Library Computer: “Making of Yesterday’s Enterprise” Review + Interview

This week Library Computer takes a look at a number of ‘making of’ books for specific Star Trek episodes, including a review of the latest one about making the classic TNG episode "Yesterday’s Enterprise." We also have an interview with the author Eric Stillwell (who co-wrote the story for the episode) where he discusses both the episode and his time working on the TNG staff.


There have been many behind the scenes books for the various Star Trek TV series and films, and they will be the subject of future columns. This column looks at the three (and soon to be four) books dedicated to specific TV episodes, each written by people involved in the writing of the episode.

"The Trouble With Tribbles"
The first episode specific episode book was the 1973 edition of “Trouble with Tribbles: The Complete Story of One of Star Trek‘s Most Popular Episodes” by David Gerrold. As with most of these kinds of books, Gerrold discusses how the story started and what changes took place over the various drafts of the scripts. The book is written in the same lyrical style as the episode, with humorous pencil art, and includes valuable historical photos from the making of the episode. Despite its humor, the book is also educational, teaching about the process of authoring a teleplay.

Trouble with Tribbles” making-of is available used at Amazon

"City on the Edge of Forever"
The next book is Harlan Ellison’s 1996 "The City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay that Became the Classic Star Trek Episode." Ironically, this making of book about what is arguably the best episode of Star Trek is the worst of the behind the scenes Trek tomes. Ellison is obviously a talented writer of fiction, yet his acerbic style in this book detracts from an otherwise interesting story of how the episode evolved. The book includes Ellison’s original teleplay, but instead of letting fans decide for themselves which version of “TCOTEOF” is best, Ellison’s style instructs readers on what to think and feel and how the original is better. However, if you like the salacious “E!” documentaries, you may enjoy this book, which is otherwise a real disappointment.

"The City on the Edge of Forever" making-of is available at Amazon


The latest entry for episode-specific books is "The Making of Yesterday’s Enterprise" by Eric Stillwell, and it is much better than Ellison’s. The author provides a fascinating account of how the episode evolved from the initial idea (a story about Sarek going back in time to take the place of Surak) and also gives insights into the everyday machinations of working on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

In addition to creating the story (with Trent Christopher Ganino) for "Yesterday’s Enterprise," Stillwell was a production assistant and script coordinator for TNG working primarily for showrunner Michael Piller. The book actually doesn’t focus on Stillwell’s own contribution and in fact he gives much credit for the episode to all the various writers, especially Piller and Ron Moore. Instead, Stillwell writes more as a witness to Trek history on how a classic TNG episode came to be, from conception through to production, airing and the response.

Like with Gerrold’s "Tribbles" book, Stillwell also educates the reader with details and insights into the workings of Hollywood and specifically the production of Star Trek. Especially interesting is how credit for an episode on television is decided and its implications. Other details include how the episode’s narrative changed over time. For example, in the original drafts, the romance was between Tasha Yar and Data and not Tasha and Lt. Castillo of the Enterprise C. And it was Data (and not Guinan) who realizes Tasha’s true fate in the original timeline. However, Piller felt Data/Tasha story was weak and ‘too convenient’ and didn’t fit with Data’s character as an android.

The book includes memos between writers, behind-the-scenes photos (taken by Stillwell), various drafts of script ideas as well as the entire filming script. The reader is also treated to on-set stories such as the time Rick Berman got upset over Ganino talking to Whoopi Goldberg (even though it was Goldberg who initiated the conversation to ask about a line in the script).

Beyond the ‘making of’ you also get reactions to the episode from both the fans and critics. There is also interesting information on Paramount’s (failed) campaign to get the episode nominated for Emmys (even going as far as re-arranging reruns to concur with Emmy voting). And Stillwell shows a lot of class with a chapter tribute to the late Michael Piller whose contributions to Star Trek are legion.

For those wishing to learn about the process of how a television episode moves from idea to completed narrative, or for those who enjoy reading about "what could have beens" with Star Trek narratives, this is a great book.

"The Making of Yesterday’s Enterprise" is available now at Amazon

Q&A WITH ERIC STILLWELL Did working on the show affect your fandom?

Eric Stillwell: Working on Star Trek changed my fan experiences in ways both good and bad. It was very exciting to be working on early days of The Next Generation, but I quickly discovered that I needed to distance myself from being identified as a “fan,” because there were so many people who worked on the show and at the studio who had serious misconceptions about Star Trek fans. The whole Star Trek phenomenon was a mystery to so many people in the industry….On the other hand, I was also living a dream come true for any Star Trek fan. How many people can say they’ve had a chance to work side by side with some of their personal idols, like Gene Roddenberry! What was it like working for Michael Piller? And also working for Rick Berman?

