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The X-Files need to be closed

By JDogg in News
Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 05:00:11 PM EST
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Last night's espisode of The X-Files made me realize that Chris Carter and company have finally run out of ideas and are simply ruining what used to be a great show. While Fox hasn't confirmed it yet, it is believed that this season will be the last for the seven-year series. When the show's producers resort to have Mulder and Scully shooting at digital gun slinging cowgirls Terminator-style it really is time to wrap up the series.


Sci-Fi writer William Gibson penned last night's disaster in which a new virtual reality game goes haywire, killing unsuspecting participants due to a renegade Lara Croft-esque character with a body to die for (literally). The "goddess", as she is reffered to, runs rampant in the game decapatating and terroizing anyone who tries to stop her. Even though this is a virtual experience, the death and destruction she inflicts turns out to be real (how this happens is beyond me). The deaths qualify as an X-File and Mulder, Scully and the Lone Gunmen come in to investigate.

The episode turns plain zany when Mulder grabs a space age gun and joins the virtual party. He tries defeating the goddess "Rambo Style" and is eventually joined by a gun weilding Scully as they battle the cyber-enemy. We see the dynamic duo shooting up multiple replicas of the goddess as they stand in a cyber generated old-west town.

I guess the director realized that this was just too bizare, so he wrote in an even more ridiculous ending. In order to save Mulder and Scully from disaster, the programmers behind the game typed in the magical command to "kill the program", thus losing everything they had built, but saving M&S in the process. Ctrl-Alt-Bloodbath was the code they used. And at this point i didn't even care to make sense of why or how it worked. The acting was bad, the plot was unbelievably lame and I really expected more from the pairing of William Gibson and Chris Carter (their first episode together was quite good).

This mess of an episode has left me frustrated with what used to be a weekly enjoyment of Sunday X-Files entertainment. I don't know if any of you have noticed this downward trend in the quality of the show. I can only hope that there's no 8th season of the series.

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The X-Files need to be closed | 29 comments (29 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
I haven't seen the very latest ones... (none / 0) (#4)
by fvw on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 11:56:57 AM EST

fvw voted 1 on this story.

I haven't seen the very latest ones yet, but yes, it's getting corny. However, I don't know if that's a real problem to me. I never really did more that watch it for a laugh, so while I preferred the old ones, I say milk it for all that's in it ;-)

Re: I haven't seen the very latest ones... (none / 0) (#9)
by JDogg on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 05:23:45 PM EST

the problem with last night's was that it wasn't even really funny!


***It's like I'm Han Solo, you're Chewie, he's Ben Kenobi and we're in that FUCKED-UP BAR!!!***
-- Jay from Dogma
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Re: I haven't seen the very latest ones... (none / 0) (#13)
by fvw on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 07:05:54 PM EST

That doesn't matter, was it _ridiculous_? :-)

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Re: I haven't seen the very latest ones... (none / 0) (#15)
by adamant on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 08:35:00 PM EST

Really? I was laughing through the whole show. But, yes, it was more funny-ridiculous than funny-haha.

I knew it was going to get out of hand when the star-video game star showed up to slay the dragon -er- I mean naked chick.

I thought it might get interesting when they started talking about the tendency of the technology industries to be so male-dominated. Exploring that angle of the story could have helped this very poor x-files episode -- maybe.


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Re: I haven't seen the very latest ones... (none / 0) (#19)
by rusty on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 09:47:54 PM EST

I knew it was going to get out of hand when the star-video game star showed up to slay the dragon -er- I mean naked chick.

Was it just me, or was that guy supposed to be Dennis "Thresh" Fong? What puzzled me was this-- ok, I thought Wm. Gibson didn't use computers. But the episode was obviously heavily influenced by Quake and the "Quake culture." Imean, the thresh character, the first level looks a lot like a quake level (those big openings in the wall, even the ambient room noise was right on). So either Gibson has been polishing his mouse in the deathmatch arena lately, or he had some advice from a gamer. Anyone know anything?

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yeah I do think that the x-files ne... (1.00 / 1) (#3)
by rajivvarma on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 12:33:44 PM EST

rajivvarma voted 1 on this story.

yeah I do think that the x-files need to be closed, but man, what a series!

Rajiv Varma
Mirror of DeCSS.

