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Battlestar Galactica: Season 2: The Official Companion (Battlestar Galactica the Official Companion) Paperback – 29 Sep 2006


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (29 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845762215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845762216
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 726,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A class series... riveting" - SFX "This is solidly acted, brilliantly written grown-up drama" - Dreamwatch "Top-notch sci-fi" - Variety"

About the Author

David Bassom edited Titan's official Battlestar Galactica magazine, and is currently the Executive Editor of Dreamwatch. A seasoned writer in the field of fantasy and SF movies and television, his previous books include Creating Babylon 5 and The George Lucas Companion.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susie_189 on 12 May 2007
Format: Paperback
If you read the first Battlestar Galactica companion, then you know what to expect from the season two book: incredibly detailed guides to the making of every episode, plus great interviews with all the cast (including - yeah! - Michael 'Tigh' Hogan and Callum Keith 'Leoben' Rennie) and key crew. Yes, the book covers a lot of the same ground covered in Ron Moore's podcasts, but it's also packed with a lot of riveting extra information, like the attempted casting of film star Sigourney Weaver as Admiral Cain. There's also a lovely introduction written by Mary McDonnell, you can almost hear her voice as you read it! Shame there's not more colour photos in the book, though - apart from a few colour spreads, the pictures are all black and white.
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Format: Paperback
Recommended to all Battlestar Galactica fan: a lot of pictures and details about our favorite tv show.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
An excellent companion to BSG's magnificent second season 11 Nov. 2006
By Robert Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Compared to official guides for other shows, the companions to BATTLESTAR GALACTICA simply cannot be beat for enhancing the enjoyment of the episodes. Most official guides tend to do two things. First, they provide a critically neutral description of the episodes individually and the season as a whole. Second, they tend to repackage pretty much whatever one as a viewer can pick up on their own.

If you look at the official guides to BUFFY or FARSCAPE you'll see what I'm talking about. The best route with BUFFY is to get the unofficial guides. These unofficial guides are written without much contribution by the creators, producers, writers, or cast, but they at least have an independent point of view. The BSG official companions, however, while not critical from the author's viewpoint, are remarkably frank in providing critical assessments by the producers and directors and actors and writers as to what did and did not work in an episode. Any fan of BSG will recognize upon watching that "Black Market" and "Sacrifice" are not highlights of the show, but it is incredibly refreshing to read statements by Ron Moore and David Eick and Jamie Bamber that indicate that they, too, believe "Black Market" was not a successful episode. Take the official guide to BUFFY and read what it says about "Beer Bad" or "Some Assembly Required." You'll get no hint that these are considered among the worst BUFFY episodes ever. But in the BSG companions you'll not only see the creative team agreeing with you on the weaker episodes, but they will provide additional insight into why they don't work. So on the first of the two points mentioned above, the BSG guides are head and shoulders above other official guides.

On the second point, i.e., the regurgitation of stuff you can get yourself on an alert viewing, the BSG companions also shine. Probably 80% of the contents of the books are not directly accessible to a fan of the show. For instance, in reading about the casting of Admiral Cain, I was unaware that they first approached Sigourney Weaver, Jessica Lange, and Angelica Houston before asking Michelle Forbes if she was interested in the role (though I have to add that it is inconceivable to me that any of those fine actresses could have been more effective than Forbes, who was simply outstanding). As with the first companion, there are substantial interviews with all the concerned parties about how an episode came together.

My lone disappointment with this volume is that it possibly contained less information not directly concerned with specific episodes. The reason for this is obvious. Whereas the Season Two companion was restricted to the same length as the Season One companion, the second season featured 20 episodes as opposed to the first seasons 13, along with the miniseries. This volume thus had more episodes to discuss.

Still, I think many fans will find this as enjoyable as I have. I'm aware that there are some who prefer the kind of guide that I abhor, one that gives a glossily regurgitated summation of what happens in each episode. I generally find these kinds of guides worthless. Give me one like BSG any day! I want behind the scenes scoop, not a repetition of what I can easily see for myself.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
ANOTHER GREAT BOOK ABOUT THE THE BEST SHOW ON TV 7 Jun. 2008
By COOL JEWEL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
THIS IS A SYNOPSIS ABOUT SEASON 2 OF B G. IT COVERS EACH EPISODE, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, COSTUMES, SPECIAL EFFECTS AND SO ON. THIS IS A GREAT BOOK WITH ALOT OF BEHIND THE SCENES INFO ALONG WITH WHY THE PRODUCERS AND WRITERS DID WHAT THEY DID. ALSO INCLUDED ARE INTERVIEWS WITH THE ACTORS WHO DISCUSS THE SHOW AND THEIR CHARACTERS AND WHERE THE SHOW MIGHT EVENTUALLY GO. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS FOR ALL B G FANS. I READ THE FIRST SEASON AND WILL READ THE 3RD AND 4TH (WHEN AVAILABLE). THIS IS A MUST READ. SO SAY WE ALL.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Book Review 2 Jan. 2007
By T. Klausen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
my short and sweet opinion of this book is a great have for the Battlestar Galactica Fan. A lot of Sci-Fi and Tech information with great information and wonderful pictures. If You are thinking of a low-cost gift for a BSG Fan, this book along with the Season One Book is a great buy.

So Say We All
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A nice overview in case you reminisce about TV shows (like me). 4 Jan. 2007
By Brady Chin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Companion books on the shelf are a key indicator of "nerd-hood". I think BSG (nerd) is one of the best shows on TV. It's more than Sci-Fi, it's a drama that happens in space. This book is a useful reference tool should you develop an interest in what goes on beyond the screen.
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