the x-files s/d

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worst series finale ever?

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 13:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

no, it was excellent in parts (OK maybe just the gratuitious CSM death scene payoff).

Konal Doddz (blueski), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 14:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I loved this when it first began (definite x-phile) but by the end was completely turned-off.

Have yet to buy the DVDs but when I moved in with my boyfriend he made me THROW AWAY my dozens and dozens of carefully recorded and labeled seasons 1-4 VHS tapes. *sob*

S-I liked the tooms episodes and pretty much any of the earlier ones written by morgan/wong

D-any later eps with those other two agents. I don't even remeber their names that's how much I hated them.

Ms. Misery TX (MissMiseryTX), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 14:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Was there a self-parody episode with Cher in it? I remember something, but not sure.

Also a question for die-hard fans: is it necessary to watch all the mythology episodes before watching the movie?

scnnr drkly (scnnr drkly), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 14:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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I too loved the Darin Morgan episodes. What happened to him? Has he written for anything else ever again.

I really liked the COPS crossover where the tv crew following some cops around LA walk slap bang into the middle of an X File.

And my heart still belongs to Gillian Anderson who, judging from her turn in Bleak House, has aged like a fine wine...

Stone Monkey (Stone Monkey), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 14:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Robert Patrick/Doggett is unfairly maligned.

Konal Doddz (blueski), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 14:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

god, this is ages ago isn't it? Trying to remember movie. I think you don't need to watch the mythology. Too many non-regular viewers went to it, surely? Need to netflix this.

I loved the episode where the Jim Rose Circus starred as a freak show. Mulder has so many great one-liners.

Who's been to an X-Files convention? *raises then puts down hand in shame*

Ms. Misery TX (MissMiseryTX), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 15:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Robert Patrick/Doggett is unfairly maligned.

I hated him on the x-files only because I kept wishing he'd turn into the T1000.

Roz (Roz), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 15:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i was hoping one day Moronica would mention that an alien super soldier had been sighted at the local mall and he'd be able to ask "THE GALLERIA?!"

Konal Doddz (blueski), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 15:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

hahaha.

Omg, i totally forgot about Monica Reyes. Nggghhh. I was about to defend those last few seasons (memory's pretty hazy but I remember liking a few episodes) but now I'm thinking they really did suck something awful.

Roz (Roz), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 15:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

There were some things they had just built up to for so long (Mulder's sister, Scully getting knocked up, etc) that, to be fair, there weren't really a lot of options as to how to end it satisfyingly.

I do remember enjoying the moment where the audience discovered OMG there are TWO different races of aliens!

the doaple gonger (nickalicious), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 15:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

There were a few worthwhile episodes from the 8th season, most notably the one where Doggett's being fucked with in his dreams by 3rd-eye dude. Sadly, I only started getting into the show (thru reruns) at the end of the 7th season, so instead of classicness on Sunday nights I got ass genie and guy made of metal.

I second the endorsement of everything involving Darin Morgan. I think he might have had something to do with Blood, the one involving people being sent into homicidal rages through messages in their microwaves and cell phones. That one was great.

Duchovny's episode about baseball was a totally silly, sentimental classic. Gillian Anderson's new age bullshit episode was crap (and also had Moby).

clotpoll (Clotpoll), Thursday, 20 July 2006 03:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

This is making me wanna go out and maybe get some Xfiles box set seasons on dvd!

Trayce (trayce), Thursday, 20 July 2006 04:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Do it, JB hifi are selling them at $12 for a half season.

Jedmond (Jedmond), Thursday, 20 July 2006 15:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

that triploid genes one was so disturbing. so yeah, episodes were fun when they veered between goofy and freaky and wtfish. started to really hate that big conspiracy buildup too -- that's the problem with gothicism in general, you can never follow thru on the creeping horror without it being far more mundane than what the imagination conjures up.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Friday, 21 July 2006 06:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

After losing track of the series after season 4 I rented all the mytharc episodes after that on VHS and watched them all in sequence one Saturday a few years back. On my own. But it was sweet.

I wish we could've seen more Kryeck/Covarrubias action - a spin-off 'evil' version of the show!

Konal Doddz (blueski), Friday, 21 July 2006 08:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Anyone remember the episode with the guy working in the call centre who is scared of his boss, who is AN INSECT! It was brilliant, saw it a few weeks ago.

