In 1993, Fox debuted a strange new television show called The X-Files. Little did anyone suspect that the series would become one of the network's biggest hits-and change the landscape of television in the process. Now, on the occasion of the show's twenty-fifth anniversary, TV critics Zack Handlen and Todd VanDerWerff unpack exactly what made this haunting show so groundbreaking. Witty and insightful reviews of every episode of the series, revised and updated from the authors' popular A.V. Club recaps, leave no mystery unsolved and no monster unexplained. This crucial collection even includes exclusive interviews with some of the stars and screenwriters, as well as an original foreword by X-Files creator and showrunner Chris Carter. This complete critical companion is the book about The X-Files, the definitive guide whether you're a lifelong viewer wanting to relive memories of watching the show when it first aired or a new fan uncovering the conspiracy for the first time.
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"These "X-Files" audio recaps adapted from the A.V. Club are aimed at newcomers, but longtime fans may find themselves reliving a few favorite scenes or episodes. As they recap each episode or movie, authors Zack Handlen and Todd VanDerWerff weave in their own opinions along with interviews with people involved in the productions, such as creator Chris Carter and actor Robert Patrick. Narrator Joe Hempel strikes an agreeable tone, but listeners may wish the audiobook had gone further, using two narrators to differentiate between the two authors. Also, an overview highlighting the authors' favorite episodes would likely help newcomers. The critiques sometimes seem repetitive, especially the discussions of early seasons, but hearing more than 200 recaps provides a sense of a TV classic's evolution. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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