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The standard-bearer for the entireStar Trekcanon, this episode begins with a medical accident that leaves Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) a paranoid madman. Leaping through a time portal to Earth's Great Depression of the 1930s, McCoy causes disastrous changes to history that include the disappearance of theEnterprise. Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) must follow him and undo whatever disruptive action he took centuries before. There, Kirk meets a kindly social worker, Edith Keeler (Joan Collins), with whom he falls in love before realizing that her fate is the key to a restored future.

A shattering drama, "City" brings out the best in the cast and production teams, looking like a feature film that found its way onto television. The background on this show is equally compelling and sometimes hysterically funny, beginning with a highly fanciful script by Harlan Ellison (including a scene with cast members riding a carousel that passes in and out the side of a mountain) that was either rewritten by series creator Gene Roddenberry or producer Gene L. Coon, depending on who's telling the story. Ironically, Ellison's original version won a Writer's Guild award, while the revision captured a Hugo, but the real prize is the episode itself. --Tom Keogh

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review by . September 29, 2010
The undisputed Best original Trek episode
The story?      Dr. McCoy engages in malpractice.  Kirk and Spock must purSUE him. How much did you see your favorite character?      The half-baked Spock had a prominent role in this episode.  The trip would have failed without him. Was the antagonist strong?      Who was the antagonist in this story?  It was really too complex for a good guy/bad guy analysis.  All three of the top three fit into that category.   …
review by . February 09, 2003
While I am familiar with the many stories about the original screenplay by Harlan Ellison and the changes made for the episode, that will not be part of this review. What matters is what appeared on the screen and that is a classical episode in television history. The story combines all the best that science fiction has to offer, new technologies, exploration of the universe and the discovery of new intelligences; deep friendship among comrades, the consequences of time alteration and the classic …
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