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MrRING

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#91
Buffy - fantastic. It ran through 7 seasons, with only one season being weak imo - the seventh. Fave season for me would be the 6th with the Three Nerd villians.

X-Files - another greeat show, watched it from the begining. Ran out of gas after the film came out, which seemed to push the direction of where the show SHOULD go, but instead the big alien mystery kept twisting ans twisting. I would rather they gotten rid of Mulder & Scully at the end, and just stayed with Reyes & Doggitt... or better yet, just continue the Lone Gunmen, which was great. Season 9 shows that Reyes and Doggitt could have carried the series.
 
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Well not eunuch necessarily....

Mighty_Emperor said:
Mighty_Emperor said:
lordboreal said:
I just saw at least one X-Files DVD box set on Amazon for £12.99 (series one, didn't check the others) so now might be the time to shop around.
Yeah Season 1 is real low (thats 7 discs)!!! and is a similar price at Play.com. as it is at Amazon:

www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0002 ... ntmagaz-21

One thing to watch out for is that they have been redone and rereleased with M-Lock packaging (I have seasons 7, 8 and 9 like this) - it works nciely, is compact and seems more secure (I'm getting sick of returning Anchor Bay DVDs where the hinge has broken). You can see a piccie here if you scroll about half way down:

www.sleevetown.com/multi-dvd-case.shtml

Its important as the difference in price can be substantial £12.99 vs £64.99 apparently!!).

The prices on the other sets aren't as low (2 and 3 are on Play for £29.99 and £24.99 and £17.99 respectively at Amazon - £29.99 and £17.99 appear to be fairly standard at Play and Amazon respectively).
Well hush my mouth - looks like they are slicing more off the top.

Play.com have a big sale with all £13.99:
www.play.com/play247.asp?page=promo&R=r ... k=Bargains

Amazon.co.uk have reposted with some good low prices - 1 is still £12.99 but the others are:

  • 2 - £15.99
    3 - £12.97
    4 - £12.97
    5 - £13.99
    6 - £13.99
    7 - £13.99
    8 - £13.99
    9 - £13.99

I reckon with some quick shopping around that'd come in at £121.92 for the lot - a saving from the RRP of £192.99 :)
Well double hush my mouth - Play now have the bally lot for £12.99 each (that is £116.91 for the set:

www.play.com/DVD/DVD/RBGN/2-/2125/2-/Promo.html

The Millennium season sets are £14.99 (same price as Amazon have 1 and 3 but quite a bit off 2).
 
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Buy all from the US Amazon. Cheap. Also, they deliver using parcel force who seem to never charge any export tax stuff. Strange, but there you have it. My ex gf and myself got sooooo much trek, buffy, angel, star gate, x files etc that way. Hurrah
 

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Sorry to bump an old thread - does it become "exhume" rather than "bump" after a certain period? - but it occurred to me the other day that, whereas some crap gets repeated endlessly on UK terrestrial TV, I can't remember when I last saw The X-Files or Millennium repeated in this country. As for the Lone Gunmen series, has that ever been shown here, or has Chris Carter pissed someone off so badly that he's become persona non grata?

I was chatting with (younger than me, admittedly) friends at work the other day, and they had only a vague awareness of The X-Files, which amazed me. OK, so in the later series, it did disappear somewhat up its own fundament, but for the first 5 or 6 series at least, it was essential viewing. It's hard to believe that there are folk "out there" too young to have been entranced by that weird music, and drawn into tales of alien conspiracy and monsters-of-the-week!

Funny how quickly we all forget - mind you, a few months ago, we were all raving about Lost, and now - silence. I wish I were a TV scheduler: I'm sure I could frustrate and disappoint the viewing nation for much less money than the current incumbents!


Oh, and just to let everyone know that my lovely collection of X-Files videos is still up for grabs over at Fortean Exchange. Come on, someone out there must still own a video recorder!
 

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X files is on all the time on cable. I think some really odd channels are showing it as well. UK Gold maybe?
 

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Ah well, there you go then: I've only got Freeview, so that's why I'm missing out.

Mind you, apart from the bought videos that I'm looking to sell (I may have mentioned that already), the other day I found about 6 tapes full of episodes copied from the TV about 10 years ago. I've probably got most of seasons 1-3 in there! It might be time to re-watch some of them. Although the official X-Files videos are great, they do tend to focus on the alien conspiracy stories, and some of the other types of story, such as the above-mentioned monster-of-the-week shows, or the people-with-strange-powers type of show, hardly get a look-in, and it would be nice to see some of the more quirky stuff again.
 

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I love the X-Files. I miss it dearly. Until the seasons after the movie it was the best thing on earth to me. Television will never be as good again in my expectation. Mind, i admit that i've had three rum punches tonight already, but that should be of no account. I still love the X-files in all it's original, untainted splendour. (Dog-git and Reyes can rot in hell imo. they are not the x-files and never could be)
 

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Oh, the ignominy! The X-Files on page 7 of "Fortean Culture", along with other gems like "Firefly". It's not right.

