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25.12.12 | Notes beyond the world's
December 22, 2012
Well, if the
scenery above is not the
image you have outside your window, then something went wrong in the
colonization plans. Somebody somehow prevented it; and if it was
Mulder and Scully who did it we don't know -- yet!
Indeed, before we were given
of Saturday December 22nd 2012 in 9X19/20:
The Truth (2002), we
told it would be on a holiday in Fight
the Future, it would be
years after 5X13: Patient X
that "the date is set"
Cumi), that a new beginning was 18 years after 2X10:
Red Museum (1994). This landmark date has been a long time
How full of possibilities did these ten years separating the end of
the series and that announced date seem, back then!
Like so many things in the
was there in the series before it became widely known and a factoid
of everyday popular culture. The X-Files was pre-empted in the big
screen in popularizing the "end of the world" with the presumed
end of the Mayan calendar by the disaster movie 2012 (2009) and in
recent days it's been the subject of endless eschatological occult
warnings, de-dramatizing scientific articles, viral internet jokes
and opportunistic merchandising with a "best before" date. It was
also pre-empted by a novel by someone who could have served as an
inspiration for X-Files scenarios, Whitley Strieber (author of Communion on close
encounters with aliens, 1987) and his
inter-dimensional invasion novel 2012:
Souls (2007). To
all this we have to add a long list of invasion or apocalyptic films,
most action- or horror-based, some of so-so quality, that have come
out since the series ended ten years ago: Signs (2002), War of the
Worlds (2005), 28 Weeks Later
(2007), I Am Legend (2007), The
Invasion (2007), The Happening
(2008), The Day the Earth Stood Still
(2008), Blindness (2008), Battleship (2012)... Even Indiana Jones and
the Kingdom of Crystal Skulls (2008) and Prometheus (2012), despite
their lame scripts, could be said to contain X-Files-like mythology
elements! In this crowded pop culture environment, what place is
there for a potential X-Files 3 that
would wrap up the alien invasion
At its heart, the X-Files
a syncretism of various conspiracy theories of the New World Order
family and eschatological theories linked with spiritual and alien
influence on human matters. Political scientist Michael Barkun said in
his book A
the early 1990s, New
World Order conspiracism was limited to two subcultures, primarily
the militantly antigovernment right, and secondarily Christian
fundamentalists concerned with end-time emergence of the Antichrist."
X-Files (1993-2002) illustrates and beckons to the first group
subcultures, while his Millennium
(1996-1999) illustrates and beckons
to the second group. The X-Files' stories of conspiracies "against
the American people" from within the American government, "
Government denies knowledge", the NWO-like Syndicate that pulls all
the strings, the loss of individual freedom against anything that has
to do with arcane governmental doings: all these are ideas that are
expressed in a way outside of the conventional bipartisan criticism
of government, a point of view right from the US conspiratorial
underground -- and Millennium would delve deeply into this in its
third season (going as far as using one of the most popular of US's
conspiracy theorists, Art Bell, as himself). On the other hand,
Millennium's mottos "wait, worry, who cares?", its frequent Bible
quotes, its use of Christian terminology such as good, evil, light,
darkness, sin, redemption, Christian devilish and angelic imagery,
its progressive use of apocalyptic themes: all these are popular
worldviews in many Bible-frenzied groups that are so typically
In the 1990s these ideas
to the far right or conservative underground, and Carter's two series
were but one factor that brought them much closer to the everyday
Of course these ideas do not
necessarily reflect the beliefs of the creator Chris Carter, at least
not entirely. Whether the X-Files and Millennium defend a
conservative or a progressive point of view is a large debate -- and
beside the point. All of the above plus the two series' distinctive
weight it gives to nuclear relationships (platonic romanticism; the
ideal family) points to the former; Carter's defining moment being
the Watergate scandal and other facts point to the latter. Barkun
the true loci of power and thereby illuminate previously
hidden decision making. The conspirators, often referred to as a
shadow government, operate a concealed political system behind the
visible one, whose functionaries are either ciphers or puppets."
And what a simplistic
politics it is! Other works of fiction that adopt a different, more
complex worldview are hailed for their quality but penalised for
their intellectualism (see The Wire;
season 5, episode 8, 25:29, turning into ridicule the pop culture
obsession with serial
killers while larger and more lethal societal problems are given less
weight in the things we spend our brain time on). Regardless,
conspiracies just make for good drama-filled entertainment. Even if
certain themes of the two series do speak to eternal inner struggles
of the individual, like the believer/skeptic dichotomy or the
protection of one's offspring, their actual stories should not be
taken at face value. A third film could continue the story/parable
and spin it in new ways.
Still, Ten Thirteen shows
for bringing a high degree of realism
in their fantastic stories. We
are led to believe that somewhere in our world, these supernatural
events do exist, and that Mulder and Scully and Frank Black are
fighting the good fight, protecting us from evil. But if that realism
is to be kept intact, the world the series depict must not radically
differ from our own. If the alien invasion or the millennial
apocalypse comes, disbelief settles in. If the invasion or the
apocalypse is prevented, it must not be done so in a way that is too
open or too public, like an all-out war or a presidential
assassination or a massively deadly viral outbreak. What then are the
possible outcomes of a third X-Files film? A silent revolution that
manages to destroy the aliens, or a covert skirmish that manages to
postpone the invasion. Both solutions leave the possibility open for
a movie taking place after December 22 2012, something that's been
bothering fans as if it were an unmovable deadline.
There's something to be said
resolution, or rather the lack of
resolution of Ten Thirteen's two
A "closure" on
the colonization storyline would be a classic case of the "good
guys" against the "bad guys" and who would win in the
end. In this view, the series would have been "the mystery"
unfolding, and "X-Files 3" would be "the action"
capping everything off. The X-Files rarely was about the leading
characters taking action in the grander scheme of things: they were
merely observers and, though their personal lives were greatly
affected by the surrounding mythology, they were passive receivers of
developments that were beyond their hands' reach. (At least during
the first 7 seasons, after which the focus became radically
different: the leading characters would act, would be the world
savers, would produce messianic offspring.)
