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From the Chicago Tribune

Season opener has the quality of early shows, thanks to Chris Carter By Allan Johnson Tribune Staff Writer November 4, 1998

Judging from the sharply executed season premiere of Fox's "TheX-Files," creator Chris Carter isn't going to half-step these next two seasons. The writer-producer recently signed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract that, among other things, keeps him on the show for two more seasons.Carter previously indicated he might bolt after the show's recently completed fifth season.One would think Carter is hanging around just for the obscene amount of cash.But based on the first and scheduled third episode, he isn't going to simply cruise.The satisfying sixth-season opener, set for 8 p.m. Sunday on WFLD-Ch.32, packs a punch with a smooth mix of chills, wit and sophisticated storytelling. Those who complained this summer's "X-Files" movie was too complicated to follow will think Carter deserves his bread from the premiere alone. After a prologue that shows one of the aliens from the film is on the loose and violent, the beginning of the first act summarizes most of what happened in the film -- virus-carrying bees, vicious aliens, cornfields, shadowy conspiracies."You're asking us to accept this report of a spaceship buried under polar ice,and your death-defying escape from it?" one of FBI agent Fox Mulder's (DavidDuchovny) superiors asks him, as Mulder's account of what happened toward theend of the movie is reviewed. The panel is also reviewing Mulder and his partner Dana Scully's(Gillian Anderson) continued involvement in the X-Files, which were reopened at the movie's end. They were closed when the hated Cigarette-Smoking Man(William B. Davis) set them on fire in the season finale. Mulder's work has been temporarily shifted to his uncaring rival --Cancer Man's son -- Agent Jeffery Spender (Chris Owens), and his partner -- and Mulder's ex girlfriend -- Diana Fowley (Mimi Rogers). But Mulder is as hard-headed as he is dedicated, so when he gets windof a body in Arizona that served as an incubator for one of the aliens from the movie, he disregards orders and investigates, dragging Scully along. There's lots of crackling FBI office politics, darkly creepy games of cat-and mouse with the alien, alternating scenes of compassion and head-bumping between Scully and Mulder, and, of all things, a witty nod to "The Simpsons." The show doesn't suffer because of its relocation from Vancouver, whose dark, gray skies and lush landscape provided so much of the series' erie textures, to sunny Southern California (a tongue-in-cheek first image is that of the sun, which was almost always absent in Vancouver). In fact, it lends an even sharper visual edge to the show. Sunday's episode is great, but "Triangle," which is set for Nov. 22, is destined to rank as one of the series' best, and is further proof that Carter, who wrote and directed the piece, won't rest on his fat contract. A wickedly funny and fast-paced cross between "The Wizard of Oz" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark," the episode is shot as if it happens in real time,without any breaks in the action. The camera roves constantly around either Scully or Mulder, sometimes making 360-degree turns in a giddy, visually fascinating romp. Mulder goes to the Bermuda Triangle in search of a reappearing British luxury liner that disappeared in 1939. Once aboard, however, Mulder finds himself living events that happened in '39, when a contingent of Nazis overran the boat. The question of whether Mulder is in the past or just dreaming is posed, as Scully appears as a tough-talking passenger, and Spender, Cancer Man and Mulder's ex-superior Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) are goose-steppers. When present-day Scully learns from Mulder's conspiracy-happy allies the Lone Gunmen (Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood and Dean Haglund) that Mulder ismissing, she wanders around FBI headquarters seeking aid in getting a clue to Mulder's whereabouts. It affords Anderson a chance to act out everything from anger to elation, as Scully gets frisky with Skinner and Spender. "I want you to do me a favor. It's not negotiable," she hisses to Spender. "Either you do it or I kill you, you understand?" Sometimes a show hits a creative le tdown after several seasons. Some argue "The X-Files'" fifth suffered such a slump. But the start of the series' sixth season gives one hope the show won't let its age deter it from pushing its previously established boundaries of high quality. Way to earn your money, Carter. ____________________________________________________ 'The X-Files' Enters Sixth Season.c The Associated Press By LYNN ELBER LOS ANGELES (AP) --

There's a lull on the set of ``The X-Files,''allowing star David Duchovny to smoothly demonstrate disco moves to ``Rock theBoat.''Then he engages in a trivia battle to name the band responsible for the 1970 shit. ``Tell him what he's won,'' a playful Duchovny says in his best quiz show voice after a crew member comes up with the answer, the Hues Corporation. Locations used or planned for this season's shows include the Queen Mary,the grand old luxury ship anchored in nearby Long Beach; a decommissioned AirForce base; farm land, and even a spot that mimics Virginia. On this day, filming is taking place in the Culver City High School gym,just a few miles from Twentieth Century Fox's lot on the westside. Mulder is crashing a class reunion dance -- hence the disco tune -- as part of a fraud >investigation. (I'm assuming this is from rain king (or whatever that reunion ep was...) but i hadn't heard of the "fraud investigation" part of the deal yet. I guess Mulder and Scully still don't have their beloved x-files back ______________________________________________________________________ Conflicting Reports From the New York Daily News:Can 'Files' Salvage 'Lost' Cause? by Eric Mink

THE X-FILES. Sunday, 9 p.m., FOX.

