Set Phasers to Stun: 50 Years of Star Trek

Set Phasers to Stun: 50 Years of Star Trek[Read] ➱ Set Phasers to Stun: 50 Years of Star Trek Author Marcus Berkmann – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Forty seven years after NBC killed it off, Star Trek celebrates its half century in a state of rude health Boldly going where several other people have been before, Marcus Berkmann tells the story of to Stun: eBook ☆ Forty to Stun: 50 Years MOBI :¼ seven years after NBC killed it off, Star Trek celebrates its half century in a state of rude health Boldly going where several other people have been before, Marcus Berkmann tells the story of this sturdy science fiction vehicle Set Phasers PDF/EPUB or from its first five year mission rudely curtailed to three , through the dark years of the s, the triumphant film series and The Next Generation, to the current reboot films, with a younger cast taking on the characters of Kirk, Phasers to Stun: eBook ¸ Spock, McCoy and coWith wit, insight and a huge pile of DVDs, he seeks to answer all the important questions Why did Kirk s shirt always get torn when he had a fist fight What s the most number of times Uhura said Hailing frequencies open, sir in a single episode Seven And what s the worst imaginable insult in Klingon Your mother has a smooth forehead. I managed to get a preview copy of Set Phasers to Stun and for a book that shouts THE MUST OWN BOOK FOR ALL TREKKIES EVERYWHERE , I am sad to say that the author is quick to correct himself A book for all Trekkies quickly becomes a book for fans who have never felt the need to wear a prosthetic Klingon forehead Being the owner of a homemade skant, a phaser, and prosthetic eartips, I should have stopped reading then and there, but I didn t.If you like Star Trek and you have seen quite a bit I managed to get a preview copy of Set Phasers to Stun and for a book that shouts THE MUST OWN BOOK FOR ALL TREKKIES EVERYWHERE , I am sad to say that the author is quick to correct himself A book for all Trekkies quickly becomes a book for fans who have never felt the need to wear a prosthetic Klingon forehead Being the owner of a homemade skant, a phaser, and prosthetic eartips, I should have stopped reading then and there, but I didn t.If you like Star Trek and you have seen quite a bit of it, reading this book can be a feast of recognition, but it will likely belike a bit of a chore The main part of the text reads as a personal episode guide, written by someone who struggles with a certain measure of dislike or resentment about part of the source work For someome who claims not to have a problem with being a Trekkie and owning that name , Marcus Berkmann writes as a man who is actually quite embarrassed about being a Trekkie The final chapters of the book make me believe this is because he did not enjoy the reboots Each to their own, of course, but it is a shame that is opinion of the latest Star Trek films seems to have clouded the whole text.Because the book is written as an episode guide without convenient titles, it has to be said , I felt it was not really getting down to the nitty gritty of how Star Trek became as big as it is today There is hardly a positive note about the series content to be found, and the author almost completely omits mentioning the fans and their influence on the series there are sparse mentions of conventions and letter writing campaigns, don t hold out for them It doesn t help that the text contains several almost throwaway comments concerning sexual harassment of the cast, and the sexism of 60s and 70s television The author claims to have a problem with this casual sexism, but in this case I d say, put your money where your mouth is and not in a short footnote All things considered, the rebuffal of certain fans, the overal negative, grouchy tone of the book and the hahahafunny sexist remarks don t make for smooth reading If you are looking for an episode guide, this might be a start, but I wouldn t be surprised if there were better options out there Mr Berkmann, the next time you write a book about a thing you love for all people who also love the thing, please remember the demographics and fannish enthusiasm of your audience and write accordingly As a certified trekkie, I didn t want this to end It covers the original series, Next gen in detail and a little of the others before Enterprise which I liked great fan read.And now Discovery on Netflix Live long and prosper readers A fun, lively and highly opinionated read Good whistle stop tour of Star Trek history. I m going to give this five stars, simply because I enjoyed it so fucking much, and wanted about four hundredpages to galumph through. I found this immensely readable and at times I laughed out loud but it is definitely not for anyone who doesn t like Star Trek in fact, theyou know about ST from 1960s, theit will make sense If you never understood the appeal of ST I m not sure this will explain it to you the author is preaching to the converted It s also quite short the Kindle told me I was 70% through but the last 25 30% is an episode index