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The City on the Edge of Forever

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Interesting

    I had heard about the controversy surrounding one of the franchises most popular and enduring hours. I found Ellison's screenplay to be even more compelling than that was produced on-screen. I did feel that the pirate group taking control unnecessary since it only involved a few quick beats. But I enjoyed the use of a guest character to set the action in motion an even better catalyst than "Bones."

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    The book behind the best original Star Trek episode - more than stands on its own.

    "As if some cosmic god had flicked an ash and it became a world," Ellison writes. That's the quality of insight and imagination we get from reading a book as well as seeing it's movie, or in this case, it's TV episode.

    The original draft is otherwise different enough from the resulting screenplay to make this a unique read and a necessary companion to the book. We learn that the City on the Edge of Forever is an actual city on the alien planet, and the guardians of time are separate beings there. We also learn about a world war character whose history is sadly missing from the screenplay.

    In defense of the resulting screenplay, however, the romance is better developed in the final than in the draft, where it's a bit too sketchy in the original and missing the intimacy we get in the redraft.

    There are a few chapters written by Star Trek writers and cast members that speak more honorably to what I've written above.

    In summary this is a must read for any Star Trek and or/Sci Fi fan.

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