Dinosaurs, schmeinosaurs. Deals like the one that brought "Lost World: Jurassic Park" to Fox' airwaves Sunday won't save the network; they'll bankrupt the joint. Fox' record $80 million payment for TV rights to the second-rate movie sequel produced a whisker-thin first-place finish among its target viewers,ages 18 to 49 for one week. To achieve even that marginal distinction, the film needed help from the prime-time spillover of a hot NFL game. By big-event standards, "Lost World" ratings were decidedly mediocre on the firstof the 10 runs Fox purchased. 'Fox' Sunday-night fate rests not in the wildly overpriced claws of computer-generated dinosaurs but in the tangled web of conspiracies, coverups, monsters, aliens and genetic engineering of "The X-Files." And that fate with the phenomenal series poised at the start of its sixth season is far from certain. Indeed, Fox is playing a very high-stakes game with this essential element of its prime-time schedule: Last summer's feature-film spin-off, "The X-Files: Fight the Future,"did decent box-office business, but it also proved creatively disappointing(or worse) to legions of committed fans of the TV show, including me. Although connections are hard to pin down, the film's shortcomings, if not its mere release, surely had something to do with the depressed ratings for"X-Files" reruns on Fox over the summer. The movie also failed in another of its key missions: to help intensify and broaden the excitement about and anticipation of the series' return this fall with fresh episodes. If there's a lot of buzz about Sunday's season premiere, I haven't heard it. That's too bad; it's a terrific episode on most counts. The opening "previously on . . ." recap, for example, ingeniously includes elements from both last season's cliff-hanger and the feature film. The new footage begins with a classic "X-Files" device:pseudo-normalcy. A carful of seemingly normal, carpooling co-workers is headed home at the end of the day. Well, all but one of them seems normal. Distinctly abnormal (i.e., gruesome) events happen immediately,eventually drawing in Agent Mulder (David Duchovny) and Agent Scully (GillianAnderson). Among the featured characters returning from last season's concluding episode are Agent Diana Fowley (Mimi Rogers) and that smug liar Agent Spender(Chris Owens).The episode, written by series creator Chris Carter and directed by Kim Manners, deftly weaves together what feels like dozens of dangling plot threads into a whole that, if not entirely comprehensible, is thoroughly engaging. Carter also has incl uded several impish gibes some subtle,some not so that take aim at a variety of targets, including the show itself, the feature film and some of the film's critics. And you might want to take special note of the name of a worker at a nuclear power plant. But the upcoming "X-Files" landscape is not entirely sunny. An avowed homage to "The Wizard of Oz" written and directed by Carter titled"Triangle" and scheduled to air Nov. 22 attempts to blend time travel, paralleluniverses, Nazis and the Bermuda Triangle but turns out to be a chaotic,inconsistent mess. If not for the novelty of its letterbox presentation (wide picture,black borders top and bottom) and some exciting camera work, the episode would qualify as one of the series' rare best-not-seen installments. Looks like we're in for a bumpy season, Toto.


The Nov. 13 Entertainment Weekly

(Jennifer Love Hewitt & Brandy cover)

includes TV critic Ken Tucker's review of Brimstone, Millennium & The X Files episodes The Beginning and Triangle.He gives Brimstone a C+Millennium a B X Files an A Here's the XF portion of the review: The LEAST awkward pair in current television - disgraced, transferred X-File agents Fox Mulder (DD) and Dana Scully (GA) - have survived this past summer's feature film expansion of their quest for alien bee pollen only to find themselves enmeshed in an even greater horror: backstabbing office politics. In the best joke of the opener (written by CC), M&S are even chastised for "some very questionable travel expenses." In the crackerjack sixth season premiere, the FBI's X-files division has been taken over by the anti-Mulder-and-Scully agent Spender (the gloriously stiff-necked Chris Owens) and the mysterious Fowley (the perenially pained-looking Mimi Rogers). The episode moves the series' ongoing conspiracy mishegoss along a satisfying bump or two, but finds fresh suspense in our heroes'career trajectories - why, they don't even report to Skinner (MP) anymore! True Files bliss is achieved, however, Nov. 22, as CC has written and directed a mindblower that he compares in a press release to The Wizard of Oz,but which I view as equal parts The Twilight Zone (time travel!) and Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (parallel subplots shift in real time, in singlecontinuous takes - actually, a double-Rope trick!) All this, plus two full-on-the-lips smooches, but I'm not telling between whom. This episode, titled Triangle, tops CC's showcase effort last season, the Frankenstein trope The Post Modern Prometheus, for wit, daring, logic, and suspense. Be there or, like Mulder, be nowhere. ______________________________________________________________________

Joanne Ostrow - Denver Post, Nov. 5, 1998

The truth is out there - at the rental shop.

