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Lost In Sci-Fi: The X-Files

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Lost In Sci-Fi: The X-Files

This week the crew looks back and forward to The X-Files. That little sci-fi show from the 90s that became a pop culture phenomenon. Elizabeth and Jada are huge fans, where Leland’s only ever watched a few episodes. He gets to ask all his questions and gets schooled. Also we take Lucifer to the mat and beat the crap out of it. Good times. Please download and enjoy! Read On

Binary System Podcast #23 – Return of The X-Files

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Binary System Podcast #23 – Return of The X-Files

It’s another week and still no Night Vale, but that’s okay because we’ve got X-Files! The twins break down the first episode of the new X-Files series, with all the conspiracies, explosions, and the complete lack of anybody making out with anybody else. But they get away from that for a bit to talk about Twin Peaks (because David Duchovny’s in that) and Top Gear (because Gillian Anderson’s in that) so really, they didn’t get very far away at all.

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Binary System Podcast #21 – New year, out of control already

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Binary System Podcast #21 – New year, out of control already

Without a Night Vale episode this week, we set off to do a short podcast about what we’ve got coming up for January. It quickly spiraled into a discussion about X-Files, book authors, spoiler warnings, fan fiction, Warehouse 13, Mission Impossible, Doctor Who, and Star Wars. Of course. (Kathryn hasn’t seen Force Awakens yet so we’re still SPOILER FREE.)

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Review: The X-Files Vol. 1 – The Agents, The Bureau and The Syndicate

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Review: The X-Files Vol. 1 – The Agents, The Bureau and The Syndicate

Happy New Year, everyone! Time to start looking forward to everything coming in 2016, including the brand-new The X-Files miniseries set to start in (checks imdb) twelve days?! Good grief, I’m way behind on my fangirling here.

It’s been more than thirteen years since the last episode aired (seven since the second movie. Which I haven’t seen yet. Don’t judge.) so even the most dedicated fan might want to reacquaint themselves with the details about the adventures of Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. If you’re like me you may have a few old magazines you can flip through in order to find your favorite interviews. Or you could get a copy of The X-Files Vol. 1: The Agents, The Bureau and The Syndicate, due out in stores this week; 178 pages compiling the best features, interviews and profiles from The Official X-Files Magazine.

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Review – David Duchovny’s “Holy Cow”

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Review – David Duchovny’s “Holy Cow”

With all the hubbub about the upcoming X-Files episodes, I thought it was time to finally read David Duchovny’s novel Holy Cow. I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I’d heard it talked about animal cruelty, and tolerance for others, which sounded like a pretty serious message.

This is not a serious book. This is David Duchovny being a complete goofball.

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Comic Issues #216 – The Truth is (Sometimes?) Out There

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Comic Issues #216 – The Truth is (Sometimes?) Out There

It’s a rumor-filled podcast as the crew talks about the rumors of a new Star Trek show, a new Alien Nation, and a new X-Files mini series. (Spoilers: one of those is totally not a thing.)

After that they get into the newest Uncanny X-Men and Scott’s flip-flopping and Havok’s lack of flip-flopping. They they break down the awesomeness of Darth Vader #3 and the newest Rocket Raccoon, and how Anthony just loves reading long novels and Elizabeth loves Squirrel Girl. (Spoilers: a couple of those last ones are totally not a thing either.)

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Weekly Geek Question!

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Weekly Geek Question!

Hey, look at me! I’m drawing your attention!  Why would I do such a thing?  Why, to let you know about our best geek question from last week!

“Anthony, why are you telling me about last week’s question?” You may be asking me out loud where I can’t hear you, or in your mind where I’ve also never been.  Let me answer you anyway. 

Every week day at the Comic Issues Facebook and Twitter we ask a particularly “Geeky” question ranging from topical news to the questions never dared ask.  We do it because you’re the reason why we do what we do and we want to make you a part of it.

Last week our best question came from TV Land when we asked:
Geek Question! Monsters come in all shapes and sizes, but they get hunted. What’s your favorite monster hunting show? (ie X-Files, Supernatural, Destination Truth)

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X-Files: I Want To Believe

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Full disclosure: I watched the X-Files television series until the first movie came out. I was so disgusted with the transparent clumsiness of the story (so much more forgivable on TV) that I stopped watching the show. Curiosity and a cautious sort of press buzz (“it’s a stand-alone episodes even non-fans can love!”) drew me back in. I am not so dishonorable as to spoil any plot points, since the few surprises are nearly all the pleasure this film affords. However, I will say that it does feel like an episode, padded out to 104 minutes (that’s a full extra hour) with unnecessary scenes of walking, driving, helicoptering, and reiterating circular and uninteresting arguments. So no, I didn’t so much like it.

We meet Scully and Mulder again in real time, ten years since we last saw them. To say they are jaded about their FBI experiences is no understatement. They are called in — well, Mulder is — ostensibly to provide the unique experience and talents developed from the X-Files heyday. However, despite basically being in the same room as the investigators and their targets, Mulder does nothing that hasn’t already been done by the regulars and contributes nothing but doleful monologues to the proceedings. It’s like having H & R Block in to review your completed 1040 EZ forms.

The story adheres to the show’s tradition of stand-alone episodes, without involving conspiracy, aliens, bees, black oil, Cigarette Smoking Man, or any plot devices that require the audience to have see the show before (unless they want to understand the relationship the leads have). The fun of Mulder and Scully’s dynamic on the show was Mulder’s credulousness and Scully’s scientific skepticism, coupled with his implied atheism and her Catholicism. It made for a fun give and take when they were confronted with demons, space invaders, faith healers, circus freaks, lunatics, and government conspiracies.

Here, despite a conservative hospital, a disgraced clergyman, and Mulder’s natural tendency to believe in the paranormal until proved normal, X-Files 2 does not wrestle with faith or tenacity of beliefs so much as fling pebbles at these concepts from across the schoolyard. Scully spends a lot of time insisting on keeping her life as it is now (which is also unclear) and not regressing to those dark days working with Mulder. To someone who didn’t see how they left it at the end of the show, she seems to be fully engaged in that life anyway.

Billy Connolly is wasted in an interesting role, reduced to resolution-free bickering and an irritating lack of arc for someone who merits his own movie, rather than facilitating this one. Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica) appears, entertaining my companion and I as we attribute all his behavior to the fact that he is a Cylon. Actually, such a plot device would have been more X-Filesy and more entertaining and less silly than what actually occurs, which is more like a gag cut from Futurama. Perhaps I have said too much.

The X-Files were special when they were on the air, new and dark, thoughtful and complex, with lots of luxurious faith versus credulousness conversations and scary bits. The then-new possibilities of topics and long story arcs on television were exciting novelties back in the days when studios would never believe audiences would have such long memories or ardent fandom. Unfortunately for this movie, television evolved well past this degree of silliness and spoon feeding (see also: Space: Above and Beyond), leaving our beloved old friends in the vault. I wanted to believe it would be a fun movie, but my companion put it best: “This was definitely time spent.”

MPAA Rating PG-13
Release date 7/25/08
Time in minutes 105
Director Chris Carter
Studio 20th Century Fox

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