I had much the same thoughts as I w... (4.30 / 3) (#1)
by joeyo on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 12:48:32 PM EST

joeyo voted 1 on this story.

I had much the same thoughts as I watched last nights episode too. I just kept thinking "man this show has gone downhill". They didn't even offer a token explanation for 1) how the killer chick goto into the game in the first place 2. how she killed the people (it would have been kind of cool if there was some sort of psychological explanation or really any) explanation 3. what exactly happened to mulder when he was "stuck in the computer" and not in reality. It was even worse than the superman movie where the computer takes over the girl at the end :)

On the plus side, it did have the lone gunmen and Langley was even wearing his Ozomatli t-shirt :)

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"Give me enough variables to work with, and I can probably do away with the notion of human free will." -- demi

Re: I had much the same thoughts as I w... (none / 0) (#7)
by rusty on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 05:19:23 PM EST

Anyone know anything about the rumors that the LG are getting their own spinoff show? I think that could be entertaining. Hopefully they wouldn't take it too seriously (or spend too much time exposing "massive incomprehensible, poorly-plotted government conspiracies")

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Re: I had much the same thoughts as I w... (none / 0) (#8)
by JDogg on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 05:22:46 PM EST

Yeah i heard about that too. It could be good. But i bet I'd get sick of seeing those three on a weekly basis. You know they're really shitty actors.


***It's like I'm Han Solo, you're Chewie, he's Ben Kenobi and we're in that FUCKED-UP BAR!!!***
-- Jay from Dogma
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Re: I had much the same thoughts as I w... (none / 0) (#10)
by neonman on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 05:26:58 PM EST

I just wonder how they would implement that sort of thing.
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Call me a heretic, but I've never c... (none / 0) (#2)
by Demona on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 01:09:59 PM EST

Demona voted -1 on this story.

Call me a heretic, but I've never cared for X-Files.

Re: Call me a heretic, but I've never c... (none / 0) (#14)
by ramses0 on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 07:07:04 PM EST

"heretic!"


(hey, you asked for it ;^)= But yah, I never watched the x-files either. The movie was kindof neat, but watching TV has recently made me ill. It's just so dull and unimaginative ;^)= The Simpsons, and that late-night fox-show "Blind Date" are two notable exceptions.

--Robert
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Re: Call me a heretic, but I've never c... (2.00 / 1) (#20)
by Demona on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 10:22:57 PM EST

Now there's an idea: What television is really worth watching, and why? And what do you watch that you consider a "guilty pleasure"?

Despite its flaws, I'm a big Xena fan, and not just for the cheesecake. I watched the Simpsons for a while but was never really "hooked" on it. And if I catch a rerun of the old Muppet Show, or Columbo, I'm GLUED to the tube...

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Re: Call me a heretic, but I've never c... (none / 0) (#22)
by ramses0 on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 11:42:19 PM EST

Since you asked... I love the simpsons, and always watch it when my friends have it on. Otherwise, I can't be bothered to remember to turn on the television.

Sports Night is probably the -best- television series I've seen in a long time. It's smart, fast-paced, bitingly funny, and overall a really good show to watch. Tuesdays 9:30, 8:30pm central. I'll have to remember to record it.

Dawsons Creek was really good in the first season because the actors were human. Second season they all got haircuts, makeup and started being "hip" which ruined it for me. I liked it because it seemed to honestly explore teen emotions. I couldn't ever delude myself that it was high-schoolers, I just pretended it was college with lockers ;^)=

I used to watch ER, but got out of the habit, and am afraid to try and get back in to it. Seinfeld was another show like that. It doesn't require brains, but I just got out of the habit of watching it.

Blind Date is a guilty pleasure (I can't find a link, otherwise I'd post one). This show is just wacky. They get two people together to go on a blind date, follow them around with cameras, and make fun of them with post-production video editing. Another one that I'll watch with friends if they have it on.

Is there anything else worthwhile on TV lately? A lot of the dramas look interesting but I don't want to devote the time to watching them and deciding if they're good.

--Robert
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good television and guilty pleasures (2.00 / 1) (#23)
by rillian on Tue Feb 29, 2000 at 06:17:36 AM EST

Oh dear, that's a good one.Now there's an idea: What television is really worth watching, and why? And what do you watch that you consider a "guilty pleasure"?

