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The X-Files season 11 episode 7 review: Rm9sbG93ZXJz

Chris Longo Mar 1, 2018

The robots are coming! Mulder and Scully go on the run from machines in this week's episode of The X-Files. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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During its original run, The X-Files was ahead of its time in its depiction of technology. Car Phones became cell phones, advanced computer forensics and virtual reality evolved, and The Lone Gunmen were doing Mr. Robot long before it was a twinkle in Sam Esmail’s eye. There were certainly some episodes that played with futurist concepts–Kill Switch and sentient AI come to mind–and alien technology was typically at the forefront of the mythology episodes, but The X-Files often kept its tech grounded in the time period. It
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The X-Files season 11 episode 6 review: Kitten

Daniel Kurland Feb 8, 2018

The X-Files focuses on Walter Skinner's past in an episode that does great work for both his character and the show.

This review contains spoilers.

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11.6 Kitten

“Have you ever wondered why, after thirty-five years in the Bureau, Walter Skinner isn’t sitting on this side of the desk?”

During the height of The X-Files’ popularity, a number of spin-off ideas were put into consideration. When the series began to wind down, a new vehicle that focused on fan-favourite characters the Lone Gunmen went into—and then quickly out of—production. The Lone Gunmen have a tonne of quirky appeal, but there’s a fundamental character from The X-Files that has been in the picture for as long as Mulder and Scully have, yet he continually gets short shrift.
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The X-Files Star, Scribe Break Down Skinner's Devotion to Mulder and Scully

The X-Files Star, Scribe Break Down Skinner's Devotion to Mulder and Scully
Way back in a Season 2 episode of The X-Files, FBI assistant director Walter Skinner struggled to convince Fox Mulder, a headstrong agent grieving for his dying partner, not to resign from the Bureau. Aspart of a larger story about having the courage to investigate the inexplicable, Skinner offered this harrowing vignette:

When I was 18, I went to Vietnam. I wasn’t drafted, Mulder, I enlisted in the Marine Corps the day of my 18th birthday. I did it on a blind faith. I did it because I believed it was the right thing to do. I don’t know, maybe I still do.
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"The X-Files," Season 11, Episode 2 Recap: What World Are You Living In?

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X-Files Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering Chris Carter's 10-episode continuation of the X-Files television series.Life is a series of moments, strung together, rarely with much sensitivity or sense. Let’s look at two such moments, each from the teaser sequence of The X-Files’ second episode of its eleventh season (an installment titled “This,” written and directed by series executive producer Glen Morgan). The first: A car—its radio blasting the Ramones’ cover of “California Sun”—races toward a destination. The second: A pair of people—colleagues at first, then friends, then lovers, now middle-aged familiars—rests on a couch. One moment active, one moment passive, both on a collision course. But at this juncture, each instant exists unto itself. “There is only this—all else is unreal,” mused a character in Terrence Malick’s great romantic historical The New World (2005). (A prescient rhyme, perhaps,
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X-Files: The Lone Gunmen’s History Explained

Episode 2 of the long-awaited eleventh season of The X-Files reintroduces a long-lost character: Richard Langley, of The Lone Gunmen. These characters date all the way back to the show’s first season, and they are fan-favorite figures within the fandom, and for good reason. Even when the series is at its most grim, The Lone Gunmen were always there to offer a bit of levity while fighting the good fight for truth and justice.
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The X-Files season 11 episode 2 review: This

Chris Longo Jan 11, 2018

Langly is back. But how and why? Spoilers ahead in our review of this week's episode of The X-Files...

This review contains spoilers.

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11.2 This

Welcome to 2018, Mulder and Scully. For the first time during The X-Files revival, an episode finally felt like it accomplished what Chris Carter and his writing buddies set out to do in the first place. They maintained that bringing the show back from the dead (or is this all just a simulation?!) wasn’t a reunion tour, but a chance to tell fresh new stories with old friends. In The X-Files season 11 episode 2, This, we got the best of both worlds and a glimpse into a startling new one.

