It’s been 20 years since Mattel released the first ever X-Files Mulder and Scully Barbie gift set featuring the spooky duo in conjunction with the very first X-Files movie, all the way back in 1998.
There were two versions of the gift set produced, the first and rarer version, was quickly pulled from shelves because it was deemed that Scully’s hair was too long and promptly replaced with a second release with shorter hair.
Fast forward 20 years later and the first images of new brand new Mulder and Scully Barbie Signature dolls have leaked online showcasing brand new sculpts of the duo made specially for this release.
Each doll is packaged separately and while not 100% confirmed, may seem to include some points of articulation. Both are dressed in screen accurate outfits from the show along with ID and FBI badges,
Slated to release later this month, one of the Scully dolls has already appeared on eBay (where the images came from) so it can’t be too soon before we see them hit our local retailers!
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It’s been a very welcome return for our long time truth hunters who returned to our screen in January after a decade plus long absence. The shows main hurdle to overcome was whether or not Mulder and Scully could still draw in the audiences it once drew in all those years ago while being reachable to new viewers not overtly familiar with the characters and the show.
When season 10 closed with that insane final episode, I for one, like to say that yes, The X-Files was able to bring me – a long time fan of the show – back into it’s fold and also welcome in new viewers. With the revelation that ‘little green men’ do in fact exist and that their alien mechanics had been used for decades to create secret technology and their DNA used to protect chosen ones from an impending global disease crisis, dedicated fans got to travel full circle with Mulder and Scully on their hunt for the truth.
This reveal, in some form, closed the ‘is the truth out there’ book and opened a brand new one revolving around powerful men and the Alien secrets they have been choosing to hide from the public basically transforming what we all knew about The X-Files and the team involved brining back this show did it good.
That’s not to say though that The X-Files return did not come with its flaws.
While many critics applauded the shows quick return to monster-of-the-week flair (episode 3 – Mulder and Scully meet the were-monster) I found that to be one of the series weakest. While the on-screen chemistry between Duchovny and Anderson was stronger than ever, the tongue-in-cheek poke at Mulder and Scully’s monster hunting felt incredibly far fetched with the story of Guy Mann, a lizard to human shape changer that included way too much dialogue and not enough of the dark stuff we had been treated to in the second episode with insane geneticist Augustus Goldman (Melrose Place’s Doug Savant) building genetically enhanced (and disfigured) children.
Episode five introduced two new agents – Agent Miller (Robbie Amell) and the ridiculously named Agent Einstein (Lauren Ambrose) to the fold and went even further south of episode 3 and gave us Mulder, deep in the heart of Texas, boot scootin and line dancing his way through a psychedelic trip that eventually saw him face to face with a comatose bomber. These two weak episodes felt like a very poor and feeble attempt at recapturing some of the more light hearted and fan favorite episodes of seasons past such as Bad Blood from season 5.
Funnily enough, what critics hated the most, I found to be engaging and very X-Filesey. The cigarette smoking man playing puppet master god, Scully’s alien DNA proving to be a most useful tool, Mulder working with conspiracy theorist Tad O’Malley (Joel McHale), Scully’s former partner Agent Reyes (Annabeth Gish) returning out of the blue to provide a shocking piece of information….this funnily enough is where most felt the X-Files lost it’s way during its original run yet felt like The X-Files.
So how did each episode fare?
Episode One – My Struggle
7 out of 10
The X-Files not only had to re-connect with long time fans but also, draw in new ones and in doing so, produced a lot of information, like mountains of it. From Aliens landing in the 1950’s to how their technology was stripped from them to the semi-annoying Tad O’Malley gobbling up too much screen time to learning about what Mulder and Scully had been up-to since we last saw them.
MVP: Sveta ( Annet Mahendru) was the perfectly eerie and damaged character to bring Mulder and Scully back together. A survivor of multiple abductions, Sveta’s fragility in coming forward with her claims played immensely well into the X-Files lore.
Episode Two – Founders Mutation
8.5 out of 10
An almost perfect return to form for the show, the mystery surrounding Mulder and Scully’s son William was answered and the two shared a wonderful amount of screen time together that made us all happy. Pair this with the mad scientist trying to genetically breed children story line and we have ourselves a fantastic episode.
