The Illustrated Season 3 Companion

Authors: Paul Simpson & Ruth Thomas
Titan Books
RRP 9.99
ISBN 1 84023 415 6
Available 21 June 2002

As David Kemper rightly points out in his foreword to this book, no one buys this kind of publication for themselves, more likely that they have been given it as a birthday present. And he has a point. It's either that, or picking it up when its priced 99p in a remainder book store.

However Titan have managed to finely tune this volume to make it as near to perfect as is possible. Previously this genre of books have been heavily criticised for not doing what the cover states. Illustrated companions should be just that, full of nice pictures, more than a few of which should be new photos which have never been printed before. But what do we usually get? Poor black and white publicity shots that everyone has seen before and not a single colour photo.

Thank goodness then for Paul Simpson and Ruth Thomas' attempt. There are plenty of weird and wacky black and white shots, some great original material taken by Thomas on set and finally Titan have managed to include a few pages of colour images (eight in total).

On the down side (and these are only minor quibbles) every page has an awfully designed border that actually makes it look like the ink has rubbed off another page and why is there no author biographies? Anyone familiar with the Stargate SG-1 Illustrated Companion series will remember that Thomasina Gibson is always given a full page to inform the readers who she is and what her background is. This would have been a welcome addition to the Farscape edition.

Farscape: The Illustrated Season 3 Companion is a damn fine read and no self-respecting fan of the series should be without it. Go on, break with tradition and buy this one for yourself.

Steve Mikando

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