Millennium featured a very personal story of a man and his family
against another mythology centered around evil. For the better part
of 3 seasons, Frank led his personal battle against that evil, under
its many forms, but never hoped to eradicate it or not even protect
everyone from it. Like in the X-Files' mythology, the leads' actions
were nearly inconsequential on the greater battle between Good and
Evil (with capital G and E's). Frank suffered losses (Catherine),
enjoyed small victories (resisting Al Pepper for example), saved a
few, failed to save some others. But at its heart, the show was about
a state of being; it never was about definite victories or failures.
It was more interested in exploring the fact that Frank was worried
("Wait, Worry, Who Cares?") than explaining whatever it was
that worried Frank -- something that could be changed to fit that
week's particular episode. Similarly, Mulder and Scully's
investigations brought forth dark deeds that asked for the world to
stop and meditate on how power can corrupt. Neither shows were
interested in making triumphant heroes out of the lead characters in
a way other than heroes of moral superiority, heroes of ideas, not of
revolutionary accomplishments. And ultimately, both shows introduce
very interesting characters and plots and both serve to illustrate
larger themes: both are tools, not ends, both are secondary to say
something that is more than entertainment.
the closure in the respective storylines could only be partial, or
or ambiguous. This is at the risk of sparking sequelitis in their
fandoms: the continuous "we want to know what [insert character]
did next..." problem, the problem of not saying that enough is
enough. Sequelitis is
the surest way to turn a lively universe into a badly perceived
profit-seeking franchise, and that's what happened with the X-Files
with at least its last two seasons. But such a fine balance Chris
Carter has walked since the beginning. "Who will win, Owls or
Roosters, or Legion or 'Samiel'?" is like "Will the
colonization happen or will humans survive?": essential
questions created by the shows' mythologies but questions Carter has
till now chosen not to answer.
Carter want to bring his story to a simplistic heroic victory or a
repetitive postponement of the deadline? A third X-Files promises to
be the resolution, the final confrontation, the climax -- while the
show's fabric has been based on a lack of clear-cut endings. This is
why I anticipate a postponement of the colonization rather than a
pure calling off, should there be an X-Files 3. The X-Files world
cannot exist without dark forces looming above. Similarly, when
Carter has mentioned a return to Frank Black, concepts like the
"Millennium feel" are mentioned rather than "Frank Black vs
The Group, Part IV".
is left, then, is a story of a secret fight against an alien
conspiracy, with a touch of paranormal, necessarily stripped to a
bare minimum of all of the intricate complications of the X-Files'
mythology. A warm setting would counterweight the winter setting of I
Want To Believe; New Mexico or Mexico perhaps, to build on the Native
American (Anasazi, Navajo) and Mayan references in the X-Files'
mythology (plus the state of New Mexico offers significant tax
incentives to film production, the reason why Breaking Bad is filmed
there!). A Village of the Damned-like
Herrenvolk-like) generation of abnormal children could be a
point for the intrigue, thereby tying in with 12+ year old William.
An underground league of resistance (like the hybrid clones in 4X15:
Memento Mori...or the aforementioned children, there's a
that Mulder and Scully would stumble upon would provide the "broad
impact manpower" necessary to provide a solution to a global
invasion scenario, a solution which would most likely have to be
biological and not military in order to respect the plausible realism
explained above. This necessity for realism would also reduce the
need for a blockbuster-level movie budget. After Mulder saving Scully
(XF1) and Scully saving Mulder (XF2), in this one they would have to
work together and save each other -- and more. And surely, what would
make it stand out from the rest of the action/horror
invasion/apocalyptic movies would be that characteristic moody
atmosphere with lazy silent shots bathed in Mark Snow's ambient
music, a look and feel inspired on Carter by 1970s political
conspiracy thrillers such as All the
President's Men (1974) or Three
Condor (1975). It would certainly need to
appeal to a larger group than certain parts of the X-Files fans,
whose campaigning has been quite vocal but of dubious aesthetics.
would also have to be a layer over or under it all, conveying a
certain message or theme, in order to make it more than mere
entertainment. For me that message in I
Believe was spiritual
solitude and decaying institutions, a move away from the NWO-inspired
conspiracism of the show's mythology into a more religious, or moral,
ground. In this unending crisis of our times, possibilities abound to
enclose a conspiratorial message in a third movie that would
simultaneously strike a vibe with how our current times are
experienced and making the X-Files relevant again, a conspiracy that
needn't be similar in nature to the NWO-like Syndicate; perhaps one
extending the misdeeds beyond government to the private sector as
well. A new backbone to strengthen a fandom which is fragmented, to say
is not exactly the profile of an action-packed summer box office hit,
but given the performance of I Want
To Believe (all expenses
accounted for, it was barely profitable) and the X-Files' distance in
time from the media spotlight (ten years since the series ended,
fourteen since its peak), can we hope for something more than a
mid-budget flick? Would more be even necessary? Would Carter accept
anything less than a theatrical release? Actually,
like the unlikelihood of an X-Files feature film is
linked to the desire for it to be a theatrical feature, which is
inherently more expensive. As if Carter and the X-Files wanted to
"graduate" from TV to the big screen, while top-rate directors do not
stop at the opportunity of doing the opposite (the Martin
Scorcese-directed pilot of Boardwalk
reportedly cost $ 18 million) and many recognize that the 1970s kind of
inventivity that existed in movies has now shifted to television. In
a shifting environment
for movie-making, the X-Files could take advantage of new means of
release, distribution and funding, such as an exclusive television
event, direct-to-video with special theatrical screenings,
Japanese-inspired V-Cinema, Video On Demand pre-orders, iTunes premiere
or YouTube premiere, funding from multiple sources (see 2012's Cloud Atlas),
international sale bundled with an HD remastering of
the entire series, the economies on special effects and on-location
shooting using full-greenscreen (see Starz's Spartacus or SyFy's Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome,
cost $ 2 million). For comparison, Fight
Future reportedly cost $ 66 million ($ 93 million,
inflation-adjusted) and I Want To
Believe $ 30 milion. The marketing move to have the X-Files
BluRay starting with next year, as hinted, on the occasion of the
anniversary, could be a nice way to gauge interest before the movie.