bibliography so it was fibbing.He discusses the original series I found this immensely readable and at times I laughed out loud but it is definitely not for anyone who doesn t like Star Trek in fact, theyou know about ST from 1960s, theit will make sense If you never understood the appeal of ST I m not sure this will explain it to you the author is preaching to the converted It s also quite short the Kindle told me I was 70% through but the last 25 30% is an episode index bibliography so it was fibbing.He discusses the original series almost episode by episode and the problems with the ratings tv executives etc going on at the same The episodes that I recognised I often disagreed with his ratings but that shouldn t be a show stopper He then talks about the troubles Roddenberry et al had trying to get ST back on screen and then there s quite a detailed discussion of the 7 Next Generation series and the ST films at least those with the original cast members He barely mentions the other spin offs Deep Space 9, Voyager Enterprise although he claims to be a fan of DS9 in particular but he clearly loathed Enterprise Then he s into the film reboots in which he s not remotely interested so that s it.It seems to me that there would befun to be had looking behind the scenes of the years when ST ruled the tv universe and then died a slow, agonising death, but perhaps too many people are still alive and potentially litigious to make that feasible The book starts out with too much information, if anything, for the first 3 years and then peters out to nothing much for the last 20 years odd for a 50 year review He also essentially ignores the fan base and the conventions which is surely an enormous part of the ST phenomenon They would hardly have bothered remaking the films if ST conventions were poorly attended or the sole preserve of the over 50s I found this to be a very fun read The writing is enjoyable but also informational And it was great to get the British perspective on the whole Star Trek franchise While I did not always agree with his assessments, I could see his point Deals mostly with original Star Trek and Star Trek The Next Generation and the feature motion pictures He does touch on Deep Space Nine, Voyager one of the instances I did not agree with his assessment of the series but could see where he is coming from , I found this to be a very fun read The writing is enjoyable but also informational And it was great to get the British perspective on the whole Star Trek franchise While I did not always agree with his assessments, I could see his point Deals mostly with original Star Trek and Star Trek The Next Generation and the feature motion pictures He does touch on Deep Space Nine, Voyager one of the instances I did not agree with his assessment of the series but could see where he is coming from , and Enterprise Any Star Trek book that assesses The Inner Light as one of the very best Star Trek episodes ever created and judges Star Trek Into Darkness a travesty is someone I want to talk Star Trek with A very entertaining read full of interesting anecdotes shot through with a good sense of humour.Most of the book is taken up with The Original Series, Next Generation and the films DS9 and Voyager get brief mentions Surprising, because Markus states he loved DS9 and watched it avidly all the way through Perhaps he was keen to get the book out early on during Trek s 50 years leading the charge of anniversary publications. Star Trek is my first fandom and will always have a special place in my heart This book was completely written not only for Star Trek fans, but I do have to say probably for the Trek fan of a certain age Going by the tone and preferences I had to look up the age of the author and found that unsurprisingly he s older than me, a fan since TOS, a Trek age group with whom I most identify as I came to Trek when TOS was the only Trek With all those caveats then it shouldn t be a surprise that the f Star Trek is my first fandom and will always have a special place in my heart This book was completely written not only for Star Trek fans, but I do have to say probably for the Trek fan of a certain age Going by the tone and preferences I had to look up the age of the author and found that unsurprisingly he s older than me, a fan since TOS, a Trek age group with whom I most identify as I came to Trek when TOS was the only Trek With all those caveats then it shouldn t be a surprise that the focus of the bulk of the book is on TOS and TNG and the TOS films The book was published in 2016, so it just barely inches into the two reboot movies that had been out at that time In keeping with the preferences mentioned, those 2 got all the same criticisms I ve ever had of the reboots after which for the most part I stopped watching new Trek content The majority of the book is entertaining and the writer has a great sense of humor One of his favorite TOS eps is one of mine, Devil in the Dark, and over which he brings up a great point which to me is the heart of exploration and what Star Trek brought to inspire future scientists