MVP: Augustus Goldman (Doug Savant) was the bad guy we needed to see early on in the series return. While for only one episode, his elusiveness to reveal just what he has been up-to provided a much needed creep factor to the show plus, it was great to see Savant play against type.
Episode Three – Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster
3 out of 10
The weakest of the bunch, Mulder and Scully’s monster hunt episode felt forced and contrived as they hunt for a monster that has been killing and feeding on innocent people. The lame attempt at touching on the humorous side of the show fell flat and produced nothing really new that had not been done before – even Guy Mann’s overtly sexy retelling of his encounter with Scully felt icky. There was also waaaay too much dialogue – the scene with Mann and Mulder in the cemetery…it needed to end long before it began.
Episode Four – Home Again
7 out of 10
Another ‘monster-of-the-week’ episode but done very very well. The gruesome “band-aid nose man” was terrifying and chilling enough to rekindle my love of those episodes from seasons past and Scully’s heartbreak at loosing her mother was equally touching and tear-inducing.
MVP: John DeSantis’s Band-Aid nose man was freaky enough to join the ranks of other well known X-Files monsters such as the Flukeman and Tombs.
Episode Five – Babylon
5 out of 10
Mulder and Scully parting ways to try and communicate with a disfigured and comatose bomber was a premise I truly wanted to love but there was too much other stuff getting in the way for me to actually enjoy. Agent Miller and Einstein proved no real purpose other than to accompany Mulder and Scully on their efforts and Mulder’s drug induced Billy Ray Cyrus trip…I swear you can see in Duchovny’s eyes he’s thinking “What the actual fuck am I doing?”
MVP: David Duchovny only for actually going through with this episode.
Episode Six – My Struggle Part 2
8 out of 10
While this episode once again featured a little bit too much of Tad O’Malley (are people seriously using his web show as their source of nightly news?!) the Scully based episode actually bests the Mulder led episode one in which Scully learns she may hold the cure to the impending global medical disaster. Even Agents Miller and Einstein were tolerable as they try and help the masses and that final scene…..cliffhanger much?!
MVP: Agent Monica Reyes! So glad to see her back (even though it’s without Robert Patrick’s Agent Doggett) but wasn’t too keen on her portrayed as a weak willed woman who would give in to cigarette smoking man’s demands.
Clearly that final scene with Scully looking into the down-shining lights of the UFO opens up the likelihood of more X-Files episodes. I’d be more than happy with these short 6-10 episode stints and now with the backstory told, it opens up the ability to give fans a continuation of the X-Files we knew and loved. Many fans are suggesting that if and when the show returns that creator Chris Carter ‘share the load’ or so to say and not monopolize his control of the show. bringing in new blood to the world of The X-Files can only be a smart move to keep things fresh.
What did you think of the series? Agree with my thoughts on each episode of disagree completely and feel that 10×03 was one of the best episodes yet? Sound off in the comments above!
Let’s just put it out there….there is going to be a lot to take in during this first episode back of our favorite alien-hunters show The X-Files. With 9 seasons and two movies worth’s of back-log to go through, Mulder (David Duchovny) of Mulder and Scully (Gillian Anderson) gives viewers a 3 minute history lesson in the world of The X-Files.
In an attempt to catch up viewers not yet inducted into this world of aliens and conspiracy theories and to offer those who are, a nice slice of remembrance pie, Mulder pulls out the old case files and explains just what he and former partner Scully had been through. From the story of his missing sister to case photos showing very familiar villains of days gone by, it’s enough to bring even the greenest of fans up-to today’s case in point.
And that point? Conspiracy theory cover-ups of course! While the existence of such a thing within the X-Files world is nothing new, this specific conspiracy theory brought to our attention by a scaremongering Tad O’Malley (Community’s Joel McHale) which begs Mulder to question everything he and Scully had done during their time with the X-Files and justifiably, bringing the two back together once again.
So does this new installment of the X-Files feel like The X-Files? Well it helps to have Mulder and Scully back on board and AD Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) is back too plus everyone is still looking flawless (especially Anderson who is aging like fine wine) and – fans are going to love this – the original title credits have been left….untouched! So yes, for the most part this does feel like the X-Files. Mulder is now a recluse hermit still crazed and wanting answers, Scully is sort-of along for the ride even if at first she’d rather be back in the ER attaching ears to children who were born with none and there are UFO’s and aliens.
