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Old January 27 2014, 07:40 AM   #106
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Re: The X-Files - First Time Watching

Duane Berry/Ascension

Wow, X-files first official two parter episode does not disappoint. We start out with a hostage negotiation and things get bigger and bigger. It actually reminded me of Flask, starting out somewhat small and just growing as the episode goes along.

We got so much added value in both these episodes, but the thing I loved was it was another hit on the conspiracy head on. Quotes like "There is only one policy, deny everything" adds new light to everything and heck, even the theme of policy is running rampent throughout the episodes. Now Scully is gone (To coincide with the maternity leave), Krychek is gone (I wish his arc was a little longer, even though I actually didn't mind his reveal in Sleepless and what he did to the Tram guy afterward, considering there was also that phone call in the Garage before that) and I actually cheered when Skinner said, "There's only one thing I can do, I'm re-opening the X-Files. That's what they fear the most". After that I was like Go Skinner!!!!

Anyway, where did Scully go, and that scene with her on the table actually is a little more disturbing than what I should have felt in "The Host".

So far, Season 2 is still carrying that momentum from Season 1 and while the X-Files are reopened, the Status Quo has significantly changed. That probably makes the Season 1 Finale all the better, unlike say the end of the Occupation arc in DS9 where yeah there is a War going on, the things do somewhat get back to normal after Sacrifice of Angels.
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Old January 27 2014, 07:53 AM   #107
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Not to spoil anything, but Krycek's arc is far from over.
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Old January 27 2014, 08:18 AM   #108
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Not to spoil anything, [spoiler]
Then don't spoil anything!

BTW, The X-Files has started airing in HD here in Germany, looks awesome.

Here's a comparison pic: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/58612

16:9 works pretty good in most scenes, although you notice a lot of empty space primarily on the left side when people are in frame.
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Old January 27 2014, 08:19 PM   #109
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Duane Berry/Ascension

We got so much added value in both these episodes, but the thing I loved was it was another hit on the conspiracy head on. Quotes like "There is only one policy, deny everything" adds new light to everything and heck, even the theme of policy is running rampent throughout the episodes.
I liked it when they changed the slogan "The Truth Is Out There" to "Deny Everything" at the end of the opening credits.


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Now Scully is gone (To coincide with the maternity leave), Krychek is gone (I wish his arc was a little longer, even though I actually didn't mind his reveal in Sleepless and what he did to the Tram guy afterward, considering there was also that phone call in the Garage before that) and I actually cheered when Skinner said, "There's only one thing I can do, I'm re-opening the X-Files. That's what they fear the most". After that I was like Go Skinner!!!!
Until that moment I was never quite sure where to "place" Skinner. I always thought about him more like one of the bad guys, but then he sided with Mulder. Got me thinking.

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Anyway, where did Scully go, and that scene with her on the table actually is a little more disturbing than what I should have felt in "The Host".
Yes, that scene was totally disturbing. They could do God knows what kinds of experiments with Scully.

What's interesting though is, that if Gillian Anderson hadn't been pregnant, the story line would have developed completely differently. So, I'm always a bit amazed how well they build that into the show, and what a major part Scully's abduction became.



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BTW, The X-Files has started airing in HD here in Germany, looks awesome.

Here's a comparison pic: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/58612

16:9 works pretty good in most scenes, although you notice a lot of empty space primarily on the left side when people are in frame.
It's a difference like day and night. A pity though that I only have an indoor antenna and therefore don't get Pro7 Maxx. Sigh. Guess I have to wait for the Blu Rays.
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Old January 28 2014, 01:45 AM   #110
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Re: The X-Files - First Time Watching

selina wrote:

I liked it when they changed the slogan "The Truth Is Out There" to "Deny Everything" at the end of the opening credits.
I liked that too. I'm assuming this is the first time the tagline has been changed?



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Anyway, where did Scully go, and that scene with her on the table actually is a little more disturbing than what I should have felt in "The Host".
Yes, that scene was totally disturbing. They could do God knows what kinds of experiments with Scully.