In advance of Sunday's season premiere of "The X-Files", viewers have a limited number of hours to check out the film that kept the global conspiracies and gooey aliens alive this summer. Not that you should bother. The movie was a splashy version of a rather ordinary tv episode. It was a marketing gambit more than a way to advance the plot.In fact, in the sixth season premiere, an FBI review panel finds Mulder's report on the happenings in the Antarctic this summer "essentially unintelligible." (Everyone's a critic.) The colonizing virus, the lies within lies, "the scope and grandeur of the entire project" remain confounding. If you haven't seen the movie but have casually followed what creator and executive producer, Chris Carter,calls the mythology of the series, you won't be excluded. At the top of Sunday's hour are clips from the movie's key plot points ("previously on the X-Files..."). The narrow escapes fro death, the amazing coincidences, the unbelievable twists, the snow and sand, bring the story back to FBI headquarters --and what else? -- a meeting with disapproving superiors, including Wendi Malice (Just Shoot Me). In a letter to TV editors, Chris Carter notes the series "begins its sixth year from its new home in Los Angeles with an episode that is not only a conclusion to last season's finale, but also picks up where last summer's feature film left off." Can Mulder justify reopening the X-Files? He'll keep trying.The season opener, titled "The Beginning", finds Scully (GA) and Mulder (DD)in pursuit of a slimy, vicious and long-nailed creature in the Arizona desert who likes it hot. The heat is on, even before Agent Diana Fowley (MR)returns to the cast. Fowley's allegiances are in question. And her closeness with Mulder makes Scully more than a little nervous. Rogers will be present for several episodes. Besides an awful depiction of alien-on-human violence, the hour has fun making references to several movies and TV shows (a plug for "Men in Black"; and to "The Simpsons"). Even if you haven't seen the movie, you've likely heard about the almost-kiss between Scully and Mulder. Fans rooting for the impossible, a sexual relationship between the two, may get a big charge out of the moment Scully and Mulder touch hands in the season premiere. But wait - there's an actual kiss coming up in the episode titled "Triangle", slated for Nov. 22. Of course, because it occurs in a parallel universe, lost in time in the Bermuda Triangle, between characters on different planes of reality, one of whom won't remember it, the kiss becomes part of the series' studied mythology. Carter is particularly proud of "Triangle" which he wrote and directed. It's a fun and funny time-travelling episode that includes an homage to "The Wizard of Oz" (including a character named Yip Harburg, after the Oz lyricist.) Mulder finds himself aboard a ship stuck in the Bermuda Triangle in 1939. Numerous series regulars appear in period costume. The story is told in real time; that is, it plays as continuous action, a feat requiring lots of camera tricks, 360-degree angles and flowing choreography, notably in and out of an elevator and through ship corridors. "Triangle" which camps it up with big band music, is the first "X-Files" to be shot in this format. The movie supplements the Tv experience. Still there's no need for casual viewers to feel left out. Carter continues to deliver wonderfully inventive tales trading on universal end-of-the-century anxieties. Just when you think he's gotten too far afield with alien stories, he demonstrates a light touch with an entertaining hour like "Triangle". He deftly steers us from paranoia about secret government and clones to delight in pre-war ballroom dancing and timewarps over the rainbow, without missing a beat.


'X-Files' Returns With a New Look Plot thickens in desert as show moves to L.A.