Eric Stillwell: Working for Michael Piller was a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with one of the best writer/producers I’ve ever encountered in Hollywood. Michael was a very serious, disciplined writer. Sometimes he could be difficult to work with when he was singularly focused on a project or when he was writing a script. But Michael was a perfectionist whose storytelling always came first. His stories and scripts always had to be the best they could be. And he expected the same from his writing staff and freelance writers. There was many a writer who left Michael’s office with a bruised ego. But with Michael, it was never personal. He didn’t have time to let egos stand in the way of product. It was all about producing the best possible stories and scripts. And I think he succeeded more times than not. I still credit Michael for saving the Star Trek franchise when we came on board as the head writer of TNG during the third season of the series. I think the work speaks for itself. Working for Rick Berman was a more tenuous experience for me. I’m afraid my memories of Berman are more negative than positive. I’ll just leave it at that. Were there changes to the "Yesterday’s Enterprise" story that bothered you as the script was given to other writers?

Eric Stillwell: I have to honestly say that I don’t recall any changes to the story that bothered me. In fact, I really feel that Ron Moore made some wonderful changes that actually improved the story – as did Michael Piller. All of the writing staff added tremendously to the teleplay. Unlike some writers in Hollywood, I’ve always appreciated the collaborative nature of television writing – often referred to derisively as “script writing by committee.” But if that’s something that bothers you, then I would suggest that writing for television isn’t really a good career choice. "Yesterday’s Enterprise" is considered by many to be the best TNG episode. What is it about the episode that resonates with fans?

Eric Stillwell: “City on the Edge of Forever” and “Mirror, Mirror” were the inspirations for “Yesterday’s Enterprise” – and the episode was written by genuine fans of the original series. Trent and I were both die-hard TOS fans. And certainly Ron Moore was a huge TOS fan. I think the final episode reflects the elements of the original series which have made that series and the entire franchise a phenomenon for more than 40 years. It’s hard to put a finger on one particular element that makes the episode resonate with the fans, but having watched the episode again recently, I think it still holds up after nearly 20 years! In some ways, the lessons learned in our war-torn alternate universe are more powerful today than they were in the early 1990s. Unfortunately, humanity still hasn’t learned the lessons that Star Trek has been offering since the 1960s.



The next ‘making of a Trek episode’ book (to be published later this year) is Peter Beagle’s "Writing Sarek" based on the Next Generation episode and Alzheimer allegory, "Sarek." Beagle developed the story and wrote the teleplay (based on the story by Marc Cushman and Jake Jacobs). According to the publisher’s website “this book, which will contain a complete "behind the scenes" history of the writing of the episode (all the way back to Marc Cushman’s first pitch to Gene Roddenberry!), plus Peter’s notated original teleplay and additional analysis and commentary.”

Preorder "Writing Sarek" at ConlanPress.


By Rob Lyons

Book Nominations
Three veterans of Star Trek fiction have been nominated by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers for their 2008 Scribe Awards, according to a post at their blog.Keith R.A. DeCandido received three nominations;  one in the Best Young Adult Original  category for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Deathless", another in the Best Speculative Original category for last fall’s Next Generation novel "Q&A", and a third in the Best Speculative Adapted category for his novelization of "Resident Evil: Extinction".  Greg Cox was also nominated in this category for "52: The Novel". Alan Dean Foster, who developed the story for Star Trek: The Motion Picture and novelized the episodes of the animated Star Trek series, will be honored with the Grandmaster Award.  The winners will be announced at the San Diego Comic Con this July.

Trek books at NYC Comic Con
Editors and Writers from Pocket Books will sit down at the New York Comic Con for a Star Trek Books panel from 12:30 to 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 19.  A special limited edition sampler of several upcoming novels, including "Kobayashi Maru", "Greater Than the Sum", and the Destiny Trilogy will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  The event takes place at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan.  More information can be found at their website.



For next week’s Library Computer, Rob Lyons takes a look at "Night of the Wolves", the second novel in the Deep Space Nine prequel series Terok Nor


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Yesterday’s Enterprise is my favourite TNG episode!

