The X-Files

The X-Files” were for the ’90s what “Lost” is for the present days: a cult phenomenon. My beloved JBQ bought for me yesterday the X-Files mythology DVDs, 60-something episodes that only deal with the “alien mytharc”, rather than the “monster of the week” kind of episodes. Very interesting to watch, even if acting was really bad in the first few episodes (it got better afterwards).

It’s also interesting to see that the IMDb X-Files forums are filling up a full page in less than a day, while other, brand new TV shows might need 4-6 days to do the same! In other words, it is still a successful show and the reruns are possibly still bring lots of money in.

X-Files

Many are anticipating the release of two more X-Files movies, to complete a trilogy. But I don’t believe that this will go anywhere. Duchovny is in a legal spat with the producers over money owed to him while some of the producers who tried to put the thing together don’t have a script or even an idea as to where they want to go in the remaining two movies (Anderson says that it won’t be an alien-related story, Duchovny said it would be — go figure).

And the real force behind the X-Files, Chris Carter, is nowhere to be seen. It’s like he has disappeared from the face of the Earth. He hasn’t produced or written anything since X-Files got canceled in 2002. A pretty tragic end with a weak resolution (in its alien mytharc) for such a popular show that shaped the ’90s. According to the mytharc, we are still up for alien colonization and hegemony by December 2012 (the end of the Mayan Calendar). The remaining two movies could give a happy ending to all that, but I don’t see it happening because the people involved can’t get their act together and grow beyond monetary differences.

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Eugenia wrote on November 21st, 2006 at 5:42 AM PST:

>your comparison between x-files and lost

It is my understanding that Lost started playing in Greece just at the beginning of this year. Maybe you have a wrong idea about it, as its popularity is as big as X-Files’ was here — maybe even more.

>I don’t like the idea of 2 more x-file movies. The show was rotting

This is true. The 9th season was a disaster. But there are unsolved issues with the storyline regarding the aliens. If the job is done right, I don’t see why they wouldn’t bring X-Files back to its original glory. There were plans for a trilogy anyway…


memson wrote on November 21st, 2006 at 11:37 AM PST:

bad endings to long running dramas are just the way things work. Look at Blakes 7 or even Quantum Leap. Blakes 7 was a cliff hanger waiting to be solver – never happened though. And Quantum Leap – what a cop out!! That’s just 2 shows ;-) Don’t even get me started on Tripods!! 3 books.. only 3 books!! But they only made 2 of them!!!


stormrider wrote on November 21st, 2006 at 12:29 PM PST:

I LOVE x-files!! I was watching the first seasons (only) when I was a kiddo and, despite what you may say, the have influenced a lot of my current beliefs.

I disagree with your comparison between x-files and lost. X-files was a phemomenon whose scale is unmatched today for shows like lost, or even 24.

I don’t like the idea of 2 more x-file movies. The show was rotting, trying to ressurect it or reproduce its 90s feeling will be a total disaster.


Thom Holwerda wrote on November 22nd, 2006 at 9:04 AM PST:

Lost is not NEARLY as popular as X-Files has been. X-Files has not only made an impact in the TV world, it also had an impact on every day life; even here in The Netherlands there are sayings inspired by the series. The “I Want To Believe” poster is a known ’symbol’ all over the world.

Lost is just yet another TV show. It has, in no way whatsoever, the same impact as X-Files. Everybody knows the latter, few know the former.

Might be different in the United States.


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Eugenia wrote on November 22nd, 2006 at 9:43 AM PST:

At least here in US, yes, Lost is as popular as X-Files used to be, in terms of a “cult phenonemenon”. In terms of TV ratings, Lost is way bigger than X-Files ever was. X-files’ ratings were between 5 and 11 millions in its time, while Lost serves between 15 and 20 millions on each episode, consistently.


memson wrote on November 22nd, 2006 at 11:34 AM PST:

Interestingly, in the UK, Lost isn’t as popular as it might be. I don’t know how much you remember about the UK TV set-up.. We have 5 channels that are “free” to watch if you pay for a TV license. 2 of those are completely commercial free (BBC1 and BBC2) and the other 3 are commercial. Lost was being shown on Channel 4. Channel 4 is kind of a weird channel. It’s commercial, but owned by (IIRC) one of the government departments. It was meant to appeal to the audiance that the other 3 (prior to channel 5) appealed to. Lots of cool stuff (alternative commedy and unusual programming) were originally on it, but now its prettly much turned in to a regular TV channel. That said, I watch chnnel 4 more than the others. We now also have cable/satellite channels, one of which is Sky 1. Sky 1 is only available on cable and satellite – i.e. you pay an additional subsrription for the ability to view it.

