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Old July 7 2013, 10:18 PM   #16
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Re: The X-Files: for want of a modern cellphone...

Pah, a lack of modern mobile phones is nothing, go back a few decades and poor old Karl Kolchak had to get every obscure book out of the library and actually read them! Imagine how much easier his life would have been with Wikipedia!
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Old July 7 2013, 10:46 PM   #17
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Re: The X-Files: for want of a modern cellphone...

I was recently re-watching Romancing the Stone & The Jewel of the Nile from the 1980s and ran into the same thing. Every once in a while, I would keep thinking, "Why doesn't someone just try their cellph-... oh... right."
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Old July 7 2013, 10:59 PM   #18
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Or Die Hard, or any number of other films. One reason some films were a lot better, mobile phones are very useful, but from a dramatic perspective they can really drain tension out of a scene unless the writers make them useless in some way.
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Old July 7 2013, 11:30 PM   #19
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Re: The X-Files: for want of a modern cellphone...

Of course, looking at it the other way, a lot of modern shows would be impossible without cell phones. Could you imagine trying to do 24 without them?
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Old July 8 2013, 12:42 AM   #20
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Re: The X-Files: for want of a modern cellphone...

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Yeah it's always weird seeing those old flip-phones and big, clunky computers in old movies and TV shows now.
I still use a Nokia flip-open cellphone. It works.

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Modern technology would ruin the "X-files".
The X-Files is hardly unique in that respect. How many movies and TV shows from the pre-cellular age have plot points that depend on a character being able to get to a phone -- or not being able to get to a phone? All those stories would have to be written differently today.
I bet every episode would end with Mulder checking his cellphone and finding that his entire photo library had mystery been deleted. And then a shadowy figure walks out of frame, and Mulder chases him, and when he turns the corner the shadowy figure is gone, and Mulder is left with an empty phone, which he then throws against the wall.

Then the FBI stops allowing him to carry a company phone because he keeps breaking them.
Of course, Mulder learns from this and buys his own secret cellphone that can't be hacked into or fucked with, because the FBI doesn't know that it exists! Then, he puts something on it like Spotflux or PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) so that all of his data's encrypted.
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Old July 8 2013, 12:55 AM   #21
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Lots of shadows and that music really does set the atmosphere.
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Old July 8 2013, 01:14 AM   #22
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Of course, looking at it the other way, a lot of modern shows would be impossible without cell phones. Could you imagine trying to do 24 without them?

WHERE'S THE NEAREST PAY PHONE?!
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Old July 8 2013, 01:17 AM   #23
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Pah, a lack of modern mobile phones is nothing, go back a few decades and poor old Karl Kolchak had to get every obscure book out of the library and actually read them! Imagine how much easier his life would have been with Wikipedia!
The reason I thought about the cellphone issue is because The X-Files came along only a few years before phones with cameras became available.
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Old July 8 2013, 01:41 AM   #24
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Re: The X-Files: for want of a modern cellphone...

Some things just instantly date a show, like episodes of Law and Order that have the twin towers in the opening credits.
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Old July 8 2013, 02:56 AM   #25
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I still use a Nokia flip-open cellphone. It works.
I use a Nokia 6750 flip phone that's five years old. I'll probably keep it till it falls apart.
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Old July 8 2013, 03:17 AM   #26
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Re: The X-Files: for want of a modern cellphone...

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The series ended in 2002. Were cell phone cameras really "standard fare" at that point? I had my first cell phone in 2005, and I honestly can't remember it having a camera, but maybe I'm just getting old.

Oh yes, I had a phone with a (no doubt rudimentary) video camera around then, and if I did you can take it as red basic camera phones were avaliable as I'm always a late adopter. Especially as, thanks to the joys of product placement, Mulder and Scully always had top of the line phones.
The first consumer-level "camera phone" came out in 2000 in Japan (2002 in the US) and it took a few more years before cameras became a standard feature.
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Old July 8 2013, 03:52 AM   #27
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Re: The X-Files: for want of a modern cellphone...

I keep telling my son that the plot of almost every Seinfeld would be destroyed by a cell phone.
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Old July 8 2013, 03:54 AM   #28
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Re: The X-Files: for want of a modern cellphone...

I got my first camera phone sometime around 2000 or 2001. The camera was a separate attachment that snapped onto the bottom of the phone.

It took really grainy photos at a 400x300 resolution... so about the same quality as a lot of photos Mulder took as hard evidence.
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Don't remember ever seeing anything like that. Other than maybe the Game Boy Camera. Do you remember what it was called?
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Old July 8 2013, 04:11 AM   #30
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Some things just instantly date a show, like episodes of Law and Order that have the twin towers in the opening credits.
But this isn't really a problem when the show is actually set in that period. In the X-Files, the characters are actually in the nineties and Scully makes assumptions based on the knowledge she has.

Where this becomes a problem is when a show set in the future becomes anachronistic because of new technology/science developments or even things like the discovery of the Titanic or a lack of WWIII in the late nineties.
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