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- ASIN : B008JHQ6KY
- Publisher : ABRAMS; Reprint edition (October 24, 2012)
- Publication date : October 24, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 121881 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 1305 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #738,986 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Rather than serve as a straight-up episode guide, it offers small vignettes about TNG (365 of them, hence the book's title), in chronological order ranging from pre-production of the series through "All Good Things..." and focusing on a variety of topics including cast, characters, production staff, costumes, props, merchandise, special effects, and more. For instance, the episode "Manhunt" is covered using an interview with the makeup artist responsible for transforming Mick Fleetwood into an Antedean. An entry connected to "A Matter Of Time" gives background info on Picard's ready room fish, Livingston. Another gives the story behind the construction of the Enterprise float featured in the 1992 Tournament of Roses parade. The authors are frank in the text: in addition to covering all of TNG's successes they also touch on the turmoil which sometimes befell the writing staff and provide honest criticism of some of the less successful aspects of the show.
The stories are accompanied by many rare photos, many of which have never been published before. These include early uniform tests, advertisements, design concepts for ships and alien makeup, and candid shots of cast and crew during production, amongst others. The book would be well worth the price for the photos alone.
The TNG motion pictures are not covered, but to be fair the book's focus was the TNG series itself. Including a few sections on the movies would sacrifice too much of the information about the show.
There is also an extensive index included, which is very helpful for locating particular stories or pieces of information.
Overall, the authors do a wonderful job of putting together a 25th anniversary celebration of TNG, complementing previous works. Even if you think you know everything there is to know about TNG, you'll learn something new here.
In the months that followed, I saw the pages and teaser photos as they were released to the general public. These tiny glimpses only increased my excitement. One of the authors, Terry Erdman, also penned one of my favorite books Star Trek: Action! that had a tremendous effect on the direction I would take in my professional life.
The book arrived early and I have had it in my hands for several hours. I thumbed through it, page by page and read articles attached to pictures I have never seen. The book takes the form of a chronology in images of the run of The Next Generation. Some of the photos have been published many times over the years in books, magazines and on the Internet but there are a precious few that I had never seen and I dare say you haven't either.
There are little factoids, snippets of scripts and behind-the-scenes moments that make even this seasoned fan of the series grin with glee. The "never before seen" photos are a rare insight of both cast, crew and visitors to the set. I particularly enjoyed a glimpse into the offices of the writers and producers. Without giving away any of the good stuff: If I may be so bold, you're in for a treat. 365 is quite a book.
It is a small shame that the publishers didn't delay its production until all of TNG is released on Blu-Ray. There are "screen shots" that are particularly low-res and with my background in printing they stand out to me like a guest star using a Tricorder backwards. This is hardly the fault of the writers.
This book is full of photos that capture the spirit of why I have always wanted to work in television. I hope Terry and Paula are hard at work on another Star Trek book so I can pre-order it and start bothering them about it all over again.
For anyone who is a big Star Trek fan, recent years have seen a long dry spell of anything good from a Star Trek reference books standpoint. Believe me this books is like a long cool drink of water after the drought. I will definitely be using the excellent index to locate specific references and facts.
This is a fitting 25th year anniversary tribute to an excellent scifi series which has become a major part of one of the most major franchises of scifi history. Highly recommended!
Top reviews from other countries
Episode synopsis is kept to a minimal paragraph and to be fair I usually skip this unless I can't recall anything about the story. There are other books which are better designed for this. In essence this is a book about memories, tit-bits and anecdotes. Reading through it the stories are great and varied, talking about the differences in writing technology (typewriters to 90s computers in the first few seasons), what we would now conceive as basic special effects that were created on a shoestrong on some occasions and the first delves into CGI in 1991, six hour makeup jobs (Identity Crisis). One piece that sticks in my mind is the story of the guy who built the wooden horseshoe bridge rail/tactical console - you get the picture I'm sure that there is a lot to take in!
I thought I knew a lot about TNG with a fairly extensive library of resource including Action!, the Continuing Mission, the Companion et al but this has reignited an interest that takes me back to childhood and awaiting 6pm on BBC2 on a Wednesday night. I would say this is a must. Yes, there are some grainy frame-grabs as you go along but the series was filmed on videotape and if you're desperate to get a better quality image, buy the series on Blu-ray. This is about television history and What It Was Like Back Then.
Still a classic series and it's made me request the Original Series edition for Xmas. I hope they do one for DS9 and Voyager in the future - the Enterprise one would probably fit on a postage stamp...anyway...Fully recommended but make sure you store it on a very sturdy shelf and feel sorry for the delivery person - it's a tad heavy.
I cannot think of any spin-off series which was and is as popular as the original program/form. 'The Next Generation' is a really rare and special exception to this rule. In the reality of life the cast who played these very nearly iconic characters, 'Picard', 'Data', 'Riker', 'Deanna', 'Geordi', 'Beverly', 'Wesley', 'Worf' et al all still love each other and do apparently meet up from time-to-time twenty five years after the series (10 years after their last 'TNG' film). It's a really delightful story how these guys have remained friends all these years.
The is introduced by Ronald D. Moore and he likely owes much to TNG for kickstarting his career as a writer. He seems like genuine and pleasant person whom is talented at what he does.
I am really enjoying this book - it's an absolute 'must-read' for any fan of the show.