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The Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion: Revised Edition Kindle Edition
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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).
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the best companion guide to the series I have read so far. It was filled with a lot of interesting side information about the cast, characters themselves, and writers.Published 12 days ago by Jon
What fan would give a bad review. I will say there is a reason why the ds9 companion is so much more expensive........ALOT more insider info. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mike
A little disappointing. The information behind each episode is a little deceiving, as half of the text is an episode recap. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Pensky
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.Published 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
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 on December 18, 2013 by Michael Fanos
This is a great resource. I am going through the episodes from the beginning. Skipping the ones I know I didn’t like. Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by Mark D. Friedman
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