Same here Harry! I want to see it in HD so bad :(

I love Yesterday’s Enterprise! One of my favorite TNG episodes. Sarek is another of my favorites as well. Patrick Stewart was AMAZING during the scene when he was experiencing the suppressed emotions transferred over to him from the mindmeld with Sarek. That scene should have been nominated and/or won an Emmy!

Nice review of a range of books. The “Yesterday’s Enterprise” book sounds entertaining.

I’ve got to ask — why in the world was Berman upset at the writer talking to Whoopi Goldberg?!

Yesterday’s Enterprise is also my favorite TNG episode! Glad to see so many others agree with me! I almost want to buy the book, but I just don’t have the money.

Bring on TNG on HD; but give the effects to someone who will consistently do good work. Make it widescreen too!

I really enjoyed the Ellison book … I never felt it tried to take a decision away from me or instruct me how to feel … I mean, it’s Ellison, so you know going in that it’s going to be acerbic and forceful; that’s just the way the man is :)

My own favorite version of the episode is actually the James Blish adaptation, which includes a little of this and a little of that …

Gerrolds book is still collecting dust with all my Trek memorabilia. But because YE is one of my favorite TNG eps, too. I will go out and get Mr. Stillwells book for sure. And why am I not surprised about the comment regarding the nice and caring Berman, destroyer of franchises, haha

“Yesterday’s Enterprise” was great, although my favourite is still “The Inner Light”. “Best of Both Worlds Pt.1” would be up there too.

Have to re-read “The Making of The Trouble With Tribbles”. Haven’t read that since it first came out. And “The Making of Star Trek” by Stephen Whitfield (I think that’s his name) and Gene Roddenberry. I devoured that book as a kid!

Yeah Bring on Next Gen in HD! Have Darren Dochterman do the effects though, not inconsistent CBS D

C’mon- the best Next Gen was “Inner light” followed closely by the ones mentioned above

Would nominate Reunification as well except for the forced used of Denise Crosby as Sela. Took me right out of the (up to then good) story.

It is a crime the some of TNG’s TOS and DS9 episodes were never emmy nominated, episodes like Sarek, Yesterdays Enterprise, The Inner Light, Times Arrow Parts 1 & 2, COTEOF, Balance of Terror, Mirror Mirror, Sacrifice of Angels, heck there are a few powerful DS9 episodes whose names escape me at this point.

But the fact is Trek has been one of the best shows on TV and has been extremely popular (until UPN!). And Trek writing, although at times odd, has always been strong, so has the performance of the cast, Mark leonard, Patrick Sewart, Avery Brooks, absolutely brilliant talent.

John Tenuto dropped the ball during his interview with Stillwell. Stillwell stated what an honor it had been to work for Roddenberry. Instead of following up on that, Tenuto asks him anout Piller and Berman! Argggggh!

“Yesterday’s Enterprise” was the TNG episode I waited for. It’s the episode I wanted all of them to be.

Yesterday Enterprise is one of the best episodes of trek ever done. With reagard the Ellison Book City on the Edge of Forever, im sorry I am with Ellison side on this one. I own a copy of this book and from what ive read, had they done it this way ,it would have gone down as the absolute finest Trek episode and probably one of the finest science fiction pieces for television ever done.

While much of TNG hasn’t held up to repeated viewings for me, Yesterday’s Enterprise continues to be very watchable and one of the best shows from that series. Still, the original story about Sarek going back in time to take Surak’s place is such an intriguing concept; it’s a shame that it was never put to film.

I’ve read both the David Gerrold and Harlan Ellison books and I’d have to agre with John Tenuto’s assessments, especially of the latter; too much of Ellison’s notorious vitriol comes thru, he takes cheap shots all over the place and refuses to understand that his story did not take place in a vacuum but was part of an ongoing series. For what it’s worth, I thought his original drafts were actually pretty mediocre (especially how the various characters behave as Edith is about to die); DC Fontana’s rewrite really simplified the story, removed a lot of extraneous characters and situations, and everyone pretty much stayed in character.

Yesterday’s Enterprise is probably my all-time favorite Star Trek episode, despite the fact that DS9 is my favorite series, followed in a close second by TOS.

Of course, the fact that, as 12 year old, I had a huge crush on Tasha Yar doesn’t figure into that at all.

All kidding aside, it was an outstanding episode, and I still enjoy popping it into the DVD player today and watching it. It hasn’t aged poorly at all.

This sounds like an interesting book, and I am glad to see some recognition being given to unique and interesting TNG episodes in this format.


