New Podcast Guest Appearance: ALWAYS HOLD ON TO SMALLVILLE #96 – ‘Solitude’

Hosted by Superman super-fan Zach Moore, Always Hold on to Smallville is a recap podcast for the 2001-2011 The CW series Smallville, going through all ten seasons episode by episode.

It was 2016 when I last appeared on AHOTS, discussing an episode in Season 2, and Zach and I have been working hard since to try and get me back on the show. The stars aligned for Solitude, the eighth episode of Season 5, and it turned out to be quite serendipitous.

Solitude is a pretty huge episode for Smallville, tying the show as it does into the Richard Donner-created Superman movie world (visually at least) with numerous major mythological elements – the Fortress of Solitude, General Zod, the destruction of Krypton, Brainiac etc… all mixed together. Plus! There are aspects that are very much inspired by tropes from The X-Files, and Zach and I have always said that AHOTS is a cousin series to The X-Cast

It’s always a real pleasure to podcast with Zach and it was great fun to dip back into the world of Smallville to appear on the show again…

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New Podcast Guest Appearance: Trek FM’s Primitive Culture – ‘Eating Our Own Tail’

Hosted by author Duncan Barrett, Primitive Culture is a Star Trek history and culture podcast we co-created in 2017 on the Trek FM networking, looking at the 50+ year old franchise through the lens of our world today.

In this episode, Duncan and I tackle fan service in Star Trek and indeed beyond, how Star Trek: Discovery was compromised by fans finding it difficult to detach from their passion, and the growing idea of fandom losing perspective.

In many ways, this serves as a ‘sequel’ episode to my Discovery discussion last month with Zach Moore on Standard Orbit, so it might be worth heading over and checking that out, then having this for dessert!

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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…

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New Podcast Guest Appearance: Trek FM’s Standard Orbit – ‘TOS Season 0.5’

Hosted by Zach Moore, Ken Tripp and Hayley Stoddart, Standard Orbit is part of the Trek FM podcast network and dedicated to covering all aspects of the original 1960’s series, Star Trek.

With the recent arrival of the second season of Star Trek: Discovery, which heavily featured elements of The Original Series including key characters, Zach and I discuss my assertion that Discovery S2 is essentially ‘TOS Season 0.5’, picking through the characters, narratives and unpicking where they do and don’t work.

Anyone with an interest in Discovery, or Star Trek broadly, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here.

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