Opening The X-Files: A Critical History of the Original Series

Opening The X-Files: A Critical History of the Original Series

by Darren Mooney


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More than 20 years after it was first broadcast, The X-Files still holds the public imagination. Over nine seasons and two feature films, agents Mulder and Scully pursued monsters, aliens, mutants and shadowy conspirators across the American landscape.
Running for more than 200 episodes, the series transformed television, crafting a postmodern mythology that spoke to the anxieties and uncertainties of the end of the 20th century. Covering the entire series from its debut through the second feature film, this book examines how creator Chris Carter and his team of writers turned a scrappy cult favorite on Fox into a global phenomenon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476665269
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/29/2017
Pages: 236
Sales rank: 655,666
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Darren Mooney is a pop culture critic in Dublin, Ireland. He runs his own website (the m0vie blog), co-hosts a weekly film podcast (The 250), and contributes regularly to the Irish film monthly magazine CinÉireann.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Foreword by Kamail Nanjiani 1

Preface 3

 1. The Cultural Context of The ­X-Files and Ten Thirteen 11

 2. The ­X-Files: Season One 27

 3. The ­X-Files: Season Two 40

 4. The ­X-Files: Season Three 54

 5. The ­X-Files: Season Four/Millennium: Season One 71

 6. The ­X-Files: Season Five/Millennium: Season Two/Fight the Future 91

 7. The ­X-Files: Season Six/Millennium: Season Three 111

 8. The ­X-Files: Season Seven/Harsh Realm 125

 9. The ­X-Files: Season Eight/The Lone Gunmen 138

10. The ­X-Files: Season Nine 157

11. I Want to Believe 174

Chapter Notes 183

Bibliography 224

Index 225

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