Title: Memories of the Future, Volume 1
Author: Wil Wheaton
Release Date: October 4, 2009
Publisher: Monolith Press
Genre: Non-Fiction, Essays
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
In this book, Wil Wheaton, the actor who played Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation, reviews the episodes from the first half of the first season of the famed and loved show.
The first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation was notoriously bad. Even those of us who absolutely love the show will tell you that the beginning of the show was just cringe-worthy. Wil Wheaton understands that as well as anyone and thus has compiled reviews of the first half of the first season of TNG (as it’s affectionately known in the Star Trek universe) that are snarky, satirical, and ridiculously funny.
Each review is divided into four sections: an episode review in which there are no holds barred – seriously. Then comes favorite technobabble from the episode, along with quotable dialogue, and finally, specific memories Wil has from filming the episode. It works well, giving the reader an insider’s perspective without leaving the bad taste of a “tell all” in the reader’s mouth.
I have to admit, though I always knew I would be buying this book, I balked a bit at the price. $19 for a 136 page paperback book is a lot. However, this is one case where I can definitely say that this was worth the price – Memories of the Future, Volume 1 is a book that’s going to sit on my bookshelf for a long time!
This is an absolute must for any fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation. If you haven’t watched the series and have thought about starting, don’t watch the first season without this book – you won’t make it! It’s a tasteful but ridiculously hilarious look at the beginning of this series – I simply cannot wait for Volume 2!