Opening the X-Files: A Critical History of the Original Series (英語) ペーパーバック – 2017/8/10
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"thoroughly researched...recommended"--ARBA; "A must-read for fans...The X-Files is pretty much a television series in tune with American culture of the 1990s."--Sherry Ginn, Marvel's Black Widow from Spy to Superhero; "The truth is in here! If The X-Files were a college class, Mooney's book would be the essential text. It not only supplements, but greatly enhances one's enjoyment of the groundbreaking series."--Rod Lott, Flick Attack; "A welcome, and well-written addition to X-Files lore, by an author who knows his stuff."--John Kenneth Muir, author, The X-FilesFAQ.
Darren Mooney is a pop culture critic in Dublin, Ireland. He runs his own website (the m0vie blog), co-hosts a weekly film podcast (The 250), and contributes regularly to the Irish film monthly magazine CinÉireann.
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A real history, not just a description.2017年11月11日に英国でレビュー済み
This is a must read, not only for fans of the X-Files but for anyone interested in the development of recent and contemporary American popular culture and its connection to real world events. In a series of tautly written chapters Mooney sets out the background of the X-Files and describes how the series came about. He follows each series and both describes and analyses the events and themes of the episodes and the way these fit into the larger emerging story arc (of the 'colonists' and their malign intentions and the machinations of their human collaborators). The work is not merely descriptive or a handbook for people swotting up for a pub quiz. Instead it explores the themes and imagery used and the development of both characters and plot, so there is indeed a narrative running through the book, which makes it indeed a history rather than just a descriptive account. As such it provides a constant stream of insights into both the production history and the 'meaning' of many of the events and characters in terms of their location in the wider story arc. The most interesting aspect of the book for me is the way Mooney relates the themes and ideas of a very popular and influential TV show to wider social and political phenomena, in particular the decline of American self-confidence and of popular and elite belief in the future and the gradual formation of a much darker and more pessimistic vision that has come to shape much sentiment and perception of the world in the contemporary US - with far reaching effects that we have not yet seen worked out fully. As such this is not just a book for nerds and fans of the series - although they will love it - it should be read by anyone interested in recent to contemporary social and cultural history, of the US and beyond.
Mr. Lee Hutchison
A fantastic and well structured analysis of The X-Files and will enhance and add to the episodes, themes and arcs of the series, even if you've watched the series once or numerous times.
Would wholeheartedly recommend this book2017年9月14日に英国でレビュー済み
An exhaustive history of The X-Files that is a superb read. Would wholeheartedly recommend this book.
Great read with enlightening information for true X-Files fans2019年1月31日にアメリカ合衆国でレビュー済み
Great read and a concise review of seasons and comparisons to today's television. Must read to recollect how influences of the time affected episodes. Worth time to read!
It’s so good!2020年4月17日にアメリカ合衆国でレビュー済み
I heard the author on The X-Cast podcast, and really enjoyed his contributions. I’m so glad I read this book. It’s smart, affectionate, critical analysis of the series. I like how he puts the show in the context of it’s time and the evolution of television. I got a kick out of how, even though I’ve watched through more than once, there were many things referenced in the book I’d either forgotten or failed to notice. With no new episodes to look forward to, it was great to once again immerse myself in the X-files, and think about the show in new ways.