Set Phasers to Stun: 50 Years of Star Trek

Set Phasers to Stun Years of Star Trek 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

  • Title: Set Phasers to Stun: 50 Years of Star Trek
  • Author: Marcus Berkmann
  • ISBN: 9781408706831
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 this sturdy science fiction vehicle from its first five year mission rudely curtailed to three , through the dark years of the 1970s, the triumphant film series and The NextForty 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 from its first five year mission rudely curtailed to three , through the dark years of the 1970s, the triumphant film series and The Next Generation, to the current reboot films, with a younger cast taking on the characters of Kirk, Spock, McCoy and co.With 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.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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

    3. 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, the more you know about ST from 1960s, the more it 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 ser [...]

    4. 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), [...]

    5. 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.

    6. 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 [...]

    7. Great book. It recalled a lot I knew already, but even I - a hardened Trek fan of many decades - learnt a few new snippets of life in the early days. It only gets 4 stars because it focusses a little too much on the arguments, and the bad feelings people had for each other. That and the fact that the author liked DS9!!! Oh well, there's no accounting for taste!

    8. This book is a clear-headed assessment of 50 years of Star Trek. I was glad to see someone acknowledge the simple fact that while the new rebooted Star Trek movies might be decent action movies, they are Star Trek only in name. Sadly that seems to be the case for the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery also. Marcus Berkmann, thanks for all the laughs.

    9. Excellent book on the hit Star Trek. I was never a huge fan of ST but will now be checking out the original series because iof this in-depth fun book. Well written and with heart. 10/10

    10. From 50 years ago and the creation of the original Star Trek television series to the state of the franchise today, this book acts as a breeze through the different incarnations of Trek and how it managed to survive after cancellation in 1969. It is a good read and a quick one: the author tells us about his personal love of Trek since childhood and retells the stories of the people involved in producing the shows and films after research. His ratings of the original series and Next Generation sh [...]

    11. All the best bits of this book come with references to older books (Nimoy, Shatner, Takei's etc biographies or famous works about Star Trek) and the rest feels mostly like one guy's episode guide/review. I got this book for free and it was an entertaining afternoon's read, but it doesn't bring anything new to the table and it doesn't repackage the old stuff in a particularly exiting way.

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