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The Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion: Revised Edition [Kindle Edition]

Larry Nemecek
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The Star Trek: The Next Generation® Companion is the complete guide to the series that brought Star Trek®® back to television for seven extremely successful seasons. Episode-by-episode summaries, credits, and behind-the-scenes notes that shed intriguing light on the production of the show. This edition is updated to include information on the film Star Trek Generations. Indexed by episode number, by writer, guest stars, and directors, it's the one book that brings all this information together between two covers.

About the Author

Larry Nemecek is a widely respected expert on Star Trek who was for several years the editor of the US magazine Star Trek: Communicator. He is a consultant on the Star Trek Fact Files and is known to UK Star Trek fans for his regular column in Star Trek: Monthly in which he answers readers' questions on all aspects of Star Trek.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good companion! September 5, 2002
The Star Trek The Next Generation Companion is a very good companion in my opinion. It is especially helpful now that we are finally getting all the seasons on DVD. The one complaint that I could register is all the pictures being black and white. They could've put color pictures in and I'm sure everybody would've paid a little more for it. It includes brief but worthwhile synopsis's of all 176 episodes, very good notes on each season and a detailed chapter on Star Trek Generations. Overall, a very good companion, if you're a Star Trek fan and you've not picked this up, do so before they go completely out of production and your stuck paying a higher price for a used one down the road.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly Disappointing January 18, 2003
By cpen
My advice: Don't read the DS9 Companion before reading this one. Why? Because you'll agree with my review title.
The DS9 Companion weighs in at a hefty 800 pages, while this REVISED TNG Companion is a mere 384 pages, and that includes about 10 hours more source material than the DS9 one (the four movies and 2 episodes). The missing 416 pages comes from a smaller, compressed font used in certain areas (cast lists, episode notes, and movie summaries), but most of it is due to shorter summaries and notes than used in the DS9 one. I noticed many factoids and behind the scenes anecdotes that could have been included but weren't. The biggest disappointment, I think, came from the Nemesis section which didn't answer certain things (i.e., what were their plans for Seven, and who is this Cmdr. Martin Madden listed in the credits).
That having been said, I have been and always shall be a TNG fan, since I practically grew up on it, so this book provided an interesting perspective on the series. My only real problem with it lies in the fact that sometimes it seems that a little more work could have been put into it (i.e., typos in normal words and in proper nouns, a few mixed-up facts).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short, sweet compliment to the DVDs March 3, 2003
The synposis of the plots are quick and to the point--which is what a synposis is supposed to do provide a brief snapshot of a film or television episode. I love having this book around as I can never remember the title (or season) many of my fav episodes are on (Hollow Pursuits was one I couldn't recall for example and this book pointed me to the right DVD). By all rights an abridged version of this should have been included for each season of the DVDs.
The pictures are plentiful and although I would have preferred more backstory on the making of each episode (as well as behind the scenes photos), the info on each episode is fascinating. While this book doesn't sweep out all the dirt on the difficulities of Next Gen (for an accurate, well rounded story of the difficulties during Gene Roddenberry's second series I'd recommend Joel Engel's informed and well researched biography of the Great Bird of the Galaxy), there are a number of comments that hint at the difficult birth of Next Gen among them the large number of writer/producers that came and went prior to the arrival of Michael Pillar.
Next Gen really hit its stride during it's third and fourth season maintaining the quality for the bulk of the run of the series. Nemecek honestly asseses some of the worst episodes and the best. His comments from many of the writers also provides insight into the community writing method used to keep the quality high on Next Gen scripts. While this could and did work against some fine episodes, it also enhanced many of the best shows.
There is an exhaustive credit list of the writers/directors and guest actors for each episode. While this isn't the perfect Next Gen companion (perhaps an unoffical one will dig a little deeper into the struggles of the show and it's creative apex), it does provide a brief overview of each episode, credits and fairly objective overview on the various episodes strengths and weaknesses.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide to the fan July 12, 2001
This book gives detailed synopses of each episode (with backstage notes for each one, including trivia, effects insights, and thoughts of the creators) and also includes the feature film "Generations" as a bonus. An excellent guide and a must have for anyone who enjoys collecting the episodes. It's a great coffee-table style book, fun to thumb through, and has pictures from each episode. All in all, an excellent buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate TNG guide! June 24, 1999
