Early 2016 sees Titan Comics publishing The X-Files, The Official Collection Vol. 1: The Agents, The Bureau & The Syndicate and The X-Files, The Official Collection Vol. 2: Little Green Men – Monsters and Villains.
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Writer: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon
Director: Daniel Sackheim
Original broadcast: October 1st 1993
Australian broadcast: March 3rd 1994
As Section Chief Blevins expresses his concern with the direction of the X-Files department, Mulder becomes obsessed with solving a case that closely parallels an encounter he experienced as a child …the abduction of his kid sister, Samantha.
This episode probably wont ever make any of my top 10 lists, but its a good one, even if it feels kind of disjointed at times. I like it because its really character driven. We get more insight into Mulder and just how focused (read: obsessed) he can become on a case that reminds him of his sister. Also its quite a gender reversal, where typically a female character will be the one showing empathy and a connection in such a way.
The full depth of what Scully has got assigned to with The X-Files is more in play here here too….
Writer: Glen Morgan & James Wong
Director: Harry Longstreet
Original broadcast: September 24th 1993
Australian broadcast: February 24th 1994
One of Scully’s friends from the FBI academy, now working in the Violent Crimes Unit, asks her to assist him on a homicide investigation involving no clear point of entry. Mulder realizes that this is similar to a series of X-Files case that have occurred every thirty years, and joins in the investigation to stop the latest cycle.
Mulder and Scully tackle their first monster-of-the-week case courtesy of Agent Tom Colton, an acquaintance of Scully’s from the FBI academy. He wants Scully’s opinion on this “out there” case that’s going to make his career. I’m not sure why Scully would want to help this guy, from the first two seconds of interaction he seems like an arrogant jerk and then calls her Mrs. Spooky. I guess what I like about this is we get a little bit of Scully back story. We learn a bit about her before The X-Files and that she does actually have a life outside of them – well for now. Sorry Scully, you’ll never get out of the damn car. (Sorry newbies, future episode reference.)
Writer: Chris Carter
Director: Daniel Sackheim
Original broadcast: September 17th 1993
Australian broadcast: February 17th 1994
Mulder and Scully head to Ellens Air Force Base to investigate the mysterious case of a military test pilot who disappeared after experiencing strange psychotic behaviour. While on the case, Mulder meets a mysterious man dubbed ‘Deep Throat’, who claims to have classified information about his investigations into the paranormal.
Deep Throat is a great follow up to the Pilot episode, while it covers the same theme, it continues to help immerse us in the mythology of the show and give us more of a sense who Mulder, and particularly Scully are. She is a little different from the first episode, more like the Scully we get to know and love for the next nine years. She’s curious about the case, still amused by Mulder’s theories but has a bit more rigidity about her. In this episode she does seem a little too concerned with how her field report is going to read. Oh Scully, you’d better get used to it girl, you’re going to be submitting lots of them about supposed UFO’s and bigfoot.
Written by: Chris Carter
Directed by: Robert Mandel
Original Broadcast: September 10th 1993
Australian Broadcast: February 10th 1994
Special Agent Dana Scully is partnered with Special Agent Fox Mulder to validate his work on a special project called The X-Files. While he is a believer in the paranormal, fuelled by a lost memory where his sister was abducted by aliens; she is a scientist and prefers to look for rational, logical explanations. Their first case takes them to Oregon, to investigate the unsolved deaths of several high school classmates, which Mulder believes are linked to an alien abduction
There is a certain joy to watching the Pilot as someone who has seen the X-Files before. The episode gives us the very first taste of those things we know and love from series and its a sweet reminder this is where it all started. Tropes like Scully always missing all the action. On the flip side, Mulder seeing it all, but gathers no tangible evidence. And of course, those late night phone calls we’d be so lost without. We’re introduced to the alien mythology and the shadowy figure of the CSM who says nothing during the episode but we know by his hovering, he’s important.
For a show that premiered in 1993, the Pilot actually stands the test of time really well….
After a terrible experience with the 2012 Melbourne event and stories I had heard from friends about Oz Comic Con in other states recently, I was hesitant to ever attend another one. I was expecting crushing crowds in an over packed venue, ridiculous queues with hours of waiting time and people lined up out into the main floor preventing movement, Q&A panels starting late and guests not getting their fully allotted time.
What I got, I am pleased to say, was quite the opposite, even though I thought the day was going to be as terrible as it started…
First there was a mix up at the bus station due to there being no definite signage as to where the free shuttle to the event was – they said Bay 13 on the website but as I don’t live in Sydney, I had no clue where it was. Then when I arrived, there was a very annoying mix up when a volunteer scanned my ticket multiple times while another volunteer was rudely ushering me down the line. I got told I was already checked in (that will happen if you scan the ticket more than once) and they couldn’t give me a pass. But after that was sorted the rest of the day went fairly smoothly.
One thing that I noticed straight away was what a great layout the con had. The stages were away from each other, so the noise from each Q&A didn’t filter in, making it hard to hear (something that happened in Melb 2012). Although sitting at the back of stage 1 where I was, meant you had to suffer the noise of a TARDIS from a vendor and not hear the guests. Speaking of panels, while they didn’t run overtime (miracle!) I found it annoying the crowds weren’t being moved out at the end of each one. I like this method and feel its a good one to stick with. Yes, it takes time for everyone to move out and others get seated, but at least you get a fair chance to have a good seat. And it’s more fair than letting someone park their butt up the front all day when they’re really only there to maybe see one panel. Perhaps it was because there was no area to line up for panels, so maybe something for them to think about bringing back in the future.
Another thing I appreciated were the autograph tables being well away from the main floor. They appeared to have lots of space to line up and not filter back into the crowds blocking access. I didn’t get any photos or autographs this time, but a friend waited in the token line for about an hour, which is about the standard on a general admission ticket, and certainly not the length we waited at Supanova back in June (three hours even with a priority pass).
The con didn’t seem too over crowded at any stage on Saturday, which I’m not sure was due to a lack of attendees or there really was that much space to spread out. Perhaps it was the caliber of guests this time. While its always great to see Stargate guests and William Shatner, they have all been here multiple times recently.
Overall it was actually a pleasant experience and makes me less cautious about attending future events, so well done Oz Comic Con, you’ve surprised me.
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