As Arthur C Clarke later said, it impressed me because it presented the idea, unusual in science fiction then and now, that something weird, and even dangerous, need not be malevolent This is a lesson that many of today s politicians have yet to learn He also brings up the usage of Shakespeare in so much Star Trek, especially in TOS, and the love by fans of episodes not just by their plot, but by their title One of his favorite titles and one of mine that really impressed me in that one moment it s uttered in the episode is For the world is hollow and I have touched the sky That s one of the things I miss in successive shows and eventually the reboots and new show, the references back to older works, to history I learned a new one I didn t know specifically from ST VI The Undiscovered Country the title a reference itself to Shakespeare s Hamlet , in which Kirk and McCoy are on trial and Klingon prosecutor Chang yells, Don t wait for the translation Answer me now which turns out to be a reference to Adlai Stevenson to the USSR s Zorin during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis I love all these things of older Trek and Berkmann points out that the reboot movies are sorely lacking in this depth of thought and characterization He quotes Abrams, Lindeloof, Kurtzman, and Orci which when I read about it at the time they said them really curled my lip and finished putting me off their work on Star Trek Bermann summarizes it all as, There was less character work than we were used to, and what there was seemed blunter,a means to an end There was far less talk There was an astonishing amount of destruction Of Abrams friends they didn t want to be making a Star Trek film at all Abrams s film was a boundlessly expensive audition tape for the space opera franchise he really wanted to be in charge of Star Wars, of course And so it went too junk for me to tolerate any further Anyway, I can t say enough good things about this book if you want to read a good overview of, as I said, primarily TOS and TNG It does go into DS9 etc., but muchquickly and much less detailed Like me, he started to lose interest from there on The only part I disagreed with was his general opinion of Voyager, but I write that off as an older guys disinterest in a crew of a variety of people and led by a woman, as I found starting back then in the late 1990s If you came along to Star Trek from TNG and later, I d suggest reading this book to learn about what came before and hear a viewpoint of someone who watched Star Trek from the beginning Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the show, Berkmann s book is a combination of a fan s assessment of key episodes of the most popular series in the franchise the original show from the 60s and the Next Generation , and the movies plus various pieces of history and snippets of trivia about the franchise.The author is clearly enthusiastic about the subject which made the book fun to read but isn t afraid of taking a critical stance on particular aspects of the show which prevent Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the show, Berkmann s book is a combination of a fan s assessment of key episodes of the most popular series in the franchise the original show from the 60s and the Next Generation , and the movies plus various pieces of history and snippets of trivia about the franchise.The author is clearly enthusiastic about the subject which made the book fun to read but isn t afraid of taking a critical stance on particular aspects of the show which prevented this from becoming an overly bland effort The prose is easy to read and Berkmann s wit added to the enjoyment for me Although you might find you disagree with the author at times he does provide a good explanation for why he regards things in a certain way For example, he regards Voyager as being a less successful series than it might have been due to them not sticking to the premise that maintaining the craft should have beendifficult due to them being alone in a distant quadrant of the universe An alternative criticism could have been that since the premise is that they are trying to find their way home, this story arc was never particularly strongly developed with many stories being unconnected with this and stand alone This did make the seriesaccessible to the casual viewer, however.The author is also not very keen on the recent Abrams reboot movies regarding them as closer to Star Wars than the original show I found this criticism a little odd, as elsewhere he says his favourite movie in the series is Star Trek II which mostly revolves around an epic space battle, and the whole Trek movie franchise would never have been launched if it had not been for the success of Star Wars at the box office in 1977.Overall, it was well researched, well written and a good, fun read for fans of the show If you aren t very familiar with Trek then it isn t the best introduction to the series as it pretty much assumes some prior knowledge 19.10.04, p152 A humorous episode guide with behind the scenes anecdotes Interesting, if somewhat cynically