Memories of the Future, Vol. 1 – Wil Wheaton [TSS]

Title: Memories of the Future, Volume 1
Author: Wil Wheaton
ISBN:
Pages: 138
Release Date: October 4, 2009
Publisher: Monolith Press
Genre: Non-Fiction, Essays
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

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.

Review:

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!

Comments

  1. This is not the book for me, but Carl might like it.

  2. This is not the book for me, but Carl might like it.

  3. This sounds like a lot of fun! I love TNG but some of the early stuff is just embarrassing to watch at times.

  4. This sounds like a lot of fun! I love TNG but some of the early stuff is just embarrassing to watch at times.

  5. I did not know there was a book out there like this! LOL, and the dork that I am read “by Wil Wheaton” and thought, “Wow, Wesley Crusher’s a sci-fi writer now?” but it’s just reviews… lol. Not to say that doesn’t involve writing, just not a novel, then.

    I never thought about how bad the first season was until recently when I’ve gone back and started watching the season from the beginning. I have to laugh as I watch episodes that are truly “Mystery Science Theater” worthy. But I loved it from Encounter at Farpoint on. I loved reading your review 🙂 and will have to put this on my wishlist.

  6. I did not know there was a book out there like this! LOL, and the dork that I am read “by Wil Wheaton” and thought, “Wow, Wesley Crusher’s a sci-fi writer now?” but it’s just reviews… lol. Not to say that doesn’t involve writing, just not a novel, then.

    I never thought about how bad the first season was until recently when I’ve gone back and started watching the season from the beginning. I have to laugh as I watch episodes that are truly “Mystery Science Theater” worthy. But I loved it from Encounter at Farpoint on. I loved reading your review 🙂 and will have to put this on my wishlist.

  7. This is certainly the kind of book my man would enjoy! I’ll have to see if I can find it for him! 🙂

  8. This is certainly the kind of book my man would enjoy! I’ll have to see if I can find it for him! 🙂

  9. I was hesitating because of the price tag but I love, love, love ST: TNG and I was having a great time reading the posts on the Stacked blog about watching the episodes and reading the book at the same time. Yes, the first season or two were totally cringe worthy but I still love the crew 🙂

  10. I was hesitating because of the price tag but I love, love, love ST: TNG and I was having a great time reading the posts on the Stacked blog about watching the episodes and reading the book at the same time. Yes, the first season or two were totally cringe worthy but I still love the crew 🙂

  11. Oh that’s awesome! The first season was beyond all bad, but I still own it. 😀 (Actually it kind of makes me glad I got really into the show before seeing season 1…..)

  12. Oh that’s awesome! The first season was beyond all bad, but I still own it. 😀 (Actually it kind of makes me glad I got really into the show before seeing season 1…..)

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