Close The X-Files

Everything that lives, eventually dies.

And that’s okay because it’s the fear of death, of Thanatos, that drives all animals, of which we are, to procreate (so that our genes–and what are we if not the genetic material that literally makes us up–live on in our children).

Immortality of a sort.

What does the above idea have to do with The X-Files, a series that aired from 1993 to 2002 on Fox, and spawned two movies, The X-Files: Fight the Future in 1998 and The X-Files: I Want to Believe in 2008?

Well, there’s talk of another ‘event series’ of The X-Files, following the last six-episode series that aired in 2016.

And I wish they’d just stop.  The original series started promisingly, with two FBI agents working to uncover secrets that our government denied ever existed, with an emphasis on UFO mythology, combined with stand-alone stories that existed outside the aforementioned overarching mythos.

And that was good, till it became so entangled in that ungainly mythology that it literally collapsed under it (and I’m not being hyperbolic.  The series literally became incomprehensible and nonsensical, sometime with job a single episode).

If it had just gone away longer it would acted as a breather, a palate cleanser, to remove the bitter, ash-like taste of a show that just.  Refuses.  To.  Die.

And maybe David Ducovny and Jillian Anderson would be unable (or unwilling) to return.

If so then just recast, creating a world that would be both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time to those who remembered the original series with fondness.

As it stands, these X-Files event series remind me less of the original show than The Walkind Dead, which is the true face of immortality.


‘Let’s Be Cops’ Review

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Let’s (Not) Be Cops, And Say That We Did

When I saw the trailer for Let’s Be Cops I genuinely enjoyed it.  It not only looked funny, but stars both Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr, who are also in the Fox sitcom New Girl (which is funny), whom I assume since they knew each other already, that that chemistry would transfer to the movie.

And it doesn’t.  Not at all.

Which isn’t to say that there aren’t any funny moments, but considering how many jokes there are in this movie, the likelihood of a few hitting their marks is high.

Mel Brooks is one of my favorite comedy directors, and–particularly in his earlier work, such as Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles and High Anxiety–often revolved around a normal person put in situations that a way beyond their control and things are actually played relatively straight.

Here there are too many attempts to be funny, and more often than not, nothing is less funny that someone trying to be funny.

Then there’s the logic problem:  Despite Ryan (Jake Johnson) and Justin (Damon Wayans Jr) having no real-world experience being policemen there’s no sense of danger about anything, despite the two putting themselves in threatening situations A LOT.

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