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.
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
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.
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: http://bit.ly/7cpkhZ
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.
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