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25 and Still Going
on 28 November 2012
I've started watching TNG from the start again in recent months and really got sucked back into this brilliant Trek series especially some of the less well-known and popular episodes from Seasons 3,4 and currently 5. I'd seen the Star Trek 365 book a year or so ago and shied away due to the reviews in regards printing errors. This tome however is superb. There are some great photos both previously unseen and a few that a well-versed Trek fan will no doubt recognise.
Episode synopsis is kept to a minimal paragraph and to be fair I usually skip this unless I can't recall anything about the story. There are other books which are better designed for this. In essence this is a book about memories, tit-bits and anecdotes. Reading through it the stories are great and varied, talking about the differences in writing technology (typewriters to 90s computers in the first few seasons), what we would now conceive as basic special effects that were created on a shoestrong on some occasions and the first delves into CGI in 1991, six hour makeup jobs (Identity Crisis). One piece that sticks in my mind is the story of the guy who built the wooden horseshoe bridge rail/tactical console - you get the picture I'm sure that there is a lot to take in!
I thought I knew a lot about TNG with a fairly extensive library of resource including Action!, the Continuing Mission, the Companion et al but this has reignited an interest that takes me back to childhood and awaiting 6pm on BBC2 on a Wednesday night. I would say this is a must. Yes, there are some grainy frame-grabs as you go along but the series was filmed on videotape and if you're desperate to get a better quality image, buy the series on Blu-ray. This is about television history and What It Was Like Back Then.
Still a classic series and it's made me request the Original Series edition for Xmas. I hope they do one for DS9 and Voyager in the future - the Enterprise one would probably fit on a postage stamp...anyway...Fully recommended but make sure you store it on a very sturdy shelf and feel sorry for the delivery person - it's a tad heavy.