July 24, 2008
Dork vs. Dork: The X-Files
Where we’re certain that every unanswered question from the cult series finds closure
By Glenn Given firstname.lastname@example.org & Dan Szczesny email@example.com
For seven of its nine seasons The X-Files was top-notch. The cult classic never made waste of the chemistry between its leads and now that they are together again (again) on the big screen I expect no less than the series’ best. 1998’s feature The X-Files: Fight the Future showed that showrunner Chris Carter knew how to bring the mystery and adventure to theaters with all the series’ intricacy and tension intact. This follow-up may very well be aimed at the hardcore “Xphiles,” but that focus on the fans has never been a turnoff. Not only did each episode display some of the most creative writing on televsion, but the actors were excellent as well. Duchovny’s droll humor often served to prick the balloon of melodrama before it carried away. X-Files has always approached its plot and character development with utmost sincerity even at the series’ farthest reaches of sci-fi. It is Carter’s respect for fans that brings him and crew back to the screen to set right a muddled series ending once and for all. Sure, there will be some action, but bet on solid thrills and X-Files’ signature atmosphere to carry the day. — Glenn Given
If by X-Files “signature atmosphere” you mean unrelenting, grinding boredom, then I get your point. Chris Carter is a one-trick pony and his show horse should have been turned to glue a long time ago. I can’t imagine who those hardcore X-philes are who still remain attentive fans. Don’t they have jobs and families by now? Are they still even alive? Have fun at the theater, man, ’cause it’ll be you, the crickets and tumbleweeds.
Did you know that The X-Files actually ran on TV until 2002? Huh? Few do, because that show stopped being interesting after about 1997. After the first movie was greeted with the collective groan of those who remember how great the show used to be, the prospect of another movie seemed thankfully dim. Ugh. So, now we have the ironically titled new movie, The X-Files: I Want to Believe. Yeesh, you and me both, brother. Watching Chris Carter drag this dog out of the cobwebs and shove it once again into the theaters is a little like a bad joke. I guess I can’t blame Chris Carter. After all, he is the guy who pretty much single-handedly created TV as we know it today. Lost. Heroes. Hell, Smallville. Before The X-Files, it was pretty tough to find serious supernatural/sci-fi. Throw in a little forensics and a healthy dose of skepticism and even C.S.I. owes Carter a debt of gratitude. Trouble is, from all advance reports, the new movie barely even makes it to the level of a good C.S.I., to say nothing of the best of the X-Files. Amanda Peet? Billy Connelly? This movie gives off the desperate stench of a half- baked Hollywood second-tier direct-to-cable flop. How sad. — Dan Szczesny
Used to be? X-Files stayed great for two years after the release of the first film, and the remaining two seasons had sporadic moments of glee nearly all revolving around the original duo of Mulder and Scully. And now they’re back together on film.
Underhandedly tying X-Files to Smallville is uncalled for and frankly your whole scoffing, I’ve-moved-on, jilted-lover attitude is another desperate bitter old man cry for attention. Just because Dan Szcsesny has given up on something doesn’t mean it has to die.
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