Screen Junkies » the x files http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:51:51 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 Getting to Know Michelle MacLaren, The Newly-Named Director of ‘Wonder Woman’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/getting-to-know-michelle-maclaren-the-newly-named-director-of-wonder-woman/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/getting-to-know-michelle-maclaren-the-newly-named-director-of-wonder-woman/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:47:03 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267635 Put your fanboy hearts at ease; this lady got skillz. And you've probably already seen her work on Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, or Game of Thrones.

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By Jared Jones

Yesterday, Warner Bros. announced that they had finally locked down a director for their upcoming Wonder Woman movie, and for some crazy reason, it’s not Brett Ratner. Instead, The Hollywood Reporter has recently confirmed that veteran television director Michelle MacLaren will not only take the helm for the upcoming blockbuster, but will be working alongside a crew of unnamed writers to draft up the script as well.

If you happen to be a Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, or Game of Thrones fan (of which 99.9% of television viewers are), chances are that you’re already familiar with some of MacLaren’s work. Since making her directorial debut in a 2002 episode of The X-Files, MacLaren has directed one-off episodes of everything from Law & Order: SVU to Hell on Wheels to The River, ABC’s found footage experiment that was sadly axed after just a season back in 2012.

Hiring a female to direct a superhero movie even one focused on a woman — is practically unheard of in the modern era, sad as it is to say. So to put all your little fanboy hearts at ease, we’ve gathered up eight clips from MacLaren’s body of work to familiarize you with one of the small screen’s hardest working directors.

The X-Files – “John Doe”

MacLaren began her career as a production manager and producer on a handful of short-lived shows and TV movies (most notable among them, Diagnosis Murder) before taking the directorial plunge in a 2002 episode of The X-Files. In the seventh episode of the ninth season, “John Doe”, MacLaren was paired with future Breaking Bad creator and collaborator Vince Gilligan, who handled writing duties, and the result, unsurprisingly, was an episode that received far better reviews than the majority of the lackluster 9th season and scored a 5.0 Nielsen rating.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit — “Infected”

The twelfth episode of SVU‘s seventh season told the story of a young boy (Malcolm David Kelley) who takes the law (and possibly the order) into his own hands by killing the man who murdered his mother. A high profile case revolving around the gun violence debate soon follows, and my guess is that at some point, Ice-T pauses to recap the episode via a series of rhetorical questions.

Breaking Bad — “4 Days Out”

MacLaren’s work on “John Doe” clearly left an impression on Gilligan, who would bring her into the Breaking Bad fold some eight years later to direct the ninth episode of season two. “Four Days Out” was one of those Breaking Bad episodes — like “Fly” or “…And the Bag’s in the River” — that took place largely in one location and focused on the relationship between Walt and Jesse over any overarching plot. It’s a beautifully shot entry in the Breaking Bad canon (see above), and one that likely led to MacLaren being brought on as an executive producer at the start of the third season.

Breaking Bad — “One Minute”

Featuring two of Aaron Paul‘s greatest monologues (“What happens now?” and “Ever since I met you“) and quite possibly the most intense endings in Breaking Bad history, ”One Minute” has rightfully earned its place as a fan favorite episode. Opening with the brutal beating of Jesse Pinkman at the hands of ASAC Schrader and bringing a brutal end to the Cousins’ subplot in the episode’s final moments, MacLaren flat out crushed it here.

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Mulder And Scully Are Boinking Now http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/mulder-and-scully-are-boinking-now/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/mulder-and-scully-are-boinking-now/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2012 21:59:32 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250263 In all fairness, they could be under mind control.

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 X-Files stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are now reportedly totally porkin’ for real. According to the Internet. From Celeb Dirty Laundry (sounds reputable):

Gillian Anderson isn’t wasting any time. Just as news breaks that she’s split from her boyfriend of six years, Mark Griffiths, CDL has learned that she’s living with her X Files co-star David Duchovny in Los Angeles. 
A source exclusively told CDL that David and Gillian have been in a serious relationship for some time now and she and her children are shacking up with the Californication actor.
As of right now, we don’t know if this very important people banging news is true or not, but rest assured that the truth is out there. Duchovny is a recovering sex addict and Anderson has gone on record as a fan of sex, so… it could be true. There’s proof below that they’ve been rubbing one another’s butts together since the early 90′s at least.

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7 Shows That Remained On-Air Despite Low Ratings http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/7-shows-that-remained-on-air-despite-low-ratings/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/7-shows-that-remained-on-air-despite-low-ratings/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2011 22:31:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=236613 Hang in there, Community.

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Television is a fickle bitch. As such, many shows are canceled far too soon. Like Manimal.  I’m still reeling about that one.

This happens for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, audiences don’t take to it as they should, or it’s marketed incorrectly and the audiences doesn’t know about it in the first place. Other times, however, there are shows that the critics love that still have trouble finding their audience. And from time to time, the critical praise (and awards) help to keep the show around longer than it would normallylast. We hope this is the case with Community and it is granted a stay of execution. It’s one of the best comedies on television (although a little high on itself) and deserves more watchers. If the shows listed below were given second and third chances, Community should get one as well.

Arrested Development

Arrested Development shows up on just about every best television list. Rightfully so. Despite the quality of the program, Fox just couldn’t get anyone to watch. However, they were willing to do something so un-Fox and allow the show to stay on the air in the hopes that strong word of mouth would bolster the ratings. Of course, moving its time slot without sufficient promoting didn’t help that. Still, it was allowed to air for two and a half seasons with low ratings before the final episodes were harshly screened with no notice on a Friday opposite the Olympics. Oh, Fox.

