Featured Video – A Tribute To Leonard Nimoy

I’m posting something a little different today but I know you guys won’t mind. 

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I’d like to take a moment to remember not only that he died, but that he lived. And boy, did he live well.

Leonard Nimoy took his character, Spock, and truly changed the notion of what aliens could be in science fiction. Without his acting talents, Spock fast could have become a joke, a forgettable character used occasionally for a laugh. Instead, he turned Spock into perhaps the most complex character of the series, becoming a legend, and forever changing the genre I am proud to call myself a fan of. 

R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy. You truly lived long and prospered.

 

 

Review: Better Call Saul – Hero

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Better Call Saul continues it’s outstanding opening season with “Hero” and it’s possibly my most favorite episode to date. Slippin’ Jimmy gives us a glimpse into the past, Present-Jimmy’s resistance to the dark side cracks, and Chuck takes a terrifying journey… to the other side of the street.   S’all good, man!

Apologies for the late post, but I was down with the plague. Or possibly the flu. Let’s go with the plague. It’s much more dramatic.

Hit the jump for the complete recap and review.

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TBT Review: Topps The X-Files #3

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Our bi-weekly look back at the classic X-Files comics published by Topps in the mid-1990s continues with issue #3: “The Return”. Read after the jump for our recap.

Title: The Return/A Little Dream of Me
Writer: Stefan Petrucha
Illustrator: Charles Adlard
Published: March 1995
Currently Available:X-Files Classics Volume 1

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Review: Better Call Saul – Nacho

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Tonight’s Better Call Saul felt like the first ‘real’ episode. It contained a solid formula: a solvable case to keep him busy for forty-five minutes, and the setup for future episodes. “Nacho” managed to maintain a good balance of drama and humor, and like the previous two episodes, left me hanging for more.

With every turn Jimmy takes in trying to keep on the straight and narrow, he can’t help but seem to divert more and more off the path of righteousness. Having seen Breaking Bad and knowing where his character ends up, it’s both compelling and amazingly frustrating to watch. You just wanna grab the guy and smack him about the head, telling him to run! On the other hand, Saul is such a great character that you almost can’t wait for Jimmy’s inevitable downfall.

I imagine that going into this show blind, it might be slightly less compelling, but truly, this show really shines on its own and I don’t think that not having seen Breaking Bad should stop anyone from watching Better Call Saul.

Hit the jump for my full review and recap.

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Review: The X-Files Board Game

The X-Files Game is a tabletop game from IDW Games. Far from your average Chutes and Ladders, this game will involve strategy and cunning for the Agents to take down the Syndicate. In true Chris Carter fashion, IDW has pitted those searching for the Truth against the interwoven mysteries of the conspiracy across the United States.

To read our review, and find out all you need to know about playing the game, hit the jump. 

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Review: Better Call Saul – Mijo

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With episode two of Better Call Saul, the path that leads Jimmy McGill to becoming his alter ego Saul Goodman seems to be all laid out; the stage has been set. Though the show draws heavily on the style and aesthetic of Breaking Bad, it’s become clear that while the characters of Jimmy and Walter might share some of the same acquaintances and locations in the story of how they became the anti-hero, this is where their paths diverge.

Taken by itself, “Mijo” might leave some a little underwhelmed, but watched together with the pilot, the two episodes form a cohesive whole and the perfect setup for Jimmy’s journey. If you’re looking for Breaking Bad: Part Two this might not be the show for you. However, if you’re looking for great storytelling in the style of Breaking Bad, well, welcome to your new favorite show.

Hit the jump for the full review and recap. As always, ahead there be spoilers! You’ve been warned.

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The X-Files Board Game – Contest Winner!

We are more than amazed at the level of participation we had for our last couple of contests! This time around, we decided to up the ante by creating a contest that we knew could be hard for the casual fan. We wanted to put those investigator brains to work!

The experience of making this for you guys was a lot of fun, and with over two hundred entries, we know that you too enjoyed it greatly.

The correct responses to each of the game pieces were these:

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 I Want to Believe The dead are not lost to us. That they speak to us…
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As part of something greater than us…  Greater than any alien force.

 

The correct and complete quote, that came out these hints was the following:

I want to believe that… the dead are not lost to us. That they speak to us… as part of something greater than us – greater than any alien force. And if you and I are powerless now, I want to believe that if we listen, to what’s speaking, it can give us the power to save ourselves. – Fox Mulder – “The Truth, part II”

Even though many of you got the correct answer, ninety seven of you to be exact, there can only be one winner. We assigned numbers to the qualifying entries, and the recipient was picked by the automated number generator from Random.org.

Drumroll please!

The winner of XFN’s 2015 The X-Files Board Game Contest is Luisa Aguilar from Mexico! You win a copy of the game, courtesy of IDW Games.

We hope to continue to bring more contests like this one to all of you. Thanks so much for participating, and thanks so much to IDW Games, IDW Publishing and Nate Murray for allowing us to follow the creation of this great game.

 

 

Review: Better Call Saul – Uno

bcsposterSince the finale of Breaking Bad and the announcement that Bob Odenkirk’s character Saul Goodman would lead his own spin-off, Better Call Saul, I’ve been tweaking… uh… I mean… eagerly awaiting my next fix of Vince Gilligan.

From the black and white flash-forward open, full of wide angle and POV shots, revealing Saul, now Gene, as the manager of a Cinnabon, and then jumping back in time to the stark, almost depressingly bland scenes of Albuquerque, New Mexico, it’s clear we are back in Vince Gilligan’s world.

For anyone who hasn’t seen Breaking Bad– I’m assuming there has to be a few people left –the show revolves around Saul Goodman, for now, simply known by his given name, Jimmy McGill.

Better Call Saul takes place in 2002, and Jimmy is hard up for clients; he’s a criminal attorney who, despite trying to make it big, ends up defending the worst of the worst at the public defender’s office. Low on cash, taking care of a brother with a mysterious illness, and basically painting the picture of an everyman loser with big dreams, you can’t help but feel for the guy.

Sound familiar? I can already feel this show setting me up for a Walter White type of heartbreak.

And I can’t wait!

Though the episode has many callbacks to Breaking Bad, the beauty of Better Call Saul is that it holds up perfectly well on its own. Unlike many spin-offs, this is one I’d be perfectly happy watching without any prior knowledge of the characters involved. Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould have done a great job writing the pilot and should be very proud. Long story short: Better Call Saul looks to have all the ingredients for a great new show.

Hit the jump for the full recap and review.

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