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Reply #105 on: January 25, 2016, 01:59:57 PM

I *so* wanted the silhouette in a labcoat right before they revealed the ARV to turn out to be Frohike.

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Reply #106 on: January 25, 2016, 05:14:41 PM

I have lost the thread part of this thread.  :(

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Reply #107 on: January 25, 2016, 08:30:36 PM

Nope, the next two are traditional standalone episodes.


Well, so far... no, no they're not.  Things are tying together ala Fringe.

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Reply #108 on: January 25, 2016, 08:54:48 PM

Nope, the next two are traditional standalone episodes.
Well, so far... no, no they're not.  Things are tying together ala Fringe.
Well, I mean, they're tying them together the same way X-Files episodes were lightly tied together. They have a lot more to pack into 6 episodes if they want to tie it up in a bow or have a shot at a full season/seasons. That said, Fringe was a GOOD DEAL like X-Files. Closest show to it, really.
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Reply #109 on: January 26, 2016, 12:02:25 PM

The conspiracy talk was un-subtle at best, and cringe-worthy at worst.

This. I was kind of ok with the whole thing until that big long drawn out back and forth speech with Joel McHale that laid out the conspiracy and I was like

BUUHHH WUUUUUTTTT?

It sounded like it was written by goddamn Alex Jones and that is a terrible terrible thing. That it was nonsensical even by the standards of the X-Files and Chris Carter's usual shitty exposition didn't help. I kept expecting the DNA test to say that Svetlana was their daughter and cringed at the whole implication that Mulder was sleeping with her (maybe that was just me). It felt off. There were some good bits though, enough for me to keep watching. I mean, shit... it's X-Files. I watched both movies and that horrible finale, this was at least better than that last movie.

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Reply #110 on: January 26, 2016, 12:37:05 PM

Pretty sure the conspiracy crazy talk was supposed to be taken exactly like that, crazy talk.

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Reply #111 on: January 26, 2016, 12:58:21 PM

I think McHale's shtick was supposed to be hiding in plain sight, he was hooked into real things (like the ARV research team) and he was hiding that behind his P. T. Barnum meets Bill O'Reilly act.

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Reply #112 on: January 26, 2016, 01:05:55 PM

Ya'll jaded and/or don't remember X-Files. This is literally as if they kept writing the 15 missing years and we just didn't get to see the footage. The show hasn't missed a beat. While there's an argument that they should've missed 3-4 beats and jumped a bit forward in a different way, I'm just not seeing these complaints.

Also, Mulder spent full story arcs explaining fucking conspiracies in the original series.

That said, I watched the whole series again last year, so it's all fresh. Maybe you all should also.

Edit: I guess, most importantly, they needed to write this in such a way that these 6 episodes were the true end to the X-files and I suspect they have 2 endings for episode 6 in the bag on the offchance they order a full season+.
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Reply #113 on: January 26, 2016, 02:02:19 PM

I also re-watched the old series a few months ago in anticipation of the new series and I'm good with everything so far although Mulder needs to trim his eyebrows.

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Reply #114 on: January 26, 2016, 02:53:29 PM

Ya'll jaded and/or don't remember X-Files. This is literally as if they kept writing the 15 missing years and we just didn't get to see the footage. The show hasn't missed a beat. While there's an argument that they should've missed 3-4 beats and jumped a bit forward in a different way, I'm just not seeing these complaints.

Also, Mulder spent full story arcs explaining fucking conspiracies in the original series.

That said, I watched the whole series again last year, so it's all fresh. Maybe you all should also.

Edit: I guess, most importantly, they needed to write this in such a way that these 6 episodes were the true end to the X-files and I suspect they have 2 endings for episode 6 in the bag on the offchance they order a full season+.

FWIW I'm with you on this. The tone and story sense was exactly the same as the originals.

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Reply #115 on: January 26, 2016, 03:07:21 PM

This is X-Files all right!  Heart

And yes, Mulder is just as Mulder as he always was. If anything, Scully's changed a bit. More accepting maybe, I dunno.

