared a life of misery and non existence and can go back to exploring the stars! This episode truly demonstrates the needs of the many outweighs the needs of the few... Gosh I'm all choked up. sniff...

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