The episode was written and directed by Glen Morgan, who’s known for delivering some of
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‘The X-Files’ Review: ‘This’ Delivers a Compelling Casefile and Mulder and Scully at Their Cutest

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‘The X-Files’ Review: ‘This’ Delivers a Compelling Casefile and Mulder and Scully at Their Cutest
[Editor’s note: Spoilers follow for “The X-Files” Season 11, Episode 2, “This.”]

Previously, on “The X-Files”…

Agents Mulder and Scully are back to investigating paranormal crimes, which they used to do with some help from a group of hackers known as the Lone Gunmen — until the Lone Gunmen nobly sacrificed themselves to save the world back in Season 9.

This Week’s Dossier

Mulder and Scully are enjoying a lazy night dozing in front of the TV when Mulder’s cell phone starts getting strange messages from the presumed-dead Langly — oh, and three armed men barge in, leading to a firefight and then the arrival of a second group of armed men who get Mulder and Scully in handcuffs, though the duo are able to escape.

Read More:‘The X-Files’: 3 Reasons Not to Worry About Season 11 Being the End

Now on the run (but with an assist or two from Skinner), the partners follow breadcrumbs left behind
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The X-Files Recap: So, Did a Lone Gunman Fake His Death or Not?

The X-Files Recap: So, Did a Lone Gunman Fake His Death or Not?
Need to catch up? Check out the previous X-Files recap here.

Is Richard “Ringo” Langly, one of The X-Files‘ quirky and capable Lone Gunmen hackers, actually dead? Depends on what your definition of “reality” is.

Per this week’s episode, and (hey, look at that!) consistent with series canon, the Ramones-loving genius is no longer a living, breathing, firewall-subverting member of society. After all, he — along with fellow Gunmen Melvin Frohike and John Fitzgerald Byers — were exposed to a lethal virus in Season 9’s “Jump the Shark” and buried in Arlington National Cemetery soon after. But his consciousness has been uploaded into a server somewhere…
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The X-Files' Langly Resurfaces in Ep Penned By Glen Morgan — Watch Video

The X-Files' Langly Resurfaces in Ep Penned By Glen Morgan — Watch Video
“How do I say how I’m here without spoiling everything?” Dean Haglund asks in a newly released sneak peek at this week’s X-Files. It’s a fair question, given that his character Langly — one third of the conspiracy-happy trio The Lone Gunmen — is supposed to be dead.

But, as the blonde one points out, “Does anyone ever die in science fiction?”

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The featurette offers only the barest intel about Wednesday’s episode, titled “This” (Fox, 8/7c). What we can glean: The believed-dead tech genius is
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The X-Files Season 11 Premiere Recap: Deceive. Inveigle. Aggravate.

The X-Files Season 11 Premiere Recap: Deceive. Inveigle. Aggravate.
This recap contains major spoilers from The X-Files‘ Season 11 premiere. Proceed accordingly.

Since The Lone Gunmen are (sniff!) no longer around to deliver the capital-t Truth, fellow devotees of The X-Files, I’m going to step up. It is with heavy heart that I inform you that the first episode of the sci-fi drama’s Season 11 is like Eddie Van Blundht’s version of Mulder: It sounds a lot like the entity we know and love, but really just turns out to be bloated and a little dumb.

I Know. But before you sacrifice yourself to a soul eater in protest,
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The 20 Best TV Spin-off Series of All Time, Ranked

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The 20 Best TV Spin-off Series of All Time, Ranked
The early success of CBS’ new “The Big Bang Theory” prequel “Young Sheldon” is a reminder that often the most successful spin-offs look or feel completely different from their mother ship. “The Simpsons” was nothing like “The Tracey Ullman Show.” “Mork and Mindy” was set in a different time frame than “Happy Days.” And “Maude,” “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times” featured characters with a completely different mindset from “All in the Family’s” Archie Bunker.

