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Episode 1.28: The City on the Edge of Forever

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As I'm watching the episodes for reference just before drawing each strip, I take notes on ridiculous stuff that I can make fun of in the comic. Things that pull me out of the story and make me think, "That makes no sense. I can make a gag about this bit." For most episodes I have anywhere between 10 lines and half a page of notes.

When this episode ended, I had written nothing.

Transcript

1
Captain's log, Stardate 3134.0. Orbiting an uncharted planet.
Spock: Fascinating. We're passing through ripples in time.
Kirk: Didn't we do that last week, leading to one of the worst episodes ever?
2
Caption: Cut to the chase: McCoy accidentally injects himself with cordrazine and flees to the planet:
McCoy: MURDERERS!!!
3
Caption: On the planet:
Kirk: We need to find McCoy.
Spock: Or we can be distracted by this alien archway.
Kirk: Ooh, shiny.
4
Guardian: I am the Guardian of Forever. Behold your past.
{McCoy runs for the portal}
Scotty: Dr McCoy!
Kirk: Bones, no!
5
Uhura: Captain, the Enterprise is gone.
Guardian: Oh dear.
Spock: We must enter the time portal and prevent McCoy from changing history.
Kirk: Allons-y!
6
Spock: Earth, approximately 1930. The Depression.
Kirk: How do we find Bones?
Spock: I need radio tubes to access my tricorder's memory circuits.
Kirk: That thing has less functionality than an iPhone.
7
Edith: I'm Edith Keeler.
Kirk: {love heart eyes} I'm... uh...
Spock: He is Jim Kirk. I am Spock.
8
Edith: One day soon, men will travel to the moon. And cure all disease and feed the hungry.
Kirk: {love heart eyes} She's prescient, Spock!
Spock: Yes, one out of three is not bad.
9
Spock: Edith Keeler is the pivot point. She must die here in 1930. If she lives, the Nazis win World War II.
Kirk: That seems unlikely...
Spock: It's the First Law of Time Travel.
Kirk: Which is?
Spock: Time travel: ergo, Hitler.
Tricorder: Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil!
10
{Walking past Floyd's barber shop}
Edith: What's wrong? Let me help.
Kirk: 100 years from now a writer will recommend those three words even over "I love you".
Edith: You're a visionary like me.
Kirk: Yes, yes I am.
11
Kirk: {grabbing McCoy} No! Bones, no! Noo...
SFX: Crash!
McCoy: The truck hit her! You stopped me, Jim! I could have saved her! What have you done?!!
12
Uhura: Captain! You're back! And the Enterprise is back!
Guardian: All's well that ends well.
Kirk: Let's get the hell out of here.


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