Peter Beagle is a great guy and a great writer (his best known work is “The Last Unicorn”, both the book and the screenplay for the movie that’s based on the book). I highly recommend his books.

#16 and basically gutted his script.

I look forward to reading this book! Yesteday’s Enterprise (I vividly remember watching for the first tine) — I was floored!!!! I said to myself this not only the best TNG episode ever, but flat out one of the best Star Trek episodes EVER!!!! Who says time travel stories are over-done??? YE and City on the Edge of Forever were pure drama at its best!

I am a Trek Heretic, for “Yesterday’s Enterprise” is my LEAST FAVORITE Trek episode.

There are so many other FAR BETTER hours of TNG…to me it seemed to be a contrived vehicle to allow nothing more than the brief return of Tasha Yar.

#21 Your Kidding Right? Yesterday EnteprIse I arguably the best episode of the next Generation, there are not alot episodes that match this one, for drama and action and Heroism and it actually was a cool way to bring back Tasha Yar and it set the stage for a pretty good season 4 climax for Trek, whats not to like here?

I find 99% of TNG to absolutely numbing and dreadfully boring and uncreative. I have a hard time rewatching any of it. But there is no denying Yesterday’s Enterprise rocked. It spotlights the incredible potential that sadly, was rarely realized. Easily, for my money, the best episode of TNG.

Knocking the Ellison CITY book is silly … clearly with trek, folks want to ‘print the legend’ as LIBERTY VALLANCE reports it, and anybody trying to be truthful like Ellison isn’t welcome.

You guys ought to read his FLINTLOCK script for an unproduced OUR MAN FLINT series … spectacular and smart, kind of FLINT meets THE PRISONER. I think Ellison’s greatest strength is as an essayist, but some of his screenplays and a lot of his fiction is superb.

The Gerrold book IS great.


The criticisms of Ellison had nothing to do with him speaking his truth. It had to do with what is in my opinion a style that frankly negates whatever good arguments he authors. In this book Ellison’s style doesn’t appear confident enough to not denegrate others. He can speak his truth, yet should be capable of doing so in this book without resorting to mockery. This is merely my opinion. Thanks for posting yours.

#24 Ive read the Flintlock Script it was great and should have been produced. What I find interesting is that He kept saying that City was to expensive to produce and the script was not usable? give me a break?
In televised version we have Edith Keeler a Depression aged Social work giving a speech about Moon Landings? Somehow I don’t remember thatone being in the original script.

Yesterday’s Enterprise was an incredible episode for so many reasons, not the least of which was our look at the Enterprise-C. I never really understood why they set up the Ent-C’s crew uniforms the way they did – those TOS-Movie-era jackets looked weird without the belts and the turtleneck undershirts.

I don’t know if I can truly call it my favorite though – there were so many stellar episodes of TNG, it’s hard to pick out a particular one. The Inner Light, Best of Both Worlds, Relics, Sarek, The Survivors, The Measure of a Man, The Offspring, The Arsenal of Freedom (I’ve always had a soft spot for this one, mainly cause Geordi gets to command the Enterprise in battle), are just a few that come to mind…

If my list seems weighted towards the first 3 seasons, it’s cause I have been rewatching the whole series with my kids as I introduce them to it (after previously introducing them to TOS)… Tonight we are scheduled to watch TBOBW Part 1… can’t wait!

And on the subject of Ellison, I haven’t read his book, but I’ve heard enough about his original version of TCOTEOF to make me very glad that D.C. Fontana got ahold of it.

#27 the same D C Fontanta who i believe praised the original script? You might want to read it before you decide that one

22 – No, I’m not kidding at all. While I respect that others love the episode, I think its grossly overrated.

It doesn’t even come close to stacking up to “The Best of Both Worlds,” “The Inner Light,” “Family,” “Chain of Command” and many other TNG episodes.

For me, it came across as “we need to find a way to bring Denise back,” and I thought it was not the most creative hour of Star Trek. To me, it was a February “sweeps” episode and nothing more. (I also thought that, in subsequent episodes, the Sela character was laughable at best since the timeline regarding her birth was completely off.)

Again, this is my opinion solely, but in my own personal stack ranking of TNG episodes, “Yesterday’s Enterprise” is in my bottom tier. I mean, it’s well ahead of “Night Terrors,” but I truly cannot stand that episode.

I loved YE to death, but felt cheated somewhat by the subsequent appearance of Sela as an ongoing Romulan badguy. She was about as deep as Lursa and B’etor, and in “Redemption” they created a quick’n’dirty backstory based on YE to explain her existence.

