Posts Tagged ‘X-Files’

X-Files: Season 10 #1Okay, so I started this blog intending to mainly focus on X-Men, Marvel, and Fan Fiction, I wasn’t going to review the other stuff I read such as Suicide Squad and Wood’s Star Wars. In fact, I don’t review every Marvel title I read either (why am I still reading Thunderbolts?)… but The X-Files television series is really what shaped me as a writer, how I put things together like plot, pacing, etc. Mulder and Scully were strong characters and when the show was good, it was beyond good. Though, when it was bad, it was beyond bad (I’ll never forgive Chris Carter for that finale).

So when I heard they were doing a Season 10 comic book ala Buffy and Angel, I knew I had to get it. (Actually, I got four of them, I have a compulsion when it comes to variant covers.)

I was… disappointed. But that may just be because I set the pedestal very high.

I’m going to look past the artwork because while it’s not especially good, it’s not terribly bad either. I mean, at least the actors look like themselves and aren’t demonic like in X-Men Legacy. A friend did point out that Scully starts out in a skirt and magically changes into pants when she meets Skinner… suddenly I’m reminded of the Hollywood A.D. episode… anyway, we’ll move past that for now.

It starts out with a typical “Scully in peril” trope from the tv show which is cool, I mean, it’s classic… but the rest of it just kinda slowly goes down hill. Mulder has regressed to his kiddish nature as seen in the pilot episode and throughout the first season. He’s grown a lot since then and it just didn’t seem to fit for him to be that much like a ten year old. And Scully, seeing her cry just didn’t work for me either. I get she was talking about the child they gave up but Scully was never one to express her sorrow so easily, it was usually after a much larger buildup.

Speaking of William… while I like that they are going to address that sore spot of a plot-point in the series, if they don’t handle it properly, it will just make the wound that much more painful.

That being said, it wasn’t a bad comic in and of itself. It didn’t try to drown the reader in exposition and even though it obviously assumes you have seen the tv series it isn’t so riddled with drop-ins as to annoy someone who might be interested in getting into the comic books.

I think mostly I was expecting to open it up and be able to hear Mark Snow’s theme music as I read the pages… and that just didn’t happen. I couldn’t help but put the pedestal to unreachable heights, I can at least acknowledge that.

But I am very much interested in seeing where this goes, and what the Lone Gunman have to do with it… seeing that they’re dead and all (though one can never be too sure).

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Empire – Bryan Singer On Days Of Future Past
“We’ve cracked it in a way that it makes sense. I had a two-hour conversation with James Cameron about time travel, string theory, multiverses and all that. You have to create your rules and stick wtih them.” and “I’m taking into account every movie – I’m not just grabbing my first two movies and First Class and smashing them together.”

ComicBookMovie – Kevin Tsujihara Named CEO Of  WARNER BROS – they are starting to get their act together, this is a good sign

ComicBookMovie – New THOR: THE DARK WORLD Details  Hit; Producer Talks Redefining CBM Genre And More
“Like in Indiana Jones, while there’s high stakes and high danger, there’s  always fun. We have to constantly redefine what a superhero film is or it’d just  exhaust the audience. So Iron Man is the James Bond-y, classic, suave action hero; Captain America’s the period piece; Hulk is the  monster movie; Avengers the disaster movie; and Thor is the science-fiction  epic.”

ComicBookMovie – Mark Strong On Possibly Coming  Back To The KICK-ASS Franchise And GREEN LANTERN’S Failure
“I felt the same way about Green Lantern. I really liked the build up and  Geoff Johns’ commitment to Green Lantern, and everybody worked on it with the  best of intentions,” he said. Going on to say, “Ya know,  nobody makes a movie thinking ‘oh god let’s just make a terrible movie, let’s  not really try in this one shall we? Should we not even bother?’ Everyone was  really committed, and it’s a shame it didn’t catch fire in the right  way.”

ComicBookMovie – New KICK-ASS 2 Stills Feature  Hit-Girl, “Justice Forever” Headquarters And More

Newsarama – YOUNG JUSTICE, GLTAS Officially Canceled, CLONE WARS Moves?

