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Monsters of the Week: The Complete Critical Companion to The X-Files

de Zack Handlen, Todd Vanderwerff

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In 1993, Fox debuted a strange new television show called The X-Files. It become one of the network's biggest hits-- and changed the landscape of television in the process. Handlen and VanDerWerff examine what made this genre-bending show so groundbreaking. Witty and insightful reviews of every episode of the series-- and the two motion pictures-- leave no mystery unsolved and no monster unexplained. Included are exclusive interviews with some of the stars and screenwriters, as well as an original foreword by X-Files creator and showrunner Chris Carter. -- adapted from jacket.… (mais)
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I’m not a huge X-Files fan, which makes my rating immediately suspect. However I am interested in the creation and development of this show and I think this book does a fine—if occasionally boring—job of exploring those elements. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
Handlen and VanDerWerff's Monsters of the Week takes the reader on a whirlwind review of every single episode from all 11 seasons, as well as looking at the two feature-length films. This was an interesting read, to be sure. I'm already a huge fan, so there were no spoilers for me, but those new to the series should watch the episodes before reading about them, both to avoid spoilers, and to avoid going in with preconceived notions picked up from the essayists that may colour the viewing. Each author offered unique opinions, sometimes flattering, and at other times decidedly not, so don't go in expecting a rave fest for how great a show it is. Much of the information was old hat, but I did learn a few new things! Perfect for X-Philes of any flavour.

***Many thanks to the Netgalley and Abrams Press for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. ( )
  PardaMustang | Nov 14, 2018 |
Your very own aftershow in a Kindle!

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley/Edelweiss.)

"I went back, as I often do, to read some contemporaneous reviews of 'Pilot' (S1E1) from TV critics, and what struck me was how many of them insisted that UFOs were 'played out' as the subject matter for TV series. Even the positive ones - and there were many - were worried about The X-Files becoming just another UFO series."
- Todd, "Things That Go Bump"

I feel kind of silly reviewing a book I haven't read cover-to-cover but, since I plan on devouring Monsters of the Week: The Complete Critical Companion to The X-Files as part of an upcoming X-Files rewatch, it will likely be months before I actually finish it. So here goes nothing.

Monsters of the Week is a collection of the AV Club's X-Files recaps - originally published well after the original airing of the show - revised and updated for modern viewers, and with all the spoilery bits removed so that newbies can enjoy it too.

What you won't find here: point-by-point episode recaps. (If you're anything like me, you already purchased those books, in print form, as they were released in the late '90s and early aughts, well before e-readers were a thing.)

Instead, you'll find critical analyses and reviews of each episode, as well as interviews with the actors and writers. Again, I've only read a selection of the essays, but overall they seem insightful and engaging, and certainly amped up my excitement to rewatch the show. I guess my only complaint so far is that I wish each essay was a little longer, but at 480 pages that might be a little unreasonable. (Or not, because X-Philes gonna phile.)

Based on some other reviews - either praising or criticizing the authors' social justice bent - I have high hopes for this compendium.

http://www.easyvegan.info/2018/10/26/monsters-of-the-week-by-zack-handlen-and-to... ( )
  smiteme | Oct 5, 2018 |
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In 1993, Fox debuted a strange new television show called The X-Files. It become one of the network's biggest hits-- and changed the landscape of television in the process. Handlen and VanDerWerff examine what made this genre-bending show so groundbreaking. Witty and insightful reviews of every episode of the series-- and the two motion pictures-- leave no mystery unsolved and no monster unexplained. Included are exclusive interviews with some of the stars and screenwriters, as well as an original foreword by X-Files creator and showrunner Chris Carter. -- adapted from jacket.

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