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Star Trek FAQ 2.0


STAR TREK FAQ 2.0




Mark Clark (Applause Books 2013, Trade Paperback) 421 pages, illustrated and indexed $22.99 cover price

The latest in the outstanding series of informative FAQ pop culture guides from the Applause Books division of the Hal Leonard Corporation covers the roughly forty year period between the end of the original Star Trek series through the 2009 re-mount movie directed by J.J. Abrams. The focus is on two things: the Star Trek movies and the Star Trek: The Next Generation series. While the other spin-offs (Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise) are lightly covered, they are much more an 'oh by the way' aside.

Author Mark Clark clearly knows his Trek history, having written the original Star Trek FAQ book. Better yet, he does not mind shooting a phaser from the hip, either praising or damning the various episodes or movies. Things to avoid – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and most of the first season of The Next Generation. Things to watch – Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan and season four of The Next Generation. Prepare your bowl of popcorn and set your remote accordingly.

While I might personally grouse about the short shrift given to Deep Space Nine, which I found to be the best-written of the thousands of hours of Trek products, it is better to have a complete history of the most-viewed series (The Next Generation) than a skimpy rush through them all. Fans of Klingons, Romulans and Ferengi (oh my!) will love this FAQ.

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