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The City on the Edge of Forever 

When a temporarily insane Dr. McCoy accidentally changes history and destroys his time, Kirk and Spock follow him to prevent the disaster, but the price to do so is high.

Director:

Joseph Pevney

Writers:

Harlan Ellison, Gene Roddenberry (created by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Joan Collins ... Edith Keeler
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
James Doohan ... Scott
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
John Harmon ... Rodent
Hal Baylor ... Policeman
David L. Ross ... Galloway
John Winston John Winston ... Transporter Chief
Bart La Rue Bart La Rue ... Guardian (voice) (as Bartell La Rue)
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Storyline

When an accident causes Dr. McCoy to go temporarily insane, he escapes to a strange planet. There, the search party discovers a device left by a superior, vanished civilization, a time portal that plays the history of Earth for them - but then Bones jumps through it into the past, causing a change in history important enough to make the Enterprise vanish. Kirk and Spock, who fortunately made a tricorder recording, must attempt to go through to just before McCoy's arrival and stop him from changing history in the United States during the Great Depression, where they have no advanced technology available. Written by KGF Vissers

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Black and White (flashbacks)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

With regards to this episode, Joan Collins has stated, "To this day, people still want to talk about that episode - some remember me for that more than anything else I've done. I am amazed at the enduring popularity of Star Trek and particularly of that episode." Collins adds, "At the time none of us would have predicted the longevity of the show. I couldn't be more pleased - or more honoured - to be part of Star Trek history." Ms. Collins' memory of her Trek experience seems hazy, however. In her 1985 autobiography, Past Imperfect (p. 248) she makes a few errors regarding the episode: for example, in addition to the common mistake of referring to Mr. Spock as Dr. Spock, she identifies her character as Edith Cleaver instead of Edith Keeler, and she also claims that Spock, not Kirk, allowed her character to be killed - a plot point that was not in the version of the script that was actually shot. Most significantly, she claims Edith tried to "prove to the world that Hitler was a nice guy." See more »

Goofs

When Kirk walks Edith home he tells her about a novel that will be written by someone from another planet, circling the far left star in Orion's Belt constellation which he points to. However, when the shot changes to the sky, it is overcast at dusk and no stars can be seen. See more »

Quotes

[Having arrived in Earth's distant past, Captain Kirk steals clothing so he and Spock can blend in but is halted by the sudden appearance of a policeman]
Policeman: [seeing Kirk with an armload of clothing] Well?
Capt. Kirk: You're a police officer. I recognize the traditional accoutrements.
Spock: [in regards to his own appearance] You were saying you'll have no trouble explaining it.
Capt. Kirk: [on the spot to explain Spock's alien features] My friend... is obviously Chinese. I see you've noticed the ears. They're... actually easy to ...
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are set against a combination background of stills from that episode and previous episodes. See more »

Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »

Connections

Referenced in Free Enterprise (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme From Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
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Arguably, the best episode of the original series
8 December 2013 | by david-497-331474See all my reviews

I love this episode and although I have seen it countless times over the years, I never fail to be impressed by the quality of the story, the acting, even the appropriate music.

I think DeForrest Kelly in particular gives an outstanding performance, suffering from madness due to the accident with the hypo.

I think it's the ending that gets to me every time I watch it! It's the grim inevitability of the climax that is so powerful.

It's a shame that the story lines in more of the "Trek" episodes weren't of this high standard, maybe they wouldn't have canned it after only 3 seasons!


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