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Supernatural: Official Companion

01/10/2010. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

Buy Supernatural: The Official Companion Season 4 in the USA - or Buy Supernatural: The Official Companion Season 4 in the UK

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Supernatural: The Official Companion Season 4 by Nicholas Knight. pub: Titan Books. 157 page illustrated small softcover. Price: GBP 9.99 (UK), $14.95 (US), $18.95 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-84856-738-2.

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This latest volume examining the fourth season of the TV series ‘Supernatural’ is now out. Like the other Companion books that Titan Books publish, it features an episode guide, a look at significant cast from the actors who perform as them and some insight into production. As an archive for research down the line, books such as these are invaluable so when I read I find myself paying attention when there are the odd little slip. It also shows I do actually read these books then glance through them and then give a good account. I’m a reader after all.

A lot of the time I don’t really read the credits every time unless something is given in the text to cross-check who played a particular part. So it wasn’t until half-way through that I realised that re-occurring guest-stars weren’t included in the credits. Unlike the previous volume where there was actually a page detailing this info, the most you can go by is the contents page where nine parts, other than the brothers, are noted. As they don’t all appear in the same episodes, this is a serious omission for a book that should be considered a season archive.

A ‘Did You Know?’ balloon was repeated on pages 10 and 12 which tends to make me think both of these problems are more editorial than blamed at writer Nicholas Knight.

There is a lot of material in here for the ‘Supernatural’ fans. Although there is a predominance of photos of the Winchester brothers, at least at the start of the book here is a better selection in this volume. As I see these books as archive, I think more photos on set and of other cast member would balance things out more but as the series has a lot of girl fans, no doubt they’ll be happy so treat that more as an observation than a general criticism.

To have only two and a half problems isn’t that bad. The episode synopsises are detailed and if you haven’t caught up on the latest season yet, expect to see some spoilers. Knowing how things are done should fulfil your need to how they did particular things. It also clues you in to some of the pranks actors Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles get up to between performances. Considering how dark these stories get, having some brevity probably explains the healthy environment on set they have. Oh, yeah, something really dark is coming but better the devil you know...

GF Willmetts

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