A companion piece for season 6 of the television show Supernatural that includes an overview of the season, a detailed episode guide for each episode of the season, character and crew profiles, and some other cool stuff related to the show (including a photo gallery and a look at some of the creatures that the Winchester brothers have faced off against).
This companion piece, written by and put together by Nicholas Knight (who also did the companion pieces to the other seasons of the show as well) is a must-have for any fan of Supernatural. It has pretty much everything one would need to know about Season 6 of the show and then some. I like the fact that this book is so well-detailed and even though I have never watched a single episode of the show (though I think I am going to start after I watch all the previous seasons on DVD) I feel like this companion piece helped make me familiar with the characters and the storyline of this season (as well as the basic premise of the show in general). I thought that this book was very interesting and there are many things to like about it.
This book actually reminded me of the companion pieces that were done for each season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer back in the day (I own a couple of this as I have always really dug the show) as they are very similar in regards to covering each episode, profiling characters, etc. I like the fact that it is explained in the foreword by Adam Glass that the creator of the show (Eric Kripke) had only five seasons of the show planned out and wanted to end it at the conclusion of the fifth season but the decision was made to continue into the foreseeable future. Knight then goes on to give a very detailed overview of the 6th season to catch everyone up to speed before he moves on to discuss the individual episodes. I for one didn’t know that the show was meant to end with the fifth season until I read this book and I thought that it was an interesting tidbit of information.
The episode guide is incredibly detailed and I think that Knight does an excellent job of summarizing them and hitting the key points of each episode without going overboard with it. I have actually read some episode summaries of certain television shows online where the person writing the summary gives every single detail from start to finish of the episode (which is annoying as Hell) but that isn’t the case here. I think that if you are a fan of the show and you happen to miss an episode of it during the sixth season then this is probably the best way to find out what happened. Having a good episode guide like this one is also handy if you are like me and you forgot what happened in a certain episode and need to remind yourself. My hat’s off to Knight for putting together such a kick ass episode guide and I am sure that fans of the show who pick up this companion piece will share my sentiment.
I also enjoyed the character overview as well. Since I have never watched the show and knew very little about any of the characters this book was very helpful in introducing all the important characters to me. Not only does it profile each of the main characters that have played important parts during the beginning of the show, but also the characters that only appeared during the sixth season as well. It also gives the reader some brief facts about the actors who portray the characters as well, and we get some information about some of the key crew members as well which I thought was pretty interesting.
Without a doubt this companion piece is quite awesome. I think that any fan of the show would be thrilled to death to own a copy of it even if he or she watched all of the sixth season and knows everything humanly possible about Supernatural. It makes a great addition to anyone’s collection and since Christmas is merely a few days away I think that it would make a great gift to any hard to shop for Supernatural fan on your list.
Book Review: Supernatural: The Official Companion Season 6 – Author Nicholas Knight