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These Are The Voyages, TOS, Season One  (These Are The Voyages series Book 1) (English Edition) von [Cushman, Marc, Osborn, Susan]

These Are The Voyages, TOS, Season One (These Are The Voyages series Book 1) (English Edition) Kindle Edition

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In the 1980s Gene Roddenberry and Robert H. Justman gave Marc Cushman permission to write the definitive history of the first Star Trek. They backed their stamp of approval by providing documentation never before shared with the public. These are the Voyages, published in three volumes - one designated for each season of TOS - will take you back in time and put you into the producers' offices, the writers' room, onto the soundstages, and in front of your TV sets for the first historic broadcasts. Included are hundreds of memos between Roddenberry and his staff, production schedules, budgets, fan letters, behind-the-scenes images, and the TV ratings, documenting the making of each episode of the "Classic 79" in staggering detail. Buckle your seat belts, the trek of a lifetime begins here.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Marc Cushman is a WGA screenwriter, a television and film director/producer and an author. Gene Roddenberry took the pitch from Marc for "Sarek," the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation to feature a character from TOS thereby linking the two series together. Other TV assignments include scripts for Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction and Diagnosis: Murder, as well as feature films such as In the Eyes of a Killer and the award winning Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney. Marc co-authored the book I Spy: A History and Episode Guide to the Groundbreaking Television Series.


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... und ist auch streckenweise richtig spannend wie einer.
Durch die äußerst detailreiche Nacherzählung wird man tief in die Ereignisse hineingezogen.
Am meisten beeindruckt bin ich von der unglaublichen Menge an Hintergrundwissen, die sich der Autor durch seine Recherchen in all den Jahren erworben hat.
Unbedingt empfehlenswert natürlich für alle TOS- und allgemeinen Star-Trek-Fans – aber auch ein sehr lesenswerter Bericht für alle, die sich für die Mechanismen des Fernsehens generell interessieren.
Ich bin noch nicht ganz durch (ist ein langes Buch), aber werde es ganz sicher bis zu Ende lesen und habe es auch schon weiterverschenkt.
Und bin dann schon gespannt auf Teil zwei und drei.
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HASH(0x96bc30f0) von 5 Sternen Best behind-the-scenes book about any TREK production, period 11. Dezember 2013
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OMG, this is amazing. It's like Stephen E. Whitfield's classic THE MAKING OF STAR TREK on steroids. The level of detail is astonishing. The book covers the conceiving and making of the first two pilot and all the episodes of the first season, quoting hundreds of memos from Gene Roddenberry, Robert Justman, John D.F. Black, and others, and providing a wealth of information that I've never seen anywhere before.

As just one example of the fascinating level of detail: Robert Bloch's script for "What Are Little Girls Made of?" had to be rewritten because Bloch had heavily relied on three of his own older short stories in creating the script -- a fact not disclosed to the STAR TREK producers, but discovered by their outside research firm. No real problem, right? Except Bloch didn't own the copyright to those stories; the magazine they were published in did. There was also concern that the episode infringed on an earlier "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" episode, and so the twist ending -- that Korby was an android, too -- was added, and not by Bloch.

The book is illustrated with lots of small (although sharp) photographs, many of which are "trims" -- unaired beginnings and endings of scenes, or otherwise unused footage, often taken from old Lincoln Enterprise film clips; others are behind-the-scene photos or publicity shots from other series of guest actors.

I co-edited (with David Gerrold) a book about STAR TREK myself (Boarding the Enterprise: Transporters, Tribbles, And the Vulcan Death Grip in Gene Rodenberry's Star Trek (Smart Pop series) and I've read every previous making-of TREK book. I say again: none come close to this level of detail.

The book itself is a large-format, handsome, well-produced, print-on-demand edition, fully professional -- and worth every penny. Five stars.
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HASH(0x96bc333c) von 5 Sternen It IS Revised and Expanded, and TREK's History Is Revealed Inside! 4. Januar 2014
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There have been a raft of books about the origins of STAR TREK by people like Van Hise, Gerrold, Justman & Solow, and many more. But this is the only one undertaken with the blessing of Great Bird Gene Roddenberry himself, and with assistance and interviews with nearly all the surviving cast, writers, and crew.

