7 times ‘The X-Files’ borrowed from ‘Kolchak: The Night Stalker’ (TV commentary)

Today, it’s impossible to talk about “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” (1974-75, following TV movies in 1972 and 1973) without talking about “The X-Files” (1993-present). While this annoys some “Kolchak” fans, they have to admit that “The X-Files” has helped keep the “Kolchak” cult afloat – indeed, “The X-Files” is mentioned in the first sentence on the back of the “Kolchak” DVD collection.

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The 10 best short stories in ‘The X-Files: Secret Agendas’ (Book review)

I’ll take my fix of new “X-Files” material where I can get it, but it’s irritating that in IDW’s third volume of “X-Files” short stories, “Secret Agendas,” Jonathan Maberry and his team (if there is one) still make too many errors. The line-editing gaffes, such as “peak” instead of “peek,” aren’t as numerous as in the first volume, but the number of continuity errors is inexcusable.

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All 6 episodes of ‘The X-Files’ 2016 miniseries, ranked (TV review)

It was great to have “The X-Files” back with the six-episode miniseries earlier this year on Fox, and now it’s available on DVD, and you get a lot of nice bonus features (including commentaries on three episodes) for your $14. I prefer the small-screen method of reviving the show, rather than the big screen, as it allows different types of “X-Files” stories to be told for about the same time and cost commitment as a movie.

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The 10 best short stories in ‘The X-Files: The Truth is Out There’ (Book review)

“The Truth is Out There,” the February follow-up to last year’s “Trust No One,” serves up another mixed bag of “X-Files” short stories that’s on par with the first collection. It’s not “The X-Files” at its finest, but it’s a fun assortment that will tide fans over between comic installments.

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‘X-Files: Deviations’ one-shot a pointless take on a gimmicky concept (Comic book review)

IDW’s Seasons 10 and 11, despite initially being canonical, ended up being an interesting “what if” story when Chris Carter changed his mind and wrote a new story for TV. The one-shot comic “X-Files: Deviations” (March) is an alternate-universe story right from the get-go. In the spirit of Marvel’s “What If?” and Dark Horse’s “Star Wars Infinities” titles, the “Deviations” series tells “what if” stories in the worlds of “X-Files,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Ghostbusters,” “Transformers” and “G.I. Joe.”

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Joe Harris wraps up Gibson Praise saga in truncated ‘X-Files: Season 11’ (Comic book reviews)

IDW’s “X-Files: Season 11 comic series (August 2015-March 2016) is the latest epic story to get truncated due to outside commercial forces. Usually, those outside forces are bad (see the cancellation of TV’s “Angel” and “Dollhouse” due to low ratings, or the cancellation of the “Star Wars” Expanded Universe – two years ago to this day – to make room for Disney’s vision). In this case, those outside forces are good – the return of “The X-Files” to TV, with six episodes earlier this year and hopefully more in the future. But it still led to the shortening of Joe Harris’ meticulously crafted Gibson Praise saga – which started back in Season 10, Issue 1, in 2013 – and that’s a shame.

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‘X-Files’ flashback: IDW’s 2015 Annual and X-Mas Special (Comic book reviews)

While the 2014 Annual and X-Mas Special featured multiple standalone yarns in each issue, IDW takes a different tactic with the 2015 installments, part of the new Season 11 banner. Both issues feature one double-length story, and while the Annual’s story is a standalone set during the heyday of the TV series, the X-Mas Special heavily ties into the events of Season 11.

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‘X-Files’ flashback: IDW’s 2014 Annual and X-Mas Special (Comic book reviews)

Resurrecting a tradition from the old Topps comics, IDW’s “X-Files” Season 10 comics have also featured special issues alongside the regular series, starting with 2014’s Annual (April) and X-Mas Special (December), both of which feature two stories. While Joe Harris, the writer of the main title, writes one story, he mainly gives other wordsmiths a chance to tell standalone yarns set during any era of the saga.

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‘X-Files’ flashback: IDW’s ‘Millennium’ miniseries (2015) (Comic book review)

While “The X-Files” was spun off into novels as far back as 1994 and into comics in 1995, its sister series, “Millennium” (1996-99), didn’t transition to another medium until 2015, 16 years after it left the airwaves. The fact that it’s written by Joe Harris, who also meticulously pens the “X-Files” title, makes the five-issue “Millennium” series – a chronological tie-in with “X-Files” Season 10 — about as good as it can be. But it has two things working against it that it can’t quite overcome.

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‘X-Files’ flashback: IDW’s ‘Year Zero’ miniseries (2014) (Comic book review)

The origin of the FBI’s X-Files was somewhat convoluted in the TV series, and it becomes more convoluted in the five-issue miniseries “X-Files: Year Zero” (2014) — but also more compelling. This second miniseries tying in with IDW’s Season 10 comics is a dramatic step up from the uneven “Conspiracy.”

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