written On a side note writing in 2016, the author gives a decent explanation for not including any content concerning the Trek spin off series Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise which ran until 2005 But implies that he knows of them, or has even seen them And he seems to have done his homework, across the general line.Then on page 66, he says we ll never know what happen 19.10.04, p152 A humorous episode guide with behind the scenes anecdotes Interesting, if somewhat cynically written On a side note writing in 2016, the author gives a decent explanation for not including any content concerning the Trek spin off series Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise which ran until 2005 But implies that he knows of them, or has even seen them And he seems to have done his homework, across the general line.Then on page 66, he says we ll never know what happened to the infamous Klingon forehead ridges or lack thereof, in The Original Series although Enterprise spend the whole of a three episode arch also including Brent Data Spiner and generous allusions to favourite Trek villain, Khan Noonien Singh on squad explanation That oversight on the author s part confused me.Still, educational Reading on The above note did not fit in either private or update fields Hence, then, in a review 19.10.07, p173 As commented on by others for a self proclaimed enthusiast, Berkman is overly critical, if not cynical It may be his wonderful Brittish wit, but surely it could ve been toned down Of jokes about William Shatner s weight, I ve also read one too many now Too bad this book is wildly entertaining in content and it really reads very well, language wise But while it could mean 4 or 5 , I m currently undecided on 2 or 3 Make no mistake as a fan, I m not at all all forgiving and I am also conscious of the fact that the book wasn t written with me in mind But stating that it s not meant for people who know the subject matter a bit better than the intended audience, does not exempt a work from scrutiny I can forgive the few factual mistakes or omissions with ease There are some, but notthan in, say, half a season of Trek To name another one enough has been written and shown about Transwarp drive But I m a Trek fan I can handle inconsistencies The two lost stars as it stands are simply due to too much negativity Less entertaining that way And not in keeping with the best of Trek its philosophy Still approximately a third of the book yet to go.19.10.14, finished Certainly a solid read, informative, humorous but not always factually correct where in universe elements are concerned And because Berkmann seems overly critical of these things aside from his grievances with factual inconsistencies or bad creative choices , those slip ups of this book do get under the skin a bit If only it had been a bitpositive in its general content and atmosphere and not just in the two handsful of moments where the author proclaims himself a real enthusiast and I believe him , then I might not have had this slightly bitter after taste after an overall gripping read

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I managed to get a preview copy of Set Phasers to Stun and for a book that shouts THE MUST OWN BOOK FOR ALL TREKKIES EVERYWHERE , I am sad to say that the author is quick to correct himself A book for all Trekkies quickly becomes a book for fans who have never felt the need to wear a prosthetic Klingon forehead Being the owner of a homemade skant, a phaser, and prosthetic eartips, I should have stopped reading then and there, but I didn t.If you like Star Trek and you have seen quite a bit I managed to get a preview copy of Set Phasers to Stun and for a book that shouts THE MUST OWN BOOK FOR ALL TREKKIES EVERYWHERE , I am sad to say that the author is quick to correct himself A book for all Trekkies quickly becomes a book for fans who have never felt the need to wear a prosthetic Klingon forehead Being the owner of a homemade skant, a phaser, and prosthetic eartips, I should have stopped reading then and there, but I didn t.If you like Star Trek and you have seen quite a bit of it, reading this book can be a feast of recognition, but it will likely belike a bit of a chore The main part of the text reads as a personal episode guide, written by someone who struggles with a certain measure of dislike or resentment about part of the source work For someome who claims not to have a problem with being a Trekkie and owning that name , Marcus Berkmann writes as a man who is actually quite embarrassed about being a Trekkie The final chapters of the book make me believe this is because he did not enjoy the reboots Each to their own, of course, but it is a shame that is opinion of the latest Star Trek films seems to have clouded the whole text.Because the book is written as an episode guide without convenient titles, it has to be said , I felt it was not really getting down to the nitty gritty of how Star Trek became as big as it is today There is hardly a positive note about the series content to be found, and the author almost