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Beyond the Gate: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to "Stargate SG-1" [Paperback]

Keith Topping
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Telos Publishing Ltd (31 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903889502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903889503
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 946,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the author of Slayer: The Totally Cool Unofficial Guide to Buffy. It may have once been dismissed by some as a quintessentially horrid piece of trainspotter-SF, but Stargate SG-1 has, like a fine wine, matured over six seasons from a basic movie spin-off into the best science-fiction show on television. And one that includes within its impressive arsenal of strengths, a sly and laconic wit - heavily pushed by the personality of its leading man and executive producer, Richard Dean Anderson. Stargate SG-1 is witty, inventive, surprising in all sorts of ways and massively popular across the globe. The series has tackled some very serious issues - racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance and debates surrounding individual choice - but it's also loads fun, full of pithy dialogue and knowing winks to its audience. Beyond the Gate, breaks down each of the series' one hundred plus episodes, focuses on the elements that make Stargate SG-1 so popular, and recurring themes like the way in which Sam Carter's boyfriends all die horribly.

In categories likes The Wit and Wisdom of Jack O'Neill and Origins of the Species Keith Topping analyses over five seasons worth of episodes, uncovers possible influences, ackowldeges the moments when logic simply flies out of the window and provides trivia for use at dinner-parties and conventions. An indespensible guide to the Stargate universe.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner 1 Feb 2003
By A Customer
I've been a fan of this author's work since I read the first edition of his Buffy the Vampire Slayer guide, Slayer, two years ago. I really like what Topping has done with the dull and dry world of the episode guide book. There is really nothing more boring that getting a book (usually "official") on a series which includes a ten line plot description, a couple of fuzzy off-set photos, a few inane 'Did You Know' things and an interview with the set designer. That doesn't, actually, tell the reader any reason why they are fans of the show that they're reading about - about all of the great lines of dialogue, the set-pieces, the funny bits. Now, I'll be honest with you, I've never been a huge fan of Stargate SG-1. I like the series, sure, but it's not one that I've ever watched with anything like the devotion that such a book as this would require. But, I'm think of becoming one right now because the enthusiasm with which Keith writes is utterly infectious. So, highly recommended to fans of Stargate, of Topping's previous work, and of anybody who wants to know how an episode guide to a television series should be written. Very good indeed.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth waiting for, but could do better 3 Dec 2002
By Callie
Babylon 5 fans who’ve seen ‘The Babylon File’ by Andy Lane will recognise the style of “Beyond the Gate”: it’s an episode by episode guide listing all the information that Stargate geeks need to know. It lists all the guest stars, reminding you what you might have seen them in before; lists the production staff; gives a brief synopsis of the episode; details Stargate continuity; and gives quotable quotes, comments from the cast and crew etc. It’s surprisingly up to date: the last episode it talks about in detail is Season 6’s episode 11, Prometheus, and it even gives a brief synopsis of the as yet unshown final 11 episodes of the season. At the back of the book it gives a long list of websites dedicated to the show, some of which I’d not been aware of before but will be visiting in the near future!
I’ve only just started reading it today but it’s a really interesting book. The section that appeals to me most is called ‘Logic, let me introduce you to this window’ and this is the nitpicking section. To my embarrassment, being a die-hard nitpicker, even in the few episodes I’ve read so far Keith has spotted plenty of things I hadn’t! It’ll be fun going back through the videos again and seeing if I agree with his opinion.
The only inconvenient thing about this section is that the ‘nits’ are just listed in one long paragraph. Sometimes it’s hard to tell when he’s moving from one nit to the next; and when he puts in an explanatory sentence before a nit you find yourself reading that explanatory sentence and thinking, “Well what’s wrong with *that*?” before moving onto the next sentence and realising, “Oh, I see - *this* is the actual nit.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond The Gate: a waste of money 22 Sep 2003
By A Customer
I was very disappointed by this book. If you have watched all the episodes of SG1 (particularly if it was on DVD) and visited a website or two, then this book will not tell you anything you do not already know. It covers all 6 series’ in the one book, which means there is very little space devoted to each episode, and this is presumably why it doesn’t actually contain any new or interesting background information. The author does not seem to have been very diligent in his research and essentially the book is simply a short synopsis of each episode with no sections about writing, production, filming, or any other behind-the-scenes stuff. There are not even biographies of the main characters, something which I would consider essential to any TV series companion guide. Each episode contains a section where the author points out errors and inconsistencies in the writing/filming, but several times it is the author who is in error. In addition, the book is full of typographic errors and, whilst this is not of vital importance, it starts to become irritating after a while. If you are looking for a book to give you more background into the writing team, the cast and crew, and more insight into how the programme is created and filmed, then I suggest you look elsewhere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great 6 Dec 2003
As companions go this is pretty good, providing a good rview of the series episode by episode, and far less bland than the official companions. The book has its problems, however, in incorrect statements (Espcially some of the bloopers, which can easily be explained if one pays attention) and serious typos. Despite these blunders which are always likely to be found in unofficial books which are not as vigourously proof-read as the official tomes, the book is a good mythology and trivia guide if nothing else. Especially good for those who have problems following story arcs.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting read 31 Dec 2002
By A Customer
this book was really great. it gave a good insight into each of the stargate episodes right the way up to season six! it spoke about what the episode was about, any flaws in the episode, cast and crew comments and facts about the making of the episode, fan reactions etc. you'll be surprised what kind of things goes on behind the scenes of stargate sg1 and you will be sitting watching it looking out for the mistakes that were brought up in the book. a really good book to read if you are a diehard stargate fan. entertaining and really informative.
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