|The City on the Edge of Forever|
Here, I'm going to restrict my comments to the two TOS episodes that appear in positions high on the io9 list, at slots #1 and #3.....
1. Balance of Terror
|Mark Lenard commits suicide and later|
returns as....what? ....Spock's father.
I've always disliked Balance of Terror. Schneider derailed the exploration mission of the Enterprise and forced us to suffer through a tedious submarine movie. The mission of the Enterprise was to explore strange new worlds, not fight World War II. I have to place blame on Schneider for leading Star Trek into a long dreary reliance on military themes to fill in its hectic roster of episodes.
3. The City on the Edge of Forever
|"He caught his head in a mechanical rice picker."|
|The End of Eternity|
My favorite time travel story is Isaac Asimov's The End of Eternity. My current writing obsession, the Exode Trilogy, grew out of my desire to write a fan fiction sequel to The End of Eternity. I'm currently thinking that my science fantasy story Star Dance can become part of the first book in the trilogy, Trysta and Ekcolir. I like the idea of using Ghyl to introduce readers to the type of time travel that Asimov invented and the dynamics of Reality Changes.
In The City on the Edge of Forever, Dr. McCoy jumps into a time portal and is sent into a time in Earth's history when there are studio back-lots that look like pre-World War II New York City. In turn, Kirk and Spock must go in search of McCoy and prevent him from
|Spock makes a mnemonic|
memory circuit using
stone knives and bearskins
KIRK: Arrives where? Honolulu, Boise, San Diego? Why not Outer Mongolia, for that matter?
SPOCK: There is a theory. When one crew member of the Enterprise travels through time and is lost, the rescue team will always magically arrive at the same point in space and time.
In Hollywood, we never want to think too critically or carefully about time travel.....thinking might get in the way of the story.
Another innovation that was used by Eternals was the portable temporal field generator. A time traveler who wore such a generator would not be altered by a Reality Change. Of course, in order to have time to "develop" the romance between William Shatner and Joan Collins, there was no available time to explain how Kirk and Spock avoided being erased along with the Enterprise. At the end of the episode, Kirk, Spock and McCoy magically return to the future.....well, in Hollywood, when your hour-long time slot is over, you just have to call, "Wrap!"
New York City
For my science fantasy adventure store, Star Dance, I needed to send Bet and Ghyl to New York City, where they must alter the timeline so as to bring into existence Carl Sagan.
While writing Star Dance, I have not bothered to change the name of the place that we know as New York City to "New Amsterdam". However, If I do merge Star Dance into the Exode Trilogy then I will have to make that change. In the Ekcolir Reality, the city of New York is in Virginia.
Among the "ancient ones", the Water Elf Siomha was the special guardian spirit for those Lenape who made annual pilgrimages to the sacred caves at the northern tip of Manhattan island. However, the elf Siomha was beholden to the Creator, Kacheh Munitto, the guardian of the future. Siomha, known to Ghyl and Bet as Obsidia, had one remaining task in Manhattan after the departure of Ghyl from Earth at the end of his Interventionist mission: taking a copy of Alexander Godunov to the Galactic Core from 1982 New York.
The City on the Edge of Eternity
For Star Dance, I imagine that Obsidia rescued a large number of Lenape who were sickened by small pox. Obsidia sent them off to the Galactic Core where they could propagate their culture and share stories and legends with the man who would raise Bet (Alexander).
|Beverwijck en Nicotiana|
Next: a fan fiction tribute to Gene Roddenberry's Assignment: Earth, my Exode story element called Assignment: Tar'Tron.....
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