A good one indeed. I've been living with cable tv for about the past year after several years of freedom. (It came with the apt) I'm sad to admit that I've been watching more and more.

What's good? Ever since I sat down to give it the benifit of the doubt, I've liked the Simpsons. Brilliant, postmodern humour. South Park is good for the same reasons, but it's more vicious, and the issues it deals with are less precisely defined. Less dramatic too, I suppose. The Simpsons characters can be quite human sometimes.

I've found myself watching Law and Order quite a bit lately. Very good writing and (sometimes) performances, plus generally a complex treatment for television.

I'm regularly watching Beasties, and it's the only one I bother to tape. It's just a children's cartoon, so the characters and story aren't terribly exciting; mostly I like the visual style. That and it's local talent.

We watch Xena and (at least before the end) Hercules pretty regularly. I suppose a large component is the *cake, but I also really like the attitude and sense of humor. Refreshing and Attractive.

My guilty pleasure is definitely Star Trek--usually Voyager these days. The show really has no redeeming qualities outside of shared cultural experience, but I still dig it. The characters, the melodrama, the foreheads. What's not to like? What's to be proud of?

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Re: good television and guilty pleasures (none / 0) (#25)
by rusty on Tue Feb 29, 2000 at 12:55:42 PM EST

Law and Order is a great show. I don't know if it's just living in DC (Official motto: "Nerdiest Place on Earth") but I find that in any crowd of three or more people, there will be at least one who will get the reference when you growl "Make a deal, Jack!" Adam-style. :-)

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Re: My God no one mentioned Buffy? (2.00 / 1) (#24)
by driph on Tue Feb 29, 2000 at 06:33:55 AM EST

The only show I watch regularly.
Well, actually Buffy & Angel.. The shows are fun, witty, tend to be clever... and *bonus,* events that happened several seasons ago are brought up and recalled.. the characters actually remember the past, which is nice.
I didn't start watching buffy until the end of the 2nd season or so.. A friend from work loved the show, and recorded them all.. after a bit of pressure, I finally watched the first couple episodes..returned those tapes to her, borrowed the next few... started watching with another friend.. borrowed more tapes.. in about two weeks we watched 2 seasons worth of buffy.. what a way to see the story progression! Anyways, since then I've been hooked.


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Vegas isn't a liberal stronghold. It's the place where the rich and powerful gamble away their company's pension fund and strangle call girls in their hotel rooms. - Psycho Dave
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Re: My God no one mentioned Buffy? (none / 0) (#26)
by Demona on Tue Feb 29, 2000 at 04:46:44 PM EST

I caught one episode of Buffy recently and was actually quite impressed with the fight scenes, which were done just as well or better than Xena's -- very "real" even though it still had that "wire-fu" edge. Even though I'm not familiar with the backstory, I was pretty engrossed and amused by the plot ("Buffy want BEER!"). There definitely seems to be a rather large Xena/Buffy crossover audience. Given the tiny amount of television I watch, I think I can afford to make time for one more show, and it looks like Buffy will be it.

(I wouldn't go out of my way to watch Dilbert, but when I'm over at my friend's house with ISDN I do catch it on the web at Dilbert On Demand. The perfect BOFH show has yet to be invented.)

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Re: Call me a heretic, but I've never c... (none / 0) (#29)
by adamant on Tue Feb 29, 2000 at 10:36:22 PM EST

I can't bear to say this . . .

But I really like watching both Martial Law and Walker Texas Ranger.

Maybe it's Arsenio Hall. I can't even think of the guy with busting up!

BWHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH!!!!

See?

And Walker -- that's quality entertainment! I especially like how most episodes end with Walker cornering the bad guy and instead of just arresting him, he holsters his gun, shares a few well thought out words like "Come on . . ." and starts kicking ass!

My TV viewing consists entirely of these two shows, Law & Order (not SVU), the Simpsons, That 70's Show, and Freaks and Geeks -- when it's on.

I don't like Law & Order special victims unit as much. It's good Law but not as much Order as I like.

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It's so sad to see Fox's anchor sho... (1.50 / 2) (#6)
by skim123 on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 03:21:50 PM EST

skim123 voted 1 on this story.

