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The Lone Gunmen

Season 1 Review

Creator: Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan

Written by Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan, John Shiban, Frank Spotnitz, et al.

Directed by David Jackson, Bryan Spicer, Richard Compton, Rob Bowman, et al.

2001 - Ten Thirteen Productions
Thriller/Comedy - Not Rated

Cast: Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood. Dean Haglund. Stephen Snedden.

Eclectic Rating: stars

TV Show Review:

This is some funny shirt. I used to love these characters when they made appearances in many seasons of the The X-Files series, but for some reason I didn't find out about this spinoff until recently. Bought the series on DVD from Amazon.com, no hesitation. It's really pretty good. Too bad the network didn't keep it rolling, I can't believe there wasn't an audience for it.

Maybe it was too comical, somehow alienating serious lovers of deep dark mysteries who appreciated the atmosphere of The X-Files. Let's be honest, while The X-Files did have its share of funny moments, there was a lot of excellent spooky paranormal and fringe stuff in there. Compared to Mulder and Scully The Lone Gunmen are a bit campy.

I'm not the only one who thought it was awesome, so don't just take my word for it. There are plenty of other conspiracy geeks out there who appreciate it too. It's a fun show.

The three main cornballs have some great character interactions, and while there is plenty of goofing around there are decent thrills too, and some effective action.

Bonus strangeness surrounding this show is that the pilot episode eerily foretells of the 9/11 terror attacks on the WTC in New York City. The pilot aired on March 4, 2001, a full six months before the World Trade Center attack, and tells the tale of a mysterious faction of the US government who want to prompt support for a war on terror in order to maintain arms sales. Their plan is to remotely hijack an airliner after it departs Boston, and guide it toward the World Trade Center. Clued in to the conspiracy, the Lone Gunmen manage to hack into the airplane and return control to the pilots who thwart disaster at the last moment.

The story line is consistent with conspiracy theories surrounding the events of 9/11, which counter the official explanation.

Following the events of 9/11 Dean Hanglund, who plays the roll of Langley in The Lone Gunmen, became involved in the 9/11 Truth movement and has been interviewed many times regarding his views on the matter, and the whole New World Order thing in general. I'm not sure where Haglund stands on the topic now.

Series executive producer Frank Spotnitz, when asked about the strange coincidence between the story and the ultimate unfolding of the 9/11 terror attacks, remarked, "What’s disturbing about it to me is, you think as a fiction writer that if you can imagine this scenario, then the people in power in the government who are there to imagine disaster scenarios can imagine it too."

Some fringe conspiracy proponents have questioned how the script writers could conceive of such a plot, that would actually come true months later. In my opinion, a smart and creative script writer would have no problem conceiving of such a plot.

Smart and intelligent script writing is exactly what we get with The Lone Gunmen. It is as well, or better, written than much of the X-Files, and actually rises to the level of some top notch action or mystery films as far as clever story lines are concerned. The show is well written, well directed, brilliantly acted, and fun.

If you haven't seen it I highly recommend The Lone Gunmen. But dont screw up like I did, save the "Jump the Shark" X-Files episode for the end, or you'll be sorry. I thought it was the lead-in episode but I was way wrong. I still enjoyed the series even though I screwed up the ending for myself.

Anyone interested in funny yet smart hacker-type geek characters who get themselves into all sorts of clandestine shenanigans would absolutely enjoy watching this series.


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Last Update: 05 Dec, 2019

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