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Everything you need to know about To Boldly Ask… Jonathan Frakes, The X-Files Reunion, The Full Read, and the News Feed on The Companion

New Event: To Boldly Ask… Jonathan Frakes

Premieres July 23, 2022 | 2 pm PT/5 pm EST

If you’re a longtime Companion member, you’ll remember Ian Spelling from the WonderCon interviews we released last year to mark the 20th anniversary of Star Trek – Enterprise. Back then, we – like many Star Trek fans – were irritated that Paramount seemed to be ignoring the show’s landmark birthday, so we decided to take matters into our own hands.

Our new interview series To Boldly Ask… comes from the same place of frustrated fandom. Alongside Star Wars and Doctor Who, the cast of Star Trek are asked the same questions over and over again, and with their own in-house events, podcasts, and the like, it’s all so safe and so content trotting out the latest PR line.

Ian Spelling knows Star Trek. He got his start interviewing Gene Roddenberry for his college paper, and went on to work directly for the studio on StarTrek.com. 

His insights are vital to getting Jonathan Frakes, a man uniquely positioned to reflect on the power of Star Trek to change lives and change the world, and to share memories that have never been broadcast before.

Stay tuned for your email invite tomorrow and I’ll see you in the comments!

If you missed To Boldly Ask… with Jonathan Frakes, you can watch the full broadcast here.

New Event: Doggett and Reyes X-Files Reunion

Join live July 30, 2022 | 7pm BST/11am PT/2pm EST

In one of those on-brand stories from my childhood, I put up a giant Ordnance Survey map of my hometown on the wall and began to mark down all the supernatural encounters I could dig up with a view to as thorough an investigation as possible. This was, of course, inspired by The X-Files so it’s a giddy thrill to be getting deep into the – IMO, underappreciated – duo of Monica Reyes and John Doggett.

In a terrifying display of star power, X-Files executive producer Frank Spotnitz (The Man in the High Castle) will be leading an in-depth discussion with stars Annabeth Gish (Midnight Mass, The Haunting of Hill House) and Robert Patrick (Peacemaker, Terminator 2: Judgment Day).

These are creatives at the absolute top of their respective games and I can’t wait to discover how they feel about their characters, their premature end, and the revival of The X-Files.

New Feature: Daily News and Feeds

Before The Companion was even The Companion, our podcast/events producer Tommy had a vision for news. Sick of 80% of rival websites publishing clickbait, speculation, or needless obfuscation, he saw that The Companion’s membership model meant that we could just give people the facts without trying to trick them into a click. 

The Companion will always be a credible source of information. Our commentary will always be qualified, our facts checked, and our corrections published promptly.

This isn’t just hot air: I’m a trained magazine journalist, with qualifications from the UK’s National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) in media law and news writing (amongst other things), only when my classmates went off to The Daily Telegraph and The Sun, I went off to write about death metal.

Whatever the field, I’m serious about doing news right.

That’s the vision we kept in mind as we launched our news feed, which is available both on the site and in a new app feed. We’ve also added more series-based feeds to the app to better reflect the articles we release and the events we produce.

New Feature: The Full Read and Email Settings.

George’s baby is The Full Read. The latest addition to our armada of email newsletters, every Wednesday he picks an original longread from our epic library and sends it directly to your inbox. You know it’s going to be a good one, because George has led with an elegant serif typeface.

This isn’t just for members, anyone is welcome to receive the Full Read so if you have a friend wavering over whether or not to subscribe – ask them to sign up.

We’ve also made it possible for you to curate your newsletter subscription so that if you want to receive one type of email and not another, we’ve got you covered.

Just make sure you leave Announcements and Offers ticked to receive invites to our live events!

As a member of The Companion, you’re supporting original writing and podcasting, for sci-fi fans, by sci-fi fans, and totally free of advertising and clickbait.

The cost of your membership has allowed us to mentor new writers and allowed us to reflect the diversity of voices within fandom. None of this is possible without you. Thank you. 🙂


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James Hoare is editor of The Companion. He has been “working in publishing” since the early 1990s when he made his own Doctor Who fanzine to sell in the school playground.

You can find him on Twitter @JDHoare

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