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Lone Gunmen, The
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Enthusiast: Batmanon July 16, 2016
A fun companion series to The X-Files. Though it didn't last a whole season, the style of storytelling which blends comedy and action foreshadowed what began appearing regularly on networks like USA and TNT about five years later. This DVD collection includes The X-Files episode, "Jump the Shark," which serves as a conclusion to the Lone Gunmen's story since their own series ended on a cliffhanger. If you're an X-Phile and a completist, check this out and add it to your collection!
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on February 17, 2017
Fast paced, funny and fun this intriguing collaboration, which ran only 1 season, is the best spinoff from a major series. The Lone Gunmen first grabbed fans attention in season 1 of The X-Files. Their presence continued to titilate and mesmerize viewers for 9 seasons as they became a major force in Mulder and Scully's quest for the truth. Mark Snows music loops and lassos these treasured treats with high energetic electric elations. This now treasured series is a delectable collectable for X-Files fans.
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on July 7, 2015
Love this little off shoot series of the X-Files. It's been fun going back and re-watching them. The DVD set itself is solid. Not a crazy amount of extras but what's here is good. The show is one that you'll either love or be ambivalent about depending on your interest in the world and lore that the team creates. The last few episodes are unfortunately rushed as the writers realized they were doomed and had to wrap it up, thankfully this set includes the X-Files crossover episode that helps bring it all back around.
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.
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on November 22, 2015
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. Which they finally did, it's a short series, i wish it would have lasted longer. The episodes are all interesting and unique, including a cross-over episode with the X-files, which is fun to time up when re-watching the last season of the x-files. Some new characters are introduced.
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.
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on February 25, 2016
This was a spin-off of the original with Spooky Mulder. They were in the original X-Files. So I set down and watched it in two days. Was entertained.

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.
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on January 10, 2017
The Lone Gunmen in general are great. The show definitely has its moments but I would have preferred a few appearances from " Mulder & Scully". That being said, I've always loved the parts of X files that had them in it, but I think they over did it with this show with forced comedy instead of the conspiracy side of things. You do not need to watch this to understand X files, nor do you need to watch X files to understand the lone gunmen. I was disappointed to see that it wasn't offered on blu ray or even digital but at the price I didn't mind buying it.
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on September 8, 2012
Been thinking of the guys of late and decided to throw my two pennies into the mix. I honestly can't believe it's been nearly 12 years (!) since the guys exited the spotlight. Wow. Seems like only a few tv seasons have passed.

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>

Show Notes:

- 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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on July 25, 2015
I just finished re-watching these DVDs and I look forward to watching them again in a few months. These characters and storylines were so much fun to watch. I can't think of one episode that was subpar. I have my favorites, of course, but every episode was worth watching from beginning to end. I'd find myself giggling and laughing out loud at the situations the guys got themselves into. The scripts were well-written and the directing, editing, and casting was excellent. This DVD set is worth a lot more money than what it's being sold for. It bothers me that the network didn't try harder to keep these actors on the air. Byers (Harwood), Frohike (Braidwood), Langley (Haglund), and Jimmy (Snedden) will live on thanks to these DVDs. And I have to mention the strong female character, Yves, who was there to bail out our guys when they needed it most. The chemistry between her and the Lone Gunmen was just perfect, a lot like the chemistry between Scully and Mulder. Thanks, Chris Carter.
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on July 1, 2017
The Lone Gunmen when attached to then X Files is really good. We did not like them as much when they were on their own. That is not to say it was a bad show or anything like that, I just think they did not contribute the time and money to the production of this show like they did the X Files. That could have been the case with Millennium also. Anyway, not bad for just filling in some of the cracks from X Files, but not in the same level as that show.
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on January 21, 2017
Even though this spin off of the X-files only lasted one season. It is still fun to watch. Amazing how so many episodes mirrored events that took place in real life. Like the pilot episode that mirrored 911 and aired a few months before the event. The cast play off each other so well. Wish they did not kill them off and the show had lasted.
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