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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.
McCoy accidentally injects himself with a drug that drives him mad. He then beams himself down to a planet with a time machine and goes through it. The away party that went after him are unchanged but the Enterprise disappears. Apparently the good doctor changed history and from the survivors perspective for the worse.
Kirk and Spock go after the doctor to try and perform corrective surgery on time itself. Although the overall story is as serious and Mirror, Mirror and Amok Time this episode contains significant humor which the other two stories lack. We learn for instance that Spock has pointed ears because his head caught in an automatic rice picking machine as a child. I didn't know they had those in China around 1900. Kirk and Spock go back to the United States in the midst of the depression where they must steal clothes and work for 22 cents an hour. But Spock expects to somehow get a 6 pound block of platinum in the middle of an economic crisis. I swear there are times when Kirk should just take the flat of his hand and slap Spock up side the head.
Of course Kirk goes back in time and finds THE GIRL but it seems Kirk must make sure she dies. Oh well, she wasn't as sexy as T'Pring anyway. But time heals all wounds. Well at least it should in 300 years. But if Keeler had lived she would have started a peace movement that kept the US out of World War II and allowed the Germans to get the Atomic Bomb first. That changed history. Curiously it is similar to The Proteus Operation, by James P. Hogan, with time machines, World War II and A-Bombs. I could see history teachers having students pay attention to both of these SF works.
The City On the Edge of Forever is one of the two episode for which the Original Trek won Hugo awards. The other was The Menagerie. Although I like Amok Time and Mirror, Mirror nearly as much they are for different reasons and City edges them out. Since I was messing with electrical stuff in high school and considering electrical engineering the scene of Spock interfacing a tricorder to 1930s technology and frying circuits everywhere was great.
So those are the top three must see Trek 66 episodes.
Live long and prosper! Look forward to see more!
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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