completely omits mentioning the fans and their influence on the series there are sparse mentions of conventions and letter writing campaigns, don t hold out for them It doesn t help that the text contains several almost throwaway comments concerning sexual harassment of the cast, and the sexism of 60s and 70s television The author claims to have a problem with this casual sexism, but in this case I d say, put your money where your mouth is and not in a short footnote All things considered, the rebuffal of certain fans, the overal negative, grouchy tone of the book and the hahahafunny sexist remarks don t make for smooth reading If you are looking for an episode guide, this might be a start, but I wouldn t be surprised if there were better options out there Mr Berkmann, the next time you write a book about a thing you love for all people who also love the thing, please remember the demographics and fannish enthusiasm of your audience and write accordingly As a certified trekkie, I didn t want this to end It covers the original series, Next gen in detail and a little of the others before Enterprise which I liked great fan read.And now Discovery on Netflix Live long and prosper readers A fun, lively and highly opinionated read Good whistle stop tour of Star Trek history. I m going to give this five stars, simply because I enjoyed it so fucking much, and wanted about four hundredpages to galumph through. I found this immensely readable and at times I laughed out loud but it is definitely not for anyone who doesn t like Star Trek in fact, theyou know about ST from 1960s, theit will make sense If you never understood the appeal of ST I m not sure this will explain it to you the author is preaching to the converted It s also quite short the Kindle told me I was 70% through but the last 25 30% is an episode index bibliography so it was fibbing.He discusses the original series I found this immensely readable and at times I laughed out loud but it is definitely not for anyone who doesn t like Star Trek in fact, theyou know about ST from 1960s, theit will make sense If you never understood the appeal of ST I m not sure this will explain it to you the author is preaching to the converted It s also quite short the Kindle told me I was 70% through but the last 25 30% is an episode index bibliography so it was fibbing.He discusses the original series almost episode by episode and the problems with the ratings tv executives etc going on at the same The episodes that I recognised I often disagreed with his ratings but that shouldn t be a show stopper He then talks about the troubles Roddenberry et al had trying to get ST back on screen and then there s quite a detailed discussion of the 7 Next Generation series and the ST films at least those with the original cast members He barely mentions the other spin offs Deep Space 9, Voyager Enterprise although he claims to be a fan of DS9 in particular but he clearly loathed Enterprise Then he s into the film reboots in which he s not remotely interested so that s it.It seems to me that there would befun to be had looking behind the scenes of the years when ST ruled the tv universe and then died a slow, agonising death, but perhaps too many people are still alive and potentially litigious to make that feasible The book starts out with too much information, if anything, for the first 3 years and then peters out to nothing much for the last 20 years odd for a 50 year review He also essentially ignores the fan base and the conventions which is surely an enormous part of the ST phenomenon They would hardly have bothered remaking the films if ST conventions were poorly attended or the sole preserve of the over 50s I found this to be a very fun read The writing is enjoyable but also informational And it was great to get the British perspective on the whole Star Trek franchise While I did not always agree with his assessments, I could see his point Deals mostly with original Star Trek and Star Trek The Next Generation and the feature motion pictures He does touch on Deep Space Nine, Voyager one of the instances I did not agree with his assessment of the series but could see where he is coming from , I found this to be a very fun read The writing is enjoyable but also informational And it was great to get the British perspective on the whole Star Trek franchise While I did not always agree with his assessments, I could see his point Deals mostly with original Star Trek and Star Trek The Next Generation and the feature motion pictures He does touch on Deep Space Nine, Voyager one of the instances I did not agree with his assessment of the series but could see where he is coming from , and Enterprise Any Star Trek book that assesses The Inner Light as one of the very best Star Trek episodes ever created and judges Star Trek Into Darkness a travesty is someone I want to talk Star Trek with A very entertaining read full of interesting anecdotes shot through with a good sense of humour.Most of the book is taken up with The Original Series, Next Generation and the films DS9 and Voyager get brief mentions