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The Book I've Been Waiting For!
on 1 January 2015
I actually stumbled across this book after reading Gillian Anderson's first novel. As a self confessed X-Files nut (for a few years at any rate), I had to have a read at this because it seemed to have been written by another ex-X nut.
I wasn't disappointed. Robert Shearman nails almost definitively the thoughts of many X-Files fans both during the nine seasons it ran and also in retrospect after its demise.
Like others who have posted reviews and also as suggested by Mr Shearman himself, I didn't always agree with his critique of many episodes as he tore to bits some of my very favourites but his reviews were entertaining and, to be fair, allowed me to think of some in a new light.
His summing up of the final, monumentally dreadful final episode coincides I imagine with the thoughts of most X-Files fans. A groundbreaking, influential and brilliant TV series reduced to a court room melodrama; a very bad one. Hopefully it will be remembered for what it was. For me, the best episodic television ever made.
I never took to The Lone Gunmen spin-off. The characters were never interesting enough to command their own series. And Millenium largely passed me by. It seemed to have promise but TV scheduling north of the border meant I was never sure when it was on and it was always after 11pm anyway. No "catch up TV" in those days.
At the end of the day, what this book has done is made me want to dig out my box set of DVD's and watch all of the X-Files again. Not convinced I'll get away with that one though. She was never a fan.
But after all the truth is out there. Only it wasn't. Not really.
Oh, and I must watch the second movie. It sounds really good!