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From X-Files creator Chris Carter, The Lone Gunmen Complete Series - get inside the trio of X-Files computer-hacking geeks popularly known as The Lone gunmen in the perfect DVD for all X-Files fans. Experience the altered world and suspenseful action that will keep you watching!
The Lone Gunmen was the short-lived spin-off series starring those scene-stealing conspiracy theorists from The X-Files. To recap, there is buttoned-down Byers (the bearded, relatively normal-looking one, played by Bruce Harwood), the "man of action" Frohike (the short one who had the hots for Scully, played by Tom Braidwood), and master hacker Langly (the one with the long blond hair, played by Dean Haglund). They also meet some new characters who both help and hinder: a female agent calling herself Yves Adele Harlow (and other anagrams for Lee Harvey Oswald, played by Zuleikha Robinson), who always seems a step ahead of them, and James "Jimmy" Bond (Stephen Snedden), the dimwitted benefactor who thinks that the Gunmen give him a purpose in life.
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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Also of note, this is one of the first true projects Vince Gilligan of Breaking Bad fame had almost total control over and his wit and humor really show in the dialog and story lines.
Yves Adele Harlow, an amazing agent/spy/whatever she wants to be! I love how strong and well written her character is.
Jimmy Bond, amazingly hysterical, wanna-be member of the lone gunman.
Some other characters exist, but i don't want to spoil anything. It was an amazing show, that makes me very sad that there aren't more.
These guys came back in the new X-Files but were seen not heard from like good children (of the corn).
Hope the new X-Files returns for many years. It started out with a bang and fizzled with humour-kinda). Then the climax was dynamite. It must have been Tom Braidwood by the Sony Multiplex cinema on Broadway in the immediate area of Lincoln Center, NYC. How many dudes look just like him and are real short.
Flat out a fan of Frohike, Langley, and Byers. I can't say it more simply. And yes, even Jimmy.
Since their initial introduction as throwaway characters in The X-Files, the boys have long since worked their way into the collective tv consciousness; finding a home with fans of their skewed and wacky interpretations of seemingly innocuous events. The commonplace somehow spiraling into massive conspiracy laden webs of intrigue; ominous machinations threatening decent people everywhere.
Admittedly their own show tended to oscillate from good to downright silly, with momentary tangents of brilliance, but I always felt they weren't given a solid shot by Fox to find their footing in the rocky television landscape; never given a full chance to discover their voice. Undoubtedly attributable to their now infamous pilot episode.
So soon after 9/11, there was just no way that kind of pain could be mollified by a comedic fantasy of three goofs with a predilection toward conspiracies - government or otherwise. Their show was doomed by virtue of simple happenstance. To quote a favorite fictional character, "Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony." But they did some really good things for the brief time they were on the air. Again, I'm not going to say that it was award winning, but there were glimpses of great depth and vibrant creativity.
Looking back, I'm often reminded of their kooky and often hilarious journalistic adventures into the obscure and fringe - always striving to reveal truths and dispensing justice for the common person. Outside of the pilot, which was flat-out amazing, my favorite episodes were Frohike-oriented. I think many fans of the show picked the one guy that was most like themselves, or in the rare case of a female fan, one they already knew.
Something about the scrubby, leather jacket wearing, tough nerd speaks to me. I cringe when I read others describe him as the uncle you didn't want near the children - particularly given how honorable, sensitive, and truly gentle he was under that gruff exterior. In 'Tango de los Pistoleros', I think you'll find the true essence of the man. Even though Frohike was my favorite, the show couldn't work without straight-laced Byers and punk rock hacker Langley. Forming the triumvirate of investigative honor, defending the last bastion of free-thinking peoples everywhere.
Add James Bond and you've got a team.
Well, technically, that's accurate. The only minor detail is that the Bond of this show is actually Jimmy Bond, no one calls him James. One of the nicest, most sincere, sweetest knuckleheads you'll ever meet. The boy has all the heart and none of the brains. But, and this is important, that heart is a heart of a lion and he's there for the team when everyone seems to have abandoned them.
I miss all these guys tremendously, and often think back to all their wacky assertions whenever something odd happens in the news, something that doesn't quite fit or fits just too well. Not a joke or clever quip. There are some seriously strange things that defy simple explanations.
Recently (June 16, 2012) the mysterious deaths of two Canadian women in Thailand, found laying in their own vomitus and covered with bleeding open sores, has left many questioning the official explanation since drugs, direct poisoning and mental or emotional issues were ruled out by investigators. Odd enough. But their deaths come on the heels of at least a half a dozen disturbingly similar events that have plagued westerners the past five years in the idyllic paradise.
Where are the guys when you need them most?!
<cue Lone Gunmen intro music>
- It's well known in the X-Files community, but Chris Carter based the trio on a real-life grouping of incongruent men he observed at a UFO convention. Three vastly dissimilar people no-one would ever think to put together in any normal circumstance, quietly having a deep and intense conversation that seemed very hush hush.
- Though it's established that The Lone Gunmen perished during the closing season of the X-Files - many fans, including this one, have noted that you never see their bodies. One always hopes.
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