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Topic: The X Files Discussion Thread

I recently purchased the third season of The X Files second-hand and I was wondering if there were any fans of the TV supernatural show here on AJB? (It's not something I'm normally drawn to, but I've also recently purchased the X Files novelisation of the episode Squeeze and I remember seeing it on TV. I had a best friend who was a big fan of the series.)

I see how the show may have influenced or at the very least complimented some of John Gardner's later James Bond continuation novel work, especially Never Send Flowers (1993), which features a serial killer character called David March who is a serial beheader of blonde women and who keeps their heads floating in solution in his refrigator, offering them up as sacrifices to the Egyptian God Osiris. David Dragonpol is also a rather twisted serial killer in the novel, being the main villain of the piece.

If there are any fans here, which of these X Files series/episodes would you recommend and what do you think of my theory that The X Files has links back/forward to the James Bond phenomenon?

As always, I'd really love to hear from you on all of these points raised here.  ajb007/smile

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I'm always a little wary of answering to one or your Posts SILHOUETTE MAN, as
We never seem to understand each other.  ajb007/lol
But .........................................

I was a big fan of The X-Files never missing an episode. I've always had an interest in
UFOs, Strange phenomenon and conspiracys. ( I don't believe  ajb007/lol  in them,just
interested ).
   Many great stories, Pitty the First Movie was so Bad ( well I didn't like it ), the
second was much better.
   I had a huge crush on Gillian Anderson  ajb007/heart I think the early advertising for it mentioned
that they were based on Real case files from the F.B.I. Which helped in the Publicity for
the series.

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Thunderpussy wrote:

I'm always a little wary of answering to one or your Posts SILHOUETTE MAN, as
We never seem to understand each other.  ajb007/lol
But .........................................

I was a big fan of The X-Files never missing an episode. I've always had an interest in
UFOs, Strange phenomenon and conspiracys. ( I don't believe  ajb007/lol  in them,just
interested ).
   Many great stories, Pitty the First Movie was so Bad ( well I didn't like it ), the
second was much better.
   I had a huge crush on Gillian Anderson  ajb007/heart I think the early advertising for it mentioned
that they were based on Real case files from the F.B.I. Which helped in the Publicity for
the series.

Thanks, Thunderpussy. Some interesting comments there. As a kid I hated anything gory, so The X Files was off the menu for me the, but I wouldn't mind seeing some of the early episodes now. I think I remember Squeeze.

I can't really fathom why you're reluctant to answer one of my posts, Thunderpussy, please don't feel that way. I love to hear from you. I'm a nice chap, really.  ajb007/smile

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There were many great stories, I remember a really creepy one about
a family of "Inbreeders", where they kept their handicaped mother on a trolly
under the bed. a really skin crawling episode.   Although for a Kid like me
into Horror films etc ,Wonderful.  ajb007/lol
   Wasn't squeeze about a seriel killer who pops up every 10 years or so and
could "squeeze" through any space.
  It also lead to a spin off "The lone gunmen " I liked it but it only lasted one
series I think, and the same team went on to make Millenium which
dealt alot more with Profiling and catching serial killers.

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Thunderpussy wrote:

There were many great stories, I remember a really creepy one about
a family of "Inbreeders", where they kept their handicaped mother on a trolly
under the bed. a really skin crawling episode.   Although for a Kid like me
into Horror films etc ,Wonderful.  ajb007/lol
   Wasn't squeeze about a seriel killer who pops up every 10 years or so and
could "squeeze" through any space.
  It also lead to a spin off "The lone gunmen " I liked it but it only lasted one
series I think, and the same team went on to make Millenium which
dealt alot more with Profiling and catching serial killers.

Well, thanks for this extra info, Thunderpussy. I'd not heard of those spin-off shows before, by the way. Thanks!  ajb007/smile

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I think You'd enjoy Millenium. There was also a Kind
of British version or at least with similar themes.
http://youtu.be/bAhT1CbuWNg   Eleventh Hour
http://youtu.be/s8NNSVDGA0I   US Version

It crossed the Atlantic to be made in to an American series.
But I'd rather have the original with Patrick Stewart.  ajb007/smile

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X files, no not really. But I like Gillian!
A friend of mine (a lady friend that is) is a huge fan of X files and this TV show called Fringe. She likes it how they can cover a lot of new ground in the show and they like to ignore the same cliche plot lines.
I wouldn't call my self a fan of Sci-fi, I'm a casual fan of Star Wars, Star Trek means nothing to me but I thought they Abrams movie was good and I HATE Dr Who, but I can see how people enjoy X Files and the show is a whole lot better then some other stuff thats been churned  out and 'praised'.
Connections with Bond?
I don't think so, Bond had the chance to explore that area with LALD and MR but it was always been a one of film.
Wouldn't mind a Time Travelling 007, that would be pretty cool.  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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Thunderpussy wrote:

There were many great stories, I remember a really creepy one about
a family of "Inbreeders", where they kept their handicaped mother on a trolly
under the bed. a really skin crawling episode.   Although for a Kid like me
into Horror films etc ,Wonderful.  ajb007/lol

Yeah, I remember that one as well - creepy! A very enjoyable series, though later on they got stuck in this conspiracy storyline for several episodes.  As for a Bond-link: Gillian Anderson is a friend of Maryam d'Abo, and was present at her book presentation (way) back in the early 00's.

