Harlan Ellison's The City on the Edge of Forever, Issue 2 was the second issue of a five-part Star Trek: The Original Series miniseries published in 2014 which adapted Harlan Ellison's original script for TOS episode: "The City on the Edge of Forever". It was adapted by writers Scott and David Tipton and painted by J.K. Woodward.

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Harlan Ellison’s Hugo and 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?

Summary[edit | edit source]

Failing to stop Beckwith, the crewman has escaped to the past of Earth. At a light from Oyya, the Guardians retreat back to the city to consult the machines of the ancients but warn that the whole universe beyond the Gateway has changed. As the entities vanish, Kirk has Rand beam the crewmen up to the ship. When she, Kirk and Spock follow however they are greeted by a gang of ruffians and thugs who welcome them aboard their ship: the SS Condor. Kirk hardly takes this lying down and orders Rand to overload the transporter console, allowing the Enterprise crew to force their captors out of the room. With Spock, Kirk beams back down to the city, intending to follow Beckwith back and change things to what they were.

As the two materialize, the Guardians reappear and confirm that everything they knew never existed. Though they are initially unwilling to allow the two to follow, Kirk's fiery passion is enough to convince them, allowing the two to be sent back to some point before Beckwith arrived in the past. Before they leave however, the Guardians inform them that both they and Beckwith will be drawn to a "focal point" in time. The focal point will be blue as the sky, bearing the sun and the key to all things. The focal point must die but Beckwith will instead give it life. And if Kirk and Spock should fail, there will be no second chance to repair time.

The two men materialize in a 1930s street where Spock is appalled by the violent racism of the time, and the vaunted Earth heritage that humans seem so proud of. As if to emphasize his point, the mob targets him as a foreigner forcing Kirk to scare them off with a phaser. The two cut across alleyways and backyards and duck into a basement.

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Characters[edit | edit source]

Guardians of ForeverJames T. KirkNimblekOwstianJanice RandSpockunnamed SS Condor personnel
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Beckwith

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

SS Condor
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USS Enterprise (Constitution-class)

Locations[edit | edit source]

GatewayEarth (New York City) • Oyya

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

HumanVulcan

States and organizations[edit | edit source]

Civilian Conservation CorpsStarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsUnited States of America

Science and technology[edit | edit source]

communicatordisruptormachinephaserrifletime portaltime vortextransportertricorder

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

captainFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)pirateStarfleet ranksyeoman

Other references[edit | edit source]

alternate timelinebreadcitycoordinatescountryEnglish languageGreat DepressionhistorylogicphysicssoupStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)sununiverseyear

Appendices[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

  • Scott Tipton was the model for the bald Human holding the disruptor, located just right of SS Condor's captain.
  • Chris Ryall was the model for the 1930's man wearing a hat on page 15 as Kirk and Spock materialize.
  • The red-skinned alien at the transporter controls was of the race D'rel T'lor, and the two female SS Condor officers were Romulan and Klingon. (Artist's Annotations segment, printed in the omnibus)

Related stories[edit | edit source]

Connections[edit | edit source]

published order
Previous comic:
Harlan Ellison's The City on the Edge of Forever, Issue 1
TOS comics
IDW Publishing
Next comic:
Harlan Ellison's The City on the Edge of Forever, Issue 3
chronological order

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