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Memories of the Future - Volume 1

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Memories of the Future - Volume 1
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From Encounter at Farpoint to Datalore, relive the first half of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s unintentionally hilarious first season through the eyes, ears and memories of cast member and fan Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) as he shares his unique perspective in the episode guide you didn’t even know you were dying to read. ENJOY snarky episode recaps! EXPAND your Technobabble vocabulary! AMUSE your friends with quotable dialog! BOLDLY go behind the scenes!
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  • By brainwise
    May 6, 2010
    Do you like revisiting TV series you loved? Do you like behind the scenes stories? Do you like your nostalgia mixed with a healthy dose of snarcasm? Well, then you're in luck! Wil Wheaton (famous, and oft-hated, for portraying Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek: The Next Generation") has accepted the task of re-watching the old episodes and writing them up, complete with personal behind the scenes memories. He is brutal, yet very funny, in his assessment of the series and his own part in it (he is especially hard on those horrible sweaters he had to wear). Volume 1 covers the first half of Season 1 -- from "Encounter at Far Point" ( Grade: C-) to "Datalore" (Grade: D). Don't worry, in between those two clunkers are several episodes that received high marks. And every single episode receives some wonderful -- and often NSFW -- commentary filtered through Wheaton's own pop-culture lens. I cannot wait to beam up for Volume 2.
  • By Colin Bartolome
    Mar 1, 2010
    While this book contains a great retrospective on half of the first season of TNG, it also contains nothing more than a bunch of blog entries you can read for free on TVSquad. I'd already read all of those and now regret paying for what I'd already seen.
  • By sm
    Feb 14, 2010
    Part episode guide, part review, part behind the scenes memories. All good! After accidently stumbling onto Wil's "Memories of the Futurecast" and hearing excerps from the book, I couldn't wait to get my copy of "Memories of the Future" and it is an awesome read. Wil's writing style is easy to read, and his humour is witty. I can't wait to read more.
  • By mshades
    Feb 14, 2010
    Memories of the Future is Wheaton's tribute to his days on Star Trek. As he describes it, the book isn't a salacious tell-all, revealing all of Trek's dirty secrets. It's more like "you're flipping through your high school yearbook with your friends." It's an honest look at the first half of the first season, described only as someone who truly loves it can do: with snark, sarcasm and admiration for the work, but no illusions about when it was... shall we say, less than up to snuff. It starts with Encounter at Farpoint and goes up to Datalore, covering the first twelve episodes of Season 1 (the summaries of the remaining episodes are forthcoming in volume 2). Each episode is summarized, in a hilarious and sarcastic fashion. True to his geek roots, he manages to work in references to all of the sacred touchstones: Monty Python, collectible card gaming, Dungeons and Dragons, and of course, the other Star franchise which we shall not name. He isn't afraid to call out the... More > writers when they make stupid choices, such as Dr. Crusher asking to bring Wesley onto the bridge during a major diplomatic/security crisis (Code of Honor) or having him casually solve a major plot point that all the experts in the room have been breaking their brains over, and then leave with a snide, "Heh. Adults." (The Battle). There's quotable dialogue included for each episode, ("Oh, your species is always suffering and dying" - Q, Hide and Q) and Obligatory Technobabble ("Come off the main lead, split off at the force activator, then reversing the power leads through the force activator, repulsor beam powers against Tsiolkovsky!" - Wesley, The Naked Now). There's also a Behind the Scenes Memory, giving us a good look at what it was like for Wheaton to work on the show, often showcasing how little he really knew about what was going on, and a section called The Bottom Line, which looks at each episode in the context of the whole series. The episode recaps are at once both sentimental and brutally honest. Where there are flaws in the creative process, Wheaton points them out with a kind of rabid glee. Where there are gems of creativity, he shows us where they are as well. It's the kind of look at TNG that could only have been done by someone who was a part of the show and loved it. He writes with clarity and honesty and, just to be sure I point it out again, humor. Lots and lots of humor. It's a very quick read, and a very enjoyable one. For bonus points, go find the "Memories of the Futurecast" podcast, wherein Wheaton reads selections from the book. It's even funnier than reading it, and is a good way to kill fifteen or twenty minutes. And we podcasters have to stick together, right Wil? You and me, right? Right? I may be overestimating our camaraderie. If you're a Trek fan, this book will be a nice visit to a better time. What's more, this will probably make you want to go watch the first season again, if only to see if some of those early episodes are nearly as bad as he's making them out to be. I can't wait for volume 2.< Less
  • By nrobins
    Feb 3, 2010
    I loved this book. It would make a perfect cast commentary on the DVDs. In my opinion, Wil is a little too hard on Wesley, but I love how he calls out the writers. I found myself laughing continuously. I can't wait for the rest of the memories.
