June 28, 2018

Episode 24 - Debrief’s Favorite Episodes, Part 1: Chris - “The City on the Edge of Forever”

It begins here! In this episode, our panel of bold STAR TREK franchise explorers — Chris Clow (Movies.com, Comics on Consoles), Rachael Clow (Biology PhD candidate), Zaki Hasan (Zaki's Corner, MovieFilm Podcast), and Cicero Holmes (Spawn On Me Cast) — is back at full strength to begin a series of discussions all centered on each of our favorite single STAR TREK episodes! First up is Chris, with "The City on the Edge of Forever" from season one of STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES!

Listen as our panel unpacks this episode and attempts to answer why it remains one of the most enduring and iconic staples of the entirety of the storied STAR TREK franchise. We discuss its troubled behind-the-scenes stories from its radically different first draft teleplay by sci-fi firebrand HARLAN ELLISON, to the final product collaboration between the likes of GENE L. COON, D.C. FONTANA, and GENE RODDENBERRY. Plus, hear us examine the themes and subtext that all add up to one of TREK's most revered stories.

PLUS: we react to the rumors of PATRICK STEWART's potential return to the role of CAPTAIN JEAN-LUC PICARD, the surprising turn of events that has befallen DISCOVERY's former showrunners, the installation of ALEX KURTZMAN as the show's new skipper, and even throw in a word or two about THE TOYS THAT MADE US' TREK-centric seaosn premiere! Listen in for all this by downloading now!

In memory of Harlan Ellison: 1934 — 2018

Music by Bensound.com. STAR TREK trademarks and related elements are owned by CBS Studios Inc., and are used expressly under "fair use" guidelines.

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