Stranger things have happened (see 2005's Serenity, based on a FOX
series of only half a season, or Star
Trek's resurrection in 1979
after ten years off the air)!
could only hope to be successful commercially if it
is fully supported by the studio -- unlike with I Want To Believe,
which FOX didn't seem to know how to market exactly (action, horror,
romance), nor did it seem to particularly want to. Carter returning
to the media spotlight with another project (the proposed The
After series, for example) would benefit, not hinder, the odds
a return to the X-Files. Carter's chances at directing it, however,
might be fewer, given the second film's history.
a third X-Files, FOX's interest might lie in the
long-term profitability of the franchise: a continuation and a reboot
should be considered as something that might really happen,
especially now with the X-Files-like Fringe
(2008-2013) now ending,
with Duchovny and Anderson potentially acting opposite a couple of
"next generation" younger actors. If an X-Files 3 is announced
tomorrow, it's unrealistic to expect a release before 2014. If they
want to make it coincide with the full release of the series in HD
(counting 2-3 BluRay seasons per year starting from September 2013),
that's end of 2016.
passage of time
has been very kind with Carter and Spotnitz's I Want To Believe, mainly
thanks to its
production design and overall themes, and it's possible to consider
it in a good light despite its many shortcomings -- which to me boil
down to a tight schedule due to the 2007 writers' strike and thus the
impossibility of rewrites, and some aspects of Carter's directing
(including the counter-productive and ultimately needless efforts to
maintain secrecy on the set). It could even do as a closing chapter
for these characters, since the mythology became so much convoluted
and absurd in the last two seasons that it might as well be left
alone, or massively simplified, or expertly by-passed. My own time is
spent on more important things, such as those Carter seems to have
espoused recently, as evidenced by "Statements on green production"
in I Want To Believe's
a third X-Files film or a
return to Frank Black would be some gift! Actually it needn't be "just"
a resolution of the colonization storyline: the beauty of Carter's
universes is such that it's interesting to explore them many times
over, with a series of films as Carter had initially envisioned. Works
of such a character
as those established by Ten Thirteen are rare to find.
man alone cannot fight the future
> Don't give up
21.12.12 | On the Eve of the End of
Before the world changes forever according to the X-Files mythology, a
quick and lists-filled look at all the X-Files
published since 1995, in the Dossiers section!
In other news, a big shout out to the Back to Frank Black
responsible for the "Back To Frank Black
" book, a
recommended buy for anyone who liked "Millennium
". The work done
by these fellow Ten Thirteen fans is nothing short of amazing and
highly professional! The amount of interviews, the people who were
interviewed (even James Wong and Glen Morgan are here, and they had not
accepted to appear in the official FOX interviews for the DVDs!), the
quality of many of the analyses (not all, but let's not be so dark),
this is all unprecedented for a publication dedicated to this series --
and I don't think there are many examples where fan-made publications
reach this level of quality, all series or fictional universes
Since Jane Goldman's official guide to "Millennium" ended up not being
published in 1997, and since the hard-to-find French book by Edouard de
Teyssiere was published in 2003, this is the next best thing in the
"Millennium" world. There are some very juicy information here, such
as: Chris Carter considering that the launch of "Harsh Realm"
indirectly condemned "Millennium" to be cancelled after its third
season, the fact that there really was a fourth season planned and that
the show was cancelled well after the third season finale aired, Morgan
& Wong's "The Road"-like ideas for where the series could have gone
after their apocalyptic season two finale, Lance Henriksen's ideas on
what a season four or a continuation could be...
I remember when I met Chris Carter on the occasion of "I Want To Believe
"'s premiere in London in
2008, a "Millennium" TV-movie or direct-to-DVD is what I talked to him
about. There are two reasons: I think the "Millennium" concept can be
easily re-imagined from (nearly) scratch to fit a feature film canvas,
unlike "X-Files"' convulted mythology and character back story; and the
potential audience is smaller than that for "X-Files", which might
warrant a theatrical release. Back To Frank Black"'s current aim at a
one-shot television event at a cable channel such as FOX-owned FX is a
solution that I would see happenning. all-new fan-made book on
Millennium that is the impressive result of
the four year old Back To Frank Black campaign, featuring a host of
interviews from cast and crew (Carter, Morgan, Wong and Johannessen
included)! And then before 2012 is over we should also hear the
promised 4CD Volume 2 of La La Land's soundtrack of the X-Files!
10.06.12 | We're going to the movies!
It's been a long time since the last update. But this one is big!
The full dossier for the Story and Visual
Influences on The X-Files
, covering all 202 episodes and 2
feature films, is up! There's extensive material here, but despite the
173 references listed it's not impossible, likely even, that more
references will be identified in the future and the list enriched.
Beyond this, the year 2012 has come and is now three quarters gone, and
no third X-Files feature film is to be expected by the fateful date of
December 22nd 2012 defined as an essential date in its constructed
mythos a whole ten years ago -- how faraway that date must have seemed
back then, these ten years how sufficient and full of potential!
Chris Carter, very shy of public presence since "I Want To Believe
over four years ago, is slowly reentering the world of entertainment,
with one series pitch ("Unique
another one ("The
") currently being sold
around. Frank Spotnitz is busy launching a series of his own, in the
" (BBC/Cinemax). David
Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are expressing their support of a third
film from time to time. People are busy in other creative projects -- and they should be!
there is a great number of ways a third X-Files film could occur in
2013 and later, as long as there's imagination in the air, but it's
still far from being a sure thing; whether it's even desirable is up to
each one's sensibilities.
Otherwise, the biggest news is the release of "Back To Frank Black
all-new fan-made book on Millennium that is the impressive result of
the four year old Back To Frank Black campaign, featuring a host of
interviews from cast and crew (Carter, Morgan, Wong and Johannessen
included)! And then before 2012 is over we should also hear the
promised 4CD Volume 2 of La La Land's soundtrack of the X-Files!