What's interesting though is, that if Gillian Anderson hadn't been pregnant, the story line would have developed completely differently. So, I'm always a bit amazed how well they build that into the show, and what a major part Scully's abduction became.
It's always interesting when writers have to write around a pregnancy. I bought up DS9 earlier and I remember how they did it for Visitor and how creative that was. This whole storyline with Anderson and closing the X-Files was well done and I was doing some background stuff and they were saying that they almost wrote her out of the series. I'm glad they didn't but I wonder what kind of show X-Files would have been if they had.
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Old January 28 2014, 02:33 AM   #111
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The tagline was changed for the season one finale to "Trust No One."
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Old January 28 2014, 07:50 AM   #112
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I've been talking about the good, essential episodes of the series, I should probably give some conversation to a bad episode.

I watched "3" tonight. Man this episode was lame. From the bad relationship between Mulder/Kirsten (Something that I didn't find believeable in the slightest) to the whole Vampire plot, I couldn't help but think we went from Scully's abduction to this? I know X-Files wasn't the arc based series we're used to today (Even though it comes really close), but this should have been a character episode for Mulder because the beginning scenes where he is opening the office and the ending scenes where he holds the cross are actually well done. Everything in between is just lame.
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Old January 28 2014, 09:15 AM   #113
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After reading this thread I wondered if the series was released on blu ray. Since I sold my X-Files videos years ago, it could be a good opportunity to buy it in a high definition. Apparently Fox has made plans:

Our sources say Fox has likely decided to “rebuild” the seasons in high-definition, in much the same way that CBS has done with Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Provided all the original camera negative has been properly stored and archived, it’ll presumably be an easier task as the show featured fewer and less elaborate visual effects.
Link to the full article: http://thedigitalbits.com/columns/th...to-blu-in-2013
I can see an X-Files remastered, and it shouldn't be too hard. I watched the episode about the space program the other day and I was just wondering if that episode would have been more well received with better effects. I watched it plugging in my computer to the HD TV and the picture was rather blurry, like they ran out of money. After reading some reviews and noticing that it wasn't well liked, I still found it enjoyable, but not as much as Fallen Angel (Which had decent effects) or Eve.
That Spaced episode might be worse for HD with all the stock footage and discount mission control. I've just started my own first time watch (just watched that one actually) and have been thinking the series as a whole seems like it's really asking for an HD release. I wasn't sure if it was filmed or videotaped.
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Old January 28 2014, 01:16 PM   #114
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It's always interesting when writers have to write around a pregnancy. I bought up DS9 earlier and I remember how they did it for Visitor and how creative that was. This whole storyline with Anderson and closing the X-Files was well done and I was doing some background stuff and they were saying that they almost wrote her out of the series. I'm glad they didn't but I wonder what kind of show X-Files would have been if they had.
I agree. They found a great way to make Nana Visitors pregnancy part of the storyline too. Real life events can indeed trigger some creative ideas, although it doesn't always work.

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That Spaced episode might be worse for HD with all the stock footage and discount mission control. I've just started my own first time watch (just watched that one actually) and have been thinking the series as a whole seems like it's really asking for an HD release. I wasn't sure if it was filmed or videotaped.
They filmed on 35 mm. Seasons 1 - 4 (?) were later cropped to standard 4:3. However, to save same money the effect shots were done in standard video, according to this source here:
http://tvbeatsmovies.blogspot.de/201...idescreen.html

I don't know how reliable the source is, but I am very confident that they filmed on 35 mm. A few years ago I bought a 35 mm film cel of the episode "The Erlenmeyer Flask" (season 1) at a convention.
So, the proof sits on my shelf .
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Old January 28 2014, 02:20 PM   #115
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The tagline was changed for the season one finale to "Trust No One."
And then for one episode only to "Deceive Inveigle Obfuscate"
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Old January 29 2014, 06:16 AM   #116
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One Breath

Unless something really really strong (or awful) happens coming up, this might be the last episode I talk about for at least a few more episodes. I said I wouldn't talk about each and everyone, but it seems like the episodes lately (Duane Berry/Asension and now this one) make up a bit of a trilogy that's hard not to talk about, especially for someone watching the series for the first time like I am.

