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I loved the X-Files. I thought it was one of the best written shows ever made. Chris Carter is a genius. The adjectives to describe the show (even the 9th and final season), are nearly endless. Having said all that, I went to see the first showing on opening day of the latest X-Files movie.

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Of course I had I expectations for a movie that is 7 years in the making to a show that helped make the Fox network what it is. I left with a feeling of disappointment and distaste for what was put together in this production. Like the previous movie, Fight the Future, you absolutely HAD to have seen the series and followed it pretty well to know what was going on. Right there that limits the audience immediately. The crowd of about 25 people in the theatre were clearly fans of the show though.

There are numerous references to specific shows and incidents, and in a way picked up where it left off with Mulder being wanted by the FBI. Scully was told to get Mulder on a case and all past crimes would be forgiven. Both Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are clearly older than when they were last seen on the small screen show, but after a few minutes they are right back in character and play their most known roles efficiently.

The biggest issue I had with the movie is that it was nothing special about the plot at all. The final 5 or 6 episodes of the series tied up loose ends all over the place. John Doggett’s son’s case being put to rest, Scully’s son William, the death of the Lone Gunmen, The Smoking Man’s’ “third death”, and of course Mulder’s return and ultimate escape from the FBI. Where was the big plot in this movie? All this movie turned out to be was a big reunion for Mulder and Scully with the FBI solving a case that involved little paranormal activity, something that the show itself was based on in the first place. This irks me the most because if felt nothing like the X-Files. It’s as if Mulder and Scully were involved in another show and were making guest appearances as themselves.

Throw into the mix that there were zero returning characters from the show until the last 30 minutes when the guy I most expected to be in it, Walter Skinner finally appeared. They really couldn’t have Doggett or Monica Reyes, or anyone else from the show on there?

I expected a big deal, an FBI cover up, ANYTHING about aliens, something to reference a real paranormal plot line from the show. What I got was a somewhat psychic priest and nothing else.

Perhaps the best part of the movie was the previews where I got to see the first trailer for Saw V. It lasted all but 20 seconds and showed no footage, but it means that the next installment is only 3 months away.

The reviews for this movie were mixed but a lot of them said only devoted fans of the show will truly enjoy it. I beg to differ. I left unhappy and shocked at the lack of quality put into this movie. True fans of one of the best shows ever deserve better.

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5 Comments

  1. I have to agree with you, I was disappointed! No Aliens!!! I loved the 1st movie, I own it and watch it alot. I loved the tv series and watch reruns when they’re on. There was the X files humor that carried over from the show and I’m glad Skinner was in it. But I may have missed something from the series, what happened to William? If there is another movie the aliens better show up.

  2. Patty,

    William was known from his birth to be one of the super soldiers that were prevalent throughout the last season. He was ultimately injected with a foreign metal that caused this “alien” part of him to be gone forever.

    However because of the risk to everyone involved, Scully made the very difficult decision to give him up to an anonymous family.

    One thing I didn’t mention above is that I truly thought in the movie that the boy Scully was tending to with the brain cancer, would turn out to be William. Apparently not the case.

    I don’t see them making another movie at all.

  3. I totally forgot about giving him up to the other family! Good thought about Christian being her son. They kind of left that open ended. I think I’ll just keep watching the first movie which I think is the best. Thanks for the info.

  4. Are you going to review Batman?

  5. Jamie,

    I did that on a radio show actually. I haven’t spent a whole lot of time on here since starting my show.

    That will change.


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