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The Nitpicker's Guide for Classic Trekkers Kindle Edition

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Length: 408 pages

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Farrand's companion to his Nitpicker's Guide for Next Generation Trekkers (1993) lists each episode of the original, Kirk-Spock-McCoy TV series, each of the trio's movies, and the pre-Kirk pilot TV show, "The Cage," too. For each, Farrand first gives its "star date" (remember how the shows began: "Captain's log, star date . . ."), a plot summary, some of his own "Ruminations" on it, his choices of "Great Moments" in it, and two trivia questions. Then Farrand gets to the good stuff--the mistakes made in each program: production goofs, plot loopholes, continuity failures, and bits cut from a show when it was put in syndication. Concluding each entry are answers to the trivia questions; also concluding each TV episode entry is a tally of the stills shown underneath the show's closing list of production credits. As you can tell from the page count, this is no thrown-together exploitation opus. It's a thoroughgoing labor of love that ought to please Trekkers everywhere. Ray Olson

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Six feature films, the wildly successful television spin-off Star Trek: The Next Generation, endless reruns, videotapes, conventions, a line of best-selling novels, and William Shatner's New York Times best-seller Star Trek Memories have kept the Star Trek spirit alive and well, even 25 years after its cancellation. Now this must-have book for all Trekkers -- which covers every episode of the original series, the pilot, and all six movies -- reveals all the bloopers, continuity errors, plot oversights, equipment malfunctions, and goof-ups that discerning, die-hard fans love to spot, but may have missed. Written especially for all those who find themselves thinking, "Hey, if the transporter is broken, why don't they just use a shuttlecraft?", this nitpicky volume includes Kirk's toupee watch; an examination of the logic of the miniskirted female crew members; number of times Kirk violated the Prime Detective and lots of trivia questions, fun facts, quizzes, and more. Live long and nitpick.

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  • File Size: 2592 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (March 25, 2010)
  • Publication Date: March 31, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036S4D6A
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1997
Format: Paperback
Ever sit down to your favorite Trek episode and think, "Hey, didn't that guy die a couple episodes back?" Prove yourself right! Join the Nitpicker's Guild and spot things like Spock's ear jobs, mysterious changes in rank, and my personal favorite, Kirk splitting his pants! Definitely worth every penny!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Claassen on May 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
Phil Farrand does a wonderful job here of pointing out things the creators of Trek got wrong (and right!)--small things most of us would never give a second thought to. My favorite glitch:
"Return of the Archons--Just after Festival begins, Kirk & the others scamper for cover. In one shot, a rock about the size of a cantaloupe arches down and whacks a crew member on the top of his head. Surprisingly, the man seems unaffected, and the rock simply bounces off. Now that's the kind of guy you want to take on landing party missions!"
I couldn't stop laughing for about five straight minutes after I read this one. If you like Star Trek, and you like to laugh--get Phil Farrand's Nitpicker's Guides for Trekkers. You will not be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. Whenever I'm in need of a laugh I still return to it. Every blooper, every continuity problem and and every single episode is discussed in this very funny guide. The author was obviously a huge fan of Star Trek.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dean Wisland on December 11, 2006
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I had a copy of this book when it first came out, but I lost it and thought it was out of print. I was delighted to see it still available and ordered it, especially since I have the TV series and movies on DVD now. I this book, author Phil Farrand goes through each and every episode of the Original series and the six feature films. In each he discusses changed premises, plot oversites, equipment oddies, and props that don't work like they should. Also he points out scenes that were cut when the show was syndicated, and what stills where shown during the end credits. Also Farrand also includes what are called tote boards, that lists things like the number of times Kirk's shirt gets torn, number of people who slap Spock, number of times McCoy pronounces someone dead etc. This book is a must for fans of Classic Star Trek.

PS, in the episode The Savage Curtain, during a fight scene, Kirk is on his back, and he draws up his legs to push away his opponet, his pants cleary split!! I laughed until i almost could'nt breathe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Aderhold VINE VOICE on December 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've had a copy of The Nitpicker's Guide for Next Generation Trekkers for years, so when I saw this volume at the used book store for $2.00 I just had to pick it up. Reading this book is a good way to relive the original series, and find out about little mistakes the creators made and you never noticed before (or maybe you had).

One thing I didn't much about this edition is the section about "Syndication Cuts" for most episodes. Most of these entries are just a list of three-second clips that were cut out when the episodes were shortened for syndication, and I skipped reading most of them. Even with resources such as Memory Alpha that have been created with the rise of the web, there's still value in a comprehensive book like this, written by one man with an interesting sense of humor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wulfstan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2014
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I just Binge-watched the entirety of Star Trek, The Original Series (aka "ST-TOS"), and this guide was not only invaluable but a very fun read , too.

Not just nit-picking but it also contains a episode description, etc. Contains much interesting trivia.

One thing that was boring was the "Syndication Cuts" sections, which were too long. Waste of space, if you ask me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Joseph on February 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
All of the nitpicker books are fun reads, from beginning to end. It's fun to go back through the old favorites and re-watch them with guide in hand. Clearly this book was a work of love, and the affection the author feels along with the gentle ribbing of our beloved Trek universe is contagious. I highly recommend this book for any Trekker with a good sense of humor.
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By A. White on June 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
I don't recall how I came across the nitpicker's guides but I enjoy every one of them because they offer a deep look into episodes which causes you to notice things you didn't before, and this is coming from someone who considers himself quite observant. While all of the 'nits' mentioned may be just that, extremely nitpicky and easily rationalized, this book is in no way official and strictly for entertainment. I rated this book four stars only because TOS was a bit before my time and I haven't seen as much of this show as the others, so it wasn't as applicable to me. However, this book also includes reviews of the first six movies, which is the main reason I bought this. Unfortunately due to legal reasons there will be no updated Nitpicker's Guides, but the website started by author Phil Farrand (nitcentral) is still up and running if you're curious.
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