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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: 2.03-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 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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BACK ON THE AIR: Why Television Revivals Can Be A Good Thing.

This week has undoubtedly been an interesting one for the television industry. In the space of the last seven days The X Files has returned to our screens and after months of rumour and suggestion, Netflix finally announced that they are indeed reviving Gilmore Girls for four brand new feature-length episodes ...

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REVIEW: THE X-FILES-SEASON 10:EPISODE 2-FOUNDER’S MUTATION

For me there were always two season premieres for a season of The X Files. The first episode, and possibly second, would be taken up with mythology elements and then the one after that opening two parter, which was the first stand alone episode of the season, would feel like ...

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REVIEW-THE X-FILES:SEASON 10-EPISODE 1: MY STRUGGLE

Comebacks and revivals are hard especially if you’ve been gone for a while. Get it right, you’re on top of the world. Get it wrong, you have potentially ruined a good track record and may even taint the glasses of nostalgia in the process (I’m looking at you Indiana Jones ...

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TOP NINE X FILES EPISODES

Yes, I can hear what you’re saying. Nine episodes? Nine? Why not five or ten, you know, a nice rounded number, that makes more sense. Hell, why not go to eleven like Spinal Tap. Nope, for this list of top X Files episodes I have decided in my infinite wisdom ...

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MOVIE RETROSPECTIVE: THE X-FILES:I WANT TO BELIEVE (2008)

Talk of a second X Files film did not begin to become more serious until after the conclusion of the television series which occurred on the 19th of May 2002 with a two-hour finale entitled The Truth. The series finished with an open ending in which Mulder and Scully were left ...

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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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January TV Show Premieres – What’s New & What We’ve Been Waiting For!

Happy New Year. Happy 2016 Everyone! We are only 3 days into 2016, it is already shaping up to be a pretty fantastic year for those of us who love movies and TV shows. So what is on the TV show horizon for this month you ask, well let me ...

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X Files Unveils Behind the Scenes Footage.

What a week this is shaping up to be, with new trailers for Independence Day, Star Trek and X Men, not to mention the long-awaited return of Star Wars. In the middle of it all 20th Century Fox unveiled new behind the scenes footage from the upcoming return of The ...

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THE FBI’S MOST UNWANTED: A Retrospective on The X-Files Pilot Episode

Written by Chris Carter Directed by Robert Mandel Original Airdate: 10th September 1993 Network: Fox A woman runs through a forest, running for her life before slipping and falling. A vortex of leaves envelopes around her and a mysterious figure cased in a bright white light approaches her. Everything turns ...

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The X-Files – Official Trailer

That’s right folks, the Official Trailer of the new season of The X-Files has finally arrived. I don’t know about you, but I feel like a need to breathe into a paper bag….. I have been waiting forever for this moment and it is finally HERE! Dana Scully and Fox ...

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The X-Files….We Want to Believe!

Yesterday, FOX was sneaky and released the first footage from the upcoming  revival of The X-Files that will air on FOX starting January 24, 2016. Are you ready to start believing again? We are! Enjoy Katie Penix Katie has a Master's in Psychology from the University of Hartford and is a former ...

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