Phasers on Stun! How the Making (and Remaking) of Star Trek Changed the World

Plume. May 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780593185698. $28. TV
Britt combines his extensive knowledge of the Star Trek franchise with interviews conducted over the past decade to craft a thoughtful exploration of the show’s history. His narrative bridges fact with fandom and is packed with fun anecdotes, such as how Spock’s famous ears were first hastily made of papier-mâché. But the book’s ultimate mission is highlighting why Star Trek continues to be a groundbreaking series. From Nichelle Nichols as Lt. Uhura to Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou and beyond, Britt shows readers how Star Trek has always been at the forefront of representation and the effect those efforts have had on television and in popular culture. Footnotes throughout the text provide additional entertaining insights, and the bibliographical references for each chapter are useful for further research. Britt’s lively writing style will engage newer fans and confirmed Trekkies alike.
VERDICT While Britt’s insightful and entertaining history may not take fans where no one has gone before (considering there have been decades of books written about the expansive Star Trek franchise), he still offers a fun ride that few fans will be able to resist.
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