This is the unauthorized, uncensored, and unbelievable true story behind the making of a pop culture phenomenon.
The original Star Trek series debuted in 1966 and has spawned five TV series spin-offs and a dozen feature films, with an upcoming one from Paramount arriving in 2016.
The Fifty-Year Mission is a no-holds-barred oral history of five decades of Star Trek, told by the people who were there. Hear from the hundreds of television and film executives, programmers, writers, creators, and cast as they unveil the oftentimes shocking story of Star Trek's ongoing 50-year mission - a mission that has spanned from the classic series to the animated show, the many attempts at a relaunch through the beloved feature films.
Make no mistake, this isn't just an audiobook for Star Trek fans. Here is a volume for all fans of pop culture and anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of a television touchstone.
©2016 Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
There are lots of interesting insights into how Trek was made that you won't find anywhere else, except for the These Are The Voyages books but they don't include the movies.
Im a trekkie through and through, so am delighted to listen to such a detailed account. There is no overarching narrative here. What there is, is a number of often conflicting accounts. Sociologically and from a project management point of view this hydra of a story is, as Spock would say, fascinating.
"Best book I've ever heard on making pop culture"
This book is a real achievement. For anyone interested in what making movies and TV is really like, and for anyone who loves STAR TREK, this is essential in the full meaning of that word.
I've read a lot of books on the making of my favorite shows and movies. This is far and away the best. If I'm ever lucky enough to teach a class in film or TV, THE FIFTY-YEAR MISSION would be the textbook. In depth and wide-ranging, it truly digs into the real forces, the dreams and the pressures, the petty strife and the inspiring hopes that are baked into any great piece of filmed culture.
What Ken Burns did for THE CIVIL WAR and Ezra Edelman did for the OJ Simpson saga with OJ: MADE IN AMERICA, Mark A. Altman and Ed Gross have done for one of the most enduring pieces of pop culture, STAR TREK. It is both thoroughly revealing and deeply interesting. It does more than tell backstage gossip or hit the highlights of a oft-told story. Altman and Gross give a deep and thoughtful examination of the day to day workings of the Hollywood system and how all the forces in that strange town have produced something as enduring, as inspiring, as plain weird as STAR TREK.
What best, from my listening point of view, is instead of boiling it all down in a dry retelling of old actor anecdotes, Altman and Gross knit hundreds of interviews together to form a quickly moving, deeply revealing oral history that is synched together like the best edited documentaries. This really is a honest, revealing history story as told by those who lived it, who were enriched by it, and who were broken by it. For me, this book equals then surpasses Tom Shales' LIVE FROM NEW YORK.
For most of my life, I've been driven to know how the stories I love are made. STAR TREK was my first, favorite piece of culture. One of my earliest memories was of my father trying to talk me into seeing STAR WARS by telling me it was like STAR TREK.
I've been lucky enough to work on the periphery of the industry, and take home two minor Emmys. A close listen to this book will tell you everything you ever wondered about how good shows are made, why they leave the air, why the same creative team makes something so good, then something so awful, seemingly back to back. It intertwines how ego, fear, ambition and hopes can create the TV and movie images which live with us forever, and what happens with those same factors unmake what we all love.
I think I've gushed enough. Now all that's left is to go and listen for yourself.
it is the longest audiobook I have ever listened to .by far
the backstory of this space adventure ,almost not getting off the ground ,was fascinating
so many voices from the past from the founders of this classic series grouped togetherwill keep me amused for a long time
itt wasn't that kind of book
I was born in 1956,so when star trek came out it was the first adult thing I had ever seen. imagine a 10 year old boy with only cartoons in my life .then BOOM i am the first to see kirk and Spock ..they were almost gods to my eyes this wasn't bonanza or the prisoner which were great in their own right but something completely new .even my parents could feel it so I had the privelidge to be there in the beginning and in COLOR
"An ABSOLUTE MUST for Trek Fans"
What a terrific book! An ABSOLUTE MUST for Trek Fans.
Your interest in this book will correlate directly to your interest in the various TV series and movies. I particularly like Next Gen and Voyager and so I am EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA annoyed that volume 2 is not out yet!
This book lives up to its promise in the title of being complete and uncensored - I think it’s one of the best Behind the Scenes type books I have ever read.
Hurry up people! I want more!!! Get to work on the audio production of Volume 2!
"Much More than a 5 Year Mission"
If you like Trek, read this. If you are interested in the history of television, read this. I learned things about the show I'd never known. Since it is told using a series of quotes from the people involved, it is an interesting account. The authors conducted hundreds of interviews. This is the first in a 2 book series. I can't wait for the next one. This is one of the most interesting television/movie histories I've ever read.
"A must for fans"
Amazing interviews with the people associated with Star Trek. You also get an inside look at TV production.
This book is not about one person but the collective of people associated with Star Trek The way it is writen does not lead to a single chaaracter. Except maybe Gene the Great Bird Roddenberry.
The varied views regarding why it remains popular after 50 years.
This ia an absolute must for trekers and people intersted in pop culture.
"Die hard fans will enjoy this book. Casual fans?"
I wouldn't say it was time well spent. But, I would say that it was a book you could read when you had nothing else to do, or, if you have some time to kill.
This is the only book I've listened to by these authors.
There are multiple narrators. They all did a good job, though there were some reviews that were a little disappointed. I thought they did fine.
No. This book pretty much covers it.
This book is written for die hard fans. Casual fans will enjoy parts of this book, and fall asleep in others. There are two chapters that list the name and job of anyone who did anything with Star Trek. Two chapters of "Jane Doe, script writer, John Doe, floor sweeper, Joe Blow, light bulb changer in so and so's dressing room". etc. Com'on man. In the beginning of the book? Put it at the end at least. Do yourself a favor, Unless you want to devote an hour of your life listening to the credits, skip it. that part. There are several parts of the book that get too detailed oriented, or, just is too much information.
Hard core fans will love the detail. Casual fans will go "really? Why did they put that in there?".
"I thought I knew everything about Trek"
Fantastic. An epic telling of the story of Star Trek from the people who were there. A must read.
"An uncensored look at the creation of Star trek"
This is a fascinating listening experience. Every personal anecdote, recollection or reminiscence creates a narrative that is engaging and exciting. Even if you are not familiar with star trek. This is a great "behind the scenes" experience.
"Lots of fun if you enjoy oral histories"
I enjoy oral histories in general, and hearing the differing perspectives, even when they may clash. What I really appreciate is that the authors managed to get comments from so many of the producers, writers, actors and others who were part of the Star Trek franchise in its many incarnations.
I liked that we were given different views of the larger-than-life players, incl. Roddenberry, Shatner, Nimoy etc. I think the picture that was painted was of a combination of some great ideas, talent, and being in the right place at the right time. I don't feel anyone was portrayed as a genius or placed on a pedestal.
I liked the team of performers. However, I don't understand how some of the performers were allowed to mispronounce the surname of actor George Takei. In a project like this, do readers not do a little research to verify the correct pronunciations of names that will be repeated in the work? And if not, could someone in the production staff not have stepped in to correct them?
I'm looking forwarded to listening to volume 2.
"An excellent book"
This was a fascinating (pun intended) look back at the making of Star Trek. The interviews that are retold are high in detail and hold nothing back, to the point where you'll be laughing out loud at the vitriol some of these people still spew all of these years later. Recommended not just for fans of Star Trek, but for anyone who wants some insight into Hollywood history.
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