Ronan (Ronan), Friday, 21 July 2006 08:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Nobody should force their live-in love to ditch their sci-fi stash!!! If I want you, I also get your complete set of Babylon 5 DVDs.

zaxxon25 (zaxxon25), Friday, 21 July 2006 20:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Second movie en route.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 1 November 2007 00:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

This show was really great sometimes. This movie will probably be shitty like the first one.

31g, Thursday, 1 November 2007 04:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'm excited but how exactly are they going to pick up from the show's (admittedly rather lame) finale? mulder & scully weren't even in the fbi anymore! also there was/is an impending alien colonization in 2012! i seriously doubt they're gonna reboot the mythology and *fanboy meltdown* WARNING! SMOKE DETECTED! CHECK CIRCUITS

latebloomer, Thursday, 1 November 2007 05:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

Well it's going to be a monster-of-the-week so they'll probably just sweep as much of that stuff under the rug as they possibly can. I didn't know that Mulder and Scully weren't in the FBI anymore but I guess there's no reason they can't be seeking the truth in their retirement, right?

31g, Thursday, 1 November 2007 05:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also search this episode:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D.P.O.

31g, Thursday, 1 November 2007 05:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

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well in the last ep they were on the run from the alien conspiracy which now solely consists of "supersoldiers" preparing the way for the invasion (which was revealed to be in 2012).

though i guess skinner and robert patrick and that other chick are still around. i just hope that if they're gonna do another movie, at least make a nod to those events or something.

latebloomer, Thursday, 1 November 2007 05:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

i mean since they spent so much time dragging the show out past its peak they might as well, right?

latebloomer, Thursday, 1 November 2007 05:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

Been enjoying it from the start this year, only halfway through Season 2 now... I remember seeing the movie and hating it though when it came out.

Wat I want to know it, why was it never repeated (here).

S-, Thursday, 1 November 2007 06:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

I need to pick up some boxsets I think. I can still remember the first episode I ever saw when I was 9 or 10, the one where a guy's shadow kills people. I don't think it's a first season ep - anyone know what I'm talking about?

Roz, Thursday, 1 November 2007 06:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah that's a first season ep...i think the guy was played by tony shaloub? maybe i'm wrong

latebloomer, Thursday, 1 November 2007 07:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

yep that's the one! totally did not realize that was monk.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_Light_%28The_X-Files_episode%29

and it's from season 2. I knew it wasn't season 1 cause I remember it had been on for a while and I hadn't been allowed to stay up to watch it.

Roz, Thursday, 1 November 2007 07:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071101/tv_nm/xfiles_dc

The July 25 release date would put "X-Files" up against "Step Brothers," a comedy starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, and an untitled comedy starring Ice Cube.

http://imdb.com/title/tt0838283/

mckay is directing, apatow is producing

kingfish, Thursday, 1 November 2007 16:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

hhahaha for a sec i was like "am apatow-produced x-files flick wtf"

latebloomer, Thursday, 1 November 2007 17:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Trailer filmed at recent convention, accompanied by screaming geeks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is7F0IgRj4g

Duane Barry, Monday, 25 February 2008 11:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

http://i25.tinypic.com/2s982tz.jpg

Roz, Monday, 31 March 2008 04:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

9/11 killed the X-Files?

Does that mean the Cold War killed AfterM*A*S*H?

David R., Monday, 31 March 2008 05:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

search "x-cops"

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 31 March 2008 07:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

episode filmed in the style of cops

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 31 March 2008 07:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

gimmicky but exceptionally well done i thought

and terrifying when i was in 6th grade

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 31 March 2008 07:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

it's weird now to think there was a time when literally everyone i knew was obsessed with this. that hasn't happened since, even with Lost or Heroes, there are just plenty of people who don't care. And weirdly i don't know a single person now who would probably still sit down and watch the X Files in reruns. I'll probably see the movie but they're going to have to really hype this and it had better get GREAT word of mouth

akm, Monday, 31 March 2008 07:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

i watch the x files in reruns

chaki, Monday, 31 March 2008 08:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

i know a lot of people who've come to the show posthumously, through re-runs and dvds

latebloomer, Monday, 31 March 2008 11:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

no not dead people, after the show's run, wiseguys

latebloomer, Monday, 31 March 2008 11:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

anyway, it's cool that this is a standalone movie and all, i just hope the monster or whatever isn't some lame angry ghost or an evil psychic.

latebloomer, Monday, 31 March 2008 11:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

i want something rad and freaky like a werewolf or a flukeman or that eugene tooms guy

latebloomer, Monday, 31 March 2008 11:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Puff promo interview with Duchovny -- nothing about the plot but some fun details and observations.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 4 May 2008 02:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

glad to know they went back to Vasncouver for this one :-D

latebloomer, Sunday, 4 May 2008 02:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

trailer!!!

http://www.xfiles.com/main.php

latebloomer, Monday, 12 May 2008 08:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

so psyched for this despite myself

max, Monday, 12 May 2008 08:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

russian trailer!

