Read an excerpt from Zack Handlen and Todd VanDerWerff’s X-Files book—with special guest Vince Gilligan

On October 16, Abrams Press will release Monsters Of The Week: The Complete Critical Companion To The X-Files. Written by A.V. Club contributor Zack Handlen and former A.V. Club TV editor Todd VanDerWerff, the book adapts and updates the duo’s popular TV Club Classic recaps, supplementing them with cast and writer…

A marvelous X-Files has Scully and Mulder hunted by the pest in the machine

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We’re living in the future now, when things are supposed to be easier. And they are, they are. Most of us carry small computers with us everywhere we go, machines that can play music, games, order a pizza or check on the weather or even occasionally make phone calls, and it’s only getting better. Right? Right. But I…

Skinner heads to the woods for a pretty good X-Files

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“Kitten” opens with a Vietnam War flashback. This isn’t new ground for the show—the war, with its morass of political betrayal and meaningless death is fertile subtextual territory for the mythology—but there’s something almost charming to see it now, a curious nostalgia arising at the vision of a helicopter bearing…

A delightful X-Files plays with memory, lawn darts

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“I’ve stumbled on the conspiracy to end all conspiracies,” says the guy, and even though he’s arguably right, it’s also funny, because we’ve heard this before. At the heart of most of Darin Morgan’s writing for The X-Files is a man rolling his eyes through tears, and “The Lost Art Of Forehead Sweat” is no exception.…

In defense of Doggett, the unsung hero The X-Files should have reenlisted

Word on the street (and around the A.V. Club offices) is that the new season of The X-Files is an improvement on the last season of The X-Files. It’s been heartening to hear, even if there was really nowhere to go but up from the show’s abbreviated 2016 revival, which included one terrific episode and five others…

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