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Podcast Enterprise: S1E19 Tomorrow is Yesterday


Space, the final frontier. These are the podcasts of the Podcast Enterprise. Its only mission: to explore story structures, to analyze our favorite characters and plotlines, to boldly talk what everyone has seen before

We will analyze all episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series or TOS for short using the following guiding structure:

  1. Synopsis or summary of the episode
  2. Story structure
  3. Character analysis
  4. Our likes and dislikes

The synopsis:

Welcome to the podcast and today’s discussion of tomorrow is yesterday.

Wow. Very confusing title. And tomorrow is yesterday. Yesterday is day after . Okay. Alright. So what do we have as a summary?

So here what we have is the Enterprise on the way to Star Base nine, pulled into the gravitational field of a black star, and then something happens.

They somehow use all their engine power to break away from that gravitational pull and they are cast back in time. And because they were going in the general direction of Earth, the Enterprise enters the Earth’s atmosphere. And they find themselves in 1969 and their craft is registered as a U F O on the air base radar.

And a fighter jet is sent up there to investigate what the Enterprise is because it is a U F O technically, and they’re back in time. So in short, what happens is that the Enterprise is forced to take aboard, one character from the past. A certain Captain John Christopher. A lot of things happen this way and that they’re afraid of breaking time because if anything happens to John Christopher and apparently his son is going to be someone of importance.

The future will also be changed, and all of these characters aboard the Enterprise will seize to exist. So there’s a lot of confusion about they’re stuck with the passenger they don’t want, in Kirk’s words. And they have to figure out how to get back to the future while keeping the past intact and the past has already been tampered with because this guy is aboard the Enterprise and with a little bit of help from Spock, they discovered that they can actually keep the past the way it is.

They have to go back to the air base. They have to destroy the records of this U F O that the 1969 airbase has kept, they have to get those records. They have to come back to the Enterprise, and then they have to go to the sun.

They have to make use of the sun’s gravitational pull, initiate a slingshot effect, go back into the future. Teleport Christopher back to a point slightly behind in time. It’s a pretty elaborate plot that way. And what happens is that they come back to their own time and the past and the future is intact.

That brings us to the end of this episode. Thank you for listening to the Podcast Enterprise. Please do share your reviews with us and please share this podcast with any of your writing friends or trekkies. Live long and prosper!

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