Described as the best science fiction TV show of the last
decade, Stargate SG-1 has matured over its current six year
run, morphing from a basic spin-off into a confident and articulate
series. And one that included, within its impressive arsenal
of strengths, a sly and laconic humour - heavily influenced
by the personality of its leading man and executive producer,
Richard Dean Anderson. Now, for the first time, a guide to
the first six seasons, and the movie, is available to fans
of the show...
the Gate, the unofficial and unauthorised Stargate
SG-1 companion fills a void that has been begging to be
filled for some time. There is an official and authorised
range of books already on the market, but each volume only
covers two seasons and they have been releasing them very
slowly - the second volume, comprising seasons three and four,
was only released once season five had started to be released
on DVD in the UK. Strange
that the unofficial and unauthorised guide should be more
up-to-date and more comprehensive than the official product,
but it is.
Topping has obviously spent a great deal of time deciding
on the best route to follow for the construction of this guide.
In navigation it is not unlike Phil Farrand's Nitpicker's
Guide range of books which were popular a few years back.
episode has a brief synopsis, US and UK transmission dates
and a cast and crew list. This is followed by any number of
different sections, depending on whether the episode warrants
them. These include notable quotes, Jack's wit, plot holes
and a biography of guest stars (so no longer will you have
to wonder where you have seen an actor/actress before). There
are some nice additions including a look at Sam Carter's terrible
love life as it progresses (or doesn't) across the show and
popular cultural references as they pop up from episode to
excellent addition, which doesn't sound important until you
are trying to find a certain listing, is the inclusion of
page markings on the edge of the pages for each season. This
means that it is easy to find the correct season you are looking
for as soon as you pick up the book - nice touch.
serious SG-1 fans this is the only Stargate
guide book you need (although once the seventh series is completed
you may find yourself having to buy Telos's follow up guide).
and script writers of the series should be given a copy of
this work to prepare for season seven. Without a doubt, this
is the Stargate Bible.
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