The creation and longevity of Star Trek's original series is
documented here, along with the description of fan support, through and
after the three year run of the Starship Enterprise. The pilot
episode is described in detail, and the whole battle to create a second
pilot, and then, years later, a second Star Trek series.
Then follows full- or two-page synopses and commentary on the
various incarnations of the original Trek. The summaries were very
helpful in refreshing my memory of the episode, and to shock me into realizing
that I had actually seen only about half of the episodes!
So I looked into it, and discovered that two episodes were airing
every week on a local TV station. I picked the right time, because
they ran twice, and haven't been seen since. (Of course, they are
still shown every day on Space, but I don't get that station.) And
every time I watched an episode, I would pull out this book, and, after
the episode was done, I'd read the synopsis over, and all of the commentary
that came with it. Some of this was behind the scenes, and others
were general feelings by either the author, the producers, or the actors.
Most of it was very interesting.
I have not watched any of the feature films since receiving this
book, but I think I should someday soon. The summaries and commentary
are not much compared to the episodes, but they serve to enlighten nonetheless.
I have no intention of searching for the Star Trek animated series, though
that, too, is featured here. The summaries are much shorter, and
there is no commentary at all, which is just fine by me.
All in all, a great reference.