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Old 03-11-2008, 09:30 PM
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Nah...some of us adore him...me, I'd buy him a beer any day. I love his writing and consider his work on Star Trek to be something of a disturbance because it seems to be the focus when, in fact, he's written other things that made me think, things that made me laugh, things that made me cry.
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And some things that made me rage at the night sky, brandishing a tree limb.
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Sorry, I think his writing ranges from brilliant to drek. He is a mean, old, self centered egomaniac.
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yeah, but good writers are often bad company. I agree, he can be erratic.
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I have met him 2x, and both times he was an a***ole to his fans.
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Sorry, I think his writing ranges from brilliant to drek. He is a mean, old, self centered egomaniac.
That's what makes him write so well! (Well, not the old part.)
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As much as fans claim him to be a jerk, It is one of the best well-written TOS eps, or scifi stories to date. Absolutely timeless.
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It's good, but as good as everyone makes it out to be. I can think of several episodes that were better. But that's just my opinon.
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I've met Harlan a few times myself. Strange that I've never known him to be anything but a great guy. Although, I do know he does not suffer fools lightly.

The original version of the story had the crew finding the gaurdians (plural) of forever in an artificial valley. They were titanic statues surrounding a tornado-like "time vortex." The scene would have been stunning visually, if they had the budgets and tech that they have today. Unfortunately, this was 1968. So, it ended up being a color organ doghnut, that plays back silent movie footage instead.

There were other elements in the original script that I was also sorry to see go. One character, Trooper, a bilateral amputee, was especially pogniant. Also, I'd rather have a drug dealer as the bad guy in the story, than have our beloved Doctor go psychotic. But maybe that's just me. Still "City" remains one of the best - if not THE best- Trek episodes of all time.

Those years were some of the best for science fiction on TV. That was when actual golden age authors were turning out scripts. Ellison, Matheson, Beaumont, Bloch... where the hell is that kind of talent these days?
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In 60's TV what was shown in "City" probably ate most of the budget for the season! Harlan had bigger eyes than even Kubrik (2001) could have afforded!!! LOL
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