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3.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to like this more than I did!, 17 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: The Lone Gunmen: The Complete Series [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
As a huge fan of The X-Files, I decided to watch the whole series straight through after picking up all nine seasons in the big box set and run Millennium and The Lone Gunmen alongside at the correct times. I'd not seen either sister/tie-in show properly and found Millennium season one terrific before crashing and burning with season two. There had been a couple of great X-Files episodes featuring the Gunmen as leads during show's run, one without Mulder and one without Scully, which amply demonstrated the potential for a Gunmen show.

So what went wrong? I think somewhere along the way the creative team for the Gunmen series (not the actual characters' creators Glen Morgan and James Wong) misunderstood what makes the characters work. From my point of view, these guys have an oddball, clown-like image, but they are ***very*** competent at what they do. That's why Mulder, Scully and their successors use them. I can understand the need to introduce the character of Eve to avoid the show being a complete sausage-fest, but, all too often, Yves is used to make the boys look stupid. In the series, especially after Jimmy Bond is introduced, the Gunmen are turned into slapstick clowns, barely competent to unlock a door, let alone hack a database.

For all the thrills of the pilot episode, the rest of the series is a letdown, before just hinting at improving at the end. Frankly, while watching the show alongside seaon eight of The X-Files, it became a bit of a 'Ho hum! I'd rather stick with the X-Files!' situation.

It's like meeting a really amazing girl once in a while and really liking her company, but after starting to date her, realising that she's not nearly as interesting as she seemed to be. The show's a missed opportunity, but if you're a big X-Files fan like me, it's absolutely worth having for a few more hours in the quirky, paranoid universe of Chris Carter.
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