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Why I'm nervous about the new X-Files movie

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 21st 2008 3:06PM

X-FilesOh, I'll be there, probably on opening weekend, but something about the new X-Files flick makes me nervous as hell.

Maybe it's the fact that it has been ten years since the last movie, and I wonder if people are still interested in it enough to make it a hit (and push another movie into production). I also worry about the plot, since nothing much has been leaked about what the film is about, other than it involves snow, mysterious happenings, and Billy Connolly bleeding from the eyes.

No, the real reason I'm worried is that the movie has a "standalone" plot and is not part of the mythology arc from the show and the first movie. I think this could be a mistake.

To be clear, I loved a lot of the standalone X-Files episodes too. I think they're some of the best episodes the series ever had. But we also have a huge story with the alien takeover, and it just seems a bit ridiculous to me that Scully and Mulder have gone on with their lives (working apart from each other and not seeing each other much, if what we see in the previews is clue) when the alien thing hasn't been solved yet. Is it going to be one of those things where fans are supposed to believe that Mulder and Scully reunite to catch a monster, demon, serial killer, whatever and not even wonder, "hey, how's that alien invasion thing coming?"

This always irritated me about the show too.

And what about that ten-year gap? If you're going to make a movie out of a TV show, especially ten years later, doesn't it seem like it has to be BIG, and answer questions from the show? Aren't fans entitled to that? I mean, my God, this plot is going to have to be really something to justify a standalone story ten years after we last heard from these people. I just hope that Mulder and Scully at least talk about the mytharc ... and their child.

Oh, and I'm still pissed about The Lone Gunmen being killed off the show. But that's another rant.

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It's great that so many people are even talking about this movie eight years after the series 'ended'. But remember that Chris Carter merely revised the old series form the 1970's, KOLCHAK THE NIGHT STALKER. So if this reminds you of anything else, then that particular genre of films and TV shows will continue. Good or bad, at least they keep trying. Look at the STARGATE movies coming out this year : ARK OF TRUTH and CONTINUM , at least we get more. I WANT TO BELIEVE, good or bad, will still be on my list of favorites that keep trying to please.

July 25 2008 at 8:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Also the eye-bleed reminds me too much of Heroes!"

Well, X-Files did it before them - only with oil. ;D

And that might very well be oil coming form Connolly's eyes (everyone is assuming it's blood without having seen the film) and *that* would be a connection to the myth-arc.

July 24 2008 at 1:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I might see it it the cinema but I can't stand Billy Connolly :)

Also the eye-bleed reminds me too much of Heroes!

July 23 2008 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"I hear ya, the early reviews say its one of the worst films of 2008..sigh..."

Umm, how can that be when absolutely no one [other than Chris Carter and maybe two-three other people] has seen the film? Seriously only one, ONE, scene has been release to be shown on talk shows such as Jay Leno. Are these reviewers you're talking about clairvoyants? Can they determine the quality of an entire film based on one scene? Wow. Maybe they are the subject of an X-File and should have a movie made about them.

As for the myth arc, assuming this movie truly is a stand alone story (again no one has seen it so how do we really know? Chris C. and company could be pulling a fast one on us) I think the idea is to have it be as interesting and enjoyable for the masses as for the diehard fans. Then (assuming it makes enough at the box office) do another film dealing more with the myth-arc. If you recall from the TV show the aliens are suppose to come back in 2012. I was at WonderCon in February when Chris Carter was asked about this and he said he was well aware of that date [wink, wink]. It wouldn't surprise me if this "stand alone" transitions into the myth-arc at some point during the film. After all, that use to happen quite often on the show. Sometimes there would be one or two scenes in a stand alone that connected to the over all arc in a major way. Why can't that happen here?

And yes, relax! It's just a movie - a summer movie. It's supposed to be a fun some what light hearted bit of entertainment. Not the cure for cancer or aids or the capturing of Bin Laden. Hmm, now that would be a twist. Mulder and Scully capturing Bin Laden and handing him over to the aliens.

July 22 2008 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Scully is hot

July 21 2008 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i don't care if the movie is crap, count me in!!! X FILES FAN FOREVER!!!

July 21 2008 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i don't care how crappy can be, count me in!!! X FILES FAN FOREVER!!!!

July 21 2008 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The problem with The X-Files was that Chris Carter received too much credit for it's success. The X-Files was truly a collaborative effort. Yes, Carter was the creator. However, he was surrounded by some ungodly writing and directing talent. David Nutter, who directed the pilot, has a scary good track record when it comes to getting pilots picked up. The other main writers during the first four seasons were Howard Gordon, Glen Morgan, James Wong, Darin Morgan, and Vince Gilligan. All you have to do it look at IMDB profiles to see their genius: Howard Gordon has been a writer and producer on 24 the past six seasons; Glen Morgan and James Wong created the short-lived Space: Above and Beyond and were the main writers of Carter's "other" series, Millenium; Darin Morgan won the X-files sole writing Emmy; Vince Gilligan is the creator of Breaking Bad and wrote the screenplay for Hancock.

Howard Gordon, both Morgan brothers, and Wong did not write a single episode of the X-Files after the fourth season. Is it a coincidence that the series began to decline after they left? No. They were that instumental to it's existance.

July 21 2008 at 7:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's about a snow monster that lives dormant under the ice and then infects people through their feet when they walk over it, taking over their bodies and making their eyes bleed, and then jumping to other people and making them commit crimes (with bleeding eyes) and and so on and so forth, and if it's not captured by mulder and scully it will kill the human race.

July 21 2008 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I prefer the stand alone stories. I quit watching the X-Files when the alien conspiracy became the driving force behind the show. I didn't see the first X-Files movie because it dealt with the alien conspiracy. Knowing that this one is NOT about aliens makes me much more interested in seeing the movie.

In other words, I wasn't planning to see it before but now I will. Yeah stand alones!!!!!

July 21 2008 at 6:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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