A Script Outline Shows How Star Trek: The Next Generation Almost Had Its Own Young Spock

Captain Kirk and Spock examine the Guardian of Forever portal in “City on the Edge of Forever.”
Image: CBS

Star Trek: Discovery is getting ready to introduce Spock in its second season, but this isn’t the first time a non-Original Series show has tried to bring young Spock into its timeline. A script outline shows how we almost got two Spocks for the price of one in an early episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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The Twitter account trekdocs has shared a new look at the script outline for “Return to Forever.” Written by Tracy Tormé, who worked on early seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, it was originally going to be the second season premiere. The episode was designed as a spiritual successor to the popular Star Trek: The Original Series episode, “City on the Edge of Forever,” with both younger and older versions of Spock chasing a dangerous child through time using the Guardian of Forever portal. Here’s the tweet thread in its entirety:



The episode was supposed to see Leonard Nimoy return to his role as Spock, letting both his 24th and 23rd-century counterparts meet, but negotiations fell through and the episode ended up not happening. Luckily, Nimoy did eventually join the crew of The Next Generation in the two-part fifth season episode “Unification.” He also got to play an older Spock alongside Zachary Quinto’s Kelvin Timeline version in the 2009 film Star Trek.

(h/t Trek Movie)

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