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

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 eats it by being ...

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THE X-FILES ORIGINS NOVELS: Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia/Devil’s Advocate by Jonathan Maberry

When it was announced that a pair of YA novels surrounding the younger versions of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully were in development, I have to admit to a double feeling of excitement at new X-Files stories, but also trepidation at the idea of what was being dubbed The X-Files ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.20-Humbug

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 “written by Darin Morgan” ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.18-Fearful Symmetry/2.19-Dod Kalm

Witnessing an animal being killed or dying on-screen must surely rank as one of the most depressing and distressing things that one can put on film, so it goes without saying that Fearful Symmetry has a lot going against it in terms of fun and entertainment when it presents two ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.16-Colony/2.17-Endgame

If Duane Barry and Ascension in the early third of The X-Files‘ second season gave a sense of how big and dramatic the show could be, then Colony and Endgame were concrete proof that not only could The X-Files do emotionally charged, it could do bold and epic too. Marking ...

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

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 boasts probably one of ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.14-Die Hand Die Verletzt

Marking their last scripted episode of The X-Files until season four, their hiatus from the show being a period of time when they went of to create their own series, the sadly short-lived Space:Above and Beyond, Die Hand Die Verletzt sees Glen Morgan and James Wong exit the show (more ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.13-Irresistible

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 seems only apt that ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.11-Excelsis Dei/2.12-Aubrey

Red Museum, the episode prior to Excelsis Dei in The X-Files second season, featured a character who was a peeping tom and, as Mulder observed, kept videotapes of a young boy amongst his “private movie studio”. Excelsis Dei opens with a scene depicting sexual assault by a spectral spirit, whilst the ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.09-Firewalker / 2.10-Red Museum

We’re back, or more importantly, SHE’S back, as we get out first glimpse of our heroes in their basement office, about to head off on weird adventures again. How exciting, but our first two cases back on the usual X-Files saddle after eight episodes of the show in a wonderfully ...

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

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 by R.W Goodwin (a ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.07-3

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 misunderstood masterpiece, but not ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.05-Duane Barry/2.06-Ascension

Up until this point in time, The X-Files had never attempted an episode that ended with the words “to be continued“. Whilst the first season ended with a cliffhanger that was clearly going to run into the season two premiere, they weren’t really a two-parter. In fact, one could even ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.03-Blood/2.04-Sleepless

KILL. KILL NOW. Sorry about that. Based on a story by Darin Morgan (his first writing credit on the show, and not his last thankfully) and with a teleplay from Morgan and Wong, Blood is a literally pounding thriller at times, pounding in the sense that Mark Snow utilises a ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.01-Little Green Men/2.02-The Host

When season two of The X-Files debuted at the end of the summer of 1995 on BBC 2, I was beyond excited that the series was returning and I would finally get to see what would happen next following the cataclysmic events of The Erlenmeyer Flask. Suffice to say, eleven ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 1.24-The Erlenmeyer Flask

Broadcast on BBC television in February of 1995 (yes, this was a time when UK television was very comfortable in being a full season behind with regards to a US television series what with the internet and spoilers not being a constant threat like today), my ten-year old self, soon ...

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

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, and most likely by ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 1.20-Darkness Falls/1.21-Tooms

Reuniting Jersey Devil’s writer and director in the shape of Chris Carter and Joe Napolitano, Darkness Falls once again sees this creative team go into the woods to face a deadly threat, but of an even deadlier variety than that of a beast person. In many ways similar to Morgan ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 1.18-Miracle Man/1.19-Shapes

Religious phenomena is something that pops up on The X-Files every once in a while and is usually an excuse to have Mulder and Scully swap their traditional believer/skeptic partnership. Except for the first time they did an episode with a religious theme, in the shape of Miracle Man, where it’s ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 1.16-Young At Heart/1.17-EBE

Two weeks before Young at Heart aired, I tried to introduce my dad to the joys of The X-Files only to find the episode was Genderbender, about a sex changing alien going on a killing spree by killing his/her victims with sex, something my dad was a tad concerned about ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 1.14-Genderbender/1.15-Lazarus

Sex kills, or at least that’s what the horror genre has told us over the years. From slasher movies onwards, the sins of the flesh can have a deadly impact, and sometimes it’s been a staple of genre television over the years. Torchwood and Angel both had their versions of ...

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

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 guest performance from Brad ...

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

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 devilishly good plot twist ...

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

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 episodes of the show, ...

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THE BLOOD DIMMED TIDE: Celebrating Twenty Years Of Millennium

There’s a pivotal scene around the two third mark into the brilliant pilot episode of Millennium where lead character Frank Black and Seattle Police Department Detective Bob Bletcher are in a forest, filmed in Vancouver of course, and they discover a coffin where a man has been buried alive and, ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: Ghost in the Machine/Ice

Ghost in the Machine is an episode of The X-Files that is quite, for lack of a better term, unliked. For a while it was one of those episodes that most likely would find itself in lists of the worst ever episodes and even its authors, Howard Gordan and Alex ...

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

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 Carter, The Jersey Devil ...

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IT’S WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL: Twenty Years Of A Notorious X-Files Classic.

When audiences sat down on the 11th of October 1996 at 9pm, their televisions switched to the Fox Network, it’s likely they had no idea what was about to happen. The X-Files was on its fourth season, it was a bona fide hit, pulling in massive ratings in its Friday-night ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: Squeeze/Conduit

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 weren’t as well-known, and ...

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

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 the years. From its ...

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BLEEPIN’ UFO-CELEBRATING TWENTY YEARS OF AN X-FILES CLASSIC

Every long running television series will amass a list of episodes that are undeniable classics, the likes of which you will use as an excuse to explain why a particular show is so good and must be watched. When Paul Rabwin, a noted producer of The X Files, was talking ...

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

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 forever into the pop ...

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IN DEFENCE OF CHRIS CARTER

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 is about to begin. ...

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

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 that it will be ...

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REVIEW: THE X-FILES:SEASON 10-BABYLON

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 terrorism, and unsurprisingly it ...

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REVIEW: THE X-FILES:SEASON 10-EPISODE 4: HOME AGAIN

There’s a moment halfway through Home Again which sees Petula Clark’s Downtown playing on the soundtrack during what is very much an incredibly scary moment. If I had missed the credits at the start of the episode, and thus did not know who was writing or directing this installment, then ...

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REVIEW: THE X-FILES: SEASON 10-EPISODE 3: MULDER AND SCULLY MEET THE WERE-MONSTER

The very last image of his episode pretty much sums up how I felt about it as a whole but before I get to that, let’s review shall we. Ask any X-Phile to name their top ten episodes, or compile a list of any favourite episodes and chances are there ...

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IF I QUIT NOW, THEY WIN: A Retrospective on The X-Files:Fight the Future (1998)

When it comes to making a film based on a television series, especially one that is making such a transition when the series in question is still on the air, The X Files: Fight the Future must surely rank as one of the most ambitious, if not the most herculean.  ...

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