- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 4 hours and 5 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: July 18, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y4BYM61
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The X-Files: Cold Cases Audiobook – Original recording
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If you are a fan of the X files then this is a must! Now go break out your old ' I want to believe ' poster and be wary if you see any Morley cigarettes or Black Sedans!
THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
The story, however, is the real problem. There's little creativity on display here, with familiar tropes being trotted out and jumbled together with a minimum of effort or originality, resulting in hackneyed plotting and rote X-Files-ian cliches. I had to take a break halfway through the first story and wait before returning, so low-effort was the storytelling. That's disappointing.
If you want to revisit the X-Files, I'm sure you'll find something here that you enjoy, especially Gillian Anderson's performance. However, be aware that the stories are not quality. Purchase it to hear old personages do their thing with varying levels of investment, but look elsewhere for stories that do them justice to the characters you know, or the show you loved.
Sections of the comic book are expanded upon for no real reason and rearranged in a way that actually changes the plot. I was told by Dirk Maggs the adapter, on twitter, that it was a faithful adaption of the comics. It wasn't. They left out an entire Monster of the Week story making this entire series so far all about the mythology. Only one episode is about something else. It's a sequel to Flukeman. Sadly the story from the comic was too short making it not that interesting outside of the comic book format. It should have been expanded on. The worst thing about this is this episode was advertised in a major way only for it to be quickly brushed aside for the rest of the episodes to be focused on the mythology entirely. For some reason though Maggs decided to have the characters explain to each other aspects of the mythology they already knew and that were explained in the tv show. This series was not meant for newcomers. There's no reason why the characters should be explaining what black oil is or does to each other.
The directing was awful. I originally was lead to believe by Audible that Dirk Maggs was directing. He wasn't. Someone else was. This other person didn't seem to have been with the actors while recording cause none of them seemed to understand what they were reading or how they should be reading it. They all seemed to just go about it however they wanted and I have a weird feeling David Duchovny was reading all his lines for the first time and there weren't any takes. He even admitted to this I think. He sounds like he's just sitting in front of a computer cold reading a script. Minor characters were also played by actors that seemed to think they were doing voice over work for a cartoon. They didn't sound like they fit the story or the setting. Also not all actors from the show returned. Which is disappointing but the character's only appeared briefly so it's not a big deal.
The sound design was actually really good but the script didn't seem to trust it. Like I said above many times the characters will describe something that you can actually hear taking place. I have a feeling that the script was intentionally written so that people who'd never heard an audio drama before wouldn't have to pay attention very closely. I've gotten the impression that Dirk Maggs thinks American audiences are stupid and he's bring the audio drama format to us when in reality it's been here from the beginning. Also thanks to audible BBC audio dramas are available to us on this very site. Dirk Maggs is very talented but this felt like he phoned in the script completely. Like he just took the scripts for the comic book and mixed things around a little bit and then turned it in. On twitter he gave me the impression that this has been in the works for a very long time. If that's true I'm incredibly shocked.
I was raised on the audio drama format. I've never heard an audio drama that consistently went out of it's way to remind you that what you're hearing is actor's reading scripts like this. That's what very old radio dramas used to do. The art of audio dramas has progressed far beyond that now. By making Mulder and Scully describe their actions even when there was no reason to, cause the sound made it clear what was happening, it made them seem dumb and not sound like Mulder and Scully.
The story was fine but you should buy Joe Harris's X-Files series if you're an X-Files fan. While they're not canon they're well written and interesting. The worst thing about this adaption is that it actually made it hard to take the story seriously which ruins the story. Also considering it doesn't break the mythology episodes up with monster of the week episodes beyond the flukeman sequel this adaption completely misunderstands why people like the X-Files. The mythology has gotten very confusing and muddled over the years and while it can be interesting the main reason why the X-Files is so endearing are the standalone episodes where they introduce a monster or mystery that needs solving. The comic book series wasn't able to do that in the same way the tv show did but Joe Harris pulled it off as best he could within the limitations of a comic book.
There was a lot of potential for this series. If audible had taken this series seriously they could have hired former writers of the TV show or even Joe Harris to write new "cold cases" that could have been added between the mythology episodes. They didn't though. A new episode focusing on EVP (Electronic voice phenomenon) would have been perfect for the audio format. Instead they wasted an amazing opportunity to give fans new x-files stories, with the actual actors doing the voices, not heard before that weren't limited by budgets. What we got was Audible intentionally misleading fans of the series into buying something they could easily enjoy in the superior comic book published by IDW. If the series had been taken more seriously it not being canon wouldn't have been so disappointing.
The series could be fixed though if Audible brings in the talented Laurel Lefkow (Ellen Ripley in the Audible Alien novel adaptions), who was hired to be the "narrator" for this series and have her record actual narration that can replace the scenes where characters narrator to each other and themselves. Considering this series is audio based and completely digital it would be a simple fix. It'd require some work and money on Audible's behalf but it'd be worth it. Right now I wanna refund.