After this episode ended and we got the ending with Scully suddenly waking up, there was a part of me that wishes I had seen this episode before the Battlestar Galactica (2005) finale. In that episode, we're kind of told about angels and faith and how religion played a strong role in the overall canvas of the series (specifically Starbuck's death and "resurrection") and I got that sense here. This episode was about faith, and holding on to ones beliefs and because of that, it caused a bit of a Deus ex machina ending. In terms of plot, this episode feels like a letdown from everything that came before, but in terms of character, it was top notch.

We got so many great character moments here. We got to see Mulder's vulnerability, especially with Mr. X, we got to see more character development for Mr. X, who almost seems like a rouge agent hitman, and we got some nice moments from Scully's mother. I also liked the symbolism of Scully in the boat, Skinner getting a lot more development (I'd say in the first 8 episodes of the season, Skinner has become a highlight, to which I say well done for finally giving the Assistant Director a backstory) and finally a scene between Mulder and Cancer Man (Everyone calls him Cigarette Smoking Man, yet here he's called Cancer Man. Was that a jab or did they not know at the time what to call him?).

I wouldn't say this episode was average because I did like it, but considering I'm binge watching the show and just saw an amazing two parter and hoping for advancement to Resolution to bring Scully back, this episode was significantly sub par. I will say though it's a shame they didn't just scratch "3" and just taken a week off because that's an episode that really doesn't belong sandwiched between Ascension and One Breath.
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Old January 29 2014, 03:02 PM   #117
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I love that episode, personally, but I typically like every episode having to deal with the big story arcs of the show.

They call CSM a few names throughout the show. I think his official behind-the-scenes name was "Cigarette Smoking Man," but that doesn't mean the characters can't call him other things.

I suppose you could look at the credits and see how he's listed.
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Old February 1 2014, 06:31 PM   #118
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I've watched a few more episodes of X-Files this week, but it really does seem like after the first 6 episodes and One Breath, the show seems to have calmed down a bit. We're back to the monsters of the week episodes and Scully looks good for someone who just gave birth.

Anyway, one of the things I like doing when watching TV shows is point out familiar guest actors that I've seen before. With Babylon 5, I was surprised when actors like Dwight Schultz or Brad Dourif (Who also appeared in X-Files) showed up. Well, this week I saw two episodes in which one had that insane hologram guy from Voyager's Revulsion and the other had the Grandma from Happy Gilmore. The episodes themselves were just ok (I think the best episode I saw this week after One Breath was Red Museum but only because it referred back to The Erlenmeyer Flask. Seeing those two actors appear did make me smile though.
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Just curious, who are fans of The X-Files here. It was quite a popular show in the 90s but I don't see it talked much here. Another reason I ask is because, just completely random, I started watching the show on Netflix this week. I had seen the occasional episode and watched the first movie, but I had never seen the series as a whole.

I think I'm going to keep going with it. I really liked the first two episodes I watched and there's still 9 more seasons to go. Not sure if this will be a review thread, but I'll post thoughts from time to time. Still, is the show as great and creative as I've heard and is anyone also doing a rewatch?
I like the original OP never watched the Series first run. I must say it is a great show. I am on season 3 and loving it. It would be cool to see a new series that re-opens the x-files.
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Not grossed out yet? To quote Yoda, "You will be, you will be."
Well, there is an episode this season that did gross me out, both physically and psychologically:

Irresistible

My god this episode was creepy as hell. The guy who played Pfaster should have gotten some kind of award for his performance because holy crap everything about him screamed evil. For those who might have forgotten, this episode is about him going after females and excavating their corpses, starting with the Hair. The scenes at the end with Scully were frightening, even though I didn't understand the whole shapeshifting part. Sometimes (And I've noticed it in the last few episodes here) this show has a tendency to really go off the rails when it doesn't really need to. This episode, the guy has Scully, we are glued to the screen already because of how much of a creep this guy is and we are afraid about what he's going to do next. All you have to do is keep it simple. Despite that critique, this episode is the best one since the Duane Berry/Ascension two parter.
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