Saturday, July 26, 2014

Star Trek Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever #2 (of 5)

   As a huge fan of the original TV series Star Trek, I can tell you that the episode City on the Edge of Forever was one of my favorites, and was one of the sharpest, most well-written episodes in the show's run.

   As a kid, I had no idea that the writer was Harlan Ellison, or that I'd eventually become a big fan of his work.

   But as I became more aware, I discovered that Ellison had written a different version of that episode originally - but had been forced to change it because of pressure from the network and other sources.

   Thank goodness for comics! Through this medium we can dust off his original script (also available as a book - there should be a link below this post), recast the actors as young and vibrant performers, and discover the story as it might have appeared.

   The story finds the crew of the Enterprise exploring a mysterious, time-altering phenomenon. When a member of the crew uses a gateway to jump into Earth's past, reality is altered - and the only way to fix it is for Capt. Kirk and Mr. Spock to journey into the past to undo whatever damage the other crew member caused.

   The changes will be a surprise to those of us who've seen the original episode numerous times (and know it by heart) - and I certainly won't spoil it for you here - but it's a lot of fun to follow the story down a somewhat different path.

   The art by J. K. Woodward is excellent, capturing the likenesses of the original cast with great skill, and creating a new and unique setting for the alien world.

   I'm enjoying this series - it's wonderful to unlock and peel back the layers of the story in a new and different way. I recommend it highly!    

Grade: A


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