Don't Forget To Love, part 5 of 24

Welcome to the Single-Minded Movie Blog advent calendar. Between the 1st and the 24th of December every day will bring you a short post about a film or a TV-show you shouldn't forget to love.

The X Files: Fight the Future (1998)

The second, third and fourth season of The X-Files gave us some of the most outstanding TV ever produced. By the fifth season, though, the series was losing its steam. The carefully constructed mythology story started to crumble, and became increasingly silly. This feature film was supposed to change that and revitalize the show. It didn't. Instead it became the absolute high point of the whole franchise.

The small-screen story was beautifully expanded to fill the big screen, and my favorite of the series directors, Rob Bowman, took the helm and created a convincing, fast-paced conspiracy-action-thriller, with some spectacular set-pieces. The bombing of the FBI building is still a stunning sequence even by today's standards.

I wish they had just kept the show on the big screen from then on, with a new feature film ever other year. Instead, The X-Files fizzled out culminating in a spectacularly underwhelming second feature film. Too bad.

Cherish the past. Enjoy the present. Fight the future. And never forget to love The X-Files.

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