Try as TV executives and creators might, it’s nearly impossible to replicate success in the same world or with many of the same characters. (Looking at you, “Joey” and “AfterMASH.”) Some of the best TV spinoffs succeed specifically because they approach a familiar template from a completely different angle. Spin-offs come in many forms: Some are continuations of series that have ended. Others follow popular characters on their own journeys. And some are simply planted into a hit show,
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‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Adds Women Writers and Directors, Plus More Details on Show’s Return [Updated]

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‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Adds Women Writers and Directors, Plus More Details on Show’s Return [Updated]
One of sci-fi television’s most iconic female characters will be written by women in 2017. During Fox’s Television Critics Association press tour, Fox CEO Dana Walden revealed that the show’s behind-the-scenes gender diversity had improved beyond original reports.

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While news had broken last night that creator Chris Carter had hired two female directors — Carol Banker and Holly Dale — Walden also revealed that two female writers had been hired for the new season.

Update: A Fox representative confirms that Karen Nielson, who worked as a script coordinator on Season 10, will write one episode. In addition, Kristen Cloke and Shannon Hamblin will be writing another episode based on a story by Glen Morgan.

Walden cited as an explanation that after 200-plus episodes of “a very specific and deep mythology,” the instinct was
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The X-Files Season 11 Update: 2 Female Directors Join Fox Revival

The X-Files Season 11 Update: 2 Female Directors Join Fox Revival
The gender inequality is still out there, but this is a step in the right direction.

The X-Files‘ upcoming 11th season will feature two episodes directed by women, TVLine has learned exclusively. One of the helmers, Carol Banker, has a long history with the franchise, having served as script supervisor on the mothership from 1999-2002 and a director on the short-lived spinoff The Lone Gunmen. X-Files newbie Holly Dale, meanwhile, has directed more than 100 hours of episodic TV, including such series as Being Erica, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Grimm, Timeless and Reign.

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‘Shut Eye’ Renewed for Season 2 at Hulu, John Shiban to Take Over as Showrunner

‘Shut Eye’ Renewed for Season 2 at Hulu, John Shiban to Take Over as Showrunner
Hulu has renewed “Shut Eye” for Season 2, but John Shiban will take over as showrunner for the outgoing David Hudgins, Variety has learned. Shiban joining the series will reunite him with the show’s executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein, who worked with him on “Breaking Bad.”

Shiban’s most recent credits include writing and producing for the Starz drama “Da Vinci’s Demons” and AMC’s “Hell on Wheels.” He has also worked on “The Vampire Diaries,” “Supernatural,” and “The X-Files.” He also created the short-lived “X-Files” spinoff “The Lone Gunmen.” He is repped by ICM.

The series stars “Burn Notice” alum Jefferey Donovan as Charlie Haverford who, along with his wife Linda (KaDee Strickland), run a chain of fortune-telling parlors, one of which occupies a room in their Los Angeles home.

A lot of their time is spent chafing at the oversight of the Marks family, a Roma clan that strictly enforces its dominion
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8 Intriguing TV Spinoffs That Never Happened

When television spinoffs go right, they can succeed with flying colours. Just ask Frasier or The Flash, both of which were spawned from perfectly popular series but then managed to outshine their parent shows in most viewers’ hearts (Cheers and Arrow, respectively).

Of course, for every success story there is a spinoff that utterly flops. The acclaim of The X-Files did not follow The Lone Gunmen when they went solo in their short-lived 2001 series, and David Hasselhoff left Baywatch to star in Baywatch Nights, a bizarre mess of a show that combined cop shows with crazy Scooby Doo-like supernatural mysteries. The list goes on.