That said, there is so much jam packed into this first episode. Some scenes of dialogue can be a bit much to take in, even for weathered X-files fans like myself. A certain scene involving Mulder linking Uber, Facebook, Snowden and the NSA (among a myriad of other things) all to a massive alien cover-up had me reaching for the remote to rewind and grasp some sanity of what lines he just spewed out. Throw that in with some flashbacks to Roswell and things seem a little less exciting once the rose tinted glasses come down.
It’s not until the last 10 minutes of this episode where everything falls into place and we begin to make sense of what Mulder had been banging on about this entire episode and just like Scully, we’re dragged right back into the X-Files.
The second episode which airs the following night flows much more like a proper episode as by this stage, the set-up has already taken place and we’re into full X-Files mode.
Considering the love of re-boots of late (Girl Meets World and Fuller House to name a few) The X-Files falls into the ‘on a winner’ box. 2009’s Melrose Place reboot went to hell because it refused to acknowledge any link to its original backing and last years Heroes reboot failed due to…well…pretty much the same reason. Thankfully, The X-Files welcomes its history with open arms and we welcome it with even wider arms. Fingers crossed this miniseries opens a door to brining back Mulder and Scully for a longer stay.
Episode one of this six episode reboot begins Jan 31st (6 days after it’s US release mind you) on Network 10.
P.S: Keep an eye out for former Melrose Place alum Doug Savant (Matt Fielding) playing a doctor you wouldn’t really want your children to see in episode two!
13 years! Yes, it’s been 13 years since Special Agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) last graced our screens (save for the two feature length films) and now the two are back in Jan of 2016 for a re-boot of the massive 90’s cult series that we’ve all been begging for on FOX.
The six episode mini series will pick-up after where the series ended in 2002 which will see our reunited duo chasing monsters and little green men but also dealing with modern day threats like drones, NSA spying and constant surveillance.
Check out the recently aired two-part teaser trailers below:
Joining our two favorite heroes in the reboot are familiar faces including Mitch Pileggi as Walter Skinner, William B. Davis as The Smoking Man and Annabeth Gish as FBI Agent Monica Reyes along with Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood as The Lone Gunmen!
The X-Files mini-series returns to screens, Jan 26th 2016 on FOX
That X-Files reboot news that popped up back in early Jan is reportedly one step closer to actually happening with news coming out that FOX are apparently close to green lighting the revival.
It’s being noted that the network has ordered a ‘short stack’ order for the planned re-boot which could see less than 10 episodes made of the popular sci-fi series that made David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson household names.
Both Anderson and Duchovny have had successful post X-files careers and it’s believed that the hectic work schedule of both stars is part of the reasoning behind the short-stack order (Duchovny’s ‘Aquarius’ is due to premiere soon while Anderson is flitting between Hannibal’s third season and The Fall’s third season).
Along with Gillian and David, creator/writer Chris Carter is back on board and an offer to Mitch Pileggi (Director Skinner) has been made.
Any final say on the re-boot is most likely to come in May when FOX have their planned upfront presentation in New York.
Are you excited for the return of Dana and Spooky? Sound off in the comments below!
Update: March 24th 2015
FOX has confirmed that Mulder and Scully will officially be returning to our screens searching for little green men!
The six episode series is slated to begin production in June/July with creator Chris Carter describing the shows return as “a 13-year commercial break. The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”
Thanks to the success of 24’s limited run reboot last year, FOX have begun to look at other favorite shows from their back catalog that could also do with a comeback including one small show about little green men.
Fox TV Group chairman Gary Newman has confirmed that talks have begun to look at bringing back sci-fi hit The X-Files starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson – who apparently are all interested in revisiting the characters that kick started their careers (X-Files creator Chris Carter included!) Another Fox TV Group chairman, Dana Walden, also confirmed that if and when the reboot was to happen, it will be with it’s two main leads in Duchovny and Anderson but was quick to state that no ‘creative’ talks have taken place.
With David prepping for his new series Aquarius and Gillian working in the UK (The Fall) and on the new series of Hannibal timing will be the biggest player in ensuring the project would have any chance to move forward.