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=45605

latebloomer, Tuesday, 3 June 2008 08:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

Did you see his Amazon pilot from a couple years ago, alledgedly set in the Xfilesverse? Something to do with the apocalypse and the devil in LA. Was major, major yikes.

I haven’t caught up with the reboot at all - just the Darin Morgan episodes and the one Aldo mentions then?

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 6 April 2018 00:18 (three months ago) Permalink

I sort-of-watched all of last season, and this year just the Darin episode, the Lone Gunmen one by Glen, and the Black Mirror-y one. Your impression is basically right, but save The Lost Art Of Forehead Sweat, this year's Darin ep, for last.

(Or for a real flavour of how awkward S10 was without getting REALLY terrible:
S10e04
S10e03
S10e05
S11e02
S11e07
S11e04
-in that order.)

just noticed tears shaped like florida. (sic), Friday, 6 April 2018 05:16 (three months ago) Permalink

I'll be the militant. S10 & S11 (especially S11) amplified the worst elements of the original series enough that I suspect the entire show was b.s. It's only brilliant on accident when someone managed to write away from Carter. This itself sounds like an X-Files plot.

I'm annoyed that S10 and S11 wasted so much time on embarrassing plots that just kept Mulder and Scully reacting to things. So much what's current in medtech, social psychology, etc. etc. could be the feeder of some potentially great plots.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 6 April 2018 20:44 (three months ago) Permalink

amplified the worst elements of the original series enough that I suspect the entire show was b.s. It's only brilliant on accident when someone managed to write away from Carter.

Nah: the alien conspiracy episodes were always terrible, and I stopped occasionally watching the show during the original run because you never knew if you'd get a good episode or some mytharc nonsense that you were supposed to have watched 19 non-consecutive previous episodes to follow, except that even if you had, it wouldn't make sense.

Over the last few years, I've done a watch-through of the first six seasons, just watching Darin Morgan and Vince Gilligan episodes, and a few other standalones. But! Carter could actually do good, or fun, or scary, or creative episodes back in the '90s.

The Host (S01e02) set the tone for the monster-of-the-weeks, taking a sci-fi/monster premise and wrapping a procedural, jokes, and development of Mulder & Scully's relationship in it. Syzygy, in S3, is Carter being inspired by Darin Morgan's ability to do outright comedy in the X-Files format, trying it himself, failing but accidentally inventing Buffy. Memento Mori, in S4, is a gang-written script that shows folks didn't NEED to write away from Carter - he could work just as well on a serious standalone as drawing a single co-writer onto his mytharc finales.

And two he directed as well as writing are super-indicators that he saw the oddball, creative, unusual episodes as a primary feature of the series: The Post-Modern Prometheus (S5), the black & white small-town Frankenstein & Cher episodes; and Triangle (S6), the one on a 1939 submarine with all the "unbroken" tracking shots.

(Another S6 all-Carter joint, How The Ghosts Stole Christmas, works fine as a Chrimbo farce.)

just noticed tears shaped like florida. (sic), Friday, 6 April 2018 21:50 (three months ago) Permalink

we'd all have a better time if we just went squatchin'

alvin noto (mh), Friday, 6 April 2018 22:07 (three months ago) Permalink

Carter was always hit or miss as a writer. But aside from that, as series creator he allowed different writers do their own thing with the show, experiment with tone and story, make their own mark. He gave them the space to make absurd comedies one week and mini horror films the next. He came up with the idea but didn't guard it obsessively (unlike some TV creators). XF probably wasn't the first show with an open-minded approach like that, but not every showrunner would allow something like Jose Chung's "From Outer Space" to happen.

Duane Barry, Saturday, 7 April 2018 00:08 (three months ago) Permalink

hmm not sure I can trust a guy with your name making x-files judgments

alvin noto (mh), Saturday, 7 April 2018 05:48 (three months ago) Permalink

oh please, the show has a hit rate way, way above "brilliant on accident". there are over 200 episodes, of course some of them are going to be crap.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Saturday, 7 April 2018 06:29 (three months ago) Permalink

Worth a read: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/x-files-became-a-list-852398

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 8 April 2018 01:16 (three months ago) Permalink


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