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4.0 out of 5 stars Expanded, but not updated
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...
Published on 30 Aug 2003 by Steve Lacey

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1.0 out of 5 stars The Truth Shall Set You Free
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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expanded, but not updated, 30 Aug 2003
This review is from: The "Next Generation" Companion (Star Trek - The Next Generation) (Paperback)
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.
Thirdly, each episode is broken into synopsis and 'behind the scenes', but the former is way too short and simplified, and the latter contains annoying pieces of trivia (like a mention each time Deanna has chocolate, with references to other episodes where she has chocolate).
But the worst mistake of all is the lack of updating. Links internally from Season 1 to Generations are fine, as substantial revision was done between the first and second edition, but references to anything made after Generations are thin on the ground. For instance, no mention for the entry on 'Second Chance' that Tom Riker reappeared in DS9, or that previous TNG guest stars Famke Janssen and Kristen (yes, they even get her name wrong) Dunst are now A-list movie stars.
However, this is still the best TNG guide you can buy at the moment, and, if you can ignore the flaws, it mis a pretty good book. However, tighter editing would have made a good book as great as the DS9 guide.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars tng in print., 14 Aug 2013
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Every episode of the next gen, even the film's. Would recommend this book for all the info you want in the episodes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Be sure you specify which edition before you order. ..., 19 Nov 2014
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Be sure you specify which edition before you order. The picture is the 3rd edition, I received the 1st. My mistake for not checking but shipping cost is high if it turns out to not be exactly what you want.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if you are star trek fan you need this, 16 Aug 2008
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This review is from: The "Next Generation" Companion (Star Trek - The Next Generation) (Paperback)
if you are a fan of star trek this book is a must as it contains everything you want to know about the Next Generation series.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trivia vs. content, 5 May 2010
This review is from: The "Next Generation" Companion (Star Trek - The Next Generation) (Paperback)
There is some interesting behind the scenes information, although the majority seems to be trivia telling the reader that "this thing" was first mentioned in "this episode". Maybe some people like that, although it becomes bit much. The DS9 Companion is the ultimate example of how to to write a companion.
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