The City on the Edge of Forever

Kirk faces an ethical and moral dilemma: Let the woman he loves die? Or let the Nazis win World War II? It’s a hard knock life in The City on the Edge of Forever.

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  • Ok here is my problem with this, “the greatest of all Trek episodes” ever. Now I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.
    I hate plot devices. I really hate the ones ( like the one used here) that don’t really work well in reverse. Let me explain. This “Guardian” is a lot like “The Nexus” is “Trek VII: Generations.” Yeah, a Talking Alien Time Machine is way cooler, but it has a little problem. How I see it the problem is this: How do our hero’s come home? This “thing” should work like a Transporter platform, or better yet – A Stargate ! Ok, so It can transport”us” across the galaxy to another planet @ another time – right?
    ( Assuming that it can create a wormhole and “aim” the “other” “exit end” at that point in space/time. ) However – there is no Stargate at that other end. So once there, where on Earth do our hero’s go to step back into the “Guardian Stargate” once they fix history. ???? “Error”!

    They should have been stuck there on/in 1930’s Earth, because a Stargate just wasn’t there for them to step back into to get back. Now, had the Enterprise come back in time to Earth at the end of the episode and simply Transported our hero’s away – that would have fixed the problem.
    Below- from the Fotonovel adaptation: Lines of dialog were added that were not in the episode –

    • Michael Richmond

      I learned early on one should never let lack of scientific fact or plausibility ruin a good story, remember these are works of fiction after all.

  • Arvis Jaggamar

    I had no idea this episode was so well regarded and was surprised to hear you guys were so positive on this one.

    I enjoyed the episode, for sure. It was fun and interesting. But I found myself rolling my eyes at a lot of it. “Oh, you’re in love are you? Of course you are, Kirk, you’re in love all the time.” “McCoy accidentally injected himself. Really?” “Oh look, another super-advanced, patronizing intelligence at play. That’s a new one.” “And the point of the Disintegrating Bum was… what?” And then the ending just sort of… happened. There was no real rising action. It kind of felt like a lot of exposition and then “She has to die and OH LOOK SHE’S DEAD” and then the episode was over. Not only that, but it also felt like the episode took forever to get where it was going. All the nonsense with chasing McCoy on the planet felt interminable, to me.

    That being said, I feel like so much was done right in this episode that it has been ripped off by sci-fi so many times since that I can no longer appreciate how unique it was for its time. Alas.

  • LIstening to you discuss whether a future with “hope” is desirable, I’m reminded once again of the first few verses of Sifu Hotman’s song, “Matches”:

    The reason that I’m not a nihilist
    Is some day I wanna live like in Star Trek
    And I know that we’ll never build starships
    Until we tackle poverty, war, and hardship

    So we fight overnight and over lifetimes
    Organize for that warp drive
    And of course I realize
    That we’re a long way from it
    But what better reason to start runnin’?