Star Trek

Season 1 Episode 28

The City on the Edge of Forever

Aired Unknown Apr 06, 1967 on NBC

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  • It is very likely that this single instalment is the best of the whole Star Trek franchise, and perhaps one of the best episodes in all of series television history.

    While Harlan Ellison has never forgiven Gene Roddenberry for rewriting his fine original script, the simple fact is this episode as filmed is 60s TV at its absolute best. It is an amazing accomplishment on one level: it is a purely science fiction story told in very human terms. Presented with humour and compassion, and with wonderful performances by Shatner, Nimoy, Collins and especially by De Kelly, City is simply great storytelling. The final frames, as Kirk and company return from the time portal and prepare to reboard the Enterprise, are powerful and perfect.