By Your Command
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