The Nitpicker's Guide For Next Generation Trekkers: V. 2 (Nitpicker's Guides: Star Trek The Next Generation)
by Phil Farrand
Each episode of the Net Generation Star Trek Series examined for: Plot oversights, production problems, equipment oddities, favourite scenes, fun facts and trivia, deep background, scientific impossibilities, and changed story premises.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 16th 1995 by Titan Books Ltd
(first published November 1993)
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It lived up to its name. This edition only goes through the 6th season, but I got it at a library sale for 75 cents, so what can you complain about. I did not agree with every critique of plot or character motivation, however, most were 100% valid. I don't have the patience to sit through and watch each episode over and over to catch all those visual and contextual inconsistancies. Kudos to someone who managed to turn an otherwise complete waste of time into a published product.
This is my favorite of Phil's Nitpicker's Guides. Phil listened to his fans when he put this together and used their contributions, and that effort pays off. And, unlike the Volume 1 book, this one covers the complete series as well as the first film (which is sort of the end of TNG the tv show in a way, since the movie was filmed right after series and features the Enterprise D). Overall, this far surpasses the first nitpicker's guide.
I absolutely ADORED this book (updated to include TNG's seven year run & the film "Generations"). It points out some fascinating inconsistencies, goofs, and outrageous mistakes with great humour...and occasionally made me laugh until I cried. A book to give to those who think that "Star Trek" fans can be too po-faced and straight-laced for their own good. Some of them DO have a sense of humour...and this work of love proves it.
Next time you're watching a rerun of Star Trek TNG, follow along with this handy book, and you too can know how many times Data uses a contraction throughout a given episode! Four! Or, how Geordi knows when a bomb is planted by the Romulans! It used a molecular decay detonator!