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    Quote Originally Posted by GulDukat View Post
    I've just started season 11 and one thing that I really don't like is Reyes now working for The Smoking Man, it just seems totally out of character. I think the Reyes from seasons 8/9 would have rather died than align herself with him.
    Fun fact: it was meant to be Marita Covarrubias, but they couldn’t get Laurie Holden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GulDukat View Post
    I'm a few episodes in and it's funny to see dial-up Internet, pagers with NIN and White Zombie blaring in the background--very 90's.
    If you don't mind me asking, how are you watching them? Did you download the series or do you own DVDs or something? To my knowledge, they aren't on any of the streaming platforms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonic_discord View Post
    If you don't mind me asking, how are you watching them? Did you download the series or do you own DVDs or something? To my knowledge, they aren't on any of the streaming platforms.
    I got all three seasons of Millennium on Ebay. The seller wanted I think $75.00 and I got them for $65.00, used, but in good shape. On Amazon the individual seasons seem to be OOP. You can buy a boxset of the entire series, but people have complained that discs are duplicated.

    You can also buy individual seasons used on Amazon.
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    Heads up, this book by Robert Shearman offers a summery and critique of every episode of the X Files (up until season 9), Millennium and The Lone Gunman and is awesome.
    https://www.amazon.com/Wanting-Belie.../dp/097594469X

    Definitely worth reading.

    Just finished Millennium, awesome show. I actually enjoyed it more than The X Files. Next up: The Lone Gunman.

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    So I watched Milagro last night and I thought it was pretty bad. Googling it after I see it was very well recieved with a minority disagreeing. At first I enjoyed how it was purposefully a bit pulpy, but I just couldn't get into how Scully was shown in it. I get that it's largely through the writer's eyes, which is fine, but it still seemed off and out of character as things went along. Plus the murders just ended up forgotten. So yeah, really did stand out to me. Bit of a Marmite episode I guess? Can't understand the love in the slightest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChipRock View Post
    So I watched Milagro last night and I thought it was pretty bad. Googling it after I see it was very well recieved with a minority disagreeing. At first I enjoyed how it was purposefully a bit pulpy, but I just couldn't get into how Scully was shown in it. I get that it's largely through the writer's eyes, which is fine, but it still seemed off and out of character as things went along. Plus the murders just ended up forgotten. So yeah, really did stand out to me. Bit of a Marmite episode I guess? Can't understand the love in the slightest.
    I enjoyed it, but thought the ending was a little anticlimactic.

    Watching The Lone Gunman show now and am enjoying it. It's a fun, light-hearted show with some good laughs.

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    What are everyone’s top 3 X-Files episodes and why?

    For me:

    - Folie à Deux. I love that idea of “hiding in the light”. Interestingly Gary Numan sings “I see a shadow hide in the light” in the song The End of Things that makes me think fondly of this episode when I hear it.

    - The Gift. Always been intrigued by the idea of a “soul eater”. Another interesting Numan connection - a song he is working on for his next album has the same title as the episode, about Covid.

    - Pusher. Modell and “cerulean blue” has stuck in my mind since childhood.

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    uhhh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by allegate View Post


    uhhh...
    That would be lamer than Star Trek: Lower Decks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erneuert View Post
    What are everyone’s top 3 X-Files episodes and why?
    1. Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose: Great mix of comedy/suspense and I really liked Peter Boyle's character.
    2. Die Hand Die Verletzt: Scarry, gripping. Love the supernatural episodes.
    3. Familiar: Mr. Chuckleteeth is the stuff of nightmares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GulDukat View Post
    That would be lamer than Star Trek: Lower Decks.
    they're aiming for it, yes.


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    Doggett sequel/spinoff or GTFO

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    Quote Originally Posted by fillow View Post
    Doggett sequel/spinoff or GTFO
    Too bad Reyes is dead, but I'm sure they could think of something. CSM was blown up at one point but came back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GulDukat View Post
    Too bad Reyes is dead, but I'm sure they could think of something. CSM was blown up at one point but came back.
    Making Reyes turn into an ally of CSM and die was a stupid decision for me. I did not like that at all. it felt like an exact opposite to her character in 8 and 9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erneuert View Post
    What are everyone’s top 3 X-Files episodes and why?
    No order

    Bad Blood - THE episode for revealing the comedy strengths of this show and characters.