05.18.11 | The X-Files Volume One
I Want To Believe! It's the long-awaited release of the 4-CD box set of
Mark Snow's music for The X-Files by La La Land Records -- the "X-BOX
"! We've been waiting for this
set since 2008 (though frankly I've been waiting since 1996 and The
Truth and the Light!), and this is big news! More big news is that
there will be another volume expected for 2012!
Full coverage of the release can be found here: The X-Files Volume One
The Massive Music
has gone through a major re-working and now has
more music, audio and video links to samples, ratings of cues, and
thoughts on what Volume Two might/should include!
Speaking of Volume Two, we fans have a chance to weigh in on what cues
will be included in there! If you want to contribute to making up a
list of fan-favourites for La La Land's consideration, please send me
your 6 cues
(say 4 absolute must-haves + 2 personal favourites)
that you are craving for for a CD-quality, no sound effects- or
There are many other exciting things going on in the XF universe right
- The most important is of course the release of the LAX-Files
book by Erica Fraga,
a fully fan-led effort that benefits from a commercial release! I just
received my copy and will cover that one later.
- A book signing event of LAX-Files
took place on May 7, 2011, at the American Film Institute, Los Angeles;
were present Erica Fraga, both Morgan brothers (!), James Wong, Mitch
Pileggi and Jeff Gulka, and apparently several other 1013 alumni in the
audience (Robert Mendel, Julia Vera).
Coverage on all your major US West Coast-based sites.
- Another (unofficial) book was published: We Want to Believe:
Faith and Gospel in The X-Files
by Amy M. Donaldson!
Donaldson previously published an article entitled "The Last Temptation of Mulder: Reading The
X-Files through the Christological Lens of Nikos Kazantzakis
the 2007 collection of essays The X-Files and Literature: Unweaving the
Story, Unraveling the Lie to Find the Truth
being one of my favourite authors, I'm interested to read more about
her and her views on XF!
- The Syndicate
has launched and
has already started recruiting members! Salome's Musings of an X-Phile
- Finally, as you can see right above, EatTheCorn has a Twitter
! Make sure to subscribe! It is updated much more frequently
than the home page of EatTheCorn, which is updated only for special
occasions. Twitter updates also include additions to the 1013
Interviews Database; since they are ordered chronologically by date of
when they originally occurred, it's not possible to track newly added
interviews from the Database itself, so the best and only way to keep
updated is via the Twitter account.
05.02.11 | The Syndicate
A joint vision from key X-Files fansites has resulted in the launch of "The Syndicate
networking page for all sites related to TenThirteen Productions.
X-FilesLexicon, EatTheCorn and XFilesUniverse are the founding members
of "The Syndicate" to help build, support and strengthen the fanbase of
"The X-Files," "MillenniuM," and all TenThirteen-related projects. "The
Syndicate" is a landing page that will allow anyone easy access to
This initiative is an interactive and proactive webring or platform
targeting to create more cohesion among all efforts, on-line and
off-line, that honor the work produced by TenThirteen Productions.
As explained by webmaster Matt Allair of X-Files Lexicon: "To the
fans, I view 'The Syndicate' as one-stop shopping. If fans like what
they see, bookmark it, keep visiting the Syndicate, and write to the
webmasters of your favorite sites and encourage them to register... The
fans will determine its success.
"It's been nearly 18 years
," further elaborates Kimon of
EatTheCorn, "that The X-Files started broadcast and in that time fandom
has grown, fragmented, and grown again many times over. It is time to
think long-term and federate fandom presence in a spirit of
cooperation. 'The Syndicate' plans to accompany this next evolution."
"The thing I find most exciting about 'The Syndicate,'
Maurisa of XFilesUniverse, "is the opportunity for all of our sites to
work together to promote TenThirteen Productions. There are so many
sites, and we all have our own strengths and our own promotions. But
with 'The Syndicate,' our sites can endorse each other and raise
awareness across the fanbase. After all, we all want to see growth in
Membership in "The Syndicate" provides promotion for each website,
complete with RSS feeds and links for each member site. In addition,
special events for each site will be featured prominently. A forum for
Syndicate members is provided to help member sites' staff better
communicate with each other and enable greater capability to work
together to promote TenThirteen Productions projects, such as a third
X-Files feature film or a new Frank Black movie.
Read our full Mission
that explains our vision and purpose!
Visit our Membership
page to add your site to The Syndicate!
The Syndicate Members
06.21.10 | Ten Thirteen Interviews
Announcing the launch of the Ten Thirteen
Interviews Database Project
This new section of EatTheCorn aims to archive every single
of Ten Thirteen cast and crew. A daunting task,
certainly, but I'm counting on the contributions of every willing 1013
fan out there to make this collaborative project a success. Come,
visit, read, and contribute!
The project is launching with no less than 300 interviews already
! A huge thank you to Libby, who very generously provided
the bulk of this material! Her
featuring the most complete and accurate 1013 episode
transcripts is also one to bookmark.
03.04.10 | Mission complete
retrospective is now complete with Page 5: Supersoldiers
and Page 6: Special Cases
, your comprehensive guide to the X-Files mythology,
has been converted into a handy PDF file
for your offline reading pleasure here! (Think of the environment
before printing though -- the online version is...online
My review of last year's (already!) X-Con in Berlin, Germany, can be
, which also linked to a selection
of mine of pictures from the event.
Check back very soon for some very big and exciting developments for E.T.C
developments for the
fandom at large!
10.18.09 | X-CON
Vielen danken! Bis nächste mal!
08.30.09 | Past and future musings
of the hybridization
round-up is now
Continuing on that forgotten art retrospective, here is a page
on the XF work by Sue
Coe, the artist behind that cover of Songs in the Key of X
campain doesn't cease to amaze me with their dedication and the success
they have in obtaining interviews with people in front and behind the
camera, the latest being some very interesting interviews with Michael
R. Perry, Frank Spotnitz and Mark Snow!
The release of the four-CD set with music from the series by La La Land
Records has now been pushed back to summer 2010. Well, we've waited 13
years since The Truth
and the Light
, we can wait one more -- as long as the end
product is worth it!
