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THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER
STAR TREK, The Original TV Series

THIS IS ONE OF THE TEN BEST TREKS!

GUEST STARS...

Joan Collins

PLOT SUMMARY...

McCoy, Kirk, and Spock travel through a planet's time portal back to New York in 1930.

QUICK SCAN...

This episode features Kirk's most credible love affair in the series. Some Trekers consider this the best of the classic "Trek" episodes. Kirk's love interest in this episode, Edith Keeler, is played moving by Joan Collins ("Dynasty"). Surprisingly, Dr. McCoy is out of his mind on drugs for most of the episodes. Harlan Ellison's script won several awards.

SYNOPSIS...

When Dr. McCoy is accidentally injected with a powerful drug, he goes mad and beams himself down to a planet. On the planet, McCoy jumps through a time portal, vanishing from view.

Kirk and Spock who have beamed down to the planet, in pursuit of McCoy, also enter the portal. They all end up in New York City, in 1930. They can't find McCoy. Kirk falls in love with Edith Keeler. Spock builds a tricorder out of odds and ends.

Spock determines that Kirk's new girlfriend must die in order that the future not be horribly altered. Kirk lets his girlfriend get hit by a car. A very unhappy Kirk beams back up to the Enterprise with his crew.

Review...

Director Joseph Pevney's, "THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER," is considered by some Trekkers, to be the best classic "Star Trek" episode. Pevney's other directing credits include: "Devil in the Dark", "Amok Time", and "Journey to Babel".

Joan Collins ("Dynasty") is radiant as Edith Keeler, a woman fervently committed to helping society. She is warm and beautiful, and her romance with Captain Kirk provides the interplanetary playboy with his best, most convincing love affair.

Harlan Ellison ("The Outer Limits" and "The NEW Twilight Zone"), a well known Science-Fiction novelist, wrote the beautifully realized teleplay. Although Ellison later claimed that Roddenberry wrecked his script by re-writing it, the revised teleplay won the International Hugo award, in 1968, a prestigious Science-Fiction honor.

The episode's primary FX involve a time portal, called "The Guardian of Forever". Although the historical scenes we see projected on the portal are just old, recycled movie scenes, slow motion shots of McCoy, Kirk, and Spock passing through the portal are pretty decent.

This is one of the few classic "Star Trek" episodes in which profanity was used. At the end of the episode, when the Enterprise crew prepares to beam up from the planet, following the death of Edith Keeler, in 1930's, New York, a grim faced Kirk barks the line, "Let's get the hell out of here!"

"THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER" should be highly watchable for most Sci-Fi viewers. Joan Collins fans will definitely dig this episode. "The City on the Edge of Forever" is "Star Trek" at its best! Trek on!

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