    Squeeze - One of the strongest, most memorable recurring villains in the show that's not Mythology based. An early episode, being the first Monster of the Week episode for the show as well. Highlights the early strengths of this show. I also love how crudely filmed and shot the season one episodes are. They're dark and dingy.

    Paper Hearts - An emotional episode as well as one that has high stakes at the climax. Mulder's torture in this this episode is on display.

    All of my favorites are Monster of the Week episodes no surprise there. I wouldn't say these are my top fave at every portion of my fandom of this show but these always grab me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Suicide View Post
    Making Reyes turn into an ally of CSM and die was a stupid decision for me. I did not like that at all. it felt like an exact opposite to her character in 8 and 9.
    Yeah, very stupid. That didn't make any sense.

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    A very famous photo, reimagined.

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    Nice one, mist-ah Wick.

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    Jeeze, I really wish this episode had gotten made:

    https://www.dazeddigital.com/film-tv...ript-interview

    Ligotti wrote his X-Files script with Brandon Trenz, his colleague at a reference-book publisher. The script that he and Trenz concocted, which you can read in full online, concerns the death of an FBI agent from an apparent heart attack, after a man walks into the bureau unchallenged and fires a joke-shop gun in his direction. When some nearby feds tackle the assassin to the ground, they find he has transformed into a mannequin. Enter Mulder and Scully, who follow a trail to the sinister backwoods town of Crampton, where things take a turn for the truly bizarre.

    All the same, “Crampton” is plenty weird by X-Files standards. An early clue this won’t be your standard monster-of-the-week fare comes when Mulder and Scully examine the body of the FBI agent, Larry Johnson. After the disturbing discovery that Johnson’s pupils contract when a torch is shone on his eyes, the scene cuts to an eerie POV shot from the cadaver itself, causing the viewer to wonder what, exactly, is doing the looking.


    The episode culminates in a horrifying magic performance, which allows Mulder and Scully a peek behind the curtains into a roaring black void – the Nietzschean abyss that stares back, perhaps – which the episode has been hinting at all along. It’s strong stuff, but Ligotti bristles when I suggest the scene tips the episode into the realms of the surreal – the key image, of a man lashed to a cage having impossible things done to his body, evokes something out of a Francis Bacon painting. “You’re right in that our ending was a bit more complex than that of the average X-Files plot,” says Ligotti, “but I wouldn’t say it was surreal or confusing in any way... Ultimately, the viewer knows more than Mulder and Scully about the resolution of the episode’s plot. That’s the unusual aspect of our episode. But it wasn’t, like, some artsy ‘What-the-hell-was-that?’ conclusion. Its narrative was solid all the way.”

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    Every time this thread gets bumped, I'm hoping that Gillian Anderson changed her mind (or was offered enough money) and it's been announced that they've green-lit season 12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonic_discord View Post
    Every time this thread gets bumped, I'm hoping that Gillian Anderson changed her mind (or was offered enough money) and it's been announced that they've green-lit season 12.
    I secretly hope that these periodic bumps result in something in the universe changing her mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erneuert View Post
    I secretly hope that these periodic bumps result in something in the universe changing her mind.
    Fuck, I'd take it WITHOUT Gillian. They KIND of already said they were gonna do that, remember? Didn't they say "Gillian is leaving, but we've got more stories to tell?"

    I'm of the mind that it worked ok without MULDER- I mean, it was better than nothing.

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    Said it before and I'll say it again: D O G G E T T
    Mulder and Doggett were pretty good team in S8.

    Also, I'll be up for another revival only if there's as little mythology as possible. What they did with it in S10/11 was just embarrassing. MOTW episodes were good though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fillow View Post
    Said it before and I'll say it again: D O G G E T T
    Mulder and Doggett were pretty good team in S8.

    Also, I'll be up for another revival only if there's as little mythology as possible. What they did with it in S10/11 was just embarrassing. MOTW episodes were good though.
    Dogget and Mulder...fuuuuuck yes, that would work, for SURE.

    I REALLY wish we could have a mashup where it's Mulder and Agent Cooper from Twin Peaks. Let Mark Frost write it with Chris Carter. That's my dream show that will never happen.

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