is back. The 're-imagined' version of the cult 1970s series
has quickly become one of the most critically acclaimed shows
on TV. With its superb ensemble cast, cutting-edge special
effects, outstanding production design and gritty, adult-oriented
scripts, the new Battlestar
both a worthy successor to a classic original, and a stunning
piece of television in its own right...
I'm always wary of reviewing "official" companions.
Historically (I'm thinking Stargate: SG-1 here) they
are sycophantic excuses for the studios to squeeze more money
out of the fans. I've always felt that if a studio gives the
thumbs up on a project it usually means they've been through
and ripped out all the good stuff before it goes to the printers.
This may indeed be the case with this collection, as it seems
to have been put back a few months since its original schedule,
but it's still an interesting collection that should find
pride of place on real Battlestar Galactica fan's bookshelf.
collection is packed to bursting with interesting bits of
information that will keep both the casual fan and die-hard
fanatic interested. There's the episode guides (obviously),
some historic information on how the show came to be remade,
interviews with the main cast and crew, and a look at the
production design, visual effects and music.
also unintentionally highlighted how mannish two of the main
female characters are in this series. I always thought that
Katee Sackhoff's (Now that's a fake porn name if I ever heard
one) Kara Thrace looked a bit like a guy, but there is a really
scary colour pic of Tricia Helfer (Number Six) in this collection
where you can almost see her lady beard poking through her
heavy makeup. Incidentally, both blokey birds have way to
much collagen implanted in their lips - come on girls did
Leslie Ash suffer for nothing? Didn't she perfectly illustrate
why you shouldn't pump those lips up?
before you shoot off an abusive e-mail, I don't actually think
that Helfer is that mannish, it's just that the images in
this collection don't always show her at her best.
would seem that author David Bassom has taken a leaf out of
Paul Simpson's (who is the brains behind the Smallville
and Farscape companions) book. The style is very similar
and is a million miles away from Thomasina Gibson "what
I did in my summer holiday" style approach for the Stargate
Battlestar Galactica fan should be without this.
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