This authorised companion to the first season of Smallville
reveals everything you could possibly need to know about the
show's first year. It is packed with exclusive interviews,
unseen photos, behind-the-scenes secrets and a complete episode
guide. And if that wasn't enough, there are insights into
the world of Smallville, with excerpts from the town and high
school newspapers, The Smallville Ledger and The
Paul Simpson was granted complete access to the set, and he
has put this opportunity to full use. With the majority of
'official companions' you rarely come away learning anything
startlingly new - or at the very least you don't discover
anything that you couldn't have found on any one of a thousand
fansites on the Internet. That is certainly not the case here.
For example, did you know that the location used for the interior
shots of Luthor mansion has also appeared in the pilot for
Dark Angel? Or that the fight between Clark and Eric,
in the episode Leech, pays homage to a scene in Superman
II, where a de-powered Clark Kent is beaten up by a truck
driver? That's just two examples of the serious research that
has gone into this book.
most guide books are for a couple of a show's season - which
usually means that the book never really expands on areas
as well as it should do. With this collection, however, we
are only dealing with season one - which means that the author
can simply concentrate on that season and not get bogged down
with two or three years worth of episodes. From a readers
point of view, this is also easier to digest. It also meant
that I read the whole thing from cover to cover instead of
dipping in and out - something I rarely feel the urge to do
with guide books.
plus point is that Titan has included 16 pages of glossy full
colour publicity shots from the series (as well as a whole
truck load of black and white images from the episodes). I
particularly liked the inclusion of the painting by Alex Ross
which was split and included on four collectors' edition covers
of December 2001's TV Guide.
is how companion books should be handled. Simpson...
the man's a bloody genius. Why can't all guide books be written
like this. Go buy!
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