Anyhow, having previously moaned about the lack of X-Files on free-to-air British TV, I've found in recent weeks that FTN (or one of those other odd channels that Freeview throws up) are re-showing old episodes. They're still on Season 1, so Duchovny & Anderson look ridiculously young, but I've caught some great episodes on there recently. With any luck, they'll work their way through the whole 8 series over the next weeks and months. And yes, I did say 8 series, thank you very much. So there you are - Tuesdays, 10pm, on FTN (soon to be called Virgin 1, by all accounts).

While on the topic of theX-Files, I watched "El Mundo Gira" from season 4 last night on DVD (Poundland special!), and it was notable for the use of two words in particular:
1) Mulder used the word "Fortean" about, I don't know, fourteen times (isn't there a magazine called something similar?) in 10 minutes - it was Fortean this, Fortean that, you couldn't move for Forts!
2) Everyone kept banging on about the "Chupacabra". I thought it was "Chupacabras", singular or plural, on the basis that this creature sucked more than one goat. Is it me, or have the X-Files made a howler?

Anyway, this thread's back on page 1. For now...
 

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Well now, that's opened a can of worms. Most people will tell you that "Chupacabras" is the correct Spanish term. But a lot of Spanish language websites actually spilt it into two separate words: "Chupa Cabras" - sometimes capitalised, sometimes not. Or occasionally they hyphenate it: "Chupa-Cabras".

I guess you're going to have to go to Mexico and find out once and for all.

(A friend of mine, incidentally, tends to call the wretched beast the "chuba-chuba-cabris". I've given up correcting him as I actually prefer his version.)
 

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Peripart said:
Anyhow, having previously moaned about the lack of X-Files on free-to-air British TV, I've found in recent weeks that FTN (or one of those other odd channels that Freeview throws up) are re-showing old episodes. They're still on Season 1, so Duchovny & Anderson look ridiculously young, but I've caught some great episodes on there recently. With any luck, they'll work their way through the whole 8 series over the next weeks and months. And yes, I did say 8 series, thank you very much. So there you are - Tuesdays, 10pm, on FTN (soon to be called Virgin 1, by all accounts).
Let me know when they get to season eight, because the only episode I ever missed was part of that one. Bloody snooker.
 

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The important point about the chupacabras is that cabras - with an s - is the word for goat. Whether you make it one word, two, or hyphenated it, it breaks down as "that which sucks on goat." "Cabra" isn't a word.

The S gets dropped in American because a) people in the Spanish-speaking parts of the country tend to not pronounce the final letters of words anyway (I myself have a number of words I tend to elide, though I'm a professional grammar witch at work) and b) Americans can't get over the notion that a terminal s on a noun = plural. I don't know whether you British have that problem, or if you caught it from us. We can't just call it a goatsucker because it sounds too much like one of the seven words you can't say on television unless you're on HBO, and because that's a classification of bird.

I'm willing to call the mangy canids chupacabra if it'll preserve the term for the original, monstrous chupacabras.
 

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Thanks for that, Peni - OK, so my Spanish is close to non-existant (despite having studied it briefly at school), but I was right in thinking that the beastie's name ended in an "s", but hadn't figured on the Mexicans in the show not pronouncing the final letter! So, in fact, it was just the sleeve notes on the DVD that were wrong.

As for the British and their reaction to odd singulars & plurals, it's probably similar to what you find over there. I heard a newsreader the other day refer to "criterias". I'd like to say I was shocked and surprised, but it wouldn't be true.
 

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I picked the first season up in Virgin for 20 quid having not watched the programme in years, & ended up watching the entire season over 5 nights & remembering how much I loved the programme.

I've bought up to season 5 now & it's coming back to me as to how the programme amazed me as it kept up it's quality for at least five years; something quite incredible for an American drama series at the time. I think I've seen only a handful of post-Mulder episodes & really disliked them but I'm interested to watch them in order to give them a second chance.
 

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Peripart said:
Anyhow, having previously moaned about the lack of X-Files on free-to-air British TV, I've found in recent weeks that FTN (or one of those other odd channels that Freeview throws up) are re-showing old episodes. They're still on Season 1, so Duchovny & Anderson look ridiculously young, but I've caught some great episodes on there recently. With any luck, they'll work their way through the whole 8 series over the next weeks and months.
I bloody well hope they do - I'm still waiting for Five to show the second series of Twin Peaks, ten years after they screened the first... :evil:
 

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Didn't want to start a new thread and found this one, hopefully no one will mind me hijacking it!?

So, since it was first aired I've casually watched the Xfiles. Over the years I've probably seen most episodes, someone lent us the box sets back in 2005 and we made an effort to watch the entire series in order but (as is always the case) something else stole our attention after just a few episodes.

