Daily Archives: March 5, 2016

Harlan Ellison’s “The City on the Edge of Forever”

Let’s talk about “The City on the Edge of Forever”! A classic Star Trek time travel story, and generally considered to be the best episode in the Original Series. Harlan Ellison, distinguished science fiction author, wrote the first script.

Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of ForeverHowever, his script was heavily edited to create the episode we know and love, and he’s been complaining about it ever since. He published his treatments and scripts in the 1990s, and in 2014, collaborated with Scott and David Tipton to release a comic-book version that would finally offer the visuals he intended.

Ellison adores it, as stated repeatedly in the introduction to the collected edition, so we can safely treat it as “the Harlan Ellison version.” (I hesitate to call it “the original,” as he did several rewrites, it’s coming so long after the version we all saw first, and a script and its production are both “original” in different ways). With this comic book, we can finally see what all the fuss is about.

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