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Old June 21 2014, 03:11 AM   #16
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Re: Star Trek - City on the Edge of Forever #1

Having cooled on the IDW trek books of late, i decided i'd actually check this one out. I really like JK Woodward's artwork, and the chance to see the original script on the page was too much to resist. I agree with Christopher's observations about the dialogue seeming a bit terrible, but overall, i liked it. I got the cover with the cool spotlight/running drug dealer lieutenant.
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Old June 21 2014, 08:35 AM   #17
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Re: Star Trek - City on the Edge of Forever #1

It's weird that the reviewer commented on the use of the phaser rifle since it was dropped by a redshirt Beckwith clobbered. Why would she or anyone else go get another weapon when that big sucker was right there?
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Old June 22 2014, 06:05 PM   #18
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I find it sexist for this reviewer to find it "bizarre" (his words) that Rand is competent enough to utilize a phaser rifle.
Well since they can't fly saucers without hitting something.....
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Old June 22 2014, 09:11 PM   #19
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I find it sexist for this reviewer to find it "bizarre" (his words) that Rand is competent enough to utilize a phaser rifle.
Well since they can't fly saucers without hitting something.....
In Rand's defence, she flew the ship in the Naked Time and didn't crash into anything. I'm aware of the history but if they really were going to show off Rand as being competent in a number of areas then it's even more of a shame that she didn't stay.

However, I'm unconvinced. Mears came up with no useful ideas in the Galileo 7. Most of the yeomen were there to state the obvious and ask really stupid questions.
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Old June 22 2014, 10:22 PM   #20
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The cover Art is amazing! Ortiz does great work. I cannot wait to see the inside of this comic.
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Old June 24 2014, 02:54 AM   #21
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Great cover. Decent art, though it's wildly uneven. (That 3/4 page shot of the City is breathtaking. The panel where Spock's face is slightly obscured and his eyes are either side of his face... not so much.) I didn't think Woodard was the strongest choice for the TNG/Doctor Who Crossover and I'm not certain he was the best choice here.

As other's have said the dialogue is rough. I'm not certain why Spock is shouting commands in that one panel. Nor why Spock would allow a man to wonder around the bridge in a fog for 2 hours before doing something about it.
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Old July 23 2014, 11:08 AM   #22
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City on the Edge of Forever #2

Hello all here is my review of Issue #2 of Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever over at Flickering Myth





Villordsutch reviews Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever #2…

Harlan Ellison’s WGA Award-winning teleplay, visualized for the first time! Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Yeoman Rand return to the Enterprise following their first encounter with the Guardians of Forever, only to find a darker, more vicious crew of renegades awaiting them! Can they return the timestream to its proper state? And will they even survive long enough to try?

I can’t recall a recent comic book that I have such pleasure in taking my time in reading and absorbing so much as I have with the two issues of City on the Edge of Forever so far (issue One review is here). My stall is obviously set out in front of you here and you can see that this review for issue #2 is going to be a positive one, but there is no point keeping it as the big reveal and letting it all out now will just help this article flow much easier.

I am also honestly considering, if they release it, purchasing the graphic novel of the comics combined. I know it sounds odd as I’m currently in the process of reading the comics and I’m only actually hitting the second issue out of five issue series, but already I’m hooked on what the Tiptons, Woodward and of course Ellison are giving to us – plus these are preview digital editions and I want the real thing in my hand. The Tiptons (Scott and David) are, to me, seamlessly weaving Harlan’s original teleplay into the Trek history via this comic book medium; it’s exciting, it’s brilliant, and it’s just perfect. And to make this comic even shine that bit more the art from J.K. Woodward is truly fantastic; with time and care given to each page of this important piece of Star Trek history, it hasn’t taken a step wrong.

We get to see, in this issue, something rather brilliant which was missing from the original episode as the crew of the Enterprise all beam back to the ship from the planet. It is here we discover the Enterprise isn’t the Enterprise, but a ship called the “Con...

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Old July 24 2014, 01:01 AM   #23
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Another enjoyable issue. Rand continues to kick butt and Spock pretends he's the Six Million Dollar Man by hopping over a tall fence. Good stuff.

A bit jarring to read the racist term from the man on the soapbox but Spock's reaction was perfectly executed.

The print version includes a letters page with Ellison himself responding occasionally to reader responses. One of his responses concerns the "runes/ruins" mix-up from the episode's set design and it's pretty interesting.
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Old July 24 2014, 04:18 AM   #24
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Re: City on the Edge of Forever #2

Yep, read it today and thoroughly enjoyed it. Another episode that will go into Grace Lee Whitney's Regrets List. She says at conventions that her big disappointments were losing roles in "Dagger of the Mind" and "The Galileo Seven" (Rand was in both first drafts.). I had read the original Ellison script in "Six Science Fiction Plays" decades ago and knew it had a good role for Rand. This comic brings that part to life!
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Old July 25 2014, 03:34 AM   #25
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So is Ellison actually involved with this, or at they just using his old script?
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Old July 25 2014, 03:40 AM   #26
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So is Ellison actually involved with this, or at they just using his old script?
He's involved. I was reading the letters page, and he was answering some of the questions.

I just got the issue and read it. Not bad. I'm digging Woodward's artwork, and the story isn't too bad. I really like that Ellison made Rand as badass as he did
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Old July 25 2014, 04:52 AM   #27
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Re: Star Trek - City on the Edge of Forever Comic

I'm going to merge this with the first City of Forever thread - so it'll be easier to discuss previous issues as well.
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Old July 26 2014, 04:42 AM   #28
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This is a really interesting project. I wonder if other unfilmed (or dramatically re-written) Star Trek scripts might get the same treatment?
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Old July 26 2014, 05:20 AM   #29
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Seeing Rand wielding a phaser rifle is odd because it's not something you expect from a clerical worker. But then, this was written early in the series before the characters were well-defined. Seeing a murderous drug dealer on the Enterprise is odd too. As is hearing Spock say "You've been walking around this bridge like a man under water for two hours." (On top of the simile being out of character for Spock, why would the helmsman be walking around the bridge at all?)
When Ellison was working on COTEOF I wonder how much of TOS he had seen.
I believe Blish said he hadn't seen any of TOS before he wrote his novel adaptions.
I'm thinking if he hadn't really seen much of TOS it would be difficult for Ellison to get the nuances of the characters exactly right in first draft. I know he could have read previous scripts and talked to the writing team but I think the actors and performance added a lot to the characters.
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Old July 26 2014, 05:30 AM   #30
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If memory serves, he had seen WNMHGB in a special screening for writers wishing to pitch. His first treatment of City is dated March 21, 1966; his second revised treatment, May 13, 1966, and his First Draft script was dated June 3, 1966. So, the show had not premiered. A photo of he, Shatner and Nimoy shows them standing on the miners' hut set from "Mudd's Women," so he visted the set whenever that show was being filmed.

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