(written from a Production point of view)
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Warped, subtitled An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season, is a reference book from Gallery Books written by Mike McMahan, with art by Joel Watson and Jason Ho. A satirical "episode guide" based on the posts of the @TNG_S8 Twitter account, the book was released in October 2015.
- From the book jacket
- In the basement of the Star Trek archives, behind shelves of USS 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.)
- Solicitation copy
- 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!
- On Twitter, Star Trek: The Next Generation lives on for one more season in the form of @TNG_S8–a satirical eighth season that never aired! Each tweet to its more than 85,000 followers (and retweeted four times that amount) is a hilarious recap and spot-on exaggeration of one of the most beloved TV series ever aired. Now, @TNG_S8 creator Mike McMahan presents an officially licensed mockumentary-style book-length "episode guide" to Season 8. With colorful illustrations by Joel Watson of the HijiNKS ENSUE webcomic, and Jason Ho, longtime artist at Bongo Comics (publisher of the comic book versions of The Simpsons and Futurama), each "episode" contains plot descriptions, trivia, aliens new and old, set photos, and behind-the-scenes looks at the troubled production. This book will appeal to casual and obsessive fans alike, keeping the world of the show intact while hilariously exaggerating it.
Connection to later series
One of the fictitious "episodes" described by McMahan is entitled "Lowest Decks" and focuses on low-ranking Enterprise crew members. In 2018, CBS announced that McMahan would become the producer and writer of an animated series, Star Trek: Lower Decks.