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Smallville: The Official Companion Season 2 by Paul Simpson
01/06/2005 Source: Geoff Willmetts 

pub: Titan Books. 159 page illustrated softcover. Price: £12.99 (UK), $14.95 (US). ISBN: 1-84023-947-6.

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It's a shame that Titan haven't released any other companions between this and the first season of 'Smallville' if only to confirm that this is the way to go with these books. This largely focuses on not doing trail-offs in an episode guide but explain the plot elements properly. Author Paul Simpson has kept this up from the first mutations around this time and a lot more interplay with the character's lives. Having seen Season 3, this is really a little behind with what I know is going on next but ideal if you want or need a reminder to all the threads in development.

On top of this, there is a wealth of trivia info, like the songs used in the background of each episode and interviews with all the key cast and creators/writers as well as detail on some of the special effects. It'll be interesting to see how much warts and all it'll get with Season 3's companion with the cast changes. We're privy to a lot of this information anyway so having all the points-of-view behind the reasons should always be considered (hope you're reading this, Paul).

It's nice to see a few more pictures from the episodes this time even if the colour photo section is still studio portraits. A lot of the photos have appeared elsewhere in the mags though. Whether this works in its favour in that you've got them collected into one volume or not is debatable. It would be nice to see more behind the scenes of the show, where there is only one photo this time but could be developed next. Whatever, if you're a fan of the show or just like collecting companion books to TV series, then you'll he happy adding this book to your collection.

GF Willmetts

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