Flashback TV #3 – JJ Abrams rips off Star Trek Animated episode, “Yesteryear”
Every. Genius. Thing. Has. A. Prequel. #Ch3 is copy paste
This episode of Star Trek, the Animated Series is one of the best because it provides a follow-up to a fan-favorite Original Series episode and does something unique with it. The Original Series episode it draws on for inspiration is “City on the Edge of Forever” by Harlan Ellison, a great one from the live action series. Gene Roddenberry de-canonized the animated series in 1988, but “Yesteryear” was an exception and it won critical acclaim for its efforts. The story centers around Kirk and Spock, who are using the Guardian of Forever to study past history, but screw up the timeline and have to set things right.
DC Fontana wrote this episode and I think she does a great job instilling a sense of courage, family, and honor in the script. Many of the elements she helped create for the story have been kept and remembered in Star Trek canon, such as Spock’s background. She explored…
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