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Star Trek: Exploring the Original Series Paperback – June 20, 2013
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About the Author
Born in 1960, E.J. Wilson has been in love with Star Trek: The Original Series since its launch in 1966. That phenomenal show sparked his life-long interest in Science and Mathematics, which he teaches to Middle and High School students today.
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E. J. Wilson's STAR TREK, EXPLORING THE ORIGINAL SERIES is a sprawling, tacky ode to that beloved series. I'd hesitate to call it a book since it's basically a series of lists - Wilson's ranking of the episodes, recurring characters, production staff, female crewmen, etc. enlivened by the author's snarky wit and wisdom. Too often, that 'w&w' is at a juvenile level. He clearly has a high opinion of himself coupled with an adolescent's interest in ST female bods.
On the plus side, there are hundreds of pix including screen captures of the cast, crew and episodes.
STAR TREK was a compelling, imaginative, entertaining show that enlivened the lives of millions of people. Granted the stories and special effects weren't always top-notch but the show generally deserves high marks. And it deserves books that describe/discuss it in a mature, thoughtful fashion. STAR TREK, EXPLORING THE ORIGINAL SERIES doesn't come close. Not recommended.
Finally, I've always enjoyed the exercise of debating what makes a good Star Trek episode even if (or especially if) others' opinions vary from mine, but this guy has his pointed sideburns up his rectum. If it doesn't have a planet set, a fistfight, or a phaser shootout, it's no good, in his view. His point of view is juvenile, and his book represents his point of view very, very well.
Enlightened fans...I humbly invite you to save your money.
C. Ralph Adler