Redemption also takes the “Tasha finally dies a hero” story point, and she ends up being executed after voluntary enslavement as the consort of a Romulan.

#28 DC can praise Ellison’s original script all she wants – The rewritten version is what aired. Drug-dealing crew members? Kirk acting completely out of character? I don’t think so. The original may have been good SF, never saying it wasn’t. But the revised version is better Star Trek.

Ellison wouldn’t have been so pissed had he not assumed for years that it was Roddenberry who rewrote him. He’s been very generous towards DC ever since it finally came out that she was the actual silent rewriter…. I always felt his annoyance was most with Roddenberry’s handling of the matter.

All told, both versions have their highlights. The Ellison script is a great science fiction short story… The Fontana revision is a great episode of Star Trek.

In any event, I recommend having a couple whisky sours, smoking a dozen cigarettes.. and then reading the Ellison book in the midst of a hangover and nicotine withdrawal shakes…. THEN, you’ll get the right sensation in which to read that book.

But I agree Gerrold’s book is the best. I still remember reading it the Christmas after it came out on a lawnchair in St Pete Florida at my grandparents… a clear indelible memory from the early 70’s…. I wonder how many were inspired too to attempt to write a script after reading it!

Gerrold is awesome, if you can get your hands on early Starlog issues, he used to write all the time in there if I recall. I also remember him doing a series about the “upcoming Star Trek feature film” in the mid-70’s, which was the only way we could get nuggets of information on it since we didn’t have the interwebs yet :)

I absolutely love this episode, mostly because I thought it was so awesome to see the Enterprise-C for the first and ONLY time.

One question I always had was why did the crew of the Enterprise-c not have anything on underneath their “Jackets”. Budget restraints? There was no tunic on underneath, which I found weird.

This one is awesome, with a close second behind being Spock’s two parter in the fifth season (Unification).

Also a big fan of Scotty’s episode.

#31 Sorry Lyle you haven read the script, so How can you make those statements? If you had actually read the script you would see that there is no drug dealing character in the original, that a myth created by someone else.

“Yesterday’s ENTERPRISE” should have been shelved and saved for the first TOS/TNG crossover. With a little retooling, it could have tied into the whole Khitomer thing in ST6.

Gene Coon also had a hand in revising Ellison’s draft as well according to Herb Solo.

And I’m not much on TNG, but this was one of those episodes I very much enjoyed.

it’s realy sad that both the city on the edge anf yesterdays ent was not nomanated for an emmy. i know that hollywood has always been bisaed towards startrek but when you think about it it had the best writing and action and what i like about those and other episodes. star trek made you think and got you involved in the story. star trek did that long before c.s.i or n.c.i.s. those shows make you think and get you involved but star trek has been doing that for years. you look at c.s.i or n.c.i.s and others and they get all the awards and emmys and golden globes. but star trk has not gotten the awards as much. it’s a shame that the main stream hollywood has never realy shown a lot of respect to star trek. but im hopeing with the new movie that j.j. abrams is doing that it may change. with an A list directer and top A list people working on it. we can only hope.

I would love to have a book or video devoted to the making of “Trials and Tribble-ations.” Really.


There was a Science Fiction Channel documentary at the time of the episode. The Deep Space Nine Companion by Terry Erdmann has a good discussion of the episode, and the novel has commentary by Ron Moore and David Gerrold.

#38 Ellison’s Script for City on the Edge of forever did win the Hugo award.

#35 Garovorkin – Yes, there most certainly was a drug-dealing Enterprise crewman in Ellison’s first-draft script, his name was Lieutenant Richard Beckwith. This has been common knowledge for years. It’s discussed on a number of different websites including Memory Alpha and also this page:

Just to name a few examples. If you want to say it’s a myth, there’s a whole lot of sites that disagree with you. Do you have any proof to back that up?

Don’t forget to review the eBook, “the Magic of Tribbles: The Making of Star Trek Deep Space Nine Trials and Tribbleations”

#35, I read the various versions of the script several years ago. While there were no “drugs” per se, the “jewels of sound” did have addictive qualities and the antagonist (who’s name escapes me) did use and distribute them illicitly. So the term “drug dealer” wouldn’t be completely wrong here – the guy definitely acted like one and the stuff he peddled had the same effect.

