The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of STAR TREK: HARLAN ELLISON’S THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER THE ORIGINAL TELEPLAY from IDW Publishing. The story is based on the teleplay by Harlan Ellison, adapted by Scott Tipton and David Tipton, with art by J.K. Woodward, and lettering by Neil Uyetake.
The Enterprise is investigating the curious experience of their chronometers running backwards. It leads them to a mysterious planet. Meanwhile, two crew members are experimenting with a dangerous narcotic with dangerous results. Kirk, Spock and a search party beam down to the planet after one of the crewman and find a beautiful city. There they find creatures called Guardians of Forever. Behind them is a stream of time, currently showing Earth’s past. The drugged crewman battles our heroes and disappears into the stream and whatever dangers that may lay ahead…or behind.
Right off the bat you can see why there were changes in the script. Crew members using drugs would not have been shown on TV in those days. Another thing is the fact that the city and the Guardians would have blown the budget, so we get a stone structure (The Guardian) in the middle of nowhere. THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER is a classic and highly regarded episode, and I’ve been waiting to see this adaption. So far I like what I have read.
STAR TREK: HARLAN ELLISON’S THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER THE ORIGINAL TELEPLAY is in stores now, or available for ordering at www.idwpublishing.com.