Star Trek‘s original run may be a source of jokes thanks to its mid-1960s production values or the occasional excesses in acting. But a good number of its episodes are legitimately great television; written and produced under tight constraints and never expected to survive the test of time.
And as this clip from the episode “The City on the Edge of Forever” shows, the program had tremendous power under its brightly colored costumes and worries about the warp drive.
Written by Harlan Ellison, the episode is considered one of the series’ finest hours; even if Ellison himself disagrees with the changes creator Gene Roddenberry and story editors Steven W. Carabatsos and D.C. Fontana made to his initial concept. It went on to win a WGA award for Best Episodic Drama on Television and the Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation.
“The City on the Edge of Forever” is available as part of the Star Trek 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection, an all-in-one collection combining the three season of the Original Series with the six feature films starring the original cast. It also features a newly remastered edition of Star Trek: The Animated Series, which also happens to include some great stories — even if the animation is a little limited. The set also includes new multi-part documentary with nearly two hours of new footage chronicling the original series’ mission across television, cancellation and cinematic rebirth.
Star Trek 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection is out now on Blu-ray in the UK and available in the US tomorrow.