In the February 2000 “X-Files” episode “Sein Und Zeit,” a man questioned by Mulder and Scully narrows down the timeframe of a crime by the TV show he was watching: “I never heard of it before. It was good,” the man says. In an example of Chris Carter’s heavy-handed joke-making and cockiness, the show within the show is his own “Harsh Realm,” which had been canceled by Fox in Fall 1999 after three episodes. (The remaining six aired in 2000 on FX.)
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Sundays at 8 will never be the same …
By JOHN HANSEN
Jan. 25, 2002
For the last few months, there’s been a lot of talk about how “The X-Files” (8 p.m. Sundays on Fox) has become so much worse now that David Duchovny — and his alter-ego Fox Mulder — have left the show. A lot of the criticism is from people who are no longer watching the show.
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Patrick has saved ‘The X-Files,’ now Duchovny will spice it up
By JOHN HANSEN
Feb. 23, 2001
With his gruff voice, his business-like approach to solving cases and his willingness to at least be open-minded towards paranormal explanations, Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick) has made “The X-Files” seem like a brand-new show in its eighth season.
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‘Lone Gunmen’ finds its niche in comedy
By JOHN HANSEN
May 5, 2001
At first, “The Lone Gunmen” didn’t seem like an obvious choice for a spinoff series. After all, while Byers (Bruce Harwood), Frohike (Tom Braidwood) and Langly (Dean Haglund) provided quirky comic relief in many “X-Files” mythology episodes, their cult following was based more on the fact that they made geekdom cool than on the characters themselves. Even after seven-and-a-half seasons, we knew almost nothing about these guys’ backgrounds.
“The X-Files” Season 7 (1999-2000, Fox), episodes 1-7 – “The X-Files” has recovered a bit after a sluggish start to its seventh, and probably last, season. Chris Carter’s brainchild has earned its place as a cultural icon, featuring great chemistry between FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dan Scully (Gillian Anderson).
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.
IDW’s “X-Files” Season 10 comics mark the first time Chris Carter has a story credit on an “X-Files” comic – he co-wrote Issues 1-5, “Believers,” with series helmer Joe Harris – but, ironically, IDW’s series now seems less canonical than Topps’ or Wildstorm’s. Although neither Carter nor Harris has issued a statement about the canonicity of the series, it seems pretty obvious that this is what happened: When IDW’s “X-Files” launched in 2013, it was intended to be canonical. Then, in 2016, Carter changed his mind when he relaunched “The X-Files” for TV, no doubt figuring that too much of the TV audience was unfamiliar with the comic to make the new episodes tie in with the comic.
In 2002, I watched “The X-Files” series finale with a couple of friends at a friend’s apartment. Obligatorily, we watched it with no lights on. I had been keeping up with the series, and was generally an apologist for it even though I didn’t pretend to understand the details of the alien colonization/government conspiracy mythology. My two friends had stopped watching the show years earlier, but felt they should watch the finale for old times’ sake and see how it wrapped up.
While “The X-Files” has a proud tradition in comic books — enjoying stints at Topps, Dark Horse (one “Lone Gunman” issue) and Wildstorm – it’s never felt as much like the TV show as it does in “The X-Files” Season 10, which is now nine issues into its run with IDW Comics.
It used to be that when a TV show was canceled, that was the end; any dreams of future projects remained just that — dreams of the fans. But producers and creative types are starting to realize that just because a show ends, it doesn’t mean the fan base stops caring. “Buffy” is about to wrap up Season 9 in comic form (and Season 10 is on the way), a “Fringe” novel is on bookshelves, a “Veronica Mars” movie and books are planned for next year, and “24” will also return for another season in 2014.