Also, as others have said, Ellison’s story was was good sci-fi, but not good Star Trek. The characters behaved very inconsistently with what had been established. The aforementioned bady guy’s attempt to save Edith at the end also made absolutely no sense at all within the context of the story and his prior actions; Kirk and Spock’s rationalizations as to why he tried to save her were likewise very weak. The whole subplot about Rand and the other crewmembers fighting space pirates on that alternate version of the Enterprise that showed up in some of the revisions felt very weak and tacked on (even Ellison himself complained that he only added it in at the producers insistence as I recall).

About the only part of Ellison’s script that I liked was the subplot with Trooper (at least, I think that was his name, his character had lost his legs when he fought at Verdun).

#42 and #44 okay fine the Whole pleasure jewels that Beckwith was selling Jewels with addictive qualities that could constitute drugs that one is is a bit Iffy.

“#31 Sorry Lyle you haven read the script, so How can you make those statements? If you had actually read the script you would see that there is no drug dealing character in the original, that a myth created by someone else.”

Dude, what the heck are you talking about? Of course the character of Richard Beckwith was a drug dealer, not to mention being a murderer.

“#38 Ellison’s Script for City on the Edge of forever did win the Hugo award.”

No, the televised version won the Hugo (as well as the George Melies award for televised fantasy at Equicon ’73). Ellison’s version won the Writer’s Guild award for Best Teleplay.

“The characters behaved very inconsistently with what had been established. The aforementioned bady guy’s attempt to save Edith at the end also made absolutely no sense at all within the context of the story and his prior actions; Kirk and Spock’s rationalizations as to why he tried to save her were likewise very weak. The whole subplot about Rand and the other crewmembers fighting space pirates on that alternate version of the Enterprise that showed up in some of the revisions felt very weak and tacked on (even Ellison himself complained that he only added it in at the producers insistence as I recall).”

Interestingly, while the post-hoc rationalization for Beckwith’s attempt to save Keeler’s life appears in the script’s final act in Ellison’s book, it does not exist in the version of the teleplay originally published in Roger Ellwood’s collection “Six Science Fiction Plays” that came out in the mid-Seventies–I’ve wondered if it was included after the fact to silence critics who pointed out the Beckwith’s selfless act, which underpins the entire story, indeed doesn’t make a whole lot of sense given his character. Incidentally, I much prefer Ellison’s introduction to the teleplay in the Ellwood book, which is just as informative as to how this classic hour of television came to be, and far less ugly and vituperative.

“All told, both versions have their highlights. The Ellison script is a great science fiction short story… The Fontana revision is a great episode of Star Trek.”

My feelings exactly.

#46 Point taken Micheal.

#42 Lyle and #44 TonyD and #46 Micheal sorry Im damned idiot. Unfortunately when when it comes to Ellison I tend to very biased in his favor,Gentleman Im sorry this is question of me just plain not thinking about what I was saying.

“Yesterday’s Enterprise” is a great piece of television, and one of the best Star Trek episodes ever written, and I say that as someone who is not a particularly big fan of TNG. I bought one of the fan collective sets on dvd which has that episode.
I can almost forgive the Klingon in a Starfleet uniform, the ship’s counselor, the holodecks, the artificial officer, the boring PC of the late 80’s and early 90’s, a bland Captain, and children aboard a starship…almost. However, I have to give credit where credit is due.

As for “City On The Edge Of Forever”, it would be difficult to convince me that changing anything in Fontana’s television version would have made a better episode of Star Trek. It is brilliant as it is. Ellison’s ego is bigger than Shatner’s! This episode is still very powerful, and one of Shatner’s best performances in his career, IMO. This is a magnificent Star Trek episode.

“The Trouble With Tribbles” is one of my favorites, of course. It is, IMO, the most fun episode of any Star Trek incarnation to watch, and James Doohan’s best moment (IMO, he absolutely steals the show). DS9’s revisit to this story was great too, and one of that series’ best moments is Sisko’s “chat” on the bridge of the Enterprise NCC-1701. And who could forget O’Brien lying to Captain Kirk after the infamous fight scene?

Always loved Yesterday’s Enterprise for its darkness and light. Love that my namesake basically wants to fire phasers until the primary hull melts, while Picard is more like the Picard we know, looking for answers.

I don’t see any mention of the continuity gaff. (?) This episode was made not long after the introduction of the new (better) costumes, so maybe there was a wardrobe shortage and they had to ‘convert’ existing costumes. Anyway, at the end when he and Guinan are in Ten Forward, Geordi’s sleeve (and I think his collar) clearly are from the altered timeline. Oops.