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Product Details

  • Series: These are the Voyages - TOS
  • Paperback: 708 pages
  • Publisher: Jacob Brown Media Group (June 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989238156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989238151
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marc Cushman is an author and Los Angeles based screenwriter and director. His television writing assignments include scripts for Star Trek: The Next Generation, Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, and Diagnosis: Murder. His feature film credits include Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney, The Magic of Christmas, and In The Eyes Of A Killer. As a writer/producer, Marc created and served as show runner for two TV series: the cult comedy Channel K and its spin-off, the original Bachelor Pad. Marc is the author of the "biography of a TV show," I Spy: A History Of The Groundbreaking Television Series (McFarland & Co., 2007), and the definitive examination of the making of the original Star Trek series, with his 2,100 page, three-volume set, These Are The Voyages, TOS.

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Very informative and extremely entertaining.
The format is the same, as Cushman provides an incredible breakdown into the making of each individual episode.
This book is a fabulous follow-up to Volume 1, the first season.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Scott R. Brooks on April 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
First, full disclosure: I was asked to serve as one of several proofreaders of the manuscript for "These Are the Voyages - TOS: Season Two." I had been one of those who, while enthralled with the material, had decried the first edition of "Season One" for its numerous typographical errors. So when the opportunity was offered to me to help with the second volume, I grabbed it. I am honored to have been a very small part of this very large project. Star Trek is more than a great television show; it's one of those rare creations that has transcended its medium to shape culture, influence lives and inspire all manner of noble things. This series of books by Marc Cushman chronicles in granular detail the history and inner workings of the series that started the phenomenon. They are and will continue to be important reference works that I predict will have relevance at least until the century in which Star Trek is set. Hyperbole? Time will tell.

This volume begins with the rocky interregnum between the first and second seasons, when Star Trek's fate was still up in the air, and continues through the end of the season, when Star Trek's fate was, once again, up in the air. As with the first volume, Cushman gives each episode a thorough chronological treatment, with copious quotes from primary source production memos as scripts are bought, massaged into shape, cast and shot. This is where this book becomes visceral for long-time fans, who can't know enough about their favorite episodes. He even manages to find more to glean from well-tilled territory like "The Trouble with Tribbles." Cushman also availed himself of numerous contemporary publications to fill in with fan reaction, media coverage and interviews with actors.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Garrett Aja on April 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The first volume of These Are The Voyages was a revelation: instead of confirming the all-too familiar story of Star Trek as a low-rated series with only cult appeal, Marc Cushman's research revealed that the series was exceptionally popular with the general public, enough to frequently beat some fairly stiff competition from ABC and CBS. It also revealed just how the episodes were made, while giving some insight on how the series managed to draw the ire of NBC's top brass.

Now, we have the second volume, and the results are no less illuminating. We hear of how Leonard Nimoy nearly left the series, the circumstances behind the sale of Desilu and the departure of Gene Coon, and yes, that famous letter-writing campaign to save the show. Once again, the accepted history is not the real history, and we learn how Star Trek managed to hold a strong second against even stronger competition (Gomer Pyle, USMC being the stiffest) and with some seriously limp shows surrounding it. And those 100-200 thousand letters you've heard about? Try ONE MILLION. And a protest at NBC's Burbank offices. And more. Furthermore, the amount of coverage of the stars in the gossip rags and stories of the cast getting mobbed implies that Star Trek was an outright phenomenon.

The real value, however, is in the exposure of just how human the people making this program were. Besides the stories of William Shatner's ego and waistline (both of which are addressed fairly), we learn about the various pressures that weighed down on Gene Coon until he became burned out on Star Trek, and get a pretty good amount of the story (but sadly not all) of how Coon's replacement, John Meredyth Lucas, managed not to stay on as producer after the second season.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gator Fan on April 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is a fabulous follow-up to Volume 1, the first season. The book really functions on two levels:

-Primarily, it provides amazing details on the filming of each individual episode. Script details, casting decisions, production notes- all there, in more depth than can be found anywhere else. Unparalleled commentary from regulars, guest stars, and production folks. No matter how many gazillions of times you've seen each episode, reading the book really brings aspects of them to life that you missed. Warning- may cause compulsive re-viewing as you read.

-Also, though, it provides a clear picture of the evolution of Star Trek throughout Season 2. The nature of the relationships on the set, the waxing and waning of roles within NBC, Desilu, and Roddenberry's "inner circle," and the increasing voice of the national Star Trek fan phenomenon are all very clear. The different influences shaping the arc of Star Trek are there to trace, both in explicit additional chapters as well as the notes on each episode. It leads to a number of interesting questions. What if Desilu hadn't been sold? Was Gene Coon's departure a disaster or a return to the more serious notes of Season 1? What if NBC had understood what it had? Would the show have been as good if its makers had "played ball" with the studio and NBC- would there have been an improvement on the at-best uneven Season 3 and would the author be working on volumes for Seasons 4+?

Great book, and I look forward to Volume 3.
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