Star Trek Online: City on the Edge of Never
Out of the original seventy-nine episodes of Star Trek, one of the most respected and beloved is The City of the Edge of Forever. Written by Harlan Ellison the story is one of the more thoughtful and tragic in Trek Canon. It was also the first episode to feature a temporal plotline. Doctor Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley) accidently receives an overdose of medication and flees the Enterprise while in a delusional state. Beaming down to an alien planet he uses a temporal gateway (The Guardian of Forever) to travels back in time to earth during the Great Depression. By doing so he accidentally changes history. Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Spock (Leonard Nimoy) follow him through the gateway to New York in hope of correcting the timeline. While awaiting the arrival of McCoy, Kirk falls in love with Edith Keeler (Joan Collins) who runs the 21st Street Mission. However he and Spock soon determine that to restore the timeline they must allow her to die.
One of the most enjoyable elements of the MMORPG Star Trek Online, are the various game missions that reference plot lines and characters from all of the Star Trek franchises. One such mission is City on the Edge of Never which involves the player character travelling to the Gateway system and using the Guardian of Forever to travel through time to 2270 to stop Klingons intent on altering history. The episode has the Guardian projecting a time portal into space, allowing the player to take their vessel through to the past. It also features voice acting by Nimoy which adds further to the sense of nostalgia. City on the Edge of Never is a part of the Klingon War story arc and is certainly one of the more engaging missions. Due to its iconic nature it was well received by reviewers upon the release of STO back in 2010. Kotaku writer Mike Fahey said "This mission might have just made the entire game for me. Everything about it was simply perfect. If Star Trek Online fails for some reason, this mission will always be remembered”.
Sadly this mission, along with several others has been temporarily removed from the game as part of an ongoing content revamp. Cryptic mentioned in a previous Priory One podcast interview that the missions were supposed to get revamped before the end of 2018, but the developer who was undertaking the task is on leave. However, it was still their intention to see the content restored to the game. At present the absence of these missions, especially City on the Edge of Never, does have an impact upon the overall story arc of the Klingon War. The storyline is somewhat briefer and lacking in its original impact. For fans who feel that TOS era specific content is a little thin on the ground in STO, the swift return of these missions couldn’t come sooner. It would also be interesting if Cryptic could expand further upon use of the Guardian of Forever. Some additional scientific research missions under the Vulcan Science Council would be a welcome addition to the game and a pleasant addition to the non-combat related content.