Book Review — The Complete X-Files: Revised and Updated Edition

The Complete X-Files by Chris Knowles

The Complete X-Files: Revised and Updated Edition by Chris Knowles, Matt Hurwitz, Frank Spotnitz (Foreword) is the authorized “debriefing” of the series to include this summer’s season 10. Having an advance e-copy of the book I did not have access to high-quality photos or information past season six.

The X-Files can be traced back to Darren McGavin’s Kolchak: The Night Stalker. A supernatural show I enjoyed as a child. However, nothing since the Rockford Files has caught my attention like the X-Files. It was a show I waited for every week and even watched the returns hoping to catch something I might have missed in the original run. It is also the only television series I bought on DVD and I have watched it over and over again. I have even read a few X-Files novels.

The Complete X-Files is filled with photographs of from behind the scenes of the cast and support. Each episode gets at least a short paragraph as a synopsis or a back story. A few had what was new information to me like in the episode called “Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man”. Frohike was originally supposed to die while in the Cigarette Smoking Man’s gun sight. The bits and pieces on episodes are interesting. Some the background on the making of the episode or how well the episode fared. “Home” starring the Peacock family was barred from re-airing because it was so disturbing. Entertainment Weekly gave the “The Field Where I Died” an “F” despite the outstanding acting of Kristen Cloke.

The Complete X-Files will give the reader an inside pictorial look at the series as well background on the show, the actors, the writers, and Chris Carter. This will make a nice coffee table book for any X-Files fan as well as a quick reference guide. Nicely done and will serve any fan well.

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5 responses to “Book Review — The Complete X-Files: Revised and Updated Edition

  1. I have “The Real Science Behind the X-Files” by Dr. Anne Simon, the science advisor to the show, it would make a good companion to this one.

  2. I watched each and every episode!! Loved the X-Files!! It just gotten too complicated in the end IMO. I think it could have been a lot better if they had kept it a little easier to undersand.

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