Everything Left to Know About the First
Voyages of the Starship Enterprise (FAQ Series)
Applause / Hal Leonard
June 1, 2012 / ISBN 978-1557837929
Nonfiction - Adult: Arts & Recreation: Performing Arts: Film
by Linda Morelli
Forty-five years ago, Star Trek's first episode aired on television.
I was hooked immediately, for the salient messages in the series
are alive and well to this day. We all know the phrases "Beam
me up, Scotty" and "Live long and prosper," but the
show's meaning goes beyond a few phrases. Star Trek is part of our
American culture. We may not have transporters - yet - but we have
flip-open phones, wall-size TV screens and video communication,
small disks that can hold megabytes of information and other technologies
still in the making.
As this book points out, Star Trek served as a commentary on twentieth-century
society. The show's authors focused on civil rights, the Vietnamese
War, drugs, over-population and a host of other concepts in episodes
that challenged the Star Trek crew. The crew juggled logic against
emotion and thus led viewers to focus on the issues of the times.
I'd often watch the series with friends and we would have long discussions
regarding particular episodes. We were intellectually challenged
by what we had seen, and realized that, though vaguely disguised
a battle with an enemy, an episode revealed that man has the capacity
for compassion, that we could hope for a better future.
Mr. Clark contends that the Star Trek series has long-lasting ramifications,
and I agree. Star Trek FAQ is the best reference book I've
seen yet on the show, its actors, authors and producers. I learned
new tidbits about William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan,
Nichelle Nichols, George Takei and Walter Koenig, and the other
actors, as well as the problems involved in getting the series off
the ground. Every chapter had a new bit of information that makes
this an enjoyable reference book, as well as great reading. Highly
Note: Author and film historian Mark Clark writes about
classic movies and television shows. His books include SIXTIES SHOCKERS
(2011, McFarland), SMIRK, SNEER AND SCREAM: GREAT ACTING IN HORROR
CINEMA (2004, McFarland) and the upcoming STAR TREK FAQ (2012, Applause)
and STAR TREK FAQ 2.0 (2013, Applause).