But what about those spinoffs that never got the chance to prove their worth? Well, this is their story. Read on for eight television spinoff shows that sounded intriguing but unfortunately never happened. Sure, they might not have been that great, but we would have
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The X-Files: The Event Series Review

After nine years of monsters, aliens and shadow government conspiracies, The X-Files closed its doors during the spring of 2002. Taken off air as a result of declining ratings and a general drop in quality, its loss left a large hole in the hearts of many who’d followed along since the early 90s.

Thankfully for us Xphiles, what was once thought to be dead didn’t stay buried long. In 2008, creator Chris Carter brought his now iconic series back into the limelight with the stand-alone movie, I Want to Believe. However, while it brought fans the married Mulder and Scully tandem that they’d been pining for for years, an uninteresting plot, some embarrassing writing and poor casting decisions led to a box office flop.

I Want to Believe‘s high profile failure was thought to be the final nail in the show’s coffin. Fans were unhappy, Fox was
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The X-Files: 10 Things We Learned From Babylon

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The penultimate episode of the tenth season of The X-Files, Babylon, aired Monday night, and the installment saw at least one major development take place – the return of fan favourites The Lone Gunmen.

Don’t get your celebratory champagne flutes out just yet, however. How their “return” went down is something that will nag at fans for some time, no doubt. Still, there was more to the episode than the Lone Gunmen – a lot more, including another blink and you’ll miss it cameo, a terrorist subplot that seemed strangely out of place precisely because of how plausible terrorism is these days (and therefore out of place in The X-Files), and a pair of new FBI agents that were way too obviously a younger clone of Mulder and Scully.

Those agents – Miller and Einstein, played by Robbie Amell (The Flash) and Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) – were originally said
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First look at The Lone Gunmen from Monday’s episode of The X-Files

This Monday will see the return of Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood and Dean Haglund as Byers, Langly, and Frohike – a.k.a. The Lone Gunmen – in the fifth episode of The X-Files, and Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first look image of the returning trio…

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X-Files fans will recall that The Lone Gunmen were killed off in season nine, so how do they appear? Creator Chris Carter explains that: “When you’re dead on The X-Files, you’re never necessarily gone. There are ways to bring people back in dream sequences, flashbacks, and the like. This was an opportunity to use them, and bring them back to the show, in what is a presumed psychedelic hallucination.”

Carter also spoke about the decision to kill the characters off after the cancellation of their spinoff series: “We just did what the
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The Lone Gunmen Return in Latest 'X-Files' Photo

The Lone Gunmen Return in Latest 'X-Files' Photo
The X-Files event series is airing it's penultimate episode this Monday, titled Babylon, and with it comes the return of some highly anticipated characters. That's right, after a long absence, The Lone Gunmen are back! And we have your first look courtesy of EW.

The Lone Gunmen team is made up of Byers, Langly, and Frohike. They are a trio of conspiracy nuts who became extremely popular during the original run of the show, which ended on Fox way back in 2002. These guys were such fan-favorites that they got their own short-lived spinoff series titled The Lone Gunmen in 2001. The show only lasted 13 episodes, and has since been released on DVD.

But that wasn't the last we'd see of these guys. The trio later returned to the original The X-Files series for Season 9. And guess what? They died. So how is it possible that they've been resurrected for one of
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'X-Files': First Look at Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose

'X-Files': First Look at Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose
One week ago today, Fox debuted its highly-anticipated The X-Files with the first episode in this six-episode event series, before it settled into its new time slot on Monday nights at 8 Pm. Two of the new characters we haven't met quite yet are Robbie Amell's Agent Miller and Lauren Ambrose's Agent Einstein, who will debut in the fifth episode Babylon, airing on February 15. Today, Entertainment Weekly has the first photo of these new characters before they arrive on the hit show.

The Babylon episode centers on Mulder and Scully who attempt to communicate with the comatose bomber of an art gallery. The younger FBI agents push them to examine their own beliefs. We reported in November that an X-Files spinoff may be happening that focuses on Agent Miller and Agent Einstein, but that news was never confirmed by Fox. If these characters prove to be popular with fans when they debut next month,
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