For nine seasons, millions of viewers in the United States and beyond tuned in regularly to catch the latest episode of The X-Files. Running from 1993 through 2002, there were a total of 202 episodes produced that featured FBI special agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder sleuthing and investigating paranormal activity and various conspiracies that have touched on everything from the existence of extraterrestrial beings and government cover-ups to the lone gunman conspiracy. While the last episode of the show aired over a decade ago, the fact is that the show developed a cult following that continues to live on and express a desire to see more of Mulder and Scully. There are a number of reasons why this rather dark, science fiction show and its various spin-off shows and related merchandise continue to be popular with millions of fans in the U.S. and beyond.
The Paranormal Investigations
Agent Mulder is a believer in all things paranormal in The X-Files, and in most episodes of the show, he is constantly trying to convince Scully of the validity of his beliefs. The show investigated a wide range of paranormal topics and themes over its episodes, touching on the beliefs that many of its viewers share. The general premise is a belief that there is indeed something out there that we cannot see and that can impact our lives. Scully’s skepticism throughout much of the show serves as a dramatic antithesis to Mulder’s undying belief in extraterrestrials, mythological creatures and more.
Of course, a show about paranormal activity and extraterrestrials would not be complete without focusing attention on the many conspiracy theories that circulate about everything from the lone gunman to the government’s desire to keep Area 51 a secret. The government is viewed as a harsh, secretive entity in The X-Files that strives to keep the truth away from the general public, and this is a view that hits close to home with many who believe in extraterrestrials and paranormal activity. Many, like Mulder, believe that there is documented proof of the existence of such beings and activities, but the government is suppressing this information from the public for various reasons.
It would be hard to believe that two FBI agents who have worked so closely together for so many years and who have been through some truly harrowing experiences would not develop profoundly deep feelings for each other. During the first few episodes of The X-Files, it was clear that Mulder and Scully had a platonic relationship. However, this pair learned quickly that they could trust no one but each other. As the episodes progressed, they continued to grow closer together, and by the end of the show’s run, the two were involved in a romantic relationship.
Since it went off the air, The X-Files has continued to be a popular franchise with re-runs on various cable TV networks, boxed DVD sets, bumper stickers and more. Several feature films and made-for-TV movies have also aired, and they largely were a major success as well. As long as people continue to distrust the government and believe that there is a cover-up in place regarding extraterrestrials and paranormal activities, The X-Files will continue to have an undying appeal.
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Seriously, A Reboot Of ‘The Office’ Sounds Like A Terrible Idea
There have been reports that NBC is interested in reviving The Office for the 2018-19 season, bringing back a mix of new and old cast members to the Greg Daniels-created workplace comedy.
The only problem? It’s going to suck. BIG TIME.
I’m sorry people, but you can’t remake a classic like The Office, especially without the people who made it so funny in the first place. Steve Carell, John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling, Ed Helms, Craig Robinson, and Ellie Kemper? There’s no chance of them coming back (save for a cameo), as they’re huge stars now.
NBC is reportedly already searching for a new regional manager to replace Michael Scott at Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch, but honestly who can play that role as well as Steve Carell did? Nobody.
As for the “mix of old cast members,” does anyone really care about Stanley, Creed, Angela, Phyllis, Toby, and the rest of ’em? Nope, they were just background filler that barely got any air time to begin with..
C’mon guys, the last few years of The Office stunk without Steve Carell, a far cry from the show’s glory days. So leave well enough alone, and try coming up with an original idea instead.
What do you think about The Office getting a reboot?
Watch As Special Ops. Veterans Take On Historical Foes In ‘Time Warriors’
If you’re looking for a new TV show to sink your teeth into, you’ve got to check out Time Warriors, which airs on NuBlu TV, a new streaming channel offering interactivity and giving viewers the power to weigh in on the content of future episodes […]
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of NuBlu TV, but all opinions are my own.
If you’re looking for a new TV show to sink your teeth into, you’ve got to check out Time Warriors, which airs on NuBlu TV, a new OTT streaming channel offering interactivity and giving viewers the power to weigh in on the content of future episodes.
The premise of Time Warriors is like nothing you’ve seen before, with an elite team of seven ex-Navy SEALs and British SAS special operations veterans revisiting history to fight in battles with legendary foes such as Blackbeard, Hitler and the Confederate Army. Watch as these special ops fighters customize their weapons, material and equipment, all drawn from the appropriate historical period, to level the odds against a larger enemy, much as SEALs do today.
Sounds pretty bad-ass, right? Trust me, it is, and once you start watching, you won’t be able to stop..
The team behind Time Warriors and NuBlu includes Daniel Weinand (co-founder of Shopify), Michael Janke (tech entrepreneur and co-founder of cybersecurity company DataTribe, as well as a former member of SEAL Team 6), Matt Bartley (director of series such as The Apprentice and The Biggest Loser), and Chris Campbell (former Mark Burnett Productions and Endemol Shine Group exec). That’s a pretty exceptional team!