It's so sad to see Fox's anchor shows going down in flames. XFiles has been sucking, and, sadly, the Simpsons have been in a long downslide...

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Re: It's so sad to see Fox's anchor sho... (3.00 / 1) (#16)
by Inoshiro on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 08:40:22 PM EST

The recent Simpsons have been smoother now. They're back to the proper Conan-ish format of poking fun at pretty much everything, having a small intro-story segue into two main story lines, and generally having fun with the medium :-)



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Yeah... I really agree with you.. ... (1.00 / 1) (#5)
by neonman on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 05:00:11 PM EST

neonman voted 1 on this story.

Yeah... I really agree with you.. I saw the FPS episode yesterday and it was nothing but crap. It was only marginally better than the xfiles-Cops thing the week before... I just hope they pull through and put out a few more good episodes.

on a side note, I'm told that David Duchovny went to my school in new york.
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Why kuro65hin will kick slashdot's ass (1.00 / 1) (#11)
by Nyarlathotep on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 06:14:51 PM EST

I would like to draw everyone's attention to how kuro5hin.org's articles (like this one) are frequently longer and more informitive then slashdot's. They tend to be what slashdot would consider a small feature.

This is one of the real streangths of Rusty's voting system. A person who submits an article to slashdot is discuraged from really analysising it because it will be accepted or rejected based on the oppinion of some unnamed person towards the original article, but when you post to Kuro5hin you have this fealing that "I should say soemthing more to provide people with more information and make it more likely to be posted." I think it is likely that we will see a better quality of story here because of this effect.. it will make people care more.


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Re: Why kuro65hin will kick slashdot's ass (1.00 / 1) (#12)
by JDogg on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 06:27:39 PM EST

i totally agree with that observation... I know to interest people more when i post to K5


***It's like I'm Han Solo, you're Chewie, he's Ben Kenobi and we're in that FUCKED-UP BAR!!!***
-- Jay from Dogma
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Re: Why kuro65hin will kick slashdot's ass (none / 0) (#17)
by Inoshiro on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 08:42:51 PM EST

Well, I know it encourages people to do things, like the security series I'm writing :-)

The Slashdot system is more for tidbits of nerd news, with the odd good discussion (much worse now that the most recent wave of newbies have come along with their 1-sentence score 1 posts). And you don't get hung up on Karma like on Slashdot (yaya!).. But then, my Karma is almost triple digit :^)

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We always become what we oppose (5.00 / 1) (#18)
by rusty on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 09:35:47 PM EST

I agree with your point-- I like reading articles here better than /. because they contain more meat. I like meat.

However, do note that my goal is not to kick slashdot's ass. One of those cliches that always turns out to be true is that we become what we oppose (I don't even know if that's a cliche, but I'm sure there must be some old truism to that effect). The revolution always becomes the status quo. I remember when microsoft was the young, go-get-em startup that everyone was rooting for. Hell, I remember when the X-Files was that goofy sci-fi show with two no-name actors that didn't have a snowball's chance of making it to a second season.

Anyway, the point is, if I just wanted to kick slashdot's ass (and thereby become the new slashdot), well, that'd be setting my sights pretty low. How 'bout we all start talking about how kuro5hin is going to kick Rupert Murdoch's ass, and put the readers in charge of all the media. :-)

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Re: We always become what we oppose (3.00 / 1) (#21)
by joeyo on Mon Feb 28, 2000 at 10:42:17 PM EST

One of those cliches that always turns out to be true is that we become what we oppose

Hey, it was in Lord of the Rings, so it must be true. :)

...if I just wanted to kick slashdot's ass... well, that'd be setting my sights pretty low...

I mentioned this somewhere else, but I am all about K5 getting all sorts of features that /. does not have. I came here origionally because of story moderation and cool things like the hotlist are keeping me checking back (it's quite addictive actually...)

/joeyo

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Re: We always become what we oppose (none / 0) (#27)
by xah on Tue Feb 29, 2000 at 07:44:23 PM EST

You rock, Rusty.

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Re: We always become what we oppose (none / 0) (#28)
by rusty on Tue Feb 29, 2000 at 10:30:52 PM EST

Thank you. :-)

Are you aware that if you search for your name on Google, a fair portion of what comes up is Obituaries? Creepy, eh?

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