Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years Review Sulu Doesn't Talk As Much

[This is an altered review of the Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years that came with a talking pedestal, this new version does not]

Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years

What this book holds is none other than the history of the Federation written as if it were all real. Moments of past shows came to life to me as memories of past shows beamed into my head.  For those who've been into Star Trek for ages it's like stepping through the past, but not the painful killing of someone who was meant to die in the original timeline, just warm memories. Oh, there will be Star Trek in-jokes as you read this.

Why read this when you could be reading about the first 150 years of the Federation. Learn about the start of the Federation, heavily expanding on what happened in Star Trek: First Contact and the forgetful and at sometimes painful prequel series Enterprise. They didn't have force fields! I know we want to forget Jonathan Archer, but his canon now, so deal with it.You'll read about his trials and tribble tribulations as well as the first space faring vessels of star fleet. If you'll recall things did not go well for those first vessels. If you don't recall, now you'll know.

Just like the history books from school, there are tiny excerpts from articles, treaties, children's books, etc that build up the universe. Each has an adjacent picture written in whatever alien language it started out as or looks like a graphic interface from a computer console. The water color pieces that start off each chapter also add an authentic history book feel.

The book ends with the death of Kirk, we don't make it to The Next Generation era, but hey there might be another book down the line. It's not only Kirk's death it's his life, his painful constant nightmare of a life where as the lead ship of Star Fleet he gets into all kinds of trouble with his crew. Their many adventures remembered in this tomb.

You have to give credit to author David A. Goodman, even if he wrote for Family Guy and Enterprise, the level of research he had to do in a fictional world must have been tiring. Remember, for Trekkies, he needed to keep it as accurate as possible, though no doubt what he filled in will be ultimately despised and talked about at conventions for the rest of time.