Marc Cushman also gives us TONS background on script ideas and development, chronicling ideas from pitch to script. The unproduced storylines are also described, along with a fascinating description of the contradictory character of Roddenberry himself. His livelihood depended on the TV and studio industry, but he could not refrain from snarkiness, pettiness, and trying to figuratively poke his bosses in the eye, time and again. In some way's Roddenberry was TREK's worst enemy.

Among the exclusive new information is information from the Nielsen ratings service that shows that STAR TREK was never the ratings failure NBC said it was. Sometimes it even won its timeslot!

And there are hundreds of quotations from in-house memos from producers, directors, and stars on everything from costuming to special effects to script development and editing. It's a fanboy's behind-the-scenes paradise for a longtime Trekker like me.

If you are a fan of STAR TREK, of pop culture, or of TV production history, you will want to read this book! For this edition,. it has been gone through from stem to stern, with additions, corrections, and straightlining of the text. It was already a stupendous amount of work in the service of fans and history. Now it is new and improved.

TRUTH IN REVIEWING: I am one of this edition's editors.
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HASH(0x96bc357c) von 5 Sternen This Book Is a Trek All Its Own 11. April 2014
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4.5 Stars. Disclaimer: I am a personal friend of the authors of this book, and have met several of Star Trek principals, like D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold. So of course, I'd like to see the book do well, because they are all nice people and deserve it. HOWEVER, despite being imperfect (like Gene Roddenbery and the show itself), this book stands on its own merits. It's a must-have for Trekkies, and an excellent add to a non-fiction library for those who are NOT rabid Trekkies *raising own hand* but can appreciate the tremendous cultural and scientific impact Star Trek has had on American culture, and on technological development of everything from computers to cellphones.

Where it excels

The exhaustive level of research and detail is tremendous. From the music to the costuming to the lighting to the casting to the special effects, and especially, the role of the studios and network, I came from this book with a much clearer idea of all the countless steps that had to be taken to produce this program. Few, if any, details of the cast, crew, writers, or production staff are left unexamined.

Many secrets of the show are revealed, for example, that the Enterprise bridge was built in twelve sections that could be pulled apart to facilitate filming from different angles.

There's detailed tracking of the scripts, and script analysis on whether the various rewrites improved or damaged the script. No writer enjoys being rewritten, especially the science fiction masters who contributed many of the first scripts. In a novel or short story, it doesn't cost any extra money to blow up a planet or fire twenty phaser bursts, or have crowds of people milling about. In a movie or TV show, those special effects and extras cost actual money. Reality is, if you continually make a product that costs more to make than you can sell it for, whether that's a p0rn flick, an automobile, or a television episode, you can only make so many before there ain't funds to make any more. So yes, wonderful stories were modified: to make them economically feasible to film, to bring the dialogue and actions in line with established characterizations, to create cliffhangers before each commercial break, and so on. And sometimes (in the author's opinion, you'll probably have your own) scripts were disimproved, rather than improved.

There's also an interesting look into the directors of these episodes, who was asked to return, and why (or why not). There's insight into what the actors brought to their roles. The focus is on William Shatner (Kirk) and Leonard Nimoy (Spock), of course, but also looks at Grace Lee Whitney (Yeoman Rand), DeForest Kelley (McCoy), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), James Doohan (Scottie), George Takei (Sulu), and even the "bit" players who had recurring roles. There's quite a bit of background on each of the guest stars, even those in secondary roles.

Pluses and Minuses:

Photos: While the text would stand alone without any photos at all, there are many, some quite rare, all presented in black and white. Some of them are marvelous, and add a wonderful dimension to the reading experience. Others appear so small or are so busy they become more an annoyance than a bonus, at least when viewed via my old-school (third gen) Kindle, especially the Nielsen ratings charts. Possibly the photos appear better defined in the hardcover and paperback versions. However, using my Kindle Fire HDX, and setting my Accessibility options to allow Screen Magnification, I was able to blow them up beautifully (just double-tap on the picture). You could probably do something similar using the Kindle Reader on a laptop or iPad. So, consider how you will be reading this book before deciding which version to buy if seeing detail on the photos is important to you.

