Star Trek Action, by Terry J. Erdmann

Channel your inner geek by finding out every little detail behind the scenes in a 120-second segment of Star Trek.

That’s what you get—three times—in this gorgeous book.

But the intended audience clearly doesn’t include me. The problem is that I have no real interest in the inner workings of television production. What goes on behind the scenes? Magic. As far as I’m concerned, it’s all magic—and it’s all supposed to be magic. I do find it moderately interesting to read about the endless discussions among writers, producers, directors, and actors, all about plot points and cinematography and character development. And the technology can also certainly be interesting. But ultimately what I want to look at is the end product; I don’t want to see the sausage being made.

OK, so you’re not me. You want to read at length—and I definitely mean “at length”—about three scenes, one each from DS9, Voyager, and Insurrection. I only paid attention to the first one of these, since I haven’t (yet) seen the latter two and want to avoid spoilers. Everything is copiously documented, including scripts, script notes, and of course lots of photos. It has to be fascinating for the right sort of nerd, or geek, or whatever. If that’s your thing, go for it!

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