The news comes off the back of whispers of a possible limited reboot for Prison Break, but FOX have stated they were in fact, just whispers….for now.
The X-Files became an instant cult classic when it premiered back in 1993, running for more than 200 episodes over nine seasons before ending in 2002.
IWhat do you think? Would the X-Files work in a limited series format like 24? Sound off in the comments below!
A mix of new dramas both locally and overseas made, a reality show juggernaut spin-off and documentaries are all coming our way in 2015 as channel 7 announces it’s line-up for the new ratings season.
Sadly though, it seems with some of the imported US content, Australian viewers will be quite some episodes and by the looks of it, even over half a season behind American audiences. No fast-tracking programs here.
So just what programs did channel 7 reveal?
How to get Away With Murder: This new US drama is easily one of the best to come out of the new US season. Oscar winner Viola Davis stars as a high profile defense lawyer slash college law professor who finds herself caught up in a murder investigation along with some of her students. Comes from Shonda Rhimes – she of Greys Anatomy and Scandal.
State of Affairs: Starting November 17th in the US, this Katherine Heigl vehicle has a mix of Madam Secretary and Homeland and see’s Heigl as a CIA agent working closely with the US President.
Aquarius: 1960’s based homicide drama see’s David Duchovny working with an undercover detective trying to solve a missing persons case that leads them to Charles Manson.
Winter: Spin-off series from this years “The Killing Field” telemovie with Rebecca Gibney and Peter O’Brien back in the pursuit of a killer.
Restaurant Revolution: Another spin-off from the My Kitchen Rules juggernaut taking ‘inspiration’ from My Returant Rules, which will see contestants attempt to run their very own restaurant.
800 Words: New Aussie drama starring Packed to the Rafters favorite Erik Thomson who plays a a widowed father, who moves overseas with his two teenagers, then takes on the job of writing a weekly newspaper column.
House Rules: The home renovation show is back for 2015 and just like The Block, is offering up two seasons in the new year.
Catching Milat: Underbelly-stylized drama around the Ivan Milat murders.
What Really Happens in Thailand: First it was Bali, now it’s Thailand – or a heightened version of what actually happens. This series is focused more on the emergency rooms, cosmetic surgeons and party hot spots.
Programs returning for 2015 include The X Factor, My Kitchen Rules, Winners & Losers, Border Security, The Force and Better Homes & Gardens while The Big Adventure, Bringing Sexy Back and The Amazing Race were not on announced as returning for the network in 2015.
You know when your’e starting to feel old when a show you watched every episode as it went live to air is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary. That’s right, Sci-fi cult classic series The X-Files first went to air, in the USA, this very day 20 years ago!
I actually remember not knowing much about the show when it first started. I was 13 years old and happened to catch a few previews for a new show about FBI agents who hunted aliens and investigated cases of the paranormal. At first, I honestly believed it was based on actual real life cases (possibly because I was a big fan of Unsolved Mysteries which often featured stories of the paranormal).
I was (and still sort of am) a big X-Files nerd. While I couldn’t roll out episode titles or even remember scenes of dialogue, I can remember having Gillian Anderson plastered over a wall in my bedroom and bought the X-Files trading cards, poster books and soundtrack. I stood by the show when Duchovny left and made way for Robert Patrick and even when Annabeth Gish became a regular and the show took a turn into more political than paranormal areas, I was still there.
Trying to think of favorite episodes…I know I was more into Scully story lines than Mulder ones. As a fan, your’e either team Mulder or team Scully and I was always, right from the go, team Scully!
As far as single episodes go, I will always have a soft spot for Hollywood A.D (Season 7 episode 19) which saw a movie made about a case Mulder and Scully were investigating and seeing Gary Shandling and Tea’ Leoni play the big screen versions of our favorite paranormal sleuths. I still remember a scene in which Scully says to Mulder something to the effect of “I think she likes you” in reference to Tea’ Leoni (playing herself who is married to David Duchovny).
The show ran for nine seasons, made stars out of leads David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and won numerous awards and a legion of fans that still to this day (the show finished up in 2002) still adore the show and the on-screen chemistry between Duchovny and Anderson and like many shows, this on-screen chemistry created a lot of will-they-won’t-they discussions.