Empire – Comic-Book Costumes From Page To Screen, Ranked By Fidelity To Source

ComicBookMovie – JOSS WHEDON On A Potential  FIREFLY Return

Newsarama – THE X-FILES Finds New Comic Book Home at IDW

ComingSoon.net – Wolverine Puts on a Suit in New Image From The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine – Still not digging the hair.

ComingSoon.net – New Images From Man of Steel

Russell Crowe as Jor-El

Russell Crowe as Jor-El

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CinemaBlend – Captain America’s Toby Jones Says He’s Coming Back For The Winter Soldier
So that means we’re looking at some flashbacks to the first movie but that is to be expected.

ComingSoon.net – Marvel’s Kevin Feige Talks Iron Man 3
“Much of the movie is Tony in the middle of the country without his tools and a fairly broken suit to help him. But that’s his superpower: he wasn’t born on Asgard, he wasn’t hit by gamma rays, and he doesn’t have the super soldier serum. His power is his brain. It’s fun to put Tony Stark in a corner with nothing and see how he can get out of it.”

ComicBookMovie – MAN OF STEEL: Jimmy or Jenny?

CinemaBlend – Bruce Willis Coming Back To Sin City For Sequel – Didn’t his character die?

ComicBookMovie – Mark Strong On Why He Thinks  JOHN CARTER Failed; Says He Really Enjoyed The Movie – I enjoyed it too!!

io9 – The Zombieland TV show heads to Amazon.com
First Arrested Development and now Zombieland… behold the future of television, sorta.

GiantFreakingRobot – Rumors Still Floating For Third X-Files Movie, But Will It Ever Actually Get Made?

deviantArt – Art Deco Superhero Movie Posters

BATMAN MOVIE art deco by ~rodolforever

BATMAN MOVIE art deco by ~rodolforever

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X-Files Rebooted?

ComicBookMovie reports that so far there are no concrete plans for a third X-Files movies and hints at the possibility of a rebooted series ala Star Trek because X-Files is a big brand name and “it’s a huge asset in their libraries so I can’t imagine they would let it sit  languishing forever”.

A rebooted X-Files tv series would be tricky as not only do you have a major fan base, but X-Files changed the shape of television and was a hit no one was expecting.

I mention this because before there was X-Men: The (fan fic) Series, I wrote a treatment for X-Files: Believe, a new tv series for the X-Files. This one never made it into full fledge scripts like X-Men because, well, this was like 2001 and I didn’t know about FF.net, Blogs, etc.

Anyway, my idea, which I still like, starts out revisiting the episode Conduit from the first season. Local Feds from that region go out to investigate a possible kidnapping but, in reference to that episode, they chalk it up to rebellious teenage girl syndrome. Before they leave, they get a note on their car written on the back of one of Mulder’s old business cards asking them to meet someone.

They decide what the heck, remembering that Mulder was ‘that crazy FBI agent’ and maybe it would make the trip worth it, entertainment wise. They end up meeting the boy from Conduit (grown up) and he explains about the aliens, etc. The two agents head back to the regional HQ and the lead character asks if they can investigate further, that perhaps this kid is projecting the ‘alien’ story to coverup in his mind something much more traumatic. This is the only way the kid can deal with reality.

They are given the go ahead and investigate and much like the original episode itself it’s left open as to whether or not it was rebellion or the girl was actually kidnapped. In the course of the investigation, the main character loses time and suddenly doesn’t really know what to make of the events. At the end of the pilot episode someone asks him ‘Do you really think you were abducted by aliens?’ to which he replies, ‘I don’t know what to believe.’

This sets the tone for the first season, the lead character is basically turning into a ‘Mulder-like’ character. He starts to see the possibility of the extraordinary in cases where things just aren’t adding up. He wants to believe that he’s not going crazy but at the same time his eyes are open to a whole new world.

The audience is left to wonder if there is indeed supernatural/alien events occurring or is the character going ‘crazy’ as everyone believes Mulder did. Add some legitimate conspiracy by the government, a partner who is supportive but skeptical, call backs to classic episodes, and you have the original series with enough twists to make it interesting.

Perhaps his this Fan Fic series takes off I’ll look into writing the X-Files fan fic series…

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