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When a drug dealer murders an officer to cover up his crimes, how will Kirk and co. react?

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Flight of the Condor provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Affably Evil: Captain Billy of the pirate ship Condor, who treats Kirk and Spock well during their captivity, until he tries to beam them into the sun after a shipping company refuses to pay ransom.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: Essentially, this is the alternate reality version of The City on the Edge of Forever
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  • Bamboo Technology: Spock has create a massive crude circuit array for his tricorder to display its recordings from the Guardian of Forever and he complains that he has to work with the 1930s equivalent tech resources of "bear skins and stone knives.".
  • Bittersweet Ending: Kirk and Spock return to the Enterprise, but Edith Keeler was killed in a truck collision.
  • Chekhov's Gun: when beaming down to recapture Richard Beckwith, Kirk makes sure he and his boarding party all have devices to boost the transport signal, due to interference from the planet. Later, when he and Spock are captured by the Condor crew, they use these devices to ensure the pirate ship's transporter locks onto the devices, beaming them instead of the two Starfleet officers into the sun.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Chief Nils Pitcairn, who operated the transporter alongside Scotty, had a prime reality counterpart who operated the Enterprise's transporter in "The Cage".
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    • The Jewels of Sound were made from Denobulan cough syrup. Denobulans were first featured on Star Trek: Enterprise.
    • When interference from a nearby planet prevents a precise lock on the Enterprise's transporter from the starbase's transwarp transporter, Kirk decides to move the ship, or else the criminal investigators who want to beam aboard might end up in the coolant system. This is what happened to Scotty in Star Trek (2009).
    • A man named "Trooper" refers Richard Beckwith to the 21st Street mission after Beckwith arrives in 1930. "Trooper" was the name of a character who appeared in the first draft of "The City on the Edge of Forever"
    • A news article from 1930 shows that authorities in Chicago were contacted for more information on Richard Beckwith, who was killed saving Edith Keeler's life. Chicago was the setting in the first draft of "The City on the Edge of Forever".
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    • The Condor first mate was a Bajoran, and there are references to Cardassians and Ferengi. All three races made their debut in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
    • One of the scenes shown by the Guardian of Forever is a battle involving a Borg cube.
    • The Condor has at least one replicator, a technology that was first featured in TNG.
    • Bones uses cordrazine to try to save Lieutenant LeBeque's life. In the prime universe, an accidental overdose of cordrazine is what led Kirk and Spock to 1930.
  • Crapsack World: Earth in the alternate timeline.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Done twice, first in the alternate 2261, and then later in 1930.
  • Foreshadowing: Kirk was nearly hit by a truck when he first arrives in 1930. This is how Edith Keeler died.
  • For Want of a Nail
  • Genre Shift: the story shifts from a crime drama to an adventure in an alternate timeline, and then shifts in the final third to be a remake of "The City of the Edge of Forever".
  • Mecha-Mooks: The Vulcans of the alternate 23rd century use these to capture Captain Billy.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Implied for Richard Beckwith, who was killed saving Edith Keeler's life. Kirk and Spock prevented this so that they could return to the Enterprise.
  • Shout-Out: Kirk learns about the War of the Stars from a book in a library on the alternate 23rd century Earth. He also describes the alternate Earth as a "wretched hive of scum and villainy"
  • Space Pirates: The Condor is crewed by space pirates.
  • Spanner in the Works: A police officer tries to intervene and arrest Kirk and Spock when they first capture Beckwith in 1930.
  • The Reveal: When Spock reads news articles from two different timelines, one showing Edith Keeler's death, the other mentioning she arranged a cease fire in the early years of World War II, he and Kirk assume that Richard Beckwith killed Keeler, splitting time in two. They later read another article showing that Beckwith saved Keeler's life, meaning they had to stop him and let Keeler die to get back home.
  • Time Travel Romance
  • Wham Line
    Kirk: Edith was supposed to die. She was supposed to die all along
  • You Can't Fight Fate
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Played with,. Spock goes to alternate timeline Vulcan. As he later says, "It looked like home, but it wasn't home.
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