To learn more about Time Warriors, we sat down with Michael “Odin” Janke, the Team Leader of the special forces team on the show:
Where did you come up with the idea for Time Warriors?
In my career in Special Ops, we study, refine and analyze tactics from history. Apache Indians, African tribes, Vikings, etc. We often talk about specific battles and break them down to analyze the strategies. This always leads to discussions about “what would we have done? What if 5-10 of us were inserted into that specific time in history?” We wanted to show the “flaws and failures” that also happen, not just the movie-like hero always wins side of this job.
Did you consider offering the show on a traditional network vs. online, and if so why did you decide otherwise?
When Daniel, Matt, Chris and I filmed Time Warriors, we had many studios and networks offer to produce it. However, as discussion continued, they wanted to change it for “broad viewer consumption” and it would be a completely different, canned type of show. We didn’t want that and felt that with our technology background, we could take everything that we like about Reddit and everything we like about what we would watch, and present it for free to audiences. We feel strongly that there is a problem that is not being solved.
Viewers want to binge watch, not wait for next week to see the next episode, and they want to engage, give suggestions and have a say in the plot/characters and challenges. We feel that NuBlu is our attempt to solve that problem. We feel OTT (Over The Top) is where customized, white-glove content can best be served to an interested audience.
Why did you decide to go with Blackbeard?
Blackbeard was more than just a pirate. He commanded an armada and force that literally raided, burnt and looted entire cities. He disrupted trade and the buildup of the new world. The Golden Age of Piracy helped shaped the U.S. the way it is today. Stopping Blackbeard at that point in time or even earlier, would have drastic changes to the current history of the U.S. He would be a formidable enemy back in the day.
What’s next for Time Warriors? Who do the fans want to see you guys go up against next?
We have presented three key historical battles that we are having our audience vote on: Defend the Alamo, Assassinate Hitler, and Stop the Viking Raid of France. We will tally all of the votes and announce what the audience has chosen as the next series.
So what are you waiting for, go watch all five episodes Time Warriors now and see how they fare against the almighty Blackbeard! And afterwards, head over to the Time Warriors Forum, where you can vote for who you want them to fight next!
Make sure to also visit the campaign landing page at #MenWhoBlog for more info about NuBlu TV and links to interviews with Mike conducted by other bloggers.
Take Your Shows Everywhere You Go With DISH’s FREE HopperGO
As someone who’s constantly traveling, I often find myself getting really backed up on my TV shows. I’ve got 5 episodes of Gotham recorded right now, and who knows when I’ll find the time to get caught up? Wouldn’t it be great if we could just take our DVRs with us on the road, allowing us to watch our favorite shows when it’s convenient? With DISH Network’s innovative #FreeHopperGO Cyber Monday deal, you can do exactly that!
The HopperGO is a portable media storage device that lets you transfer DVR recordings from your Hopper 3 or Hopper w/ Sling and watch them anywhere using the free DISH Anywhere app. The HopperGO acts as a private entertainment hotspot for up to five devices, allowing you to stream your shows wherever you are, even if you don’t have access to the internet. There are no wires, no cords, and it’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hands, making it super convenient for travel.
Prior to the HopperGO, I would download a few movies or TV shows when preparing for a long flight. But with my iPad always near-full, that always proved challenging, requiring me to delete some apps or music to free up enough space. With the HopperGO, that’s no longer an issue, as it doesn’t use any data or storage on your mobile device. And with 100 hours of storage space on the HopperGO, you could conceivably watch every episode of Game of Thrones and still have more than 30 hours left to spare!
And don’t worry about finding an outlet or lugging around another power cord, because the HopperGO has a battery that lasts up to four hours and can easily be recharged through any USB port. Many of the newer planes have USB jacks right in the headrests, which makes charging really convenient. I also travel with a mophie battery pack, which can charge the HopperGO in a pinch if need be.
Personally, I think the HopperGO is a real game changer. It will keep you and your family entertained when you’re disconnected from the world (like on those painful cross-country flights), and allowing your DVR queue not to grow out of control.
If you’re interested in getting the HopperGO for free, now is the time to act, as DISH has an awesome Cyber Monday deal happening now through December 11th. Any new customer who signs up for DISH by calling from the promotion site and mentions the Cyber Monday deal offer code “Free HopperGO” can get a free HopperGO with any DISH base pack (Hopper 2 or Hopper 3 DVR only).
** Free HopperGO is only available with a NEW subscription to DISH, and restrictions apply.
So what do you say, are you ready to take your shows everywhere you go with the HopperGO?
This is a paid post on behalf of Megan Media and DISH HopperGO, but the opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.