‘TOMORROW IS YESTERDAY’ (TOS)
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‘Tomorrow is Yesterday’ is another one of my favourite ‘Star Trek’ episodes from ‘The Original Series’. It’s a story about time-travel and it’s very clever in how ‘Star Trek’ deals with altering history.
In the episode, the Enterprise gets pulled back in time and ends up on Earth in 1969. Eventually, the Enterprise beams aboard a U.S. Air Force pilot who becomes very important with the Earth’s history.
The U.S. Air Force pilot in question is Roger Perry as Captain John Christopher. I enjoyed this episode with Captain Christopher and how he, as a native of 1969, interacts with the future Enterprise crew.
Captain Christopher is overwhelmed with seeing everything aboard the Enterprise, as Captain Kirk and everyone show him around. There’s a possibly though that Christopher can’t be returned home.
Because of the Enterprise’s interference with beaming Christopher aboard, they could risk changing history by returning him back to Earth. This is something Captain Christopher is not willing to accept.
Thankfully however, Spock manages to make a discovery about how important Captain Christopher becomes in Earth’s history. It turns out he will become father of someone in a future space mission.
With this vital information, Kirk and the Enterprise crew must find a way to return Christopher back to his own time without damaging the timeline. It’s not easy and they face obstacles along the way.
I liked some of the concepts of time-travel running through this episode. There are many moments of humour as well as moments of seriousness that can be enjoyed as it balances the episode nicely.
In the episode, Kirk and Sulu visit an airbase to recover some film of the Enterprise taken by Christopher’s aircraft. I’m pleased Sulu gets to join Kirk on a mission away from the Enterprise helm.
There’s a fun moment when an Air Policeman finds and catches Kirk and Sulu red-handed at the airbase. Very soon, he activates one of their communicators and is transported up to the Enterprise.
The scenes where the Air Policeman is bewildered and prefers to stay in the transporter room without saying anything are so funny. Jim Spencer plays that character during the episode very well.
I found it funny when Kirk tells Spock via communicator that ‘they have another problem’ regarding the Air Policeman. I also liked it when the Air Policeman asks for chicken soup and it comes instantly.
I enjoyed when Kirk gets to fight some US Air Force men at the airbase to give Sulu time to escape with the recovered film back to the Enterprise. It was funny when Kirk feigns that he was by himself.
I also enjoyed the interrogation scene with Kirk by the Air Force men. Kirk struggles to reframe from telling the truth and it was very funny when he was told he will be locked up for two hundred years.
Eventually, Spock and Sulu with Christopher go down to the airbase to rescue Kirk. Christopher turns against them, demanding he’d be left behind, before Spock comes behind him and knocks him out.
Soon, the Enterprise heads towards the sun in order to reverse Earth’s time to one day yesterday. The remastered version of this episode contains better CGI effects of the Enterprise around the sun.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 5 of both the original and re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
‘Tomorrow is Yesterday’ (TOS) rating – 10/10
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