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The City on the Edge of Forever

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Title --------------- The City on the Edge of Forever
Writer ------------------------------------ Harlan Ellison
Director -------------------------------- Joseph Pevney
Original Air Date ------------------------ April 6, 1967
Order of Filming ------------------------------------ 28th
Order of Broadcasting ---------------------------- 28th
Filmed --------------------------- Early February 1967


Captain James T. Kirk ------------ William Shatner
Lieutenant Cmdr. Spock ---------- Leonard Nimoy
Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy ---- DeForest Kelley
Lt. Cmdr. Montomery Scott ------- James Doohan
Lieutenant Sulu ----------------------- George Takei
Lieutenant Uhura ------------------ Nichelle Nichols


Sister Edith Keeler --------------------- Joan Collins
Lt. Galloway --------------------------- David L. Ross
Lt. De Salle --------------------------- Michael Barrier
Transporter Chief --------------------- John Winston
Guard #1 ----------------------------- Michael Barrier
Rodent ---------------------------------- John Harmon
Policeman ---------------------------------- Hal Baylor
Voice of the Guardian ----------------- Bart La Rue
Joan Collins' Stunt Double ----------- Mary Statier
DeForest Kelley's Stunt Double ---- David Perna
James Doohan's Stunt Double ------ Bobby Bass
Truck Stunt Driver ---------------------- Carey Loftin


McCoy accidentally injects himself with an overdose of cordrazine, a drug which makes him exhibit signs of paranoia and madness, while treating an ailing Sulu on the Bridge. Delirious, he beams down to a nearby planet's surface, with Kirk and a landing party on his heels.

They are too late to stop the doctor from leaping through a living time machine called "The Guardian of Forever." At that moment, the U.S.S. Enterprise ceases to exist and the landing party is stranded. The Guardian explains that McCoy went back into Earth's history and changed it, thereby altering the future. Kirk and Spock go through the Guardian, to Depression-era America, a few days before McCoy is to arrive and change history.

They encounter a social worker, Edith Keeler, who helps them find work to pay for the equipment Spock requires to build a tricorder. Unknown to Kirk and Spock, Edith has taken in the recently-arrived and ill McCoy. Kirk promptly falls in love with Edith and is devastated when Spock completes his tricorder and discovers that in order to repair history, they must let Edith Keeler be killed in an auto accident. If they allow McCoy to save her as he did before — she will start an effective pacifist movement that will delay the United States' entrance into World War II, thus allowing Hitler's Germany to develop the atomic bomb first and conquer the planet.

When the moment comes, a heartbroken Kirk stops McCoy from saving Edith, and the three officers journey back through the Guardian, where they find things as they should be again.


Click the name of the WAVs to listen

Total WAVs: 44

(1) Ripples ------------------- 6.16 KB
Mr. Spock

(2) Object ------------------- 8.44 KB
Mr. Spock

(3) Search ------------------- 12.7 KB
Lt. Uhura

(4) Power ------------------- 12.5 KB
Mr. Spock

(5) Question ----------------- 21.9 KB
Guardian of Forever

I enjoy listening to the Guardian's lines.
Bart La Rue had a great voice!
His voice was used several times in Star Trek.
Did you know he even had an acting
role in one of the episodes?

Keep reading my comments and
I'll tell you which episode it was.

(6) Guardian ----------------- 7.43 KB
Guardian of Forever

(7) Beginning ---------------- 8.70 KB
Guardian of Forever

(8) Riddles ------------------- 17.5 KB
Mr. Spock - Guardian

(9) Time --------------------- 31.2 KB
Mr. Spock - Guardian

(10) Gateway ---------------- 7.93 KB

(11) Offer ------------------- 15.0 KB

(12) Compelling -------------- 22.4 KB
Captain Kirk

(13) Passed ----------------- 10.7 KB

Ok, here's the answer to the question
I asked you earlier: The guy who provided
the voice of the Guardian of Forever (Bart La Rue) also
played the newscaster in the episode 'Bread & Circuses.'

(14) Gone ------------------- 16.3 KB

(15) Earth ------------------- 7.93 KB
Captain Kirk

(16) Returned ---------------- 13.7 KB

(17) Alternative -------------- 4.13 KB
Mr. Spock

(18) Luck -------------------- 2.86 KB

(19) Happiness --------------- 3.87 KB
Lt. Uhura

(20) Explaining --------------- 28.5 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

(21) Rich -------------------- 12.7 KB
Captain Kirk

(22) Chinese ----------------- 5.90 KB
Captain Kirk

(23) Explain ------------------ 42.2 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

One of the funniest moments of the series!!

(24) Insults ------------------ 24.6 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

(25) Zinc -------------------- 6.41 KB
Mr. Spock

(26) Flop -------------------- 19.8 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

Kirk is teasing Spock with his 'knowledge'
of the slang of the day.

(27) Mnemonic --------------- 18.0 KB
Mr. Spock

(28) Planet ------------------ 7.68 KB
Dr. McCoy

(29) Language --------------- 9.97 KB
Edith Keeler

(30) Ancestry ---------------- 11.4 KB
Dr. McCoy

(31) Dies -------------------- 9.20 KB
Captain Kirk

(32) Die --------------------- 6.92 KB
Mr. Spock

Words Kirk definitely didn't want to hear.

(33) 1930 ------------------- 16.3 KB
Dr. McCoy - Edith Keeler

(34) Friend ------------------ 12.7 KB
Edith Keeler

(35) Surgeon ---------------- 9.71 KB
Dr. McCoy

(36) McCoy ------------------ 15.8 KB
Dr. McCoy

(37) Broken ------------------ 10.2 KB
Edith Keeler

(38) Movie ------------------- 10.7 KB
Edith Keeler

(39) Saved ------------------ 18.8 KB
Dr. McCoy

(40) Knows ------------------ 8.44 KB
Mr. Spock

(41) Moment ----------------- 7.17 KB

(42) Successful -------------- 4.13 KB
Mr. Spock

(43) Resumed ---------------- 24.4 KB
Guardian of Forever

(44) Out --------------------- 3.62 KB
Captain Kirk

A dramatic ending to what is generally considered
to be the best episode of Star Trek.  The censors
didn't even edit the swearing!  You're probably thinking,
what swearing?  Don't forget, this was the 1960's
and there was NO swearing of any kind on TV.


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