Stargate - Atlantis the Official Companion Season 2: Atlantis - The Official Companion Paperback – 25 Aug 2006
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"Forget Trek! Stargate is now sci-fi's biggest hit!" - TV Guide"
First there was the blockbuster "Stargate" movie, then the smash hit TV series "Stargate SG-1" (now entering its ninth season), and now there's the equally successful spinoff show: "Stargate: Atlantis"! The Stargate Atlantis team, now based in the mythical Lost City in a distant galaxy, have made friends and enemies, including the deadly Wraith, in equal measure. "The Second Season" brings new faces and alliances, as well as new planets and new alien encounters, but all delivered with the same irresistible brand of Stargate adventure! This is the official companion to the "Second Season", packed with behind the scenes interviews, an episode guide and scores of photos, including a 16pp colour gallery.See all Product description
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The style of writing (particularly 'Weirs' reports on each crew member) seemed to be aimed at a very young reader - precisely the style of writing that stopped me buying the Stargate magazines.
Most of the colour photographs in the book were publicity shots for season 1 - images even the most casual SGA fan will have seen a thousand times. Some different shots would have been nice or some behind the scenes images perhaps?
There are some nice production images near the end of the book and if you don't have the DVD's to listen to the commentry, David Hewlett's notes on 'The Storm' are interesting. Strangely the costume designer's interview doesn't mention the major clothing company who clearly supply a lot of the clothes- an example of the missing trivia which might have been nice- instead focusing on Tayla's clothing.
On a more positive note there were some interesting bits and pieces about how the characters were originally envisioned and casting but you really have to read through a lot of drivel to come across this.
I have episode guides from various series (although this is the first from the stargate universe) and in comparison to all, this was a dissappointment. I recommend putting the money you might spend on this towards the DVD's with it's great commentaries.
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This is a guide to the first season of "Stargate Atlantis", a spin-off, of course, to the popular "Stargate: SG-1" series. In this show, our group of heroes and heroines is stuck in the Pegasus Galaxy after a one-way transgalactic hop via a super-powered gate dial-out from the SGC on Earth. They hope to find the lost city of Atlantis, home of the long-ago-ascended Ancients, and find it they do. Unfortunately, they also discover that the Ancients bailed out of Pegasus some 10,000 years ago after accidentally creating their own nemeses in the form of the Wraith, who really enjoy treating humans as tasty lifeforce snacks. And while there are various human-settled worlds still to be found, not all of them are delighted to see the folks from Earth show up, especially once word gets around that the Stargate team sort of accidentally woke the Wraith back up way before schedule.
This book presents a brief summary of each episode of the first season, along with some minimal cast and crew notes. There's also commentary provided by cast and crew about what went on in the making of the episodes, what their original intentions had been, what worked and what didn't. There are brief character sketches of the main cast, which really have much more to do with details on the actors and how they got the roles and how they approach them.
Also included is a section on the development of the show and another on some of the departments or key players (stunts, production design) behind the scenes. A lot of photos are provided, mostly in black and white but a few publicity stills in color.
I had very low expectations for this book based on previous Stargate episode guides, but it very much exceeded them. It's not a classic of its kind nor indispensable, but if you're a keen fan of the show and you really want to know some of the details about what it takes to put together an episode, you won't be disappointed.
As a fan of the series this book will help you learn some of the lingo.
I've enjoyed all of the SG-1 books and just started my collection with the Atlantis and I'm sure you will as well.