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!
Wil Wheaton, who played that annoying kid who every trekkie would like to kill in slow and agonizing way, rips the first season a new one (or at least the first half of the first season). Channeling everyone from Beavis and Butthead to 14 year old geekboys to MST3K, the humor can sometimes get a bit crude and infantile. But still, first season of most shows are horrible, and TNG was particularly horrible the first season. If you're looking for a tell-all book filled with gossip, then this is not the book for you. Also, if you think all things Trek should be held with utmost reverence, this book is not for you either. But if you're a science fiction geek with a sense of humor, or a fan of MST3K, or BOTH, then this is the book for you. It IS a pretty good read after all, filled with a bunch of giggles, snickers and occasional guffaws. And the best part? It's available as a PDF file! Wheaton really should get some of his earlier books into e-book format if he can, since no one would ship... More > books to where I live. And besides, I can read the PDF files at work. ;) My only complaint is that it's too short at only 140-odd pages, and it ends midway through the first season, and Wheaton needs to get his butt in gear to pump out the rest of the season and the series, at least until that episode where he makes out with Ashley Judd. So I might not have paid the 20 bucks for the print version. But as a 10 dollar e-book, it's a pretty decent deal.< Less
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.
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.
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.
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