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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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Investigating The X-Files: Season 2, Part 2

Keeping the bits and pieces of "The X-Files" conspiracy straight can be little like doing a 3,000-piece jigsaw puzzle in your head. Mainlining it for the last two weeks, I’ve come to a richer appreciation of the one-offs and side

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Investigating The X-Files: Season 2, Part 1

When a principal actor on a show without great ratings gets pregnant at the end of the first season, it could spell disaster, particularly if there is no logical way to write the pregnancy into the plot. In Season 2

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Investigating The X-Files: Season 1, Part 2

When you think "The X-Files," you think of a cocktail of little green men, a couple of vampires and the occasional shape-shifter or telekinetic. So imagine my surprise to discover that the real buzzword of the first season isn’t UFO,

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Investigating The X-Files: Season 1, Part 1

On that night in September 1993, when I saw the words “THE FOLLOWING STORY IS INSPIRED BY ACTUAL DOCUMENTED ACCOUNTS” scroll across the screen in the soon-to-be-iconic typewriter script, it kind of changed my life. I was just a 12

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