Full disclosure, I've tuned out everything after Doggett's appearance, so continuity seems just fine.

 

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Reply #116 on: January 28, 2016, 11:46:35 AM

This is great so far.
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Reply #117 on: January 28, 2016, 07:42:32 PM

So what I'm taking away from this thread is I should probably watch the original series sometime?  Ohhhhh, I see.

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Reply #118 on: January 28, 2016, 09:00:14 PM

Yes.

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Reply #119 on: January 29, 2016, 04:20:12 AM

You don't have to watch it all. Here's a list of episodes that are part of the actual story and/or really good episodes. Ofc that's just one person's opinion, there's plenty of other similar lists on the interwebs.

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Reply #120 on: January 30, 2016, 12:33:43 AM

The "actual story" of X-Files was the worst part of the show. It was dull, repetitive and never went anywhere. In many ways it was like the Lost-era tease-with-no-payoff plotting style, before Lost.
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Reply #121 on: January 31, 2016, 06:00:09 PM

The second episode felt really disjointed, like none of the scenes connected together well at all. Lots of "go here because plot demands it" transitions that didn't really make a whole lot of sense. LOL at Scully and Mulder just "happening" to be there when girl shows her tk powers, thus confirming the whole alien DNA thing. Felt like a lot of really lazy writing.

This is not the X-Files I remember.

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Reply #122 on: February 01, 2016, 10:50:44 PM

I... laughed out loud at

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Reply #123 on: February 01, 2016, 11:13:50 PM

As did I. Hell, I laughed through the whole ep.

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Reply #124 on: February 02, 2016, 12:23:09 AM

Perfect casting with Rhys Darby.  So much fan service in this one too.

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Reply #125 on: February 02, 2016, 08:42:31 PM

Did they reboot this series so hard that they shot it in Vancouver? I'm seeing lots of woods and fields and grass, and not so much desert.

The stoners in the cold open are reboots, too. The same actors played essentially the same roles in the original run of the series.

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Reply #126 on: February 03, 2016, 01:26:36 PM

The second episode felt really disjointed, like none of the scenes connected together well at all. Lots of "go here because plot demands it" transitions that didn't really make a whole lot of sense. LOL at Scully and Mulder just "happening" to be there when girl shows her tk powers, thus confirming the whole alien DNA thing. Felt like a lot of really lazy writing.

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Reply #127 on: February 15, 2016, 08:25:01 PM

Yeah, that's likely it as much as anything. A lot of time has passed and most of these episodes are feeling really a little too meta. It feels more like the series itself is a person who's having a mid-life existential angst crisis.

The episode with Murray from Flight of the Conchords was really funny though.

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Reply #128 on: February 23, 2016, 11:58:01 AM

I can't get behind the whole Agent Einstein thing.  I don't mind Lauren Ambrose, but the every time they say Agent Einstein, it's like nails on a chalkboard.  What a dumb name to use for a one off quip.

The last half of this mini-series was awful. "Babylon" was one of the worst X-File episodes I can remember. Terrible way to go out as well, whole thing felt terribly rushed with everyone jumping from one odd conclusion to another.

Ohh well, I liked the first 3 episodes.

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Reply #129 on: February 23, 2016, 07:58:21 PM

That last episode was just terrible.

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Reply #130 on: February 24, 2016, 07:06:06 AM

Chris Carter and Ron Moore are from the same school of how to end things.

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Reply #131 on: February 24, 2016, 09:38:19 AM

It felt like they crammed a whole (25 episode) season's worth of overall story arc and "character moments" into the 6 episodes at the cost of the individual episodes (and overall arcs were never really the strong point of x-files in my opinion).  Ohhhhh, I see.
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Reply #132 on: February 27, 2016, 12:56:12 AM

Jesus Christ, that was a colossal, epic failure on every level. That was an entire season's arc in one hour long episode, just randomly flailing from one ridiculous wild ass guess to the next without rhyme or reason. I didn't think Chris Carter could get worse than the first series finale yet he did.

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Reply #133 on: October 08, 2017, 05:07:18 PM

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