Anyway, Lost season 1 was really popular here. Channel 4 decided to pay a lot of money to get series 2 almost as soon as it finished in the states. It litterally started about a week after season 2 ended in the states – pretty unusual for this country. They hyped it up. Seriously hyped it up. Showed a lot of teasers etc. They also made it possible to download the whole of series 1 and series 2 as it aired from their website.

Anyway, either because of bittorrent oe because of p2p, most of the big time fans had already seen season 2. I know I did. So we didn’t watch it. Viewing figures were way way down. What does this tell you? Only the hardcore fans watched season 2. People like me who will watch an episode once, then probably never again ignored it. Bad move for us :-( Channel 4 decided not to buy season 3. Sky 1 bought it and started airing it last week, (interestingly they are blatantly lying to their customers and telling them they are airing the whole of season 3 – as to what they’ll do when they hit the hiatus I don’t know), but they have it. We don’t have cable and satellite is way too expensive for most people. Lost is now an absolute niche… just like Battlestar Galactica is in the UK.

I guess they will show Lost on Sky 3 at some point. Sky 3 is on freeview – the digital TV service that you can get through a regular arial/antenna, but who knows. So, now we, the hardcode Lost fans, are criminalized into using Bittorrent even if we’d like to watch it on regular TV.

To Thom.. Lost is as popular now as X files was at the same point in the UK. It’s only 3 seasons in. The X-files didn’t peak till the 3rd or 4th season IIRC over here.


memson wrote on November 22nd, 2006 at 11:41 AM PST:

> blatantly lying to their customers and telling them they
> are airing the whole of season 3

Let me clarify that statement. In the UK, we don’t do what the US does. If we cant show a series continuously, it’ll be delayed till it can be shown in a single block. For a UK audience, showing 6 episodes over 5 weeks (as Sky chose to show the first two back to back) then having a break that is either as long as it;ll be from the last episode till the US restarts, or (and I’m guessing this is more like it) till ABC decides it will release the episodes to Sky (anything from a week to 16 weeks) is not going to sit well with them. Sky made a seriously big mistake doing what they did. I would have done what channel 4 did and sit on Lost till they could run it without breaks.


Optimus wrote on November 26th, 2006 at 2:53 AM PST:

I truly liked X-files in the past. The episodes with non-alien/no-conspiracy paranormal phenomena (monsters and shit that is) that had nothing to do with the main scenario, were still interesting (and with even more unique themes) to me, but that’s just personal taste.

I stoped watching them after the 3rd cycle iirc. That’s because the greek TV didn’t buyed the next cycles atm and showed the same old cycles once from the beginning. Later, I was occupied by other things (computers :) ) and stopped watching TV, maybe the show came back after a long time but I had lost the track or interest anymore. Maybe I’d like to get the older and newer cycles again in DVD and watch them once again.

I liked the personalities of the main characters and how they blend together (Mulder the weirdo (and his funny quotes ;) and Scully the sceptic), the atmosphere, the story putting you in doubt instead of revealing you the “truth”. Most of my friends hated X-Files because they excepted to see fancy aliens and some cool ending, instead of dialogues, conspiracies and hiding much of the truth. I liked it because of that..


mulderpause wrote on November 26th, 2006 at 12:30 PM PST:

Duchovny isn’t in a legal spat with producers over money owed him. He and 20 Century Fox settled that suit in 2000. He was never in a spat with the producers. It was with Fox.

Chris Carter filed suit against 20th Century Fox in December 2005 over money he feels Fox owes HIM. That suit is ongoing


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