"The Complete X-Files: Behind the Series, the Myths and the Movies" was released on November 11th and let me tell you, this is THE book X-Philes have been waiting for. I know that I have been waiting for an official, behind-the-scenes guide to the entire series and the movies for quite some time, and this is definitely it.
I know, I know you're probably saying, "Didn't that show end like 6 years ago?" or "That show lost its appeal years before it actually ended," or "The new movie sucked, right?" Well, whether you think those things or not, I think people need to be reminded just how much of a ground-breaking TV show "The X-Files" was. If you read this book, it'll take you for a trip down memory lane and remind you that this really was one of the greatest shows on TV and similarly did for television what "Star Wars" did for movies. It literally paved the way for quality shows like "Lost," "Fringe," "Heroes," "24," and others. It changed the way TV shows were made (I will say, however, that no show to date has the moody atmosphere of an "X-Files" episode).
This book has it all: Unveiled mysteries, never-before-seen on-location photos, explanations of unsolved plots, discussion of the FBI's paranormal investigation branch, breakdowns of every episode, etc. Basically, just about everything you want to know about the TV Series is in this book, including the two movies! Also included are a few script note cards, a reproduction of a Lone Gunmen newspaper, and three X-Files mini-posters - two for the movies and one "I Want to Believe" poster like the one in Mulder's office.
I'm not sure why Amazon says that this includes things like "alien and monster charts," "alien and monster cards," "Mulder and Scully booklets," etc. It doesn't. But for what it does include, it is really a great book for any X-Phile to own. J.J. Abrams (of "Lost" fame) even writes a preface for this book, as "The X-Files" was one of his main inspirations for film-making. Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz write forwards to the book as well.
It is my hope that future generations who were perhaps too young when the TV series aired will discover this TV series. It was a part of growing up for me, as it first aired in 1993 when I was 13 years old and stayed with me until 2002 when I was almost 22. I plan on raising my eventual kids on a steady "X-Files" diet when they are the appropriate age, and I am hoping that many other parents who were fans of the show will as well. Like "Star Wars," I see this TV show as something to be passed down from generation to generation. Going through this book was like looking through a yearbook of sorts, only it encompasses half of my lifetime. I almost shed a tear when skimming through the full-color photographs of the various memorable episodes of the show. It reminded me of growing up. During those 9 years, no matter how my life changed, Mulder and Scully were always there, always searching for the truth.
If you loved this show when it was on, and still sometimes reminisce about the good ol' days of Mulder and Scully, then this is the book for you. It's a little late coming out, but it was definitely worth waiting for.