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The X-Files: The Truth is Relative
A review of X-Files : Fight the Future
by J. D. Rummel

Let me preface this with a disclaimer: I like The X-Files. Every Sunday Amy and I go over to our friends' Frank and Lisa's to watch the latest episode. We started this ritual back when the show was on Friday nights, so I think we pass any litmus test of Files fidelity. Consequently, I awaited the movie with great anticipation. Now I knew from the git-go that the movie would focus on the conspiracy theme and the shadowy chess masters: Cancer man, Well Dressed man, and the secret cadre that have bedeviled Mulder and Scully since the very beginning. But surely the movie would allow the launch of new themes and bring about the closure of a story line that had gone far beyond its modest potential.

Director: Rob Bowman

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Martin Landau, William B. Davis, Mitch Pileggi

Rating: PG-13

Release: 06-19-1998

Time: 121 minutes

Buy Movie at Maybe that's why I was entertained but hardly thrilled by Fight the Future. You see, I have never liked the conspiracy episodes. To me they are painted with broad strokes that allow the writer virtually any latitude. Conspiracy episodes never have to adhere to much logic or consistency beyond spoken English. They are far reaching and totally without any borders that the audience can hold the creators to. Like real conspiracy theories they need only their own quirky logic. I, for one do not believe that any organization put together by human beings could be as successful as Purity Control (or whatever they are). Furthermore, with as many guys as these characters have killed in five seasons, why don't they just ice Mulder? That whole, "kill Mulder and we'll have a martyr" argument is the biggest pile of crap this side of the fish flop left behind by Godzilla.

My favorite X-Files installments are the standalones, episodes like the Fluke Man, and "Home." These are fearful, fun filled trips into the modern day Twilight Zone. Like Chris Carter I was, and am, a fan of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, the series that Carter cites as his inspiration for Files. With the standalone episodes Carter and crew frequently work magic. During those shows I have actually been startled and even scarred.

Fight the Future is a bit of gyp, too. Don't believe press that says it's a turning point for Mulder and Scully. It is merely the most expensive episode in the series. It's well made, but nothing happens development-wise that couldn't happen on the small screen. For those who care, Duchovny's butt shot ended up on the cutting room floor, and Newsweek's report that Gillian Anderson spends the last half of the movie naked and freezing is only half right, but not the half that male fans get excited about. Nothing has changed as the fifth season approaches us from sunny California.