The cultural callbacks. There's a section for each episode on what was going on in American culture: what songs were on the charts, what was going on in Vietnam, with the drug culture, with politics, etc. These are fascinating and add depth and color to the narrative, BUT, they are misplaced, IMO. They are targeted to what was happening at the time each episode was filmed. To use a birth/baby analogy, what would be more interesting would be either: 1) what was happening pop culture at the time the episode was written & edited (the effect of the culture on the baby), or, 2) what was going on in pop culture at the time the episode aired (the baby was born), which would reflect the mutual effect of the episode (baby) and the broader pop culture on each other. What was going on in the world during filming on those 12-hour days probably had LESS effect on the actors, directors, and crew than at any other time, so those nuggets, interesting as they are, felt like they were hanging out there in space.

Where it falls short:

There are "unnecessary quotation marks" here and there, and sometimes typos. The end note markers are BIZARRE, both in size and in numbering system (17; 101a; 160-1, RJ5-7) compared to other non-fiction books I have read, and I've read quite a few. And they aren't actually tied to specific sources in the extensive bibliography.

The beginning and other sections on Nielsen ratings rambled on and on. I get it - Nielsen ratings = advertising dollars = dollars necessary to continue making a show. So bad or mediocre ratings can (and have) cancel some excellent shows that simply hadn't caught on yet. The point - that contrary to popular legend, Star Trek did well in the ratings - is made, belabored, and beaten like a dead horse.

There's too much detail included even on people who didn't actually end up working on Star Trek, like the acting careers of women who auditioned (and didn't get) a part in Mudd's Women.

What I did that was especially fun

At the risk of sounding like a Kindle HDX commercial, I would read a chapter about an episode, then use it to stream the episode. This gave much more depth to watching the show, which in turn gave more richness in reading the next chapter. I would notice the lighting effects that had been written about, or look for the occasional continuity oopsies. It made my personal Trek slower but much more satisfying.

There are thousands of mini-stories within the stories of each episode; which writer's nose got bent out of shape and why, the effect of the casting couch, internal staff memos, fan letters, TV Guide features, guest stars interviews, and much more. So for any serious Trekkie, or even someone interested in what is television and fandom history, this book and the two scheduled to follow it, are a treasure trove of Trek trivia.
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HASH(0x96bc38dc) von 5 Sternen Some freshman design student would have done a better job. It looks like it was formatted in ... 9. August 2015
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In all my years of reading, this trade paperback is the shitiest piece of professional - and I use that term guardedly - book design I have ever run across. Every standard layout rule, every possible thing you’re taught not to do, they do in scads. Here’s some of them: widows and orphans, inconsistent margins, inconsistent indentation, spelling mistakes, weird paragraph breaks, dropped sentences, poorly wrapped text that breaks to the right. You name it, it’s here. Some freshman design student would have done a better job. It looks like it was formatted in ancient Quark 3 and and someone made a series of editing mistakes that destroyed the book’s layout - easy to do if you don’t know Quark. They simply didn’t care enough to fix it; it’s for a niche market and there’s a built-in client base. My guess is it’s assumed we’ll just tolerate the mess. Why complain? It’s an expensive trade paperback, at least fifteen dollars more than other comparable trade paperbacks and it’s a headache provoking mess. I don’t know if the hardcover suffers from these defects but if you’re at all interested in this subject I want to
discourage you from buying this book in this format.
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HASH(0x96bc3690) von 5 Sternen EXCELLENT behind-the-scenes on my favorite show!! 8. Januar 2014
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Marc Cushman has set the bar VERY high with this in-depth look at the creation and production of Star Trek during its first season. He gives the "warts and all" story behind each episode, including conflicts over storylines, production woes, personality clashes, etc., as well as what worked, ratings, and fan and critical reaction to each broadcast. Can't wait for the same treatment of Seasons Two and Three!!
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