  • By laura.kelly.robinson
    Dec 12, 2009
    I just love Wil Wheaton's writing. I use to hate reading books that weren’t fiction stories. Even with fiction I usually want it to specifically be of the Sci-Fi or Fantasy variety. Now there is a new genre that is inching its way into my heart. I’m not sure what to call it. Maybe it has a name, but Wil Wheaton’s books definitely fall into it. They are kinda biography-ish… but it’s more than that. It’s a geek-specific humor that some bloggers (Like Jim Hines) put out there. I like it. I like it so much I can read a book-worth, and be quite entertained the entire time without swords, space ships, dragons or robots. A comic I did about this book:
  • By adrianne.schoen
    Nov 30, 2009
    I downloaded the PDF version to read on my Droid. I wasn't that this would be a great medium for reading but I thought I'd give it a shot. Turns out I am fan of the format and the book. A really fun read now that I'm rewatching TNG for the first time since I was a kid. Revisiting the show is like getting a hug from a favorite uncle you haven't seen in years. Reading this book was like hanging out with the cool cousin and making fun of the family that you both love and love to mock. I hope everyone enjoys it despite my horrible family metaphor.
  • By sean
    Nov 15, 2009
    My only complaint is that Volume 2 isn't published yet, because after all the build up to dissing on Angel One, I'm so eager to read that synopsis. Love this book a lot.
  • By kali
    Nov 11, 2009
    I loved this. Have already bought four copies, got on to buy another. Because I am a geek vector. I can't begin to count how often I laughed out loud listening to the podcasts (The rare MacGuffin Element! Space herpes, or "Kirk's Syndrome"! Cargo bays full of hats!). Well worth the read.
  • By loveistheonlyway
    Nov 5, 2009
    The short version: If you like to hear behind-the-scenes memories, incredible snark, and an interesting perspective on Star Trek: The Next Generation's first season, you should buy this book. But only if you can handle the snark. The long version: Full of snark, hilariously paraphrased dialogue, and worship for the acting of Patrick Stewart, MotF is an interesting review of TNG's shaky first season. There's no shortage of behind the scenes memories in MotF, and it's good fun to hear them from the perspective of Wil-looking-back. I wish there were more quotable dialogue [[It really irks me that Wil spells this word "dialog" but my dictionary says both are acceptable. My spellcheck is having issues with the way Wil spells his name though... I guess I should stop digressing now.]] but the amount given (one to five lines per episode, typically) is enough to make me want to go buy the first season on DVD and hear what the rest of the episode was like. [[No, I haven't seen all the... More > episodes in TNG's first season... I was an infant when it began airing. What I have seen was aired by the SciFi channel on their Monday TNG marathons. Not having seen all of the episodes did NOT make Wil's book any harder to follow, as he helpfully (and did I mention hilariously?) recaps each episode as he reviews it. Thanks, Wil. But I digress again.]] Some of the grades Wil gives out are a bit harsh, too, but he's looking at the series from a completely different perspective than I, so that's understandable. (For example, he looks at Picard and compares his actions to those of Kirk, just like any other Trekkie would. I, who wasn't exposed to TOS until Picard was firmly established in my brain as THE Captain, was appalled by Kirk.) I can understand that some people will not enjoy this book. I do not recommend it if you suffer from any of the following: lack of a sense of humor, inability to laugh at your own mistakes, or inability to laugh at the mistakes of others. Seriously though, Wil does a lot of snarky ranting, and if you can't handle that, get off my lawn! And, er, don't buy this book. As this is the first edition, errors were present, but not so bad a normal person would notice. But the inner editor in me flinched at each error I found. That could be just because I am a grammar geek. (Or is it nerd? I'll go with geek, for the alliteration. See what I mean? GEEK!) If you've never read any of Wil's stuff and you're nervous about spending $20.00 on a book by an author you've never read before (where have you been?), check out the preliminary episode reviews here: but don't expect the reviews in the book to be the same. For one thing, Wil brought in some experts (my personal favorite was Phil Plait, aka The Bad Astronomer) and includes a response from one of the writers of one of the episodes to which he gives a bad grade. Anyways, I greatly enjoyed MotF V1, and if you've made it all the way through this review, you probably will as well!< Less

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September 27, 2011
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