I understand those who no longer wish to see a continuation of the
X-Files on the big screen. Carter, and Spotnitz, do seem adamant though
that they have one more story to tell to wrap things up, and by
curiosity alone I would like to see what they have in mind. Of course
making it a script tailored for a theatrical release would need to have
it purged of the over-complicated burden of the series' mythology
minutiae and one should only expect a storyline providing closure to
the fates of Mulder, Scully and the world instead of a tying up of nine
year worth's of loose ends and a host of recurring characters
One potential storyline can be found in the recent science
: the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder that has been causing
a massive decimation of honeybees worldwide in the recent years! It now
appears that the cause would be the simultaneous effect of multiple
viruses on the bees, making them unable to produce proteins essential
to their immune and digestive system. Could this be the work of an
organized resistance movement trying to get rid of the
the Black Oil virus and thus prevent colonization?
One can spend time coming up with other amusing ideas for XF3...
06.17.09 | Nostalgic, much?
Granted, I won't deny that E.T.C is a site that does indulge in
nostalgia sometimes. Surely, part of many fans' continued appreciation
of the X-Files comes from the fact that they followed the show when it
was all-new. Sadly, many creative efforts tied in to the show get lost
as the XF move further away from present times. In E.T.C's effort to
serve as a repository for XF-related items and ideas, here are the artwork of the "Wave" VHS cards
retrospective continues with parts two
A part of the fandom has begun a campaign to lobby for a third XF
feature film. More thoughts later on how desirable an XF3 would be.
But first, I want to congratulate the German fans, who managed to kick
off their project for an XF convention: the X-Con
, in Berlin, October
16-18, 2009! As far as I know this is the first official
convention ever since the mythical "X-Files Expo" of 1997-98 that
happened in the USA -- and last year's expo in Chile -- which is quite
03.15.09 | Bittersweet update
Quite a few things happened since the last update. For example, The USA
welcomed the President that will see the World end in 2012 and,
hopefully, a third X-Files movie... It's also been 20 years since Laura Palmer died
- EatTheCorn moves boldly in 2009 with the first part
of a six-part dossier
in the X-Files. The other parts are coming
- XF alumni and fans everywhere mourned the premature loss of one of
its best producers and directors, Kim Manners
. Mr. Manners was
the X-Files' most prolific directors, with no less than 52 episodes (a
quarter of the series all by himself!) over 8 seasons. He was one of
the key people that helped define the show, often competing in a
friendly way with fellow director Rob Bowman over who would produce the
best quality work. He will be fondly remembered.
- But there are also good news. Stellar news, actually! La La Land
Records, who recently brought us some MillenniuM music
music for XF! And
it will be no less than a 4CD-set with music from around 40-60
! A tentative release date is September, 2009.
I hope that a maximum of my wishes (see here
The Truth and the Light
is nearly over! Speaking of which, thanks to Tommy for filling some
gaps in T&L
-- more help to identify some tracks
- In an awfully overdue update, I want to thank Agent Donald for
mentioning EatTheCorn in his "Reopening the X-Files"
. His ambitious project has him doing a podcast for every
single XF episode, an effort that is definitely worthy checking out.
- Also, the XFLexicon
has undergone an extensive revamping and continues its work of bringing
us interesting articles and insights in the behind-the-scenes making of
the show. In memoriam of Kim Manners, the Lexicon was able to obtain
of Matt Hurwitz's interview with Mr. Manners done for the
recent Complete XF
- The BackToFrankBlack
campaign continues strong as ever bringing 1013 fans unexpected
goodies, such as another Lance
12.14.08 | Fandom News
Many news in the world of TenThirteen lately!
- First, the "Complete XF
" book has been released, and it
really is a must-have! Despite numerous proof-reading shortcomings, the
interviews and pictures are many and fresh. This is the kind of
'legacy' book that a series of the importance of the X-Files was
- Mark Snow music
coming your way! Well-established soundtrack
record company La La Land Records is releasing a double-CD with music
from MillenniuM! Do not wait long to order, there are only 2000 copies
available (the signed ones are already gone), you can order here
they post internationally. I hope this will lead to even more Snow
music being released -- my XF wish list is here
- The Back To Frank Black
campaign is going ahead full steam. The latest exploit is an interview
with Lance Henriksen
himself, over here
- Speaking of which, X-Files News
made a featured article concerning the BTFB campaign, featuring an interview
with campaign co-manager James McLean and, well, yours truly! You can
read it here
- Finally, some updating within ETC as well! Chris Carter himself
explains what the mytharc is all about in The Truth Revealed
11.25.08 | ...Four Months Later
Though not a mythology outing, IWTB
is significant enough for
me to go into detail in a DataBase entry -- especially since it's the
first piece of original XF material for six years, and the last one for
an as of yet undetermined amount of time. So here is my review of the
freshly released to DVD I Want To Believe
long review that attempts to be comprehensive and even spreads to a
critique of the state of the franchise and the fandom. Photos are
Matt of the XF Lexicon made an excellent interview with "The
Complete X-Files: Behind the Series, the Myths, and the Movies
co-author Matt Hurwitz, check it out here
! The book
really sounds like a treat, and delivery delays seem to be due to
higher orders than expected.
10.13.08 | We Want More
Another 1013 today. It can be argued both ways, but MillenniuM
might very well lend itself better to the feature film format than The
. TenThirteen is certainly capable of delivering a quality
feature film based on MillenniuM
and its iconic character Frank
Black! This is the idea behind the "Back To Frank Black
campaign. Be sure to visit and express your support -- and, if you
haven't already, discover this other amazing series!
Things to look forward to
: "The Complete X-Files:
Behind the Series, the Myths, and the Movies
" is the new book on
the franchise written by journalist Matt Hurwitz and fan Chris Knowles,
and it promises to be the definitive behind the scenes publication for
XF! Carter's involvement should deliver something better than the
purely promotional products that were the seasons 1-7 guides. Release
dates: October 15 in Europe, November 11 in USA & Japan!
