- Taschenbuch: 236 Seiten
- Verlag: McFarland (30. Oktober 2017)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1476665265
- ISBN-13: 978-1476665269
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,9 x 22,2 cm
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"thoroughly researched...recommended"--ARBA; "A must-read for fans...The X-Files is pretty much a television series in tune with American culture of the 1990s."--Sherry Ginn, Marvel's Black Widow from Spy to Superhero; "The truth is in here! If The X-Files were a college class, Mooney's book would be the essential text. It not only supplements, but greatly enhances one's enjoyment of the groundbreaking series."--Rod Lott, Flick Attack; "A welcome, and well-written addition to X-Files lore, by an author who knows his stuff."--John Kenneth Muir, author, The X-FilesFAQ.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Darren Mooney is a pop culture critic in Dublin, Ireland. He runs his own website (the m0vie blog), co-hosts a weekly film podcast (The 250), and contributes regularly to the Irish film monthly magazine CinÉireann.
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First off, it's immensely readable and paced incredibly well, considering the scope of his arguments and analyses.
Second, some texts are skewed primarily towards an academic audience (e.g., 'Full of Secrets' - for Twin Peaks, or 'The Unfolding Text' for Doctor Who), others have synopses for hardcore fans (e.g., 'the Discontinuity Guide' / Pearson's 'I, Who'), behind the scenes ('Blake's 7: The Inside Story') or light coverage for newcomers and folks with only a casual interest in the show. What Mr. Mooney has constructed, I believe, would appeal to all of these audiences incredibly well, with newcomers who are concerned about spoilers (of course) being an exception.
The book is organized by season for each chapter and describes some of the practical issues around the show (media context and 'behind the scenes' creator anecdotes), some very brief episode synopses, but most importantly (to me) analyses of the seasons with ethical/philosophical/political/historical frameworks that are wonderfully grounded. It's not necessarily the case that everything he observes and presents the creators intended, or that the context directly inspired it, but they have a veracity in the sense that any reflexive examination of art like this can have (particularly something with so many cooks in the kitchen, as the X-Files has). Yet, so many things he comments on, I completely missed on the first viewing and it adds much more to a viewer/fan to appreciate and consider. While some could argue that the X-Files is excessively didactic at times, Mooney's presentation of the core text of the show illuminates a degree of nuance and subtlety that is very, very rare in television and provides further justification for the X-Files' place in television history, as well as culture and media studies. However, crucially, Mr. Mooney is in no way a sycophant and readily criticizes the problematic and weak aspects of the show.
While there are brief synopses of the episodes in this text, Mooney has written extensive analyses of each episode that you can access on his website. I've found as I was reading this book that I would occasionally go read a full review of a particular episode and then come back and continue reading the book.
Finally, this book is simply fun to read. Even if someone is only vaguely aware of the show, there is so much for a reader to learn about television in the 90's, culture in the 90's, politics, history, etc.
(Purchased the e-book)
But the book also serves to place the series squarely in the context it belongs, discussing the 1990s as a decade, the historical and cultural attitudes of the time as well as changes in the television landscape. The X-Files worked so well as a show because it played with those timely ideas in a thought-provoking way. Here, Darren Mooney helps ensure that context won't be forgotten. This book is the best supplemental work I have found anywhere for this great series.