(John Carman, San Francisco Chronicle, 11/05/98)

I didn't see the "X-Files" movie, so I could nod approval at an FBI official's comment in Sunday's season premiere of "The X-Files." "This entire story is essentially unintelligible," the official says," and therefore encourages unintelligible analysis." Gulp. Wherever there's a shortage of unintelligible analysis, I aim to fill the breach forth with. And where I'm not unintelligible, I'm always unintelligent. Guaranteed. Anyway, "The X-Files" begins its sixth season (9 p.m. Sunday) with one of its "mythology" shows. That means Cigarette-Smoking Man (William B. Davis) will be around to blanket events in a haze of smoke, signifying an unintelligible enigma.Or maybe just an urge to smoke without inhaling. The episode is called "The Beginning." Actually it ends a sort of trilogy that includes last spring's season finale and the summer movie. Not that anything really ends on "The X-Files." Every time we get closer to the truth, a new sinkhole opens in front of our toes. Did I mention unintelligible analysis? Kidding aside, it's a sharp episode, and occasional viewers should be able to shake it into focus with a minimum of head-spinning. It's also a milestone for the show. To keep that big goofy smile on David Duchovny's face, "The X-Files" said goodbye (bilingually, au revoir,eh) to Vancouver and is now a Los Angeles-based production. It already looks different. Instead of flashlights probing the wet north woods, the show gives us an Arizona desert setting as a clawed alien pops out of the torso of a scientist, whacks another scientist to pieces and seeks the warmth of a nearby nuclear power plant. (Note to people who care about such things: Pay close attention to the power plant sequence for a little chuckle over "The Simpsons.") Let's see. Mulder (Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) are officially yanked from the X-Files. Mulder is replaced by his ex-girlfriend, Agent Diana Fowley (Mimi Rogers). Gibson (Jeff Gulka), the bespectacled kid with the mysterious link to the alien entity, is back. We also learn that Mulder didn't see "Men in Black." Next week, "The X-Files" serves up a novelty episode written and directed by executive producer Chris Carter. Entitled "Triangle," theinstallment is supposed to be Carter's homage to "The Wizard of Oz." The connection is wobbly, though just as in "The Wizard of Oz,"characters grounded in the here-and-now have fantastical counterparts in the there-and-then. Shot in the rectangular letterbox format -- another first for the series -- the "Triangle'` episode has Mulder fished out of the Bermuda Triangle and hauled aboard a British luxury liner. He finds himself stuck in a 1939 time warp. It's the start of World WarII, and Germans are commandeering the British ship. Carter needs the letterbox breadth because he uses big tracking shots, a split screen and other tricks to spin "Triangle" in real-time fluidity. The installment is so distinct -- watch too for a Duchovny-Anderson smooch -- that it will win a place in "X-Files" lore. But it's really a less satisfying episode than this Sunday's season opener. The gimmickry in "Triangle" can't disguise a thin story line. Sadly, "Triangle" is little more than a show-offy directorial exercise. Still, there is the sight of Cigarette-Smoking Man barking German as a ruthless Nazi officer. We always knew he had it in him. (Copyright 1998 San Francisco Chronicle) ______________________________________________________________________ `X' success // With L.A. move, show doesn't miss a beat

(Chicago Sun-Times; 11/05/98)

So there are agents Scully and Mulder, desperately fighting for their careers, defending themselves before a review panel going over the tall tale that passed for this summer's "X-Files" movie. And the reviews are not good. "As much as all this might sound like science fiction, we can and will prove the validity of our report," Mulder (David Duchovny) explainsearly in Sunday's long-awaited (STAR)(STAR)(STAR) sixth season opener of Fox's "The X-Files". "And so the plot - I'm just trying to get this straight," says a panelist played by Wendie Malick of NBC's "Just Shoot Me." "The plot is for these spacelings to take over the planet, aided by a group of men on our ownplanet?" "A shadow conspiracy within our own government," Mulder says,effectively bringing the panel and everyone else who had the good sense to avoid the film up to speed in short order. While not a huge fan of the conspiracy-driven stories that propel "The X-Files," I must confess a grudging respect for creator and executive producer Chris Carter's dark sci-fi concoction. No series on TV is better at evoking eerie paranoia. After all, it's no small feat to have psychic children, wolf-life aliens or even - as in a subsequent episode - a Bermuda Triangle time warp that places Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and the rest of the cast in a hybrid of "The Wizard of Oz," "Titanic" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" without seeming ridiculous, silly or, worse, irrelevant. The worst thing you can say about "The X-Files" is it may occasionally turn your stomach. That's not to say there aren't humorous bits regularly tossed in to lighten the mood a little. Having a nuclear-reactor safety worker named Homer on Sunday should at least bring a smile of recognition among Fox viewers. Much was made going into this season about how the series was going to be shot in Los Angeles - rather than in Canada, its home since 1993 -because Duchovny wanted to be closer to his wife, actress Tea Leoni. (Never mind that Leoni's series, "The Naked Truth," is long dead and so she could probably live in Vancouver as easily as any place else.) Fans can exhale. If the first few episodes are any indication, the new locale doesn't seem to have any effect on what they see on the screen.If "X-Files" fans can believe what they read in a newspaper. (Copyright 1998 Chicago Sun-Times)


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