This book is an absolute must-have for all TNG fans, from the most casual viewer to even the most die-hard Trekker. Beautifully written, extremely well-organized and cross referenced, this guide takes you on a tour of TNG's 7-year stint, complete with show information, plot outlines, and incredible behind-the-scenes information on every episode. Add to that the excellent introductory chapters which chart TNG's growth from idea to reality, and brief overviews of the important history behind each season, and you have a TNG guide to satisfy everybody's appetite. This book is a supreme treat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre reference book for a great series June 6, 2002
ST:TNG was a great series, and frankly it deserves a better companion than this one. While there are many interesting production tidbits and (often mundane) cross-references included, the summaries of the individual episodes are way too short, and annoying errors still remain (e.g., some 'Force of Nature' end notes appear in the 'Inheritance' section).
My impression is that the author simply dumped a bunch of info together to create this book without putting in the extra effort to make it special. If you'd like to see what a top-notch companion book should look like, check out the magnificent ST: DS9 publication (to be fair, that author was on board from day one, while Nemecek had to come into the fray at a later date).
Don't get me wrong - I'm glad that I own this book, and do recommend it to fans of the series. Still, when looking at things objectively (i.e., take off those rose colored Star Trek glasses), this is a mediocre book, and it is far from being the definitive work that it sets out to be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book for the Next Generation fan
A good book for the Next Generation fan, it recaps the creation to the movies and end of the series. Written for the casual and non-casual fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Book in perfect condition
Published 2 months ago by Angela Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent reference
Published 5 months ago by ironlegs
5.0 out of 5 stars The Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion
A remarkable book for the fans of the adored series as it gives an inside in the designing and constructing of the series as a whole and each episode at its own.
Published 17 months ago by Michael Fanos
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but missing the actors’ perspective
This is a great resource. I am going through the episodes from the beginning. Skipping the ones I know I didn’t like. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mark D. Friedman
5.0 out of 5 stars i love ir
i really lioke this especial book, i have the information and the images o really like. i love this book
Published 22 months ago by VICAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice!
Very nice historical record and episode reviews. Valued part of my collection now. Nice commentary but all in B&W...would have liked color.
Published on April 27, 2013 by David M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Only the first five seasons
Good guide-book and refference book. Well written synopsis but only of the first five seasons. Had I known that it was not complete I would not have bought it.
Published on March 12, 2013 by William W. Zendegui
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for a trekkie
Star Trek the Next Generation is my favorite Star Trek series. This book outlines each episode with tidbits that you didn't know about each one.
Published on January 28, 2013 by Shelly Weyers
4.0 out of 5 stars Good companion
rather detailed, but the page design looks terrible. Page quality not that great either. They should make an updated version.
Published on December 11, 2010 by Kim H. Chen
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Larry Nemecek "works in Trekland"--which is not only shorthand for his Trek writing, talking, preserving and filming, but it's a mighty fine blog name for thoughts and guest vidchats at Right now, Larry's out for "survivor" memories and/or fan donors to his documentary The Con of Wrath, the story of fandom's greatest "meltdown turned miracle," the 1982 Houston "Ultimate Fantasy" mega-Star Trek show.

Aside from recent turns as Dr. McCoy in the Geekie Award-winning "Star Trek Continues" online series, and speaking for the $20 million non-profit "Enterprise in Space" project, Larry's "Star Trek: Stellar Cartography" map/book set is a hit on Amazon, and he is remastering his archival Trek interviews since 1992 under the guise of his annual "TREKLAND: On Speaker" titles. He can be spied talking on CBS Blu-ray TNG and Enterprise documentaries, "The Green Girl," Rod Roddenberry's "Trek Nation" and the Biography Channel's "Captains of the Final Frontier"--and the classic "TNG Companion" on Kindle, his longtime Star Trek magazine and stuff is all green. The occasional drawl betrays his roots as an Okie native in news, theatre, and fan cred with the likes of SoonerCon and creating ThunderCon--and he remains a volunteer docent at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades, CA.

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