It's now on demand via our broadband TV provider, and (since the wife is working night shifts at the moment) I've been watching seasons 1,2 and now into 3.

I just wanted to say that it is surprising me just how well it has dated. It's been over fifteen years for the older seasons and they still stack up well next to modern series such as The Mentalist.

Anyway, to my point. The episodes vary massively in terms of quality. None are awful but it is fair to say that some do stand out in a big way. My choice for best episode goes to "Clyde Bruckmans Final Repose" but their are many excellent ones. I just wanted to know if anyone else has a particular favourite. And also, I've never seen the last 2 seasons...are they as bad as people say?
 

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I've never seen the last 2 seasons...are they as bad as people say?
Not so much "bad" - certainly, the production values held up remarkably well over 9 series - but self-indulgent and dull. You could watch an episode, enjoying the performances, and only afterward realise that, to quote the title of one particularly stultifying 2-parter, "Nothing Important Happened Today".

That's not to say that there weren't still great, quirky stories in the last couple of seasons, but the overall story arc seemed to take over more and more of the plotlines. To be honest, all the Scully's baby / shady conspiracy stuff was a bit of a yawn-fest for me.
 

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tbh i thought it went past it's best after season 3, esp. with the conspiracy arc consistently failing to either end, deliver or actually do anything much besides grind on.

there were some good stand alones after that point though, i think Jose Chung's From Outer Space Probably being the best of them, and possibly the most amazing episode of the series ever.
 

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Jose Chung's from Outter Space is next in line for my season 3 watching marathon!

Just re-read the episode description online and it doesn't ring a bell. Who knows, hopefully it's one of the odd few I've never seen.

Overrall though season 3 does seem to be the best of the 9.
 

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linesmachine said:
Jose Chung's from Outter Space is next in line for my season 3 watching marathon!

Just re-read the episode description online and it doesn't ring a bell. Who knows, hopefully it's one of the odd few I've never seen.

Overrall though season 3 does seem to be the best of the 9.
Both Jose Chung and Clyde Bruckman were written by Darin Morgan, a bit of a genius who never really took off as a big name, though he has been involved with sci-fi TV since. He also wrote two of the best, most eccentric Millennium episodes, one of which also featured the Jose Chung character.
 

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"Jose Chung's From Outer Space" is quite possibly the best, most realistic evocation of what Fortean investigation is all about and really like ever. Certainly it's never been surpassed in fictional TV for that purpose. It's like a distillation of The Mothman Prophecies, absent that uneasy sense that authors can lie, too.

Too bad they couldn't get Johnny Cash to play the MIB.
 

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That's not to say that there weren't still great, quirky stories in the last couple of seasons, but the overall story arc seemed to take over more and more of the plotlines. To be honest, all the Scully's baby / shady conspiracy stuff was a bit of a yawn-fest for me.
Agreed - I always preferred the "monster of the week" episodes. The alien conspiracy stuff was quite promising to begin with, when it was just hinted at, but once it was out in the open was boring and lacked credibility.

I have the first three seasons on DVD and I agree that, fashions aside, it's aged really well.
 

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The lone gunman can be downloaded, that world trade center episode will never be shown on TV again or sold on dvd ever, so thats probably the only way you will see it. I have been watching every X files in order, i like the monster of the week ones best too. I really like that "FBI headquarters" is Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and that cities Sky Train metro can often be seen in the background, no matter where they are supposed to be.
 

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The not-100%-resolved ones, with a single tantalizing shot before the credits of something unseen, unknown or lurking for the future were my favourites.

"Oh my god, it had babies!"
"The mayor's one too!"
"It's going to happen again, but BIGGER?"

That kind of thing. :D
 

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The lone gunman can be downloaded, that world trade center episode will never be shown on TV again or sold on dvd ever
soz to contradict you but I have the complete lone gunmen series on DVD - bought, IIRC, from amazon in the UK.

the commentary track for the twin towers pilot ep is fascinating.

makes one wonder why anybody ever claimed that nobody could imagine anyone hijacking an airliner and flying it into the twin towers, when it had been shown on US TV only months before.
 

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Mal_Content said:
makes one wonder why anybody ever claimed that nobody could imagine anyone hijacking an airliner and flying it into the twin towers, when it had been shown on US TV only months before.
Something similar happens at the end of Stephen King's 1990s novel Insomnia, so it had precedents. And the plane that flew into the Empire State Building years ago, but that was an accident.
 

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gncxx said:
....Something similar happens at the end of Stephen King's 1990s novel Insomnia, so it had precedents. .....
There's also the end of The Running Man by Richard Bach (Stephen King), the book not the film.

Also there's the use of plane as a terrorist weapon in the pilot episode of the time-travel series from the 90s, Seven Days, where they crash a plane into the White House.
 
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