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Star Trek: The Original Series 365 Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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About the Author
Paula M. Block spent 19 years as publishing director for Paramount Pictures and CBS, and with Terry J. Erdmann, has written numerous books about the entertainment industry, including Star Trek 101, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, and Star Trek: Action!. They live in Oregon.
Dorothy “D. C.” Fontana served as writer and story editor for many beloved episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series. She was instrumental in the development of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She lives in California.
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Authors Block and Erdmann take a roughly chronological approach to the original series, detailing the show's origins, its beloved characters and the actors who portrayed them, behind-the-scenes info, specific episodes, themes, special effects, make-up, etc. Yet STAR TREK 365 is the kind of book where you just jump in at a random page and enjoy!
Paging through the book you're reminded of what a fine job Roddenberry & Co. did back in 1966. It not only brings back fond memories of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty and all the others in action but also makes one realize how much better Star Trek was in comparison to the tripe that dominated the boob tube back then. Roddenberry, Gene Coon and Bob Justman brought a sensitivity and humanity to Star Trek that was sorely missing in so many other shows, especially in the first two seasons. The show's humanism and sense of optimism was underscored by the superb acting that helped create the endearing Enterprise crew not to mention the equally memorable villains like Khan, Charlie X and Trelane. In particular, though Spock in some respects stole Kirk's thunder, watch Season One and Two shows and marvel at what a damn fine acting job Shatner did as Kirk.
The photographs are a combination of color and b&w production shots and candids, some never-been-seen, of the regulars, guest stars, the Enterprise and other starships, aliens and monsters, special effects, dramatic scenes from various shows and so on. All in all, a visual delight.Read more ›
In general, the layout has images on the right side, with brief episode teasers and other information on the left.
I'm going to note a few things that came to mind as I read through the book:
+365 comes in hardcover, with a beautiful image of the Enterprise on the front and a picture of Spock, Kirk, McCoy and Scott (from "Spectre of the Gun") on the back. The pages are semi-glossy and easy to flip through. The page numbers are colored the same as the dvd sets - yellow for season 1, blue for season 2, red for season 3 (and black otherwise).
-The cover can scratch and dent easily, and mine already has a sort of "haze" around the edges. The pages pick up fingerprints (wash your hands before reading!), and several of the text pages had ink smears and other blemishes (not a big deal, but worth noting). The page numbers are all on the text (left) sides and are cut off slightly. I guess this was a stylistic choice, but they're often hard to read.
+The episodes are presented in production order.Read more ›
But about the book! It's FULL of awesome photos and little tidbits of info. Those that are well-read and versed in the shows history won't be surprised with a handful of the stories/anecdotes (how many times have we heard about Shatner stealing Nimoy's bike on set?). It's just awesome though. If you feel like you can't get enough visual stimuli of Star Trek, this book is an excellent coffee table purchase, and conversation starter (as if your friends didn't already realize that you are a Trekkie).
It's big and heavy (so not a good bedside reader), but the reason it's so cumbersome is because it's packed with awesomeness. Tons of full color bright photos and laid out in a non-chronological order...it's just fun to sit around and flip through.
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I got this book to get a synopsis as well some background info about each episode of TOS before I watch them on Netflix for the first time. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Christopher Jones
Wow...a Trekkie's dream of a book. There are so many behind-the-scenes stories and interesting anecdotes and facts here, you'll treasure this book the instant you pick it up. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Aryf
I found this book in the library of the "Asociacion Cultural Peruano Británica" en Lima and it is a must for "trekies" . Read morePublished 5 months ago by Victor D. Manriquez
Great book about a great and epic scifi trendbreaking show. I have loved TREK since I was 12 years of age. A must have for any serious TOS Fan.Published 5 months ago by xfiler93
Did you know that Dr. Spock was on Mission Impossible in the 60's! Guy Williams on Lost in Space played Zorro in the 60's! June Lockhart played the mom on Lassie! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carl W.
Gift for a lifelong trekie - he devoured it. The series pictures and synopsis tell enough to bring each episode fresh to his mind.Published 7 months ago by YaymeeT
AWESOME PICTURES == GREAT FOR STAR TREK JUNKIES == BOOK IS VERY STRANGE 5X7 SIZE WITH 365 PAGES VERY HARD ON THE SPINE OF BOOK == THE FIRST ONE I BOUGHT HAD TO BE RETURNED BRAND... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Vicki Dupraw