Review by C.J. Bunce
In the last Nerd Search series book, Star Trek: Quibbles with Tribbles, fans of Star Trek’s original series were challenged about their detailed knowledge of the space adventures of Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, Uhura, and Chekov. A “Where’s Waldo?” type game with puzzles just like in that doctor’s office waiting room staple Highlights magazine–requiring you know truly trivial details of the series, it was a light-hearted book of fun for Trekkers and Trekkies everywhere. In Star Trek: The Next Generation: Bloopers of the Borg, this next colorful hardcover book of the series switches gears to Star Trek: The Next Generation, and like its predecessor it will challenge every fan of the show.
Taking eight of the best-loved episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, writer Glenn Dakin and artist John Ross parody the proclivity of the franchise’s fans’ ability to locate continuity errors in its hundreds of episodes and movies. Each two-page image features a small, hidden cube of The Borg to locate, along with five major continuity errors–objects that don’t belong in the episode, a character wearing the wrong uniform, etc. As with Quibbles with Tribbles, readers will also need to find the ten objects from the series that don’t belong in the featured episode. Finally, eight “super quibbles” are curious conjectures or other key fan conversation topics visually presented in each episode’s spread.
It looks like every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation is represented in some form, along with references to the other series, including Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, and Star Trek: Lower Decks–every show but Enterprise (which always seems to get left out of these kinds of things).
Here are two samples from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Bloopers of the Borg:
It’s not as easy as you might think. It looks like it’s for kids, but it’s unlikely many kids know the details the puzzles require you to know. The book includes a scorecard, and answer key, and calculations to show your score.
Don’t forget to check out previews of Glenn Dakin’s other books previewed earlier here at borg, Star Trek: Quibbles with Tribbles, Mr. Spock’s Little Book of Mindfulness, and Star Trek Cocktails, all from publisher Hero Collective. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Bloopers of the Borg is available now here at Amazon.