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The Lone Gunmen: The Complete Series
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The series lasted a mere 13 episodes, and in retrospect probably plays better now than it did in the spring of 2001 when the peak years of The X-Files were still fresh in the memory. Thanks to direction and writing by the same creative talent and music by Mark Snow, The Lone Gunmen has the feel of Chris Carter's signature series, though without the impenetrable mythology and the sexual tension (Robinson is beautiful, but let's be serious). The episodes are generally stand-alone affairs reflecting the goofy humor that made the trio part of the comic relief in The X-Files. Light-hearted topics include a blind football team and a super-intelligent chimpanzee, but the closing episode dealt with the familiar themes of alien abduction and government cover-ups (a thread that after the series' cancellation had to be concluded in an episode of The X-Files, which is also included in this set). And particularly chilling is the pilot: aired six months before 9/11, it deals with an attempt to fly an airplane into the World Trade Center. The Lone Gunmen couldn't match the brilliant inspiration of The X-Files (few shows could), but for fans it might just be the next best thing. --David Horiuchi
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The increasingly broke Lone Gunmen are in the middle of stealing a computer chip when a mysterious bearded man -- who turns out to be a beautiful woman, Yves Adele Harlow (Zuleikha Robinson)-- intervenes and gets them caught. After they foil an attempt to ram a plane into a skyscraper, they investigate a geeky golfer's kidnapping, and make a new friend: Jimmy Bond (Stephen Sneddon), a naive young man who gives them financial backing.
With Jimmy as a sort of apprentice Lone Gunman, the boys set out to deal with the conspiracies and strange occurrances: a superintelligent chimp that wants a life of his own, a man who claims to have been abducted by aliens, investigate a Nazi war criminal (who happens to be a little old lady), and search for a car that runs on water instead of gas.
It was a TV tragedy that this funny conspiracy series only lasted half a season. Then again, that's what cult TV is made of. While it lacked the audience and longevity of its parent series "The X-Files," "The Lone Gummen" made up for that in humor and creativity.
Not every episode was so good -- "Three Men and a Smoking Diaper" is just embarrassing, with a none-too-thinly-veiled Senator William Jefferson (Clinton?), a genial Southern womanizer who is just below the angels. Come on, at least TRY to be subtle. However, "Lone Gunmen" hit the mark more often than it missed, with ingeniously offbeat stories that allowed the characters to be goofy as well as serious. ("Prepare to get mooned!Read more ›
If you like the Lone Gunmen on the X-Files, you should enjoy their 13 episodes.
1) Pilot - A Mission-Impossible style episode as Frohike and Byers attempt to steal the Octium IV chip from E-Com-Con.
2) Bond, Jimmy Bond - The Gunmen encounter Jimmy Bond, a hapless pawn in a breakaway republic's attempt to fund a nerve gas operation.
3) Eine Kleine Frohike - Frohike disguises himself as the long-lost son of a woman who is believed to be a Nazi war criminal that the Gunmen are trying to smoke out.
4) Like Water for Octane - Jimmy narrates the history of heroes as he talks about his admiration for the Gunmen.
5) Three Men and a Smoking Diaper - Byers and Jimmy are in the crowd at a campaign speech, when a reporter begins asking questions of the candidate.
6) Madam, I'm Adam - The Gunmen meet a strange man who "may or may not" have been transported by aliens from a parallel universe.
7) Planet of the Frohikes: A Short History of My Demeaning Captivity - The Gunmen match wits with an intelligent chimpanzee after it escapes from a government lab.
8) Maximum Byers - On a cruise ship in the Pacific, the boy's chase a man they think is Elvis, still live and kicking.
9) Diagnosis: Jimmy - The trio stalks a grizzly-bear poacher in a snowy forest, and Jimmy believes his doctor is a killer profiled on America's Most Wanted.
10) Tango de los Pistoleros - The Gunmen turning the table on Yves for once, and bugging her to follow her on a case.Read more ›
All I really have to say about this release is "Finally." But since this is a review, I'll offer a little more.
Ever since The Lone Gunmen appeared in episode "E.B.E." in the first season of "The X-Files" TV series, the characters of Byers, Frohike and Langly became three of the most coolest characters ever conceived for television. And ever since the episode "The Unusual Suspects" in the fifth season of The X-Files, the creators of the show realized the potential for The Lone Gunmen to carry their own spin-off TV series. By the time The X-Files reached its 8th season, The Lone Gunmen TV series finally became a reality - for a while anyway.
This show was more comedic than The X-Files was. And that was to be expected since the Lone Gunmen were the funniest characters on The X-Files. "The Lone Gunmen" TV series was witty, humorous, it contained good story-telling - and it should never have been cancelled.
The cancelling of this show really showed just how low FOX can get. It was one of the best shows on TV and they just took it away without giving it the chance that The X-Files was given (remember, The X-Files started out small and earned a bigger following as the years went by). Not only that, but the show ended with a cliffhanger. Since it was cancelled, the only way the cliffhanger was resolved was to conclude it in an episode of The X-files called "Jump the Shark" in its 9th season. I didn't mind this so much except that they ended up killing off the Lone Gunmen in that episode! If their spin-off series didn't get cancelled, the Lone Gunmen would never have died.Read more ›
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I loved this series, the executives don't give any show time to develop.Published 2 days ago by Jay M. Gill
Ordered a copy when I realized we didn't have one to rewatch in place amongst the x files seasons before the new episodes, its such a fun show and brings the characters to life in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs. Osborne
I got the DVDs on time and in perfect order.
I almost posted 4 stars because after watching the entire series in one sitting, I wanted more! Read more
I am absolutely in love with this show. I always wanted the x-files to focus more on the lone gunman, and i feel they should have done that when Mulder went away. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fi
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