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August 2, 2008

X-Files movie has great script, worth seeing

<i>College 301</i> column

WARNING: The column below may contain spoilers for the film “The X-Files: I Want to Believe.”

Last weekend, in no uncertain terms, marked the end of a lengthy mission my mother and I started nearly a year ago. On Saturday we finally finished watching all the episodes of the X-Files. Nine seasons, 202 episodes and one feature film, all completed, just in time for the opening weekend of the new film, “The X-Files: I Want to Believe.” After finishing the series finale, we headed to the movie theater to check out the next installment in Chris Carter’s innovative show.

Unfortunately, I had made the mistake of looking at some early reviews before we went, so I had seen the critical backlash that is accompanying the movie. Many reviewers are not a fan of the film, but after reading their comments a little more closely, and now seeing the movie, it seems that they just don’t understand the show. For one thing, most of the reviews keep mentioning a 10-year gap since we’ve last seen the show, which is false. It’s been 10 years since the last film, yes, but the show went off the air in 2002, meaning it’s only been six years we last saw Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

Just like with the last movie, we’re blessed with a quick start and not forced to sit through a mountain of credits before the film begins (I’m looking at you, M. Night Shyamalan). All that’s displayed is a quick flash of Twentieth Century Fox before the title of the movie appears, accompanied by the eerie opening strains of a theme that I’m sure everybody and their mother knows by now - mine sure does. Picking up six years since the show finished, Mulder and Scully are now out of the FBI and living together. Scully is a doctor at a Catholic hospital and a bearded Mulder continues collecting stories about and researching the paranormal. All is well until an FBI agent approaches Scully about a case involving a missing agent and convinces her to get Mulder’s help, thanks to his particular brand of expertise.

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