History Recap / StarTrekS1E28TheCityOnTheEdgeOfForever

12th Apr '17 11:53:37 AM wyattte
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* BittersweetEnding: Edith dies, but the future continues as normal.

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* BittersweetEnding: This episode sets the bar for [[TearJerker tragic]] ''Star Trek'' endings. Edith dies, leaving Kirk a broken man, but the future continues as normal.



'''Guardian:''' A question. Since before your sun burned hot in space and before your race was born, I have awaited a question.\\

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'''Guardian:''' [[SuddenlyVoiced A question. question.]] Since before your sun burned hot in space and before your race was born, I have awaited a question.\\


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* HeroicBSOD: Kirk ends the episode in one of these.
8th Apr '17 11:21:51 AM mlsmithca
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->''"As I'm watching the episodes for reference just before drawing each strip, I take notes on ridiculous stuff that I can make fun of in the comic. Things that pull me out of the story and make me think, "That makes no sense. I can make a gag about this bit." For most episodes I have anywhere between 10 lines and half a page of notes. When this episode ended, I had written ''nothing''."''

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->''"As I'm watching the episodes for reference just before drawing each strip, I take notes on ridiculous stuff that I can make fun of in the comic. Things that pull me out of the story and make me think, "That makes no sense. I can make a gag about this bit." For most episodes I have anywhere between 10 lines and half a page of notes. \\
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When this episode ended, I had written ''nothing''."''
3rd Apr '17 4:07:00 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: Either the Guardian itself, or whoever built it.
29th Mar '17 10:29:57 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Edith's fate is pinned on the reveal that neither Kirk nor Bones know who Creator/ClarkGable is. The episode takes place in 1930, so in fact Edith shouldn't have known who he was, either - he was just a bit player in 1930; he didn't become a star for another two years. Reportedly at one point the script used the name of a lesser-known (to 1960s audiences) actor named Richard Dix, but by the time the episode was filmed it was decided to use the better-known Gable, despite the anachronism.


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* RealityEnsues: Kirk and Spock travel back in time to Depression-era New York in order to avert a disastrous event that changed history, but they don't know what it is. Fortunately for them, the information is stored on their tricorders. Their tricorders are damaged and Spock works to fix them, but he quickly finds it almost impossible. No matter how smart Spock is, the tricorder is centuries ahead of the most cutting-edge technology available at the time, and he's been trained to use highly advanced tools in a time where getting a pound of pure gold or platinum for your amateur electronics project is no simple matter - he compares it to working with "stone knives and bearskins". He's reduced to working with consumer-grade electrical goods such as lightbulbs and radio sets, and can only get a few seconds of functionality out of the tricorder after days of work. Also, in order to buy those materials he and Kirk need to work menial odd jobs and live in a homeless shelter, and in order to fit in they steal clothes off a clothesline... where they are promptly confronted by a police officer.
11th Jan '17 9:34:31 AM LtFedora
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* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: Bones is well-aware of what movies are, but hasn't a clue who Clark Gable is.
17th Sep '16 8:50:36 PM mlsmithca
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Presently, IDW is publishing a comic book adaptation of Harlan Ellison's original script of this story.

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Presently, In 2015, IDW is publishing published a comic book adaptation of Harlan Ellison's original script of this story.
3rd Aug '16 12:47:51 PM mlsmithca
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[floatboxright:
Series: Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries\\
Episode: Season 1, Episode 28\\
Title: The City On the Edge of Forever\\
Previous: The Alternative Factor\\
Next: Operation: Annihilate!\\
Recapper: {{Tropers/Deckard}}]



17th Jun '16 5:54:16 PM omegafire17
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* InformedAttribute: For a ''Guardian of Forever'', he certainly doesn't do anything to stop a drug-addled crazy man run into the past and screw with human history, the sort of thing a ''Guardian'' would be expected to prevent. Website/SFDebris had an excellent go at this:

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* InformedAttribute: For a ''Guardian of Forever'', he certainly doesn't do anything to stop a drug-addled crazy man run into the past and screw with human history, the sort of thing a ''Guardian'' would be expected to prevent. Maybe 'Watcher' would have been more accurate to call 'him', seeing as he's a gateway who does his job, which doesn't include changes to the timeline (by it anyway). Website/SFDebris had an excellent go at this:
14th Mar '16 10:41:42 AM ading
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* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Played with, since saving Edith would ''doom'' the world.

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* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Played with, since saving Averted; Kirk chooses to kill Edith would ''doom'' the world.rather than let Hitler win WWII.
30th Jan '16 12:45:30 PM FordPrefect
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* BambooTechnology: Spock has to create a massive crude circuit array for his tricorder to display its recordings from the Guardian, and he complains that he has to work with the 1930s equivalent tech resources of "bear skins and stone knives." Of course, when Kirk drily remarks that it would be an extremely complex problem in logic, and that perhaps he expects too much of Spock sometimes, the science officer is quick to take up the challenge.

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* BambooTechnology: Spock has to create a massive crude circuit array for his tricorder to display its recordings from the Guardian, and he complains that he has to work with the 1930s equivalent tech resources of "bear skins "stone knives and stone knives.bear skins." Of course, when Kirk drily remarks that it would be an extremely complex problem in logic, and that perhaps he expects too much of Spock sometimes, the science officer is quick to take up the challenge.
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