This is the first in set of episode guides to the TV science fiction series "Stargate SG-1", which formerly ran on Showtime in original release and now debuts new episodes on the Sci-Fi Channel. The existence of these guides is not too well known from what I gather, which may be because they're produced out of the UK by one of the genre specialists on that side of the pond.
Readers spoiled by the hefty and image-packed guides typical of "Star Trek", "The X-Files", or "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" will most definitely be very disappointed here. (For my money, the definitive ep guide is the one for "Deep Space Nine".) Other guides have dozens of photos (including color plates), large sections dedicated to set and costume design, cinematography, casting, and special effects, detailed actor and character biographies, cast and crew credits, and episode synopses, reviews, and ratings, usually with frank behind-the-scenes discussions from the writers, actors, and directors.
Here? Not so much. The entire two first seasons are jammed into one very small book, and each episode is addressed quite fleetingly. There's a fair bit of input from the actors, mostly Christopher Judge and Amanda Tapping, and a few pages at the end about the production side of the show, but on the whole, the material is thin and not at all revelatory. Far greater detail can be found at fan websites.
I'm discouraged to say that the hightest praise I can offer for this guide is a lukewarm "Well, it's better than nothing." So unless you're a hardcore fan who collects the action figures and everything else, give this one a pass.