08.30.08 | The show must go on...
I Want To Believe
has come...and gone. Before I
finally find the time and verve to write a fully fleshed-out review,
there is something else:
Things to look forward to
: The greatest XF news
since the announcement that XF:IWTB
was in the works is that a
new release with Mark Snow's music for the series might see the light
of day very soon! To that end I've compiled a list with what I think
should go in this potentially "Massive Music
". If you want to help me build that list don't hesitate
to contact me!
07.24.08 | One more for the road
For all I would have rather seen the series to end with season 7, the
Primer could not be complete without a section on seasons 8 and 9; it
is now done with Section 5: Back To Plan A
And it could not be complete either without another section that deals
with the personal journey of the series' protagonists Mulder and
Scully: this is Section 6: Destinies
Primer is now complete! This is your definitive guide to the X-Files
mythology, the section to consult before delving into the details of
the episodic DataBase.
Some minor modifications on Primer Section 0
and Section 1
, as well as in 9X01 & 9X02: Nothing Important Happened
and 9X19/20: The Truth
: This is the last update before XF:IWTB
Want To Believe
07.13.08 | The Season 9 Update!
Another massive update to wrap it all up! All DataBase entries for the
season 9 episodes are up: 9X01 &
9X02: Nothing Important Happened Today, 9X08:
1, 9X10: Provenance &
9X11: Providence, 9X17: William
9X19/20: The Truth
This is the least liked season of the show (what a shame it didn't end
when it was at its height!) and this shows in my analyses, but it is
also the least well understood part of the mythology as well. I really
think I got it with this interpretation that is as coherent as
There it is, apart from one or two minor skips in early seasons to be
completed later on, the DataBase is complete! Enjoy it! I will try to
do another update before the XF:IWTB
deadline, this time on the
07.09.08 | The Season 8 Update!
9 episodes in a single update! You can now find the DataBase entries
for the entire season 8 -- meaning 8X01:
Without, 8X08: Per Manum, 8X14: This Is Not Happening
& 8X15: DeadAlive, 8X18: Three Words,
and 8X20: Essence & 8X21: Existence
Sorry if my opinion permeates the mythology analysis too much. I think
you can guess the nature of the next update from looking at the title
of this one...
Reviewing season 8 has only made me see one thing more clearly: this
could not have stood on its own without season 9 to answer all the
questions raised in it. Up to season 7 all was wrapped up pretty well,
would have made a finale that would have been
very frustrating mythology-wise.
: "It's here!" "What have you done?"
"Let's say I want to believe." "Don't give up!"
This movie isn't
out yet and many phrases have cult status already! And after six years
there's nothing better than seeing shippers being worried!
There is a quote from a recent interview with Chris Carter that I
appreciated a lot: "Looking at the people on-line, it's basically
faceless and anonymous, so to have your voice heard, you have to scream
the loudest. Or be the most extreme. Or be the most radical, because
you're just a voice in the crowd.
" This could apply to Carter
himself, with the presumed 'giving in' to the call of the mainstream
way of television narrative and having Mulder and Scully become a
couple. It also felt as if it applied to me and what I set out to do
with my site. Great discussions exist on the forums -- many times
intelligent, oftentimes uninformed -- but they get lost or forgotten
with time. Here I attempt to create a concentrate of thoughts and ideas
that could serve as a definitive reference. And if I have not expressed
extreme views (shippers are stupid - noromos are dead - CC ruined
everything - only FS understands fans) it's exactly because I am trying
to have as holistic a view as possible. This is why my hardcore noromo
stance has somewhat mellowed out a bit lately, and why I think that the
'happy ending' last shot of season 8 is completely uncharacteristic of
the X-Files. Here's to the future.
06.19.08 | Some years later...
The DataBase entries for 7X15: En Ami
and 7X22: Requiem
are up. The
X-Files, 1993-2000? With seasons 1-7 all accounted for, what I set out
for three years ago is more or less complete.
But this isn't over yet! Even more updates are on the way in the big
lead-up to the second movie...
It's been ten years today that Fight the Future
was released! "I feel time like a heartbeat
06.12.08 | "This is my weakness..."
I've uploaded the DataBase entry for Closure
two-parter. The closing chapters of season 7 are on the way.
: 42 days left... Let's hope it's worth
the wait! The other much-expected return of the year 2008, Indiana
, was rather much of a disappointment.
06.08.08 | "A sign, a symbol, a
The longest DataBase entry evar is online. It's none else than the Biogenesis
yourself out. Amazing how dense the X-Files could be compared to other,
more serialized shows.
: The editing on XF2 just wrapped. Not
much is new. Perhaps that is good news -- it means the spoilers are
kept at bay! Oh, there is this mysterious "Fencewalker
that I don't know what to make of... Carter directing two feature films
at the same time? Maybe we're in for surprises in the close future.
05.18.08 | "It's here!"
"The Cigarette-Smoking Man revealed." "The conspiracy
exposed." "The X-Files Full Disclosure."
This is how these two
episodes were marketed when they were about to air! Here is the
revealing DataBase entry for Two
Fathers / One Son
I'll be back soon with what will undoubtedly be the longest entry ever,
05.15.08 | The beginning of the end
DataBase update: we continue ploughing through the mythology, moving
inevitably towards big resolutions with the next update. For the time
being, here are The Beginning
: My condolences to the french fandom who
got a stinky title translation for "I Want To Believe
: Deep Throat's "trust no one
which became iconic of the X-Files in general, is to be found in the
BBC miniseries "I, Claudius
" (1976) that depicts the life and
(all-too-frequent) deaths of the first roman emperors (it's in episode
11)! Frank Spotnitz had acknowledged that the vaguely paranoid feeling
of this series was an inspiration for the XF mythology.
