5 Reasons No One Cares About the X-Files Movie

It’s a little on the flamebait side, but the author makes 5 excellent points on why no one seems excited about the new X-File flick.

So, the question to all our old X-Files fanatics out there. Are you excited?

16 replies on “5 Reasons No One Cares About the X-Files Movie”

  1. Babbster says:

    Excited, no. Interested, yes.
    I don’t know if I’d fit into the "hardcore" category. I only own the first 2 seasons of the series and I’ve only watched Fight the Future once in the last 5 years. Still, I loved the series before the last couple seasons and I do miss having new X-Files content. So, I’m interested in the new movie and I’ll probably go to see it.

    Of course, anyone who hasn’t seen Dark Knight yet shouldn’t even consider anything else until they get that done.

  2. jayhawk88 says:

    Eh
    Same here, not excited really at all. IMO it would have been better if:

    1. This would have come out 3 or 4 years ago, when the end of the X-Files was still relatively fresh.

    2. This came out in another 8 or 9 years, with different actors playing the parts of Scully and Mulder (or perhaps new characters all together), giving it a fresh new take.

    3. It wasn’t released in the summer up against Dark Knight, Iron Man, Indiana Jones, Hulk, Hancock, Hellboy, WallE, Mummy, etc etc. Pretty busy summer to try and squeeze in a movie like this.

    And this is coming from a guy who watched the show regularly up to and including the infamous last season.

    • gluegun says:

      Re: Eh

      Same here, not excited really at all. IMO it would have been better if:

      1. This would have come out 3 or 4 years ago, when the end of the X-Files was still relatively fresh.

      And this is coming from a guy who watched the show regularly up to and including the infamous last season.

      To counter that argument, I think it’s good that they did wait this long, so the disappointment of how the series ended has faded (hopefully).

    • Trekkie says:

      Re: Eh

      2. This came out in another 8 or 9 years, with different actors playing the parts of Scully and Mulder (or perhaps new characters all together), giving it a fresh new take.

      please don’t encourage them. While yes BSG did it right, doing this to more long term successful shows will just make TV suck more.

  3. Grounded says:

    Fair enough
    Some decent points made, although "People like JJ Abrams have stepped in to do what Chris Carter once did, and done it even better" struck me as an odd thing to say.

  4. babasyzygy says:

    Missed the big one
    9/11. Seriously, the american mindset has changed since the X-Files was big – the X-Files was an artifact of the post-Cold War, pre-9/11 era. We who had grown up with the threat of global thermonuclear war were used to thinking about shadow apocalyptic struggles and the fall of the Soviet Union left a void.

    Creatively, the X-Files could have changed with the times and done something with the idea that the Twin Towers came down due to some alien conspiracy, or that there was an alien conspiracy behind either the terrorists or the counterterrorism effort (or both!), but good luck marketing it.

    That said, I’ll see the movie – but it’ll be an exercise in nostalgia more than an actively engaged interest.

    • Fez says:

      Re: Missed the big one

      Creatively, the X-Files could have changed with the times and done something with the idea that the Twin Towers came down due to some alien conspiracy, or that there was an alien conspiracy behind either the terrorists or the counterterrorism effort (or both!), but good luck marketing it.

      They had already covered the conspiracy to crash a plane into a building on The Lone Gunman, though I forget which episode. I just picked it up cheap ($13) at Best Buy but haven’t watched them again yet.

      • fiziko says:

        Re: Missed the big one

        They had already covered the conspiracy to crash a plane into a building on The Lone Gunman, though I forget which episode. I just picked it up cheap ($13) at Best Buy but haven’t watched them again yet.

        It was the pilot episode, and the similarities were the main reason the set was delayed. It wasn’t just a building, it was the actual World Trade Center, several months before 9/11, to the point that people were wondering if that episode inspired the plan.

  5. rickyjames says:

    The Truth Is…
    I am actually scared to see this movie becasue there’s a hundred ways it can screw up the memory of the X-Files and no way it can live up to it. And that’s precisely why I’ll go – the X-Files was all about facing fear….

    • PuppetSocko says:

      Re: The Truth Is…
      …That as of today, more people have commented on an X-Files film that isn’t out yet than they have on The Dark Knight.

      Perhaps the rest are waiting in line….

      • Babbster says:

        Re: The Truth Is…

        …That as of today, more people have commented on an X-Files film that isn’t out yet than they have on The Dark Knight.

        Perhaps the rest are waiting in line….

        Waiting in line or just discussing it everywhere else on the Innertubes. :)

  6. Jethro says:

    BSG
    I know I don’t care about another X-Files movie, so I figure I’d ask – any of you know what’s up with BSG? I think I saw a promo saying it’s starting in August but I don’t really believe them.

  7. fiziko says:

    Looking forward to it
    I am excited about this, but as some of you may have noticed, I’m a big fan of the show. I bought the series as it came out on DVD, and then rebought it in slimline packaging to free up more shelf space. I also upgraded the non-anamorphic movie DVD to the anamorphic DTS movie DVD. Still, seasons 7 and (in particular) 9 proved that the writing team is just as capable of messing things up royally at times as they are of making great stuff. I can’t argue with points 3-5 in that article, and find that 1 and 2 don’t really apply to me, though I agree they would to others. I think he missed a big one, though. People weren’t nearly as excited about "Batman Begins" as they were about "Dark Knight," simply because BB followed "Batman and Robin." When the last new content in that form is that weak, people go in to the new stuff with a high degree of caution. The last new "X-Files" content we had was the ninth season of the series, and I don’t know anyone who has particularly fond memories of those episodes. If this movie delivers as well as the show did in its prime, then a third movie would have more hype, but I think it may be too little, too late. I’ll be there Friday night, (7:40pm screening tickets have been purchased) and post a review Saturday morning.

    That all being said, coming from someone with every X-Files novel, episode, and movie to date, this would have to be better than the best episodes have ever been to get me to suggest seeing this if you haven’t seen Dark Knight yet.

  8. NorthWest says:

    Excited because other are excited
    I wasn’t too excited about this movie until recently. My wife and her best friend got VERY excited to find out that it’s releasing this Friday and consequently, that caused some excitement in me. I’m looking forward to seeing it, but as with all movies since TPM I’m keeping my expectations flat. :-)

  9. Trekkie says:

    for me, it died a long time ago
    It died a long time ago for me. I used to be religious about watching it.

    I can’t exactly pinpoint when I quit watching it on TV. I never made it to the new people, it just got dumb.

    I think it was about the time Scully was in a mountain and a bunch of aliens 3′ tall ran by her and she denied everything happened or she got cancer or one of the 5000 other ‘wtf’ head scratching moments that seemed to start to spiral that show down the tubes.

    upon hearing they were doing one my initial reaction was ‘what? Why’ and then upon hearing the title they chose to go with ‘bleh’ came to mind.

    No desire to see it now. i might catch it on HBO or whatever, but I’m not even going to take the effort to rent it.

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