There’s some geeky irony in an issue that refused to do anything to spoil the then-rapidly-approaching movie Star Trek: Generations, and yet had (speculative) spoiler 3-D renders of Voyager from the internet on the front page. And the renders weren’t even that close to the mark!
The influence of the net was making itself very obvious here, with the only graphical elements in the entire issue – the Generations marketing logo, the new stylized Star Trek arrowhead being pushed by Paramount and the Voyager 3-D renders – all coming from the internet. The emphasis was still on print, and lots of it, at 8 pages.
Alien Nation: Dark Horizon, the early episodes of Babylon 5’s second season, more TNG episodes, numerous books and an early episode of Gerry Anderson’s short-lived Space Precinct are reviewed here. Robert Parson sounds off on The Tick, the increasingly dire seaQuest DSV, and rants about CBS’ aired-once-and-only-once Halloween scare movie Without Warning. Content-wise, this was actually a very good issue. If there was a problem with later issues, it was with an increasing emphasis on graphics over written content, culminating in a couple of fabulously expensive full-color covers. For a ‘zine that was being given away at local comic shops.
It really should’ve stayed like this. It’s got a nice, clean layout, and even where I was trying to get fancy with the line art (check out the quasi-Okudagram-style borders on page 4’s TNG reviews!), it wasn’t ridiculous.