‘THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER’ (TOS)
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‘The City on the Edge of Forever’ is another one of my favourite classic ‘Star Trek’ episodes. It’s a time-travel story with Kirk and Spock going to the 30s and is a sweet love story that ends in tragedy.
In the episode, Dr. McCoy, after accidentally injecting himself with an overdose of cordrazine, steps through the Guardian of Forever on an uninhabited planet. In doing this, he changes Earth’s history.
In order to restore their future, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock go back in time through the Guardian of Forever to save Bones and stop him from changing history. They soon end up back in 1930s America.
This episode means a lot to me, since I was studying the American Depression of the 1930s in GCSE History. Watching this episode helped me to appreciate the period, whilst I’d studied for my exams.
I enjoyed the performances of William Shatner as Captain Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Spock in this episode. This episode demonstrates their friendship and how they cope together in a different time.
I liked how they try to blend into 1930s America by stealing clothes before they get caught by a police officer. They manage to trick the police officer and run away before they find a place to hide.
They eventually end up in the cellar of 21st Street Mission building run by Miss Edith Keeler. Edith finds Kirk and Spock down there and soon invites them to work for her, whilst they stay in the area.
Joan Collins guest stars Edith Keeler. This is where the love story element of the episode comes into place. Edith is a social worker who believes that one day humanity will travel the stars in the future.
Kirk gradually comes to fall in love with Edith and share her interest about the future of the human race. They start going out together for walks since Kirk and Edith form a close bond with each other.
Spock watches this from afar, before discovering that Edith Keeler is the focal point in time they’ve been looking for in rescuing McCoy. It turns out that Edith is meant to die in a truck accident in 1930.
Kirk is disturbed by this revelation when Spock tells him. It was interesting when Spock, with the use of limited technology, explains how Earth’s future changes with Edith Keeler remaining alive instead.
It’s also upsetting, since Kirk reveals to Spock that he finds he’s falling in love with Edith. But Spock insists that Edith Keeler must die and that they have to find Dr. McCoy before he changes the future.
DeForest Kelley delivers a superb performance as Dr. ‘Bones’ McCoy in this episode. It was disturbing when Bones has an overdose of cordrazine and he’s on a rampage saying “Assassins!!! Murderers!!!”
He eventually ends up in 1930s America through the Guardian of Forever and he’s all alone. He soon ends up at Edith Keeler’s place and is taken into care by her, as the cordrazine slowly wear off him.
It was so upsetting when Kirk sees Edith Keeler about to be run over by a truck and he stops Bones from saving her. It restores the timeline of Earth’s future, but it leaves Kirk a broken-hearted man.
‘The City on the Edge of Forever’ is one of the greatest ‘Star Trek’ episodes ever made. I loved the history setting of 1930s America and the love story of Kirk and Edith was sweet till it ends in tragedy.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 7 of both the original and re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
On Disc 7 of the re-mastered DVD of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1’, there’s the documentary ‘Kiss ‘n’ Tell: Romance in the 23rd Century’.
‘The City on the Edge of Forever’ (TOS) rating – 10/10
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