This is the true story behind the making of a television legend. There have been many books written about Star Trek, but never with the unprecedented access, insight and candor of authors Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross. Having covered the franchise for over three decades, they’ve assembled the ultimate guide to a television classic.
The Fifty-Year Mission: Volume Two is an incisive, no-holds-barred oral history telling the story of post-Original Series Star Trek, told exclusively by the people who were there, in their own words—sharing the inside scoop they’ve never told before—unveiling the oftentimes shocking true story of the history of Star Trek and chronicling the trials, tribulations—and tribbles—that have remained deeply buried secrets... until now.
The Fifty-Year Mission: Volume Two includes the voices of hundreds television and film executives, programmers, writers, creators, and cast, who span from the beloved The Next Generation and subsequent films through its spin-offs: Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise, as well J.J. Abrams’ reimagined film series.
With this volume, Altman and Gross complete their two-part oral history of Star Trek, which began with The Fifty-Year Mission: The First 25 Years, with verve. They begin in 1986 with the announcement of Star Trek: The Next Generation, going through to the J.J. Abrams directed films in 2009 and 2013. An infectious giddiness underlies the interviews; people are sincerely excited to talk about Star Trek. Of the panoply of voices in the book, those involved with The Next Generation are the most insightful. This spin-off, after all, marked the biggest question in the series' history: could they raise the show from the dead? With the success of Next Generation, the three subsequent series, and Abrams's film reboots, it's easy to forget what a gamble this represented. Luckily, it paid off, and now another film is coming in 2016, with a new television series scheduled for 2017. This is an intimidatingly lengthy book, but also a page-turner. Longtime fans will find a lot to chew on, and newer fans will feel like old pros after reading this splendidly crafted work.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Thorough, insightful, entertaining.
I really enjoyed this book! I’m pretty steeped in TNG knowledge, but this book - sourced exclusively from interviews with the staff, both behind and in front of the camera (and the great beyond, sadly) - held a good amount of insight and surprises.
Some will be disappointed with the writing staff being overrepresented. Visual effects and sound (two vital ingredients for this series!) are undercovered.
There isn’t a lot of gossip or mud-slinging, but what there is, is illuminating, and the reader certainly gets the sense of multiple perspectives on the same event (instead of only one being presented).
Since this book isn’t licensed (which lets it be more open), there’s a serious lack of behind the scenes photography or other supplements that might further engage the reader - but there’s a lot of other books for that.