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True I got a bit Bored with the later series as it was all
Conspiracy, and they dropped all the Interesting Si-Fi
story lines.

http://www.avclub.com/articles/guide-x- … les,82714/
10 must-see episodes of The X-Files

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Thunderpussy wrote:

True I got a bit Bored with the later series as it was all
Conspiracy, and they dropped all the Interesting Si-Fi
story lines.

http://www.avclub.com/articles/guide-x- … les,82714/
10 must-see episodes of The X-Files

Thanks for that list of Top Ten episodes, Thunderpussy. I see that Season 3 is well-regarded.  ajb007/smile

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No problem SM, I like to think we're all here to Help each other.  ajb007/smile

You with your knowlege of the novels etc and Me with my
Knowlege of .....Well,........ Er,....... umm, .......... ah,... ?

As I said you have a Great Blog site.

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Thunderpussy wrote:

No problem SM, I like to think we're all here to Help each other.  ajb007/smile

You with your knowlege of the novels etc and Me with my
Knowlege of .....Well,........ Er,....... umm, .......... ah,... ?

As I said you have a Great Blog site.

Why, thank you, Thunderpussy. This is what makes AJB such a great site, isn't it?  ajb007/smile

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I loved the show in it's early days. From about season 7 onwards it kind of went downhill though.

I didn't mind Doggert (spelling?) as Mulder's temporary replacement. I thought he was good actually, but it just wasn't the same. Although I did really like the oil rig episode in season 8 with Mulder and Doggert.

Favourite episodes of the show include:
Ice
Fire
Our Town
The Field Where I Died
and of course, Never Again, with the talking tattoo!

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Who's watching the new episodes???  I thought both episodes were good so far.
Some thoughts:
Mulder and Scully have aged, obviously, which for a fan of the show, is hard to watch.  The plastic surgery that David and Gillian have had looks out of place on Mulder and Scully to me.  But they still look good.
Scully seems to mumble every line.  Mulder was always a mumbler, so nothing new there.
I hope they try to offer an explanation on how the smoking man is still alive.
And I hope there is at least some small reference to the character 'Deep Throat'.

Some of my favorite episodes of the original series were:
Pilot
Deep Throat
Ice
Beyond the Sea
Duane Barry
Ascension
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Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose (possibly my favorite episode)
Gethsemane

After Gethsemane I think the show 'jumped the shark' and while I still enjoyed it, nothing could live up to seasons 1-4.

Now the best tongue in cheek episodes:
Jose Chung's From Outer Space
Bad Blood
Je Souhaite

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Big fan here! Enjoying the revival thus far; pity it's only 6 episodes  ajb007/crap

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I'm enjoying the revival myself--it's enough to make me forget those final Robert Patrick seasons and that dreadful second theatrical film. . .

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Have not seen any of the new series yet, looking forward to watching it.
Enjoyed the previous series.

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I think the new series is coming to channel 5 over here.

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Thunderpussy wrote:

I think the new series is coming to channel 5 over here.

Yes, I was just about to ask when we get this new season in the UK. Thanks, TP.    ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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Big X Files fan.  I'm currently working my way through the full 9 series (plus movies) boxset before watching the new ones.  I know they start here in the UK on 8th Feb, Channel 5.  I'll be recording them in the first instance and watch them when I get thought the whole series.  I'm currently about half way through Season 4 so still plenty to be getting through.

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I'm looking forward to it, as I was a big fan of the original show. Although I
Didn't watch the Robert Patrick series, and didn't think much of the films.
I am looking forward to watching it. ajb007/cheers

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Oh goodness.  The episode 'Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster' is an instant classic!!  I won't spoil it for those across the pond who won't see it for a while.  But anyone who enjoys the lighter, comedic entries will love this one.  This show can transition from alien mythology, to comedy, to horror and back again, flawlessly.

Extremely well-written, and the dead-pan jokes are hilarious.
Ah, now that I've had my X-Files comedy, I can't wait for the final three thrillers.

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TheWorldIsEnough wrote:

Oh goodness.  The episode 'Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster' is an instant classic!!  I won't spoil it for those across the pond who won't see it for a while.  But anyone who enjoys the lighter, comedic entries will love this one.  This show can transition from alien mythology, to comedy, to horror and back again, flawlessly.

Extremely well-written, and the dead-pan jokes are hilarious.
Ah, now that I've had my X-Files comedy, I can't wait for the final three thrillers.

Yeah, that one was very funny. A great example of how far the show could stretch!  ajb007/smile

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When I first got started in the series, I didn't like the comedy episodes because I thought it would reduce the series to 'Roger Moore-esque' camp.  But somehow, they pulled it off.  And David, Gillian and the writers' ability to poke fun at themselves, while still keeping the serious nature of the series intact is brilliant.

And revisiting them now is much like revisiting a Bond film.  You need to watch the show that matches your current mood.
'Were-Monster' had a little bit of a 'Twilight Zone' feel to it.

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We've had 2 episodes in Oz, but here they do not have any titles!