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Great post -- incredible visually! I never stop being amazed at the cakes you find/present!


Ben Herman

Harlan Ellison once commented "It is wrong to say, 'Have your cake and eat it too.' Oh, that's real easy. Here is my cake. I have it. I have eaten it too. What you can not do is eat your cake and have it too."

Of course, now that we have *both* the television version of "City on the Edge of Forever" and the comic book adaptation of Ellison's original, unedited screenplay, now we actually *can* eat our cake and have it too. (I thought I should try to work some sort of reference to cake in to my comments about your post!)

This was a really interesting write-up. I enjoyed your analysis of the strengths & weaknesses of the two versions. When I have the available funds I will hopefully be able to purchase a copy of the IDW collected edition. The artwork by J.K. Woodward is amazing.


Lovely! This seems like one of those happy accidents where the realities of shooting a weekly television series (on a limited budget) served to render a very-good-but-sprawling script down to essentials, creating one of the very best episodes of one of the finest TV series ever aired. By putting the focus squarely on what the audience cares about -- the relationship between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy -- and then knocking that relationship out of alignment with the introduction of Edith Keeler, we have real stakes and real tension, instead of another planet-of-the-week story where we know all will be put right by the end of the hour.

It is a shame that Spock's coda about bringing Kirk to Vulcan was cut from the show -- that's a nice bit.

Very nice write-up, Karen! And since I'm a gentleman, I won't even mention the ALTERNATE alternate universe version of this tale, where Spock is in love with Kirk, and contrives to have Edith killed so he can have Jim all to himself! No, I won't mention that at all ...!


Excellent comparison piece, Karen. This is your best SBTU post yet! It's been great learning about the evolutionary journey this story took from script to screen to comic. Your appreciation of all things Trek is contagious. That said, after reading your work I'm can't help thinking all blogs really should feature more cake!

Dean Compton

That is the most I have ever enjoyed Star Trek. Wow! I am just not in that camp, but this certainly makes me re-think that! Great post!

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