Surprising, because Markus states he loved DS9 and watched it avidly all the way through Perhaps he was keen to get the book out early on during Trek s 50 years leading the charge of anniversary publications. Star Trek is my first fandom and will always have a special place in my heart This book was completely written not only for Star Trek fans, but I do have to say probably for the Trek fan of a certain age Going by the tone and preferences I had to look up the age of the author and found that unsurprisingly he s older than me, a fan since TOS, a Trek age group with whom I most identify as I came to Trek when TOS was the only Trek With all those caveats then it shouldn t be a surprise that the f Star Trek is my first fandom and will always have a special place in my heart This book was completely written not only for Star Trek fans, but I do have to say probably for the Trek fan of a certain age Going by the tone and preferences I had to look up the age of the author and found that unsurprisingly he s older than me, a fan since TOS, a Trek age group with whom I most identify as I came to Trek when TOS was the only Trek With all those caveats then it shouldn t be a surprise that the focus of the bulk of the book is on TOS and TNG and the TOS films The book was published in 2016, so it just barely inches into the two reboot movies that had been out at that time In keeping with the preferences mentioned, those 2 got all the same criticisms I ve ever had of the reboots after which for the most part I stopped watching new Trek content The majority of the book is entertaining and the writer has a great sense of humor One of his favorite TOS eps is one of mine, Devil in the Dark, and over which he brings up a great point which to me is the heart of exploration and what Star Trek brought to inspire future scientists As Arthur C Clarke later said, it impressed me because it presented the idea, unusual in science fiction then and now, that something weird, and even dangerous, need not be malevolent This is a lesson that many of today s politicians have yet to learn He also brings up the usage of Shakespeare in so much Star Trek, especially in TOS, and the love by fans of episodes not just by their plot, but by their title One of his favorite titles and one of mine that really impressed me in that one moment it s uttered in the episode is For the world is hollow and I have touched the sky That s one of the things I miss in successive shows and eventually the reboots and new show, the references back to older works, to history I learned a new one I didn t know specifically from ST VI The Undiscovered Country the title a reference itself to Shakespeare s Hamlet , in which Kirk and McCoy are on trial and Klingon prosecutor Chang yells, Don t wait for the translation Answer me now which turns out to be a reference to Adlai Stevenson to the USSR s Zorin during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis I love all these things of older Trek and Berkmann points out that the reboot movies are sorely lacking in this depth of thought and characterization He quotes Abrams, Lindeloof, Kurtzman, and Orci which when I read about it at the time they said them really curled my lip and finished putting me off their work on Star Trek Bermann summarizes it all as, There was less character work than we were used to, and what there was seemed blunter,a means to an end There was far less talk There was an astonishing amount of destruction Of Abrams friends they didn t want to be making a Star Trek film at all Abrams s film was a boundlessly expensive audition tape for the space opera franchise he really wanted to be in charge of Star Wars, of course And so it went too junk for me to tolerate any further Anyway, I can t say enough good things about this book if you want to read a good overview of, as I said, primarily TOS and TNG It does go into DS9 etc., but muchquickly and much less detailed Like me, he started to lose interest from there on The only part I disagreed with was his general opinion of Voyager, but I write that off as an older guys disinterest in a crew of a variety of people and led by a woman, as I found starting back then in the late 1990s If you came along to Star Trek from TNG and later, I d suggest reading this book to learn about what came before and hear a viewpoint of someone who watched Star Trek from the beginning Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the show, Berkmann s book is a combination of a fan s assessment of key episodes of the most popular series in the franchise the original show from the 60s and the Next Generation , and the movies plus various pieces of history and snippets of trivia about the franchise.The author is clearly enthusiastic about the subject which made the book fun to read but isn t afraid of taking a critical stance on particular aspects of the show which prevent Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the show, Berkmann s book is a combination of a fan s assessment of key episodes of the most popular series in the franchise the original show from the 60s and the