05.11.08 | "Is that official FBI
DataBase update: "The X-Files Movie
", aka Fight the Future
: The trailer for "The X-Files: I Want
" is online in just a few hours. I really like how Carter
& Spotnitz have approached XF2's marketing: anti-spoileristic and
minimalistic (but how much of it is wilful and how much of it is
disregard by FOX I wonder?).
05.03.08 | A blast from the past
The DataBase grows even more with the addition of 5X15: Travelers
and 5X20: The End
. Season 5 is now complete!
And it's been ten years since these episodes aired (05/17/98 for The
), wow! It's the final stretch to the movie now.
05.02.08 | "Resist or Serve"
Another update with another one of those massive DataBase entries, this
time for Patient X / The Red and the
: "I Want To Believe
" it is then.
For all I enjoy the promotion campain -- cryptic and elliptical as to
the plot -- try not to push the shippy promo pics too hard...
04.13.08 | Believe Again
Have a good read with the DataBase entry for the Redux
trilogy, and treat
yourself with the case of Emily
Sim! I'll say nothing else but that the next update is coming up soon...
ETC in its current form has been around for two years already! So much
has changed since then... I want to go back to everything I've written
and write it all again! Thank you for visiting!
: D-100 and still no title. Go CC!
04.07.08 | "It all started with
A small update with the DataBase entries for Demons
and Unusual Suspects
. See you very
shortly for the biggie: Redux
The indefatigable Matt of the XF Lexicon made an interview
John Bartley, Director of Photography to XF for the first 4 seasons. If
you're looking for somebody who defined the cinematic and atmospheric
look of the X-Files, it's him (and Vancouver!).
: Within the promotion campaign for the
still untitled "XF2", Carter has given us an unexpected gift (Paley
Festival, 03/26): a reunion with old alumni from the series. Not even
during the series' run had so many people from the series appeared
together. And such great people! Writers/producers Chris Carter, Frank
Spotnitz, Howard Gordon, writers Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan, Steven
Maeda, producer Paul Rabwin, producers/directors David Nutter, Rob
bowman, actors Nick Lea, Mitch Pileggi, Dean Haglund... and with tons
of other alumni in the audience, all of this turnout organised with a
few phonecalls on the spur of the moment. Wow! Accounts that
TenThirteen people were not getting along were apparently too harsh --
how inspiring to see all of them together, to talk of the X-Files as a
slice of televisionary history. If this was done to give a sense of
continuity from the series to the movie franchise, it certainly has
03.09.08 | "Welcome to the wonderful
world of high technology!"
I give you...the massive DataBase entry for Tunguska / Terma
! If you think this
is big, wait for the one on Redux
It's in the can! Principal production (shooting) for the still untitled
"XF2" has now ended. Now the painful process of post-production can
start. The marketing campaign already started, with deliciously teasing
interviews by the two writers and the two leads -- and teaser footage
that was bootlegged on the internet (WonderCon, 02/23)! I'm seriously
teased, drawn to think they might really pull this off!
: If you wander around Vancouver you
might see a wrap party.
02.23.08 | Beware of The Bee
Another update with the DataBase entry for Zero
Matt of the XF Lexicon has kept busy and was able to make a complete
interview with Howard Gordon, scriptwriter and producer -- good
questions, straightforward answers. Do check it out here
: Our Scully turns 44 today! A
wikipedia moment... Did you know Scully was born on the same day as
German composer Georg Händel, "Enola Gay" pilot Paul Tibbets,
Ukranian president Viktor Yushchenko, or even Prince of Japan Naruhito?
02.05.08 | Happy New Year 2008
(With a slight delay) Best wishes for 2008, the year the X-Files return
to the forefront! The DataBase entry for Memento
is now online.
Matt of the XF Lexicon has managed to come into contact with
TenThirteen and pass on some questions on behalf of the fandom to Chris
Carter himself! You can find the result over here
way we can really bring home that XF2 is not a dream and that it's
really happening! (ah, my questions didn't make it, too nosy I
guess...maybe next time!)
: Terry O'Quinn (Peter Watts in MillenniuM
and various roles in XF) continues his role in the main cast of "LOST
" may have been
painfully long to take off, but since the latter part of season 3 we
see things really picking up. The producers often cite XF as the best
example of lack of direction and of storylines being pulled thin after
their natural conclusion. It's comforting to see studios accepting to
put a definitive future end date to a series so that the writers know
where they're going; season 6 is the targeted finale.
12.10.07 | Time flies!
...And here is the DataBase entry for Tempus
. Incredible what XF did on a TV budget!
This is it. Today, shooting starts in Vancouver on "XF2"! And already a
fake synopsis has surfaced in the internet, expectations and attention
high... In 2002, fans had funded a "thank you" ad
in the Hollywood Reporter; they had used Scully's speech from 4X18:
on the extraordinary teamwork that made the Apollo project
possible. The same words can apply here to wish the "XF2" crew a good
Cheers to XF Ultimate
: What, the beginning of production of
"XF2" not enough for you?
: If Apollo 11 was the first mission
where men landed on the moon and later prompted Mulder to buy Scully a
keychain commemorating it, Apollo 17 was the last Apollo mission --
December 7 to 19, 1972. Apollo 17 was also the first mission which
included a real scientist in its crew, as opposed to the usual
over-trained pilots. It's been 35 years that Man hasn't returned to the
moon. The Cold War sure did help Man boldly go where he hadn't gone
11.25.07 | The Master Plan is to work
I've uploaded the DataBase entry for Talitha
; check it out, I'm setting some
misconceptions straight here...
This update marks the beginning of a series of more frequent updates
that will have the DataBase filled up much faster than what's been the
norm! Usually, I'm writing material for 2 seasons ahead of what's
online so that in case I forget something I can complete it beforehand.
With big threads drawing to a close with Two Fathers / One Son
things are accelerating.
: The ongoing Writers Guild of America
strike starts making casualties in the world of TV series, but "The
" isn't one of them! CCH Pounder, Agent Lucy Kazdin in 2X04:
, has a role worthy of her talents in this series, which
is finishing production on its last episode of its seventh and ultimate
season. "The Shield
" has managed to keep a constant character
quality and a bold rendition of the issues that urbanization, not only
in Los Angeles but worldwide, rise today.
