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Warped: An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season (Star Trek: The…

by Mike McMahan

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The official parody guide to the unaired eighth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, based on the popular @TNG_S8 Twitter account from creator Mike McMahan! In the basement of the Star Trek archives, behind shelves of U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D models, bags of wigs, and bins of plastic phasers, sits a dusty cardboard box. Inside is a pile of VHS tapes that contain never-before-seen episodes and behind-the-scenes footage for something truly amazing. The world thinks there are only seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but there's one more. A secret season. Actually, not really. But that didn't stop Mike McMahan, creator of the parody Twitter account @TNG_S8, from making a guide full of: REAL* TNG SEASON 8 FACTS AND STORIES! REAL* TNG SEASON 8 DIALOGUE AND IMAGES! (* Again, not really, of course. This is humor. Sorry.) So impress your friends and bewilder your enemies with your newfound knowledge of these very lost Star Trek episodes! Engage! (tm), ®, & © 2015 CBS Studios, Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved.… (more)
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A fantastically silly imagining of an eighth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, McMahan lampoons a spectacular number of Star Trek tropes. Ostensibly meant to convince the producers to stop making the show because of the toll it was taking on the actors, every episode takes an easily imaginable TNG plot and twists it Into utter silliness.

Hate Wesley? Well, he’s back (and still hatable—sorry Wil). Worf is his usual hapless self. Riker is sexier than ever. Geordi and Data team up for wacky hijinks way too often for comfort. And Picard, Bev, and Troi are themselves (although Picard does get trapped with children and/or in turbolifts slightly more often than in the actual show). Oh, and Lwaxana. (I don’t think I need to say any more.)

It’s all immensely silly, and clearly based on the author’s love for both sides of Star Trek, the serious and the silly.

McMahan is the creator/show-runner for the new animated Star Trek: Lower Decks, which takes the same approach to the Star Trek universe, making fun of the silliness while being completely plausible within its history and mythology. Both the book and the show have lots of callbacks to people and events from the shows, and some of the storylines in the book appear in some, possibly mutated, form In DT: LD.

If you’re a Trekker purist who takes everything far too seriously, you’ll hate this book. And the show. (And I’ve seen some of those posts.). If you’re just a casual viewer, you might hate them, too, but the core audience is people like me, who have seen every episode* multiple times, have some of the books, and have spent way too much time thinking about and arguing about Star Trek, but can still appreciate that some of it is just way, way too silly.

* Okay, so I’ve never seen ST: Discovery, because my partner and I were creeped out by the weird human/alien ointment groping scene in the first episode. Also, DS9 is the best show. (But you knew that.). And everything after Star Trek Generations is in a different universe. (You knew that, too.) ( )
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The official parody guide to the unaired eighth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, based on the popular @TNG_S8 Twitter account from creator Mike McMahan! In the basement of the Star Trek archives, behind shelves of U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D models, bags of wigs, and bins of plastic phasers, sits a dusty cardboard box. Inside is a pile of VHS tapes that contain never-before-seen episodes and behind-the-scenes footage for something truly amazing. The world thinks there are only seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but there's one more. A secret season. Actually, not really. But that didn't stop Mike McMahan, creator of the parody Twitter account @TNG_S8, from making a guide full of: REAL* TNG SEASON 8 FACTS AND STORIES! REAL* TNG SEASON 8 DIALOGUE AND IMAGES! (* Again, not really, of course. This is humor. Sorry.) So impress your friends and bewilder your enemies with your newfound knowledge of these very lost Star Trek episodes! Engage! (tm), ®, & © 2015 CBS Studios, Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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