Battlestar Galactica
The Official Companion

Author: David Bassom
Titan Books
RRP 14.99, US $14.95
ISBN 1 84576 097 2
Available 21 October 2005

Battlestar Galactica
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 Galactica is 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.

This 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.

It 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?

Okay, 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.

It 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 SG-1 series.

No Battlestar Galactica fan should be without this.

Darren Rea

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