10.31.07 | Done Two Hundred And Two
The word is out, the X-Files "sequel" feature film is well on its way
towards production, with shooting to begin in December in Vancouver
(which in itself is good news)! Code name: "Done One". Remember the
days when Fight the Future
was "Operation Blackwood"?... Carter
& Spotnitz made the right choice to write a stand-alone story and
not a mythology (how to write post-series finale mythology after the
improbable wanderings of Seasons 8 & 9? Does Carter still really
think he can shoot a whole series of films on William leading to
2012?). What I hope to see is a good moody foggy dark atmosphere, a
good "guest star" and witty dialogue in a "reasonably paranormal" plot.
And a complete disregard of the current situation of Mulder &
Scully, ie I don't want to know if it takes place during this or that
season or after the series: we keep the concept of two investigators
into the paranormal and do a film on them -- the same way I would
approach a MillenniuM
film. That's it. Let's hope for the best!
Some updating with a page on The Truth & The Light
: Lucy Lawless (Shannon McMahon in 9X01/9X02:
) and Mark Sheppard (Cecil L'Ively
in 1X11: Fire
), who did a fine job in "Battlestar Galactica
season. "Battlestar Galactica
", perhaps THE best show around
nowadays, may suffer from the upcoming Writers Guild of America strike.
Thankfully the X-Files film seems to have escaped that!
09.04.07 | 171°E, 42°N
As the X-Files reaches 14 years of age, things seem to seriously stir
in development hell for the second X-Files feature. Meanwhile, FOX's
other mega-hit show, "The Simpsons
", gets a magnificent
theatrical film, and already a promise for a sequel!
I've added the DataBase entry for Piper
Maru / Apocrypha
. Also, some rewriting on the entries for Colony
. It's impossible to write the definitive entry:
with every rewatch of the episodes, there are new things that pop into
: Howard Gordon, producer and
scriptwriter on the X-Files up to season 4, has been working on another
successful show of FOX, "24
", since its first season. Note that
Gordon co-wrote the suspenseful tightly paced episode 2X22: F.
! After an instant success with its very good first
" now has ended its sixth season with another
creative dead-end, suffering heavily from situations now repeated a
thousand times and a tagline "Events occur in real time" that sounds
more unrealistic than ever. As it faces its seventh season, Gordon and
his coworkers promise that they will finally "reboot" the format of the
show -- but due to budgeting, and I suspect creative, reasons, the 7th
season storyline has already been scrapped twice. Will this reboot
prove to be another disappointment?
05.12.07 | Well... happy new year!
X-Files has now ended its air run for five years, and once again rumors
are around that the second theatrical movie is really, really going to
happen soon. Don't know what to think about that. Apart from two more
hours with two heroes of the '90s, what could a new movie really offer?
X-Files-like films and series are being released all the time now. Last
one out: David Fincher's "Zodiac". Fincher had done "Se7en", which had
served as an inspiration for MillenniuM (which, by the way, had done an
episode on the Zodiac killer: 213: The Mikado
A little updating with the DataBase entries for Avatar
: David Nutter, veteran producer and
director who worked on X-Files and MillenniuM and other shows, is
helping the launch of "The Sarah Connor Chronicles
", a TV series
derived from "The Terminator
" franchise. If picked up, the show
should air for the 2007-2008 season. Let's hope it's worth it.
12.16.06 | "Why did I study French in
The DataBase entry for Nisei
is in! Yonde kudasai!
Not much is published on XF anymore. But if you speak spanish, you
could be intrested by an all-new high-quality 400-page book by Sara
Martín from Barcelona: "Expediente X : En honor a la verdad
(I only deplore
the flawed interpretation of the mytharc...). Here
can find a good interview with the author.
To remain on the international level, a nod to the italian fandom
: Actor Peter Boyle passed away 3 days
ago... He had won an Emmy in 1996 for his memorable performance as
Clyde Bruckman in Darin Morgan's script (which, by the way, had also
won an Emmy!). Also, the XFLexicon
secured an interview with the good ol' Eugene Victor Tooms, Mr.
10.13.06 | Lucky 13
Well, "The X-Files" is already 13 years old! Today is TenThirteen...
happy birthday you know who. It's fitting that just today, E.T.C just
reached 1013 visitors!
I've added the massive DataBase entry for the Anasazi
Season 2 is now more or less complete! Season 3 should follow shortly
07.03.06 | "Unlike you Mulder, I
would like to have a life!"
A considerable batch of updates: Primer Section 4, DataBase season 2,
Media QTVR & sounds... I want the Primer to be definitive,
unchangeable, but I had to add a paragraph in Section 3 nevertheless!
(in "The Syndicate goes global") Stay tuned, more is on the way.
A special nod to Matt from the XF
; here's a site with an episode guide in which you actually
04.13.06 | Beginning anew
After some time of hiatus, E.T.C is back under new hosting and a new
address. And, yes, new material! In the meanwhile, older fansites are
dropping like flies.
12.22.05 | Countdown
The date is set and there are 7 years remaining to reach it. Tick,
The DataBase hase been updated. More is on the way.
11.25.05 | Launch
After too many years of laying around in different hard drives, it is
time for all the data I compiled over my X-phile career to see the
light of the global net. Exactly 9 years after I first saw an X-Files
episode, Eat The Corn launches! The data online is scarce but there is
much that is already written, data that will be uploaded imminently.
And there is still much work to do. Years after the series left the
center of public attention, years after the bulk of the fansites were
left over and the buzz died down, this fresh all-new site will fight to
keep the memory and the fandom alive. Fellow followers of the Lone
Gunmen from all over the world, come and join the cause!
"The answers are there. You
have to know where to look."
-Scully, 1X79: Pilot
in the episodes. And analyzing the episodes,
we will understand The X-Files' complex mythology.
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Ten Thriteen Productions and Fox Television. But they're not used for
an evil nor money-seeking purpose, and no copyright infringement is
intended. Also, an awful lot of my time has been
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me, please let me know.