The X Files (1998)
December 9, 2016 1:34 PM - Subscribe

Mulder and Scully must fight the government in a conspiracy and find the truth about an alien colonization of Earth.

The film takes place between seasons five (episode "The End") and six (episode "The Beginning") of the television series, and follows agents Mulder and Scully, removed from their usual jobs on the X-Files, investigating the bombing of a building and the destruction of criminal evidence. They uncover what appears to be a government conspiracy attempting to hide the truth about an alien colonization of Earth.[1]
posted by frimble (10 comments total)
Looked good; felt kind of aimless, though.
posted by Chrysostom at 2:29 PM on December 9, 2016

an example of the "very long episode" problem.

It's... just ok. (obviously) focused on the mytharc which wasn't my favourite part of the series to begin with.
posted by lmfsilva at 3:47 PM on December 9, 2016 [1 favorite]

I was a casual fan when this came out, saw it in the theater, and didn't know what was going on ~80% of the time.
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:45 AM on December 10, 2016

This came out when I was 13 and my friends and I were MASSIVE x-files fans. One of my friend's moms came to the opening day showing with us and said later she could tell exactly where in the theater we were sitting because that's where the gasps came from when Mulder and Scully almost kissed. (Shippers represent)

I re-watched this recently and still liked it. I liked the old mytharc stuff up through this movie. Season 6 onward just got iffy.

Also, isn't this one titled Fight the Future?
posted by olinerd at 7:28 PM on December 11, 2016

The official title at the time was just The X-Files, as far as I know. "Fight the Future" was used heavily in marketing materials, though, and AFAIK it's been adopted as an unofficial subtitle to distinguish it from I Want to Believe.
posted by tobascodagama at 9:28 PM on December 11, 2016

Yup, it was just "The X-Files" until the second came out, when the marketing tagline/working title became the semi-official title. When I've seen it on cable a few months ago, it was listed as "The X-Files: Fight The Future".
posted by lmfsilva at 6:05 AM on December 12, 2016

I saw this in the theater. Here is what I remember: 1. ice 2. bees 3. maybe a spaceship? in the ice? full of bees?
posted by showbiz_liz at 10:54 AM on December 12, 2016 [3 favorites]

Have to admit that I liked the movie-ized theme song. The outro song, not so much.

35,000 BC is about 10,000 years too early for for humans in the upper parts of North America, so possibly non-sapiens Homo. There was a high profile finding of hominids in California from 120,000 BCE but I can't find any followup. Humans were pretty modern looking by 35,000 BCE.

Go surviving cavemanperson hominid with the stake! Boo black oil!

That alien looked like a Grey with a Venom symbiote.

Fucking corn/ maize and the terrible agricultural practices involved in animal feed/ ethanol.
posted by porpoise at 9:56 PM on June 23, 2020

Go surviving cavemanperson hominid with the stake!

It was indeed pretty damn impressive that he managed to kill the alien.

This movie felt like a long, run of the mill episode.

It felt so odd to hear Mulder and Scully swearing. They don't normally, because they can't on TV, and it felt out of character for them to be doing it when there was no internal logic to why they would suddenly start.

The explosion of the Well-Manicured Man's car doesn't make any sense. Did the Syndicate have his car rigged with a bomb just in case he did something wrong, and were they monitoring him 24/7 to be sure he didn't?

The sets were pretty freaking amazing -- especially the bombed building, the Jiffy Pop beehives, and the set in Antarctica.

And of course we have a "Mulder gets Scully out of bed at some ridiculous hour and expects her to get dressed and come with him without even explaining where they are going" incident in this movie.

It was nice to see Blythe Danner in this movie, and Martin Landau made a perfect "is he crazy or is he right" character.
posted by orange swan at 1:42 PM on June 24, 2020

The Syndicate do aspire to be control freaks...

Agreed - Landau was an excellent casting choice and injected just the right amount of levity.

Danner is super familiar, but I can't put a finger on any particular roles. Was she in something(s) you particularly enjoyed?
posted by porpoise at 10:05 PM on June 24, 2020

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