Next Generation , and the movies plus various pieces of history and snippets of trivia about the franchise.The author is clearly enthusiastic about the subject which made the book fun to read but isn t afraid of taking a critical stance on particular aspects of the show which prevented this from becoming an overly bland effort The prose is easy to read and Berkmann s wit added to the enjoyment for me Although you might find you disagree with the author at times he does provide a good explanation for why he regards things in a certain way For example, he regards Voyager as being a less successful series than it might have been due to them not sticking to the premise that maintaining the craft should have beendifficult due to them being alone in a distant quadrant of the universe An alternative criticism could have been that since the premise is that they are trying to find their way home, this story arc was never particularly strongly developed with many stories being unconnected with this and stand alone This did make the seriesaccessible to the casual viewer, however.The author is also not very keen on the recent Abrams reboot movies regarding them as closer to Star Wars than the original show I found this criticism a little odd, as elsewhere he says his favourite movie in the series is Star Trek II which mostly revolves around an epic space battle, and the whole Trek movie franchise would never have been launched if it had not been for the success of Star Wars at the box office in 1977.Overall, it was well researched, well written and a good, fun read for fans of the show If you aren t very familiar with Trek then it isn t the best introduction to the series as it pretty much assumes some prior knowledge 19.10.04, p152 A humorous episode guide with behind the scenes anecdotes Interesting, if somewhat cynically written On a side note writing in 2016, the author gives a decent explanation for not including any content concerning the Trek spin off series Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise which ran until 2005 But implies that he knows of them, or has even seen them And he seems to have done his homework, across the general line.Then on page 66, he says we ll never know what happen 19.10.04, p152 A humorous episode guide with behind the scenes anecdotes Interesting, if somewhat cynically written On a side note writing in 2016, the author gives a decent explanation for not including any content concerning the Trek spin off series Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise which ran until 2005 But implies that he knows of them, or has even seen them And he seems to have done his homework, across the general line.Then on page 66, he says we ll never know what happened to the infamous Klingon forehead ridges or lack thereof, in The Original Series although Enterprise spend the whole of a three episode arch also including Brent Data Spiner and generous allusions to favourite Trek villain, Khan Noonien Singh on squad explanation That oversight on the author s part confused me.Still, educational Reading on The above note did not fit in either private or update fields Hence, then, in a review 19.10.07, p173 As commented on by others for a self proclaimed enthusiast, Berkman is overly critical, if not cynical It may be his wonderful Brittish wit, but surely it could ve been toned down Of jokes about William Shatner s weight, I ve also read one too many now Too bad this book is wildly entertaining in content and it really reads very well, language wise But while it could mean 4 or 5 , I m currently undecided on 2 or 3 Make no mistake as a fan, I m not at all all forgiving and I am also conscious of the fact that the book wasn t written with me in mind But stating that it s not meant for people who know the subject matter a bit better than the intended audience, does not exempt a work from scrutiny I can forgive the few factual mistakes or omissions with ease There are some, but notthan in, say, half a season of Trek To name another one enough has been written and shown about Transwarp drive But I m a Trek fan I can handle inconsistencies The two lost stars as it stands are simply due to too much negativity Less entertaining that way And not in keeping with the best of Trek its philosophy Still approximately a third of the book yet to go.19.10.14, finished Certainly a solid read, informative, humorous but not always factually correct where in universe elements are concerned And because Berkmann seems overly critical of these things aside from his grievances with factual inconsistencies or bad creative choices , those slip ups of this book do get under the skin a bit If only it had been a bitpositive in its general content and atmosphere and not just in the two handsful of moments where the author proclaims himself a real enthusiast and I believe him , then I might not have had this slightly bitter after taste after an overall gripping read "/>
  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Set Phasers to Stun: 50 Years of Star Trek
  • Marcus Berkmann
  • English
  • 07 July 2019
  • 1408706830