The City on the Edge of Forever – Episode 29

Rachel and Chris talk about Spock’s fashion choices while discussing The City on the Edge of Forever!

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6 thoughts on “The City on the Edge of Forever – Episode 29”

  1. It’ll be interesting to see how this episode sits with you after some time has passed, Rachel – you mentioned not quite being able to say what you thought about it immediately afterwards. I think this one is very different to the rest of the season and definitely thought provoking, which might be why it sticks in people’s minds (mine included).

    The poor schmo who disintegrates himself is sort of a holdover from Ellison’s script, though the events that cause his demise are quite different. In Ellison’s version, he is a veteran of Verdun fallen on hard times that Kirk treats decently, and he throws himself in the way of a phaser blast from the drug-dealing Enterprise crewman Chris mentioned to save Kirk.

    Like the ‘The Alternative Factor,’ this episode carries a common Star Trek theme familiar to fans – “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” In ‘The Alternative Factor’ Lazarus sacrifices himself to save the universe, in this one Kirk must let Edith die to save his timeline.

    Also like ‘The Alternative Factor,’ ‘City on the Edge of Forever’ went significantly over budget, prompting Star Trek Producer and Roddenberry’s right hand man Robert Justman to quip, “Sometimes I get the feeling the only way we could achieve a Star Trek segment on budget would have to be 60 minutes of Mister Spock playing kazoo solo as Captain Kirk holds him in his arms while standing in a telephone booth,” thereby inadvertently becoming the first person to suggest a Spirk slashfic plot.

    As to ‘corporal punishment’ on Star Trek – well, who knows what McCoy gets up to in Sick Bay after dark?

  2. Hey guys…

    The Guardian of Forever was used in the animated episode “Yesteryear” the one where Spock went to Vulcan where he met himself as a child….

  3. Oh, and I’ll just leave this here…

    Time was broken, had to fix fast
    Time was broken, went back to the past
    I met a girl chasing crazy McCoy
    Met Jim Kirk, a mysterious boy
    Future days, fading away, from uh-oh those time travel nights

    Uh Well-a well-a well-a huh
    Tell me more, tell me more
    Did you get very far?

    Tell me more, tell me more
    Did she get hit by a car?
    Uh-huh uh-huh uh-huh uh-huh

  4. One thing my dad always points out about this episode is that when the party beams down, every pad on the transporter is full. No more room.
    But when they beam up, they have an extra person, McCoy. How does that work? How does he fit?

  5. Goodnight Harlan, goodnight. I only spoke with you once, and in that time you were abusive, aggressive, enraging, embarrassed with yourself, stutteringly apologetic, gracious, kind, informative, and finally brilliant. That was my six minutes with Harlan Ellison.

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