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The "Next Generation" Companion (Star Trek - The Next Generation) [Paperback]

Larry Nemecek
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3 Feb 2003 Star Trek
First published in 1992 and last revised in 1995, this is a fitting record of a show that changed the rules by which television was made. The first adventure drama series ever to run to seven seasons and more than 170 episodes, Star Trek: The Next Generation broke audience records wherever it was shown and remains the most widely viewed and consistently popular of all the Star Trek series. This new edition of the series companion has been brought bang up to date to include not only all seven years of the TV series but also all four films which have featured the Next Generation crew. In addition to Generations (1994), we now have full details of First Contact (1997), Insurrection (1998) and the very latest incarnation, Nemesis (2002). A positive feast of information, the Companion includes complete plot summaries and credits for each invidiual episode and film. There are fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpses into how each one was made, and in-depth analysis really brings The Next Generation universe to life. Illustrated throughout with more than 150 black and white photographs, this is a truly invaluable reference guide.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; 3rd Revised edition edition (3 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743457986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743457989
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 21.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 714,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larry Nemecek is a widely respected expert on Star Trek who was for several years the editor of the US magazine Star Trek: Communicator. He is a consultant on the Star Trek Fact Files and is known to UK Star Trek fans for his regular column in Star Trek: Monthly in which he answers readers' questions on all aspects of Star Trek.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expanded, but not updated 30 Aug 2003
The second edition of Larry Nemecek's epic companion to TNG was perhaps the best episode guide to any television series available at the time. Even Doctor Who couldn't produce something this in depth at the time. Which is why, now that it has been reissued with extra chapters covering Star Trek: First Contact, Insurrection and Nemesis, it is something of a disappointment.
The book starts well, with a couple of good chapters outlining the creation of the series. Brief biographies of the actors are given, as are photographs of them from the start of the series (without makeup, of course - very useful if you wish to see what Michael Dorn really looks like). Creative problems in season one are unearthed instead of glossed over, an unsusual move for an official guide. An admission is even made that the first season lacks focus, spending too much time finding its feet.
The behind the scenes information is good - even mentioning that Robin Williams wanted a part on the show but was unable to take one due to scheduling conflicts - and the chapter on Star Trek: Generations is probably the best part of the book (if only the film was as good!).
However, there are a large number of niggling flaws. Firstly, the photographs. I doubt anyone was expecting them to be in colour (they're no, by the way), but they are nearly all screen captures from episodes themselves, resulting in occasional blurring, overexposure and lack of focus.
Secondly, the chapters on the films First Contact to Nemesis are far too short (mostly synopsis as well), and appear to contain very little in the way of insight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 11 Mar 2001
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The ST:TNG Companion is a brilliant guide to an even better series! It gives an overview of all 176 episode as well as the movie Generations, and also provides a wealth of background information from behind the scenes!This book has loads of pictures from the series and describes TNG's troubled early life and subsequent development into the biggest sci-fi show of all time. With excellent insight into how the show was put together, along with fascinating explanations of the choices the producers made when guiding the series through its arc, this is an absolute MUST for any fan of this great show!
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Truth Shall Set You Free 17 Aug 2013
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This book is awful ! All you get is a scrap of information as to what went into the making of each episode - and most of it is technical jargon that's just been lifted from other sources. The photos are poor and shoddy, looking like a really bad photocopy ! If you want to see how this type of book should be done just check out the Deep Space 9 Companion instead.
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