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Spoiler alert: This recap contains plot details for the third episode of “The X-Files” revival, titled “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Beast.”
Building on the momentum of the second episode, Monday’s third installment of “The X-Files” reboot is one of the funniest, sweetest, most character-driven entries in the series to date. Joining classics like “José Chung’s From Outer Space” and “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” in terms of humor and imagination, this memorable hour of television is a gift to fans who’ve waited years to add a new favorite to their lists.
Charmingly titled “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Beast,” the show opens on a (purposefully) stereotypical moonlit night deep in the Oregon woods. A blood-curdling scream interrupts a couple of stoners who are busy huffing paint fumes. In the first of several in-jokes, fans might recognize these two burnouts from their appearances in the similarly themed »
- Matthew Chernov
Gillian Anderson knows a thing our two about aliens thanks to her many years playing Special Agent Dana Scully on The X-Files, but she wasn't familiar with the now-classic game "F—k, Marry, Kill." That is until E! News took to the Vancouver set. Anderson quickly became an expert. "I don't know this game, but I'll play this. Ok, famous aliens. So which one I'd f--k and which one I'd kill, basically?" See? Gillian Anderson: Emmy winner and F—k, Marry, Kill expert. E! News was on set with as she returned to the role of Dana Scully, eight years after last playing the character in The X-Files: I Want to Believe and 13 years after the show signed off of Fox. Now, in a move »
It's been eight long years since we last saw Mulder and Scully in action, fighting the government in The X-Files: I Want to Believe. In the season 10 premiere of The X-Files revival, the paranormal-hunting duo returned to investigate a new conspiracy, one that draws them out of retirement and back into Mulder's old FBI office. As you might expect, a lot has changed since the end of the series in 2008, and not all of it for the better. Here's everything we liked and disliked about The X-Files season 10 premiere.
Spoiler alert: This recap contains plot details for the first episode of “The X-Files.”
Containing virtually none of the wit, tension or style that made the original series so special, Sunday’s premiere of “The X-Files” reboot opens with a three-minute-long monologue (the first of several scattered throughout this talky hour) that reintroduces the show’s basic premise.
Accompanying David Duchovny’s groggy voice-over are images of memorable mutants from the past, including the hideous flukeman, an inbred Peacock brother, the diabolical Eugene Tooms and the brain-sucking Rob Roberts.
From there, we see found-footage of flying saucers and alien autopsies, prehistoric cave paintings, Biblical drawings and vintage clips of President Gerald Ford, all while former agent Fox Mulder drones on about Roswell and various other UFO sightings.
“But we must ask ourselves,” he intones sleepily, “are they really a hoax?”
Despite this less-than-gripping prologue, it’s nice to see the »
- Matthew Chernov
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At Thrillist, Keith Uhlich ranks all 201 episodes of The X-Files from worst to best. As he explains on Twitlonger:
First off, I considered all nine seasons equally. That was a given, and something that really needs to be done in light of the accepted belief by many that the later years are worthless. They are not.
Next, the ranking: I knew what I wanted the bottom entry (201) to be, and I knew that the finale had to be smack dab in the middle at #100 since I think it has some of the finest and least work of the series.
Then I went to the top 10 and bottom 10. I »
- Nick Newman
After feuding badly on the set of the original X-Files, it's a wonder David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are still speaking at all. But lo and behold, they're back for six brand-new episodes of the Fox mega-hit, with attendant awkward promotional appearances on late-night talk shows. So just how bad did things get on the set back in the day? If this newly-published Variety piece from the revival's Vancouver set is any indication, the answer is: very, very bad. "The crucible of doing that show made monsters out of both of us,” said Duchovny. Monsters. Wowza. Luckily the two have patched up their relationship in the years since, beginning with 2008's ill-fated big-screen outing The X-Files: I Want to Believe. “Once we got to step back, it was like, ‘Oh, wow, we really like each other. I didn’t know that was going to happen,'" Duchovny said later, before »
- Chris Eggertsen
The set-up is classic “X-Files.” A top-secret location. The corpse of a victim snuffed out under mysterious circumstances. A shady official managing the situation. FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully trying to uncover the truth.
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have played scenes like this over a hundred times before. It should be a cakewalk. But on this August afternoon on a Vancouver soundstage, nothing’s going right. The actors are tripping over their lines. They can’t hear writer-director James Wong’s cues through the walls of the set from his perch behind the monitor. Anderson feels the blocking is off. And then a small piece of the set — the inner sanctum of a tech company’s private server — comes crashing down.
“The servers must be scrambling our brains,” Anderson jokes as she steps away to her chair.
If this were the first week of shooting on Fox »
- Geoff Berkshire
The X-Files returns to screens next week, with a new six-part 'event' series reuniting David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Yet the show's creator, Chris Carter, has now revealed that a third The X-Files movie has been written. It doesn't sound like it's going anywhere fast, though.
Carter penned the script before he was approached by Fox about the new TV series. And as he told The Hollywood Reporter, "I actually wrote a third movie, just because I was interested in the idea of where that might go".
At one stage, he considered using the new film script as the foundation of the new TV run. "I let my wife read the third movie, and she said 'I think not for television'", he said.
The future of The X-Files is wrapped »
In just eight short days, the highly-anticipated X-Files event series will debut on Sunday, January 24, directly following the Nfc Championship Game. The series brings back the beloved characters Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) back together, 13 years after the original series came to a close. Series creator Chris Carter recently appeared at the TCA winter tour, where he teased that the sixth and final episode ends with a "big cliffhanger," hinting that there may be more episodes.
David Duchovny teased in May that he would be open to coming back for more episodes, provided that Fox didn't order a full 20-episode season. Fox hasn't given the green light for another season yet, but if fans respond to this new series, it's certainly possible. Chris Carter also teased that he is also considering making a third The X-Files movie following 1998's The X-Files and 2008's The X-Files: I Want to Believe. »
“The X-Files” has been absent from the small screen for 13 years, which created a particular challenge for series creator Chris Carter, who describes Fox’s six-episode revival as a “a re-entry” into the paranormal world of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). “You had to get back into the characters’ lives, where they’ve been, their relationship…”
At the show’s Television Critics Association press tour presentation in Pasadena, Calif., Duchovny wryly described the new season as “a bento box of ‘X-Files,'” echoing Carter’s sentiment by pointing out, “you have to pay homage to the mythology that we’ve done, as well as introduce the new twist that Chris has created for the series. You have to honor the fans as well as introducing it to people who don’t know anything.”
The reunion between Mulder and Scully has been many years »
- Laura Prudom
10 items from 2016
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