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Monday, August 27, 2007

Important Entertainment News

No, this isn’t about Owen Wilson’s alleged (and, if true, wildly surprising) suicide attempt; this is about a second X Files flick.

In July, Duchovny told TV reporters that a second film was in the works and that co-star Gillian Anderson was on board as well. Duchovny played FBI special agent Fox Mulder opposite Anderson’s Dana Scully.

The X-Files’ creator, Chris Carter, and series executive producer Frank Spotnitz wrote the screenplay.
Spotnitz told SCI FI Wire last year that the sequel’s story would not rely on the show’s convoluted alien-invasion-conspiracy mythology, but rather would be more like one of the show’s stand-alone episodes.

I was ready to say that a sequel to the X-Files movie was a bad idea--that it’s time had past and that there probably wasn’t much interest in continuing down that path. That is because I was assuming that they were planning to do another in the mythology series. If, on the other hand, if it goes more along the lines of the old Night Stalker TV series, it should be loads of fun.

X-Files, at its best, was engrossing and, often, hilarious. While the franchise is pretty well off everyone’s cultural radar, it would do well to capture the spirit of episodes like “Bad Blood” with it’s he said/she said plot and Luke Wilson as a guest. The willingness to poke at the shows quirks, the great writing, and a cast with real chemistry made it one of my favorite episodes. If the new movie can capture that, then I’ll be seeing it a few times.

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It was the first film, which had a long convoluted plot that eventually ended up where it began with nothing in the plot advanced, that turned me off of X-Files so many years ago.

on Aug 27 2007 @ 12:07 PM

I thought the movie was okay, but it was at least partially because I was a little fan boy. I stopped watching the TV show when Duchovny took his leave.

on Aug 27 2007 @ 12:18 PM

As Carson the Muskrat said, “X-Files is the anti-Scooby Doo"*.  At the beginning of every episode of Scooby Doo, the kids are convinced that something supernatural is happening.  By the end, it is revealed that the “ghost” is just the old groundskeeper.  At the beginning of every episode of the X-Files, ....

* The quote and paraphrased argument are from John Kovalic’s Dork Tower.  Sorry; I can’t find a link.

on Aug 27 2007 @ 01:16 PM

I enjoyed the first movie, and I’d like more of the mythology in the second, although actually providing 90% closure rather than opening more mysteries would be nice.

I too quit watching when Duchovny left the show.

on Aug 27 2007 @ 02:59 PM

I think all the hard-core fans did stopped watching about then.  It just lost its path when he left.  I rearranged my entire life to accomodate the X-Files in the beginning.  Somewhere in a little box I have packed away the entire first two seasons’ trading cards.  I was sorta mental for the whole thing.  I think that the cops episode was my favorite.  I’ll watch the movie, for sure, but I’ll be awfully skeptical while I’m doing it.

Spamword update: You31.  I wish.

on Aug 27 2007 @ 03:29 PM

I must be a minority here, as I stuck with the show until Gillian Anderson left. Definitive fan-boy status for me, as I not only did the regular trading cards but also the collectible card game. And when I went to the first movie on opening day, which I loved and didn’t stop grinning the entire day, I dropped an extra 15 bucks on the fake FBI lapel badge with my photo on it. And own the season and movie DVDs plus the soundtrack. Hell, I will even own Millennium once I get down that far on my Amazon wish list. (Admittedly, next up is the entire Robotech saga, so it might not be too soon for Millennium.)

I will see the movie. Definitively. I may even camp out for opening day.

Mr. Lady is more than welcome to join me while we commiserate the long and fruitless death of the series we both loved.

Oh. And the rest of you can tag along, I suppose.

on Aug 27 2007 @ 08:20 PM

Sure, I’ll go.  Could you pick me up, though?  I don’t think I can swing the cab fare from Vancouver.

on Aug 28 2007 @ 07:23 PM

I always liked the non-arc episodes, my favorites being both Jose Chung’s… They did comedy very well, I hope that’s the direction they go…

on Sep 02 2007 @ 11:11 PM
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