It wasn’t until the first X-Files movie (Fight the Future) that we finally got to see Mulder and Scully show their true feeling towards each other – that was until that damned bee stung Scully rendering her unconscious. I’m pretty sure you could hear a collective “UGGGGHHHH” when that scene played out in cinemas.
So the 20th anniversary of the show has seen both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson team up for appearances at both the San Diego Comic Con and recently (this past weekend) at the Paley Center for Television in New York where both stars were happy to put their hands up for more X-Files movies. Asked if they could recall how the relationship between Mulder and Scully had left off, both had the following to say:
“Well they (Mulder and Scully) were married the last movie,” Duchovny said, referring to 2008’s The X-Files: I Want to Believe.
“Were we actually married?” Anderson asked.
“I believe so. That was my impression,” he responded.
According to creator Chris Carter, all that they are waiting on is Twentieth Century Fox to show interest in creating a third movie.
The X-Files complete series 1-9 plus both movies are all now available on DVD at all good retailers.
Television in the 1990’s was massive. It was a time before reality TV became the monster that it is today. The ratings were big and the hair was even bigger. Stars like Gillian Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Julian McMahon were finding their feet in prime-time shows and the term ‘shipper’ was created. Cable networks virtually consisted of running shows in syndication and wasn’t until the mid 90’s that cable channels began to offer original shows. Sitcoms were popular and covered almost every topic, legal and law enforcement shows were in demand and family drama’s threw almost anything imaginable at us.
Sci-fi and fantasy shows filled prime-time viewing slots with The X-Files (1993) taking prime position and re-invigorating a genre that would spawn a slew of shows that took us into space, fighting vampires and into other worlds.
According to imdb.com, the top show in the genre during the 90’s is Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The show about a teenage girl who finds herself betrothed as ‘the slayer’ was based off the movie with the same title (starring Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry began in 1997 on the WB network (Now CW network) and became an instant cult hit. The series lasted 7 seasons, made a star out of it’s lead Sarah Michelle Gellar and created the popular spin-off Angel starring David Boreanaz. (Angel lasted 5 seasons).
Following close behind in popularity, is the fantasy themed Charmed. Created by Aaron Spelling, the show about three sisters, each with their own unique power is still to this day, remembered favorably by many. In true Spelling style, the show, along with it’s supernatural elements (a first for an Aaron Spelling production), also heavily relied on its drama and relationship story-lines and brought back three familiar faces to our tv screens in the form of Shannon Doherty (Beverly Hills 90210), Holly Marie-Combs (Picket Fences) and Alyssa Milano (Who’s The Boss).
While on shows with a supernatural element, the alien themed teen drama Roswell also found itself with a cult status following. While never really finding a high viewership, the show struggled to find an even balance between the drama and supernatural elements and alienated it’s audience (pun intended). Roswell lasted 3 seasons.
When speaking of fantasy themed shows of the 90’s, you can’t forget about Hercules:The Legendary Journeys (starring well built Kevin Sorbo) and it’s equally popular spin-off Xena Warrior Princess (starring equally well built Lucy Lawless) Both shows managed an impressive 6 seasons each with Xena garnering a more stronger following (perhaps due to the faux lesbian elements the show toyed with)
Intergalactic shows about space, time travel and other worlds were not only popular with viewers, but were also in abundance with variety. Star Trek: The Next Generation (although premiered in 1987) ran for 8 seasons before it’s cancellation in 1994 and spawned two spin-offs, Star Trek Voyager (1995 running 7 seasons) and Star Trek Deep Space Nine (1993 running 7 seasons) and in 1995, Sliders introduced us to Jerry O’Connell and his friends using a wormhole to ‘slide’ his way through to and explore parallel universes.
Probably the most well known show from this era and genre’ was the alien themed X-Files starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as a pair of FBI agents set out to investigate cases of the paranormal. Cases of little green men, sewer monsters and inbred hillbillies made for must-see TV and would often bring in 13-15 million viewers weekly in the US. The show made way for a spin-off titled The Lone Gunmenand similar show Millennium starring Lance Henriksen and created by Chris Carter (Which also saw a cross-over with The X-Files). Other shows such as Dark Skies and American Gothic came and left within the space of a season.
Check out the gallery of well-known 90’s shows all featuring that sci-fi/fantasy genre.
Keep an eye out for the next part in this series: Best of the 90s – Comedy