By Your Com­mand

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Heavy enough to stun a sk­in­job

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

655 pages | Pa­per­back Au­thors: Alan Stevens and Fiona Moore Pub­lisher: Te­los

With Blood & Chrome

de­ac­ti­vated and no fur­ther spin- offs planned, it’s a funny time for an in- depth book on Bat­tlestar Galac­tica. Still, dis­tance does at least mean that can claim to be com­pre­hen­sive. Well, you’d cer­tainly hope it is – it’s bleedin’ enor­mous.

While the first vol­ume looked at the orig­i­nal se­ries, this sec­ond con­cen­trates en­tirely on Ron­ald D Moore’s edgy, po­lit­i­cally- charged re­boot. Ev­ery episode gets a de­tailed syn­op­sis and crit­i­cal anal­y­sis, while the se­ries’ arcs and themes are also probed. Short­lived spinoffs Caprica and Blood & Chrome are cov­ered – though not in nearly as much depth – but most in­trigu­ing is a chap­ter de­tail­ing Bryan Singer’s aborted TV re­boot.

Facts come thick and fast, and Stevens and Moore’s ac­ces­si­ble style makes the book easy to dip in and out of. Did you know that Seren­ity makes a fly- by in the minis­eries? Or that the show was orig­i­nally in­tended to fea­ture 24- style split- screen? Even if you did, the sheer den­sity of in­for­ma­tion means that you’re bound to dis­cover some­thing new.

Episode guides are rather re­dun­dant in this age of se­riesspe­cific wikis, and there’s lit­tle need for the 20+ pages of cast and crew cred­its. But there’s no deny­ing the weight of in­for­ma­tion. This’ll make a fine living room com­pan­ion dur­ing marathon watches. Will Salmon

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