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Chairman Capone
Dec 17, 2008



Unmature posted:

Just ordered a couple of the extended universe paperbacks. Any recommendations? Seems like they all might just be pretty standard tv show tie-in books but that’s good enough for me. Do any of them rise above that?

I know a lot of the early X-Files tie-in books and comics were written by Kevin J. Anderson, so that doesn't leave a lot of high hopes for them.

I know there was a comic about the 1800s mystery airships and another that was a 30 Days of Night crossover, and I wanted to read both, but never got my hands on either.

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A Fancy Hat
Nov 18, 2016

Always remember that the President is dumber than the dumbest person you've ever met by a wide margin


Unmature posted:

Watching the Stephen King written episode Chinga. What is up with Mulder being instantly like “no, haunted dolls are bullshit from movies”? It’s one of the most common tropes he should at least reference the Warrens even though they were full of poo poo

It also really feels like a story King wrote and then crammed Mulder and Scully into. They’re barely in the episode. Carter is also credited as a writer so maybe King just sent him an old short and he slid some X-Files into it where he could.

I'm a huge King fan, and this episode is really disappointing. It's not terrible, but it feels like it's torn between being a King work and an X-files episode, so it never really satisfies either itch. But I do like the idea that Mulder has certain things even HE doesn't believe in.

Two Owls
Sep 17, 2016

Yeah, count me in



Chairman Capone posted:

I know a lot of the early X-Files tie-in books and comics were written by Kevin J. Anderson, so that doesn't leave a lot of high hopes for them.

I remember after the first couple of very early books, Kevin J Anderson was a step up. At least he seemed to have actually watched the series and, for instance, didn't have Mulder and Scully call each other Fox and Dana.

Chairman Capone
Dec 17, 2008



I actually did have some involvement with X-Files books - as a kid, our local library had what we would today probably call YA novelizations of first season episodes. I re-read the Darkness Falls one far more than I've ever seen the episode itself, given this was the mid-90s and aside from catching it by luck on rerun, I had no real way to get the episode itself.

Lord Hydronium
Sep 25, 2007

Non, je ne regrette rien




I have fond memories of watching the older seasons by renting those 2 episode VHS collections from the local Hollywood Video. I got into the show around season 5; my uncle was really into it, and I remember catching a couple S4 episodes at his house (specifically Small Potatoes and Zero Sum, the latter of which made me terrified of those overflow holes in bathroom sinks). I watched at least some of S5 as it aired, and I have distinct memories of certain episodes in that season (Detour stood out in my memory as particularly freaky, and having just rewatched it recently, boy is that a great episode). Season 6 is the one where I think I really got into it, as that's where my strongest memories of watching it live start. From then until the series finale I also taped pretty much every episode and would watch them on repeat. I've been going through a rewatch of the series, and just recently got to S6, so it's pretty fun to hit the point where the nostalgia kicks in as I remember watching them the first time (and for many episodes, not having seen them at all since then).

Lord Hydronium fucked around with this message at 21:39 on Oct 20, 2020

Unmature
May 9, 2008


Watching season 1 for the first time in forever and it is crazy how differently Scully and Mulder are styled. You think of “The X-Files” and you think angular thin pale people in black and white and season 1 is like all mauve pantsuits and poofy hair. They keep Mulder a little more drab but he just looks dorky in his striped shirts and thick fabric suits. Everyone has shoulder pads.

Also forgot an alien ghost sabotaged the Challenger. Huh.

Unmature fucked around with this message at 01:15 on Oct 21, 2020

howe_sam
Mar 7, 2013

Creepy little garbage eaters


You can also use the show to track the evolution of cell phone technology. I'm probably wrong about this, but X-files feels like the first show that really heavily leaned on the use of cell phones.

Unmature
May 9, 2008


howe_sam posted:

You can also use the show to track the evolution of cell phone technology. I'm probably wrong about this, but X-files feels like the first show that really heavily leaned on the use of cell phones.

It’s definitely a huge part of the iconography of the show. People even have tattoos of their phones. Shows may have had them show up but X-Files feels like the first where it was a major factor in the show.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

E:\FILES>quickfli clown.fli

Antifa Turkeesian posted:

I think it works with him just being a petty bureaucrat who wasted his life pointlessly rising in an organization at the cost of his true self. The part with him finally selling the story and finding out that the editors changed it all couldn’t have been in his manuscript, right?
Oh I'm leaning heavily on a final line for this pet theory.

quote:

FROHIKE: So far, this is based only on a story I read in one of my weekly subscriptions that rang a bell.

I'm playing with the idea he's been so dispirited with his writings ending up in a porn magazine that he just goes "stuff it" and starts writing into conspiracy magazines as a way of disinformation, given the main flashback narrative is driven by Frohike, so it's potentially unreliable.

This is made weirder by the original ending where Frohike actually gets shot but it was vetoed by production as keeping him alive still fed into the CSM mythos.

Unmature
May 9, 2008


Should I watch Kolchak: The Night Stalker?

Antifa Turkeesian
Aug 20, 2006




Unmature posted:

Should I watch Kolchak: The Night Stalker?

Hard yes. Darren McGavin is a national treasure.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

E:\FILES>quickfli clown.fli

Unmature posted:

Everyone has shoulder pads.

Yeah this guy from Tooms wins the 90's pad award.


egon_beeblebrox
Feb 29, 2008

WILL AMOUNT TO NOTHING IN LIFE.





Unmature posted:

Should I watch Kolchak: The Night Stalker?

The two Kolchak tv movies have fantastic blu-rays from Kino Lorber. Well-worth the money. The show isn't quite as good as the movies, but it's still a ton of fun.

kingturnip
Apr 18, 2008


BogDew posted:

Yeah this guy from Tooms wins the 90's pad award.




He was asking for it, walking around dressed like that

Milo and POTUS
Sep 3, 2017

I will not shut up about the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I talk about them all the time and work them into every conversation I have. I built a shrine in my room for the yellow one who died because sadly no one noticed because she died around 9/11. Wanna see it?


He'll never be able to dislocate his shoulders and squeeze into a an airvent like that

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Unmature
May 9, 2008


Just watched The Night Stalker, the TV movie that served as the pilot for Kolchak, and you can definitely see the influence on The X-Files. It’s even paced pretty much the same. It’s great and on YouTube in full. Well worth watching

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