Dollhouse

Shockingly, Fox didn’t cancel Dollhouse when they had every reason to. The first season sucked and the ratings dropped as a result of that. But the network must have felt it owed Joss Whedon after dumping Firefly, so they were willing to roll the dice on his revised approach for season two. The series came back much-improved, but ended up not finding its audience. Can’t say they didn’t try, though.

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9 TV Shows That Lasted Way Too Long http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/9-tv-shows-that-lasted-way-too-long/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/9-tv-shows-that-lasted-way-too-long/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2011 22:21:55 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=231276 Seriously, GTFO!

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We were all shocked yesterday to find out that Fox is threatening the cast of The Simpsons with cancellation should they not agree to significant paycuts. Though, after twenty-three seasons, there are many out there that agree it might be time to retire the show. It’s not exactly terrible, but it’s also not what it once was. It’s probably too late for the series to go out in a blaze of glory, but it’s not too late for it to take a semi-gracious bow. Unlike these shows, who overstayed their welcome just like my friend Greg does at parties. That f*ckin’ guy.

Lassie

This isn’t a dis against Lassie. It was a great show, but how did they manage 588 episodes? When your kid is constantly getting trapped in mineshafts and pipes and falling into the lake (twice), it’s time to reassess. First, move away from the country. It’s too damn dangerous with all the falling hazards, rattlesnakes, and drifters passing through. You might also want to consider getting Timmy some help. The boy must have problems if he’s continually acting out in this way. You know what, never mind. I think a call to Children’s Protective Services is in order. It’s irresponsible parenting, even if your dog has an excellent understanding of the English language and the ability to decipher pantomime.

Prison Break

We all hung in there after the actual priso break mainly because it was kind of fun to see convicts on the run, even though it involve rubber hands and DB Cooper’s gold. Then season three landed the gang back in prison, albeit a tougher, more dangerous, more Panamanian prison, which was a fun return to form. Then the fourth and final season happened and it was totally bonkers. Somehow, the escapees were drafted to become a team of industrial spies conducting impossible missions in order to clear their names. And T-Bag got an office job. WTF?

Then, to drag the story out even further, a direct-to-DVD movie was released. That’s enough closure, Prison Break. Thanks!!

According To Jim

182 episodes of a Jim Belushi sitcom is 182 too many. How often can one watch “The Belush” getting into messy scrapes, chomping cigars and singing blues songs while hanging out with and not appreciating a wife who is way too hot for him is? I’ll never understand how a show like this thrives while awesome comedies live on the brink of cancellation.

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Special Edition? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/special-edition/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/special-edition/#comments Fri, 03 Jun 2011 16:04:42 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214900 I don't remember "X-Files" being so breezy.

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I don’t remember “X-Files” being so breezy.

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5 Controversial Banned TV Episodes http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/5-controversial-banned-tv-episodes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/5-controversial-banned-tv-episodes/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2011 01:27:48 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=209830 Though out the years, there have been numerous episodes of popular shows that, for one reason or another, have been yanked from the air. Here are five examples.

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In light of the recent storms that have killed hundreds throughout the South, Fox has decided not to air its hurricane-themed cross over episodes of “Family Guy,” “American Dad” and “The “Cleveland Show.” Granted, these shows were conceived months in advance, and the writers were obviously not intending to make light of the current situation. Even so, Fox felt running the episodes now would be in poor taste. However, to the network’s credit, the episodes will air next season, weather permitting.

Through out the years, there have been numerous episodes of popular shows that, for one reason or another, have been yanked from the air. Here are five examples.

The Puerto Rican Day – “Seinfeld” (May 7, 1998)

This last regular episode of “Seinfeld” was surrounded in controversy, thanks to a comical scene in which Kramer accidentally burns the Puerto Rican flag. Even though the episode was clearly not intending to mock Puerto Ricans in any way, some civil rights groups were outraged, or at least pretended to be in order to get on TV. The episode was banned from syndication for years, and some broadcasters, including TBS, still refuse to show it. Somehow, they feel crap like “Are We There Yet” is less insulting.

The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson – “The Simpsons” (Sept. 21, 1997)

In this notable episode of “The Simpson’s,” Homer must travel to New York City to retrieve his car. When it aired in 1997, no one thought anything of the fact that the car was left at the World Trade Center. But four years later, after a bunch of assholes flew planes into the famous landmark, Fox pulled it from syndication. In recent years, someone must have figured out that keeping the episode off the air served absolutely no purpose, and it has been gradually reworked into reruns.

When You Wish Upon a Weinstein – “Family Guy” (Nov. 9, 2003)

This episode of “Family Guy” should have aired in 2000. Unfortunately, Fox decided the content would be too offensive. The plot involved Peter converting to Judaism in order to become more financially successful, and contains the classic “Family Guy” song, “I need a Jew.” The episode was included on the 3rd season DVD set, and eventually aired on Cartoon Network three years later. Eventually, Fox broke down and aired the episode as well.

Bill Hick’s Stand-up – “The Late Show With David Letterman (October 1, 1993)

This entry doesn’t involve an entire episode, but rather a segment of the show. Even so, close to 20 years later, people are still talking about it. Bill Hicks, who is considered a legend in the world of stand-up comedy, performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” only to have his entire set edited out. One joke in particular (“if Jesus came back he might not want to see so many crosses”) scared both Letterman and the network enough to pull the plug. In January of 2009, Letterman had Hick’s mom on the show, and apologized for the way the situation was handled. Hick’s himself could not be there to accept, since he died of cancer in 1994)

Home – “The X Files” (Oct. 11, 1996)

This famous episode of “The X Files” featured dead babies, incest, deformities and murder. What’s not to like? Oh, right: the dead babies, incest, deformities and murder. Although the show was well received by critics and fans alike, it was banned from reruns by the network.

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