SINCE BEFORE YOUR SUN BURNED HOT IN SPACE, AND BEFORE YOUR RACE WAS BORN, I HAVE AWAITED… A SPOILER!
First, I’m sorry if you really loved STAR TREK: DISCOVERY‘s tenth episode of season three, the conclusion of the 2-part “Terra Firma.” I don’t mean to ruin it for you. But I need to tell this to people…to SHOUT it!!! This is a major, major screw-up I’m talking about, and I’m not kidding. So before I get to this week’s review, let’s talk about…
HOW THE GUARDIAN OF FOREVER WORKS
Okay, I can accept that the Guardian of Forever is now a cigar-chopping, bowler hat-wearing punster named Carl. Hey, people change. My old friend Nick is now Calista. Why can’t a giant rock donut time portal transform into a wooden door and spawn a comedic spokesman? I’m fine with all that.
But what I am NOT all right with is changing the essential rules of the Guardian of Forever!
“The City on the Edge of Forever” is arguably the best of the seventy-nine TOS episodes. At worst, it’s in the top three. And one of the reasons the story works so well is because Kirk and Spock are on a mission to literally save reality as we (they) know it. And in order to restore that reality, Kirk must sacrifice a woman he has fallen deeply in love with—a generous, compassionate, forward-seeing woman who could otherwise be destined for greatness if she did not need to perish in order for time to correct itself into a proper, utopian future that she herself dreamed of (whew…looooong sentence!).
Edith Keeler had to die, and we all felt Kirk’s aguish upon realizing that agonizing, unavoidable truth.
So let’s review how the Guardian works:
- If you go back in time and change something significant, reality shifts when you get back.
- If you then go back in time and fix what you broke, everything in the present returns to normal.
My friends, this did NOT happen in “Terra Firma, Part II”…Continue reading “DISCOVERY’s “Terra Firma, Part II” makes a HUGE time-error! (editorial review)”