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Darren Mooney

We need to talk about STAR TREK: VOYAGER

So I have a confession to make about Star Trek: Voyager. I have never sat down and watched, in its entirety, the last two seasons of the show. I didn’t watch them back when they aired around 20 years ago. I haven’t watched them since. I’ve watched some, here and there, but not all.

Technically, as a result, despite being a self-professed Trekkie and fan since I was a child, I’m not a Star Trek completist. This isn’t the case with any other show, either. I’ve seen all of Enterprise, for example. I’m up to date with Discovery. So why Voyager? Those episodes have been around for decades yet I have never felt the urge to revisit them. I think it goes back to my problematic relationship with the third spin-off series to Gene Roddenberry’s initial vision, one I’ve had ever since 1995.

I’m discussing this now as Voyager is, this week, a princely quarter of a century old which a) is fantastic and b) is terrifying for someone who grew up with it. Voyager first debuted when I was 12, almost 13 years old. I had discovered Star Trek on TV probably around a year earlier, having wore out VHS copies of The Search for Spock and The Wrath of Khan while in single digits. I liked The Next Generation. I already *loved* Deep Space NineVoyager, therefore, I greeted with enormous excitement. This was back in the days when in the UK they would release two episodes of a season in VHS tapes for DS9 & VOY every few weeks (these would cost more than a monthly Netflix subscription does now) and I bought them religiously up until, I would say, probably about the end of Season 4. Then something happened.

Well, two things happened. Firstly, this was around 1998 and as a sixteen year old leaving school, I was beginning to discover that being a Star Trek fan openly wasn’t doing me any good if I ever wanted to cop off with a girl. Secondly, I realised that I didn’t actually *like* Voyager all that much, and maybe I never had. Not in comparison to DS9, which aside from The X-Files and Babylon-5 around this point was the show I had lived and breathed during the 90’s. I started to realise that, a few episodes aside, I never found Voyager at all compelling.

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New Podcast: THE X-CAST – ‘Kitsunegari’

Hosted by myself and a collection of X-Files fans, The X-Cast: An X-Files Podcast is a weekly series delving into each episode of The X-Files and exploring supplemental topics, alongside interviews with cast and crew and other special events.

Returning to continue coverage of The X-Files Season 5, I’m joined by Darren Mooney of The M0vie Blog and The 250 to discuss the season’s eighth episode, ‘Kitsunegari’, sequel to the best episode ever of The X-Files, ‘Pusher’.

And yes, that *is* a fact…

New Podcast: THE TIME IS NOW – ‘Midnight of the Century’

A spin-off show to The X-Cast: An X-Files Podcast, The Time Is Now delves weekly into each episode of Chris Carter’s 1990’s esoteric horror series Millennium, with myself & other fans and podcasters discussing the series, alongside interviews with cast and crew and other special events.

This episode sees me host alongside the show’s recurring guest, Darren Mooney, as we talk about the beautiful, elegiac Christmas episode Midnight of the Century. A great final episode with Darren for the year…

New Podcast: THE X-CAST – ‘Redux’

Hosted by myself and a collection of X-Files fans, The X-Cast: An X-Files Podcast is a weekly series delving into each episode of The X-Files and exploring supplemental topics, alongside interviews with cast and crew and other special events.

Returning to begin coverage of The X-Files Season 5, I’m joined by Darren Mooney of The 250 and The M0vie Blog to discuss the season premiere, ‘Redux’…

New Podcast Guest Appearance: THE 250 – ‘Anniversary Special 2019’

Hosted by film writer Darren Mooney of The M0vie Blog and Andrew Quinn, The 250 is an excellent, Irish-based film podcast which covers the 250 Top Movies as voted by IMDB users.

Every year, Darren and Andrew mark another successful year of movie podcasting with a roundtable of contributors listing their favourite movie from the IMDB 250 of the year, and in this case their best from 1999, a year the show has focused on given the 20 year anniversary.

Always a huge pleasure being invited to contribute to this terrific podcast, which I’ll hopefully be back on again at some point in 2020…

TV, Movie, Book, Podcast Roundup – October 2019

Welcome to November! Because there’s not enough useless information floating around on the internet, I thought I would update readers of this blog as to what I’ve watched/read over the previous month, each month, in the form of TV, movies and books.

Some of this I will have reviewed on the blog but others I’ve just been watching for enjoyment with Mrs Black.

Let’s start this month with TV…

New Podcast: The Time Is Now – ‘The Curse of Frank Black’

Happy Halloween!

A brand new, spin-off show to The X-Cast: An X-Files Podcast, The Time Is Now has been in the making for over two years and delves weekly into each episode of Chris Carter’s 1990’s esoteric horror series Millennium, with myself & other fans and podcasters discussing the series, alongside interviews with cast and crew and other special events.

This episode, honestly, is the reason I wanted to do the entire podcast. The Curse of Frank Black is my favourite episode of TV *ever*. I really do mean ever. Darren Mooney joins me for a chat which was an absolute joy…

New Podcast: The X-Cast – ‘Gethsemane’

Hosted by myself and a collection of X-Files fans, The X-Cast: An X-Files Podcast is a weekly series delving into each episode of The X-Files and exploring supplemental topics, alongside interviews with cast and crew and other special events.

Returning to conclude coverage of The X-Files Season 4, I’m joined by Darren Mooney of The 250 and The M0vie Blog to discuss the season finale, ‘Gethsemane’, and dissect the season as a whole with our own, and listener, Top and Bottom 3 episodes of the season.

TV, Book, Movie & Podcast Roundup – May 2019

Welcome to June! Because there’s not enough useless information floating around on the internet, I thought I would update readers of this blog as to what I’ve watched/read over the previous month, each month, in the form of TV, movies and books.

Some of this I will have reviewed on Cultural Conversation but others I’ve just been watching for enjoyment with Mrs Black.

Let’s start this month with TV…

New Podcast Guest Appearance: The 250 – Avengers: Endgame

Hosted by film writer Darren Mooney of The M0vie Blog and Andrew Quinn, The 250 is an excellent, Irish-based film podcast which covers the 250 Top Movies as voted by IMDB users.

Every now and then, a brand new movie pops into the 250 list (sometimes not for long) and Darren & Andrew cover it. It’s become an unofficial annual thing over the last two years for me to guest on The 250 for Marvel’s big Easter hitters – you can find my appearances on the episodes covering Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Avengers: Infinity War at the links provided.