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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 3.03-D.P.O

Do you like this post?If D.P.O was important to me during my early teen years for anything, it wasn’t just being an episode of The X-Files that I adored, it was probably because it introduced me to the British rock band James, through their song Ring the Bells. For years …

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 3.02-Paper Clip

Do you like this post?According to Paper Clip‘s Wikipedia page, there is a quote attributed to “the creators” of the show (I’m assuming they mean Chris Carter when they said creators) which says that the episode was likened to the Star Wars trilogy and Sophie’s Choice. It’s hard to argue …

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 3.01-The Blessing Way

Do you like this post?Opening immediately after the (literally) explosive final scene of Anasazi, season three of The X-Files begins with The Blessing Way. Make no mistakes, this is a good, sometimes bordering on brilliant episode, but there are issues. We get voice-over courtesy of Albert Hosteen, we get a …

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.25-Anasazi

Do you like this post?“Kitchen sink episode” was allegedly how Darin Morgan described Anasazi to Chris Carter when the story for the season two finale of The X-Files was being developed. He was not wrong. If season one ended with a slow building, but engrossing and brilliant thriller, then season …

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.24-Our Town

Do you like this post?Having previously scripted Endgame, the concluding part to an epic mythology-laden two-part story, Frank Spotnitz’s second X-Files script, Our Town, would be a stand alone contribution that part of me likes to think came to him whilst watching Bad Day At Black Rock while eating some …

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.23-Soft Light

Do you like this post?If you sat down on the 5th of May 1995 to watch Soft Light, the twenty-third episode of The X-Files’ second season, you may have sounded crazy if you turned to anyone watching it with you and said that the writer of the episode was going …

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.22-F.Emasculata

Do you like this post?Released not long after the Dustin Hoffman movie Outbreak, F.Emasculata sees The X-Files, like Ice in season one in relation to John Carpenter’s The Thing, somewhat tip its hat to a big screen movie, but doing so in a way that it feels fresh and unique …

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.21-The Calusari

Do you like this post?Opening with an incredibly disturbing sequence depicting a child being murdered on train tracks, The Calusari sees The X-Files tip its hat to the major works of 70’s cinema that centred around evil or possessed children and religion; The Exorcist and The Omen. In fact, The Calusari has its cake and …

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.20-Humbug

Do you like this post?A watershed episode of The X-Files, Humbug marks the full writing debut of Darin Morgan on the show. Of course, Morgan was credited with a “story by” credit for Blood earlier in the season, but here we’re given our first pure glimpse of what the words …

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.15-Fresh Bones

Do you like this post?Fresh Bones is not an episode of The X-Files that will go into your top ten favourite episodes of all time list, but, for forty-five minutes it proves to be an incredibly enjoyable thriller that moves at a nice pace, has great twists and turns and …

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.13-Irresistible

Do you like this post?In many respects, Irresistible is an episode that season two of The X-Files has been building up to over the last few weeks. Red Museum, Excelsis Dei and Aubrey have all had real world crime elements impact on the show’s brand of supernatural crime procedural that it …

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.08-One Breath

Do you like this post?Could it be said that up to this moment in time in The X-Files lifespan that One Breath was the show’s best ever episode? Don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question because the answer is yes, it most definitely was. Written by Morgan & Wong, directed …

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.07-3

Do you like this post?An incredibly hated episode by the fandom and not highly regarded by its writers either, 3 is an episode where its understandable to expect something horrible and terrible, the Space or Teso Dos Bichos of The X-Files’ second season. In reality the episode is…okay. Not a …

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 1.22-Born Again/1.23-Roland

Do you like this post?This week’s edition of The X-Files Re-Opened features reviews of Born Again and Roland. Born Again is about spiritual revenge from beyond the grave with a resurrection theme. Roland on the other hand is about spiritual revenge from beyond the grave with a…err…resurrection theme? Yes, bizarrely, …

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 1.13-Beyond the Sea

Do you like this post?I adore Beyond the Sea and for a long time I would tell anyone who asked me, and even those who hadn’t, that it was my favourite episode of The X-Files. Written by Glen Morgan & James Wong, directed by David Nutter and featuring a mesmerizing …

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 1.11-Eve/1.12-Fire

Do you like this post?Eve, the eleventh episode of The X-Files first season, is an episode I adore. Written by Kenneth Biller & Chris Brancato and directed by Fred Gerber, the only credit for the writers and directors, Eve, brilliantly starts of as one thing, turns into another, and adds a …

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 1.09-Space/1.10-Fallen Angel

Do you like this post?The past two reviews I’ve written has seen me defend two episodes of The X-Files that have somewhat unpopular reputations. Anyone thinking I’m going to defend Space, another episode with a lower than low reputation, is in for a disappointment. Generally considered one of the worst …

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: The Jersey Devil/Shadows

Do you like this post?In some respects the first stumbling blocks for the series, The Jersey Devil and Shadows are not by any stretch of the imagination the worst episodes of The X-Files, although in the case of the latter its writers may have you think otherwise. Written by Chris …

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: Squeeze/Conduit

Do you like this post?The words “Written by Glen Morgan & James Wong” were the world to me growing up. It meant something amazing was about to happen, either through The X-Files, Space:Above and Beyond or Millennium, so it’s hard to imagine that there was a time when these two writers …

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: Pilot/Deep Throat

Do you like this post?Premiering on the 10th of September 1993, The X-Files arrived quietly and yet, its quiet arrival hid a bang that was to expand ever outward over the course of its first season, cementing itself into the realms of popular culture, one that was to prove influential over …

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THE X-FILES:SEASON 10-THE COMICS (ISSUES 1-5)

Do you like this post?In 2013, The X-Files looked as if it had truly disappeared, like many a guest character encountering a UFO within the show itself. Last seen in 2008 with the release of second feature film I Want To Believe,  it looked as if Mulder and Scully had disappeared …

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IN DEFENCE OF CHRIS CARTER

Do you like this post?So there I am, eleven years of age, about a week into my first year of high school. It’s a scary time, although thankfully not to the extent that it was a time of dark, dark despair. The second episode of season two of The X-Files …

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REVIEW:THE X-FILES:SEASON 10-MY STRUGGLE II

Do you like this post?After six weeks it’s come to an end. After years of waiting and hoping, the excitement when it was announced, the hype before it aired and then five glorious weeks glued to our television screens, The X-Files has gone from our lives again, with only a promise …

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REVIEW: THE X-FILES:SEASON 10-BABYLON

Do you like this post?Chris Carter’s Babylon opens up with a scene of terrorism that would not be out-of-place in an episode of Homeland, itself the creation of former X-Files writers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. The sequence is not without the potential for controversy, depicting Islamic religious rituals and …

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