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Star trek: The original series 1.14a - The city on the edge of forever

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Accidentally overdosed with cordrazine, a delirious McCoy (Deforest Kelley) transports to the planet below. Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and a landing party discover a time portal through which McCoy disappears! Suddenly the Enterprise vanishes, and Kirk and Spock must enter the vortex to search for McCoy. Arriving on Earth in 1930, Kirk falls deeply in love with sister Edith Keeler (Joan Collins) only to learn she must die in order for time to return to normal!

Persons of interest

  • William Shatner .... Captain James Tiberius Kirk
  • Leonard Nimoy .... Commander Spock
  • Deforest Kelley .... Doctor Leonard H McCoy
  • James Doohan .... Lieutenant Montgomery Scott
  • Nichelle Nichols .... Lieutenant Uhura
  • George Takei .... Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu
  • Walter Koenig .... Ensign Pavel Andreievich Chekov
  • Majel Barrett .... Nurse Christine Chapel
  • Grace Lee Whitney .... Yeoman Janice Rand
  • Joan Collins .... Edith Keeler
  • John Harmon .... Rodent
  • Hal Baylor .... Policeman
  • David L Ross .... Galloway
  • John Winston .... Lieutenant Kyle
  • Bartell la Rue .... the Guardian of forever (voice)
  • Harlan Ellison .... Screenwriter
  • Joseph Pevney .... Director

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Mmm... what starts out as another technobabble induces episode turns into a deliciously heart-breaking story of love, pain, truth and death. Yay!

Shat manages to act quite clearly, while Joan shows nothing of the bitch for which she has become stereotyped: she's caring, compassionate and passionate at the same time. They fill the screen with a lusty glow whenever they're together. Yowch! Deforest goes psycho quite well (for the times: these are the 60s, remember, and acting hadn't been invented yet).

What's more interesting for the hard-core Trekkie is that the United Federation of Planets gets obliterated (again): timelines shift and swirl in a pattern so delicate that the death of one little Human can change a galaxy. Naturally, Edith (special guest death of the week) is the focal point, and naturally she has to die. Also naturally, Kirk has to (a) love her and (b) let her go. That's what makes this episode so compelling: tragedy. it's like Romeo + Juliet or Titanic: you know how they're going to end, but getting there is half the fun.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 9 September2004

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