The truth is out there: Keeping up with Duchovny
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#1 Apr 18, 2010
The Only Way The X-Files Can Be Cool Again Is To Reboot It And Have Christopher Nolan Write And Direct The Film. I'll Know That Is Not Going To Happen. But The Movie Needs A Good Filmmaker Who Has The Vision To Take The X-Files To New Heights. The Movie Has To Be Big In Every Way. Using The Same TV Writers And Directors Is Not Going To Work Anymore. Couldn't Hurt Fox To Ask Christopher Nolan If He Wants To Do It. His Films Has A X-Files Sense To Them.
#2 Apr 18, 2010
Why the hell is he still lying? I know for a fact the guy divorced last year and lives far away from Leoni. We're not stupid DD!
#3 Apr 18, 2010
No offense to Mr. Duchovny, but Start Trek under Abrams is profoundly "uncool"; it's popular, yes, but I'd hope Mr. Duchovny, who has expressed confusion over the popularity of Star Wars, recognizes Abrams' work as very much an homage to that more than the more political Star Trek.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999), especially from Season 3 onward under the control of Ira Steven Behr, was the most politically insightful and dramatically realistic (with great moral ambiguity) of all Treks. It had the guts to have a freedom fighter heroine call herself a "terrorist," rather than a "freedom fighter," as a means to challenge American viewers' conceptions of how that word was used by the biased media; indeed, actor Alexander Siddig has even stated that much of that was a metaphor for the treatment of Palestinians. The writers even used the name "Maqius" (named after the French resistance movement against the Nazi-occupied Vichy regime) for those resisting an occupation brought about by the redrawing of boundaries by the United Federation of Planets (the UN or US), but called it a "terrorist" group as well.
So, not only did this fine show explore issues of terrorism as a result of occupation; identity politics (with Odo sympathetically having divided loyalties between the "solids" and his changeling people); religion; and a proper sense that conflict often comes from differing interests and perspectives, rather than an inevitable clash between our "good" heroes and their "evil" opponents; indeed, the Changelings behaved very much like the Israelis or Stalin's USSR in being so defensive as to effectively not care about the fate of those living in the buffer zones they seized. Even Gul Dukat is a wonderful study of the charming and admirable aspects of what can turn out to be some of the world's cruelest and pettiest dictators. His fall was painful for many viewers to watch, but it gave us insight into how difficult it is to spot those who practice "evil" and how they can be good as well.
All this is in stark contrast to the superficial, cynical, "shock and awe"-driven, machismo-laden rubbish contrived by Abrams for purely commercial purposes.
In fact, Deep Space Nine, like The X-Files, foresaw certain historical themes that were forgotten by the mainstream media in the '90s and over which came to the forefront after 9/11. These include the idea that "our" side is capable of violating its highest principles in the name of fear and "the other" is just as capable of kindness and cruelty as we are, though DS9 perhaps drove that theme more thoroughly. I remember remarking in the '90s how preposterous it was for The X-Files to suggest that the military would abuse human rights -- so ignorant I was of US Cold War actions in the Third World -- or even torture Mulder in the finale; a few years later, Abu Graib happened and extraordinary rendition was well-known. The X-Files absorbed the lessons of America's folly from the Cold War and never forgot them, even though the mainstream US media wanted us to.(continued)
#4 Apr 18, 2010
The X-Files, at its prime (Seasons 2 through 5 and a few episodes here and there, including the fantastic Season 6's "Two Fathers"/"One Son" and Season 7's "Sein Und Zeit"/"Closure" ), was brilliant in its hinting of historical and political themes, but also its understanding of human nature the the dramatic exploration that grew out of that. While, it became increasingly repetitive in its themes and character dynamics, I believe it can find itself again by staying true to commentary on the issues that have come to the fore these last 8 years; the last film, while not very good in its tension elements was great at breaking new ground in the Mulder/Scully relationship. It has always been very romantic.
Certainly "Breaking Bad" has proven that Vince Gilligan -- a writer for 8 of the 9 years The X-Files was on air and whose episodes began to wane in quality just like most of the others in Season 6 -- is not out of fascinating ideas. Perhaps, he could be brought on board as well.
I have faith that Carter and Spotnitz can bring back freshness to the X-Files and proven themselves masters of their realm again. Abrams isn't merely Coldplay to their Radiohead; he's Keane or John Mayer -- a popular, if artistically empty person who doesn't deserve the description of artist since he lacks any integrity.
I think it's Fox that's holding back what could be a very successful series of films. Same with Millennium along the lines of Season 1, which is the best first season of a show I've ever seen along with Ronald D. Moore's Battlestar Galactica and Mad Men.
Moreover, it's a mistake to think popularity is everything and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was not only thoughtful and original, but far more successful on superficial elements than Abrams' Star Trek. It was funny, exciting, and had tense action in which the audience felt there were actual stakes, rather than Abrams' formula, which always feel predictable and dull.
Star Trek under Ira Steven Behr and The X-Files under the continued tutelage of Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz would be the among the very best things to see in the cinema, if given enough time to think things through!
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