Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by DotCommunist, Mar 24, 2015.
Not seen ep 1 yet, so bye thread.
I loved the episode a massive improvement over the first two. But I thought this as well on both counts.
I have been watching the first season , it has aged well
I'm watching episode one now. I never saw the original series, so I'm not sure what to expect or what I'm supposed to know.
Also, I don't think I've watched channel five in 15 years.
I love the X-Files.
It's all rollicking along very quickly, and very ridiculously but it was always like that Am enjoying
Well, I won't be bothering with that again.
Lol that was dreadful, I love it
Mulder and Scully have a kid?
That was okay (ep 1), enjoyable nonsense. US telly has got a lot better since The X-Files was conceived, tho.
Well, that was...okay. A good opening, plausible (within its own world) plot, but, my recollection was that David Duchovny could act, but he was rather rubbish.
Was it always so badly scripted and acted?
And I know you have to suspend your disbelief when watching these things but I couldn't get past Scully's naff wig.
I love that they kept the original theme opening <3
lol - so much conspiraloonery, it really is ripe for a comeback considering the times.
The X-Files has always varied hugely in terms of quality and the performances are only ever as good as the writing will allow. I'm currently rewatching The X-Files from the start and there are as many terrible episodes as there are great ones in season 1.
Chris Carter (creator of the show) wrote the first episode and his contributions as a writer and his judgement got worse as the show went on. He is a little like the George Lucas of TV, the show is his baby but he should leave the creative control to people who are more talented writers. The stand alone second and especially the third episode are far better than the first one. Carter should never have gone back to the rubbish mythology arc for this revival and just concentrate on stand alone "monster of the week" episodes, which is were the series was always at its best.
The X-Files was the first TV show where I became aware of individual writers and you could frequently tell if you were in for a good or bad time by who wrote it.
when he was speaking to the old guy and they did the whole 'you told me if I got close you'd tell me the truth'
'you're close, sloser than ever' ETC routine I was reminded that we had some 8 series of cryptic bullshit like that and the truth never was revealed.
Do viewers really want 'monster of the week' type telly these days given most of us seem to prefer long, slow-burn telly (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, True Detective, etc)? I've been watching the X-Files re-runs on channel 5 and The Thing done in half the film's running time seems utterly pointless now.
That may be the case for cable and subscrition shows, but there still are loads of successful procedurals like CSI and its gazillion spin offs on US network telly and The X-Files is a network procedural. Not every show needs to do the same thing and within its 42 minute time The X-Files was able to be a lot of different shows and genres. That was always its strength. If you didn't like it one week, the next week may be great again. And many people like shows they can dip in and out of and don't have to make a commitment to which lasts years.
Of course they are including three mythology episodes in this six episode season 10 run because of the popularity of serialised TV, but since at least season five that had become utter nonsense and that's why this got off to a bad start.
So far the ratings for this have been huge in the US. It looks like viewers still want The X-Files
yeh because if it had been the viewing figures would have dwindled to very little.
Dust down an old script from two decades ago and add a Basil Exposition monologue about the War on terror and NSA snooping to make it look contemporary. X-Files was fun sci-fi for two series that became tedious, repetitive and meandering. Gillian Anderson looked even more bored and left her acting skills at Heathrow.
Duchovny could always act serious but was hopeless at comedy and as this series so far has been quite heavily comedic I think he's struggling.
I've been watching series 5 and 6 and this new one reminds me of that period. Lots of stand alone episodes usually played for laughs or actually nothing to do with the X-Files reality - almost as if they were generic script ideas that became X-Files scripts only as an after-thought; but interspersed with proper X-Files episodes with continuity and that.
Every season of The X-Files only ever had a small amount of episodes which were serialised and concerned with the overall mythology. It was never more than four to six episodes in a season, each of which consisted of 20 to 26 episodes. The X-Files was always a procedural first and mostly made up of stand alones. I'm just finishing season one and there is no real serialisation. It started to get more serialised in season two simply because Gillian Anderson got pregnant and they were going to explain her absence with an alien abduction plot.
The Darin Morgan episodes in season 3 introduced more comedy. Other writers tried them as well from then on and some fared better than others.
i know - but i always got a feeling that in the first two series things were written for the x-files and it all kind of fitted, some better than others; but in series 5 and 6 they just throw any sort of mad paranormal idea into the mix - like the xmas ghosts episode, various comedy episodes, etc. To me they just didn;t fit. They were'nt X-Files.
Yes, some of the comedy was quite cringey. As The X-Files became a mainstream success they allowed themselves to experiment more with the format. Sometimes that worked, sometimes it didn't.
The first four seasons were best. I threw in the towel by 7 but I got myself the Blu-ray set for Chrismas so will check out season 8 and 9 once I get to them. Season 8 is considered to be the most underrated season if one believes the Internet
Watched Beyond the Sea from season 1 last night, such a great episode.
Can't say I blame you. I like the X-files and have seen all the original episodes and I came really close to not bothering going any further than the first episode of the new run.
I was ready to like it, and the first few minutes was intriguing, but then it spunked its load and kept on spunking.
It got too full-on crazy too quickly and had no let up. And the main actors looked like they were bored.
Since when is that a bad thing ?
Aw, never mind honey, it doesn't matter. We'll try again later. Oh, you have. And again. And again.
I was too rushed, then just ended, I was expecting it to be a two parter but it just stopped. This will not bother you, but it was covering material and ideas from the original run, it was like huge chunks if the original episodes never happened.
They always looked bored though.
I seem to remember Matt Groaning talking about them guesting on the Simpson and not having seen the X-files he wondered why they delivered all their lines in a flat monotone.
When does this new six parter hit UK tele then?
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