Monthly Archives: June 2008

Investigating The X-Files: Season 6, part 1

I’ve noticed that after an important myth event, “The X-Files” tends to follow with a nice long patch of monsters of the week. They provide a well-deserved opportunity for decompression and reflection, but not all of these one-offs are created

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Investigating The X-Files: Fight the Future

I felt downright slothful only having to watch one piddling little movie for this writeup instead of the 10-12 episodes I’ve been packing in every three days lately. With my viewing of “The X-Files: Fight the Future,” I’m officially well

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Investigating The X-Files: Season 5, part 2

Both on camera and behind the scenes, Season 5 of “The X-Files" represents a transitional period for the show. It was the final season filmed in Vancouver and it comes in on the short side, with only 20 episodes. They

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Investigating The X-Files: Season 5, part 1

After the excitement and revelation in Season 3, season 4 of “The X-Files” felt like a meditation on suffering and mortality. Scully got diagnosed with cancer, Max Fenig died without achieving his goals, and we learned that the Cigarette Smoking

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Investigating The X-Files: Season 4, part 2

I recall fans feeling a little underwhelmed with the first “X-Files” movie. Many said it felt like one very long episode and not the blow-the-doors-off, revelation-filled extravaganza they hoped for. I agreed at the time, but I no longer draw

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Investigating The X-Files: Season 4, part 1

Season 4 of “The X-Files” employees a cool motif of pausing in the current of the narrative to provide bittersweet glimpses of the agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder might have become. It’s easy to forget that before they got

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Investigating The X-Files: Season 3, Part 2

Season 3 contains enough myth and mystery to choke a chupacabra, but it still has opportunities for less cerebral entertainment. In addition to probably my single favorite episode of “The X-Files” ever, you can indulge in rich Guests Who Later

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Investigating The X-Files: Season 3, Part 1

Until Season 3, for all his manly bravado and brave intensity, Fox Mulder retained something childlike about him. He had the clear-eyed purpose and moral clarity of someone who thought he knew something about monsters, about where they lived and

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