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X-Files 2/28/18 "Rm9sbG93ZXJz"

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Rob Helmerichs, Feb 28, 2018.

  1. wprager

    wprager Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Ottawa, Canada
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  2. Cainebj

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    New York
    i was referring to Season 4 episode 5 "Metalhead" where the "dogs" are similar enough to the robots that cornered them at the end in this episode. in a warehouse like setting no less.
  3. windracer

    windracer joined the 10k club

    Jan 3, 2003
    St. Pete, FL
    I, too, was thinking "Black Mirror" the whole time (especially the robot dog part). Interesting product placement for the Telsa Model X, too.

    And I had to, of course, decode the episode title and credits sequence (Base64 encoding). Obviously "VGhlIFRydXRoIGlzIE91dCBUaGVyZQ=" turns into "The Truth is Out There" and the title is "Followers." :)

  4. RGM1138

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock TCF Club

    Oct 6, 1999
    Gulfport, MS
    I’ve never heard of Black Mirror. Is it British?
  5. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    British/Netflix. Pretty good stuff, although it's generally a lot darker and colder than Rm9sbG93ZXJz was. But similar subject matter...kind of like a Twilight Zone based on modern technology.
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  6. RGM1138

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock TCF Club

    Oct 6, 1999
    Gulfport, MS
    Thanks, I’ll have to check it out. I need to start watching newer shows. Other than a few movies, most of my watch list is filled with shows that are older than most of the people on TCF.

  7. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002
    I get what they were doing and it just didn't work for me, but I give them credit for trying, however it did have some moments that did work for me:
    Scully holding Mulder's hand
    A far better Scully wig for Gillian Anderson, far better then the longer one they used in the earlier episodes.
  8. RGM1138

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock TCF Club

    Oct 6, 1999
    Gulfport, MS
    Huh, I never noticed about the wig. But I guess it makes sense though, same hair for the last 25 years.
  9. OhFiddle

    OhFiddle Active Member

    Dec 10, 2006
    Chicago Burbs
    This was one of my favorite shows for a large part of its original airing. It's been so long since the original series aired though, and toward the end it was limping along and my interest was waning. If I recall the subsequent movies were... meh. I've long since forgotten most of the serialized aspects of the ongoing story arc that kept my interest back then, but still remember enjoying a lot of the stand alone episodes.

    These last two revival seasons haven't held my attention too much, and like others I've been way too distracted by that god awful wig. Some of the episodes the interactions between Mulder and Scully and their line delivery seemed so incredibly awkward. It had me questioning if the original series was actually good, or if my standards were just way lower in my teens and before I had cable tv. I did enjoy this episode though even though during it we all noticed the resemblance to an episode of Black Mirror. I saw those robot dogs on a news show too. They are real....and creepy, so I fully expect to see them popping up on all kinds of shows going forward. The only episode I can recall really liking from last season was the Were-Person one, which as I recall was a very polarizing episode too.
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  10. rharmelink

    rharmelink Active Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    Although I thought of Black Mirror, there were also a few old Twilight Zone episodes of tech gone bad. Well, tech of that day. :)
  11. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    The comments above have whetted my appetite as to "Black Mirror," which I've never watched. Too bad, not released on DVD, as far as I can tell. :(
  12. RGM1138

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock TCF Club

    Oct 6, 1999
    Gulfport, MS
    They do have four seasons of the show on Netflix, if you happen to have that.
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  13. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Thanks--Netflix-less, at present. I might need a binge-month subscription. ;)
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  14. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    I definitely thought of Black Mirror when I watched this segment, especially when the robot dogs showed up. Say what you want, this episode was probably one of the most fun to watch in the history of the X-Files. I don't care if it was a rip-off or similar to other shows. They pulled it off beautifully and I had a ball watching it. It was extremely entertaining and, after all, isn't that why we watch TV?
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  15. Tony_T

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    Black Mirror sounds like a rip-off of The Twilight Zone ;)
  16. ADG

    ADG Allan

    Aug 19, 2003
    New Jersey, USA
    That was the intent, but I assure you it's no where near as good. If you skip the first two seasons, the last two aren't awful.
  17. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Of course not having watched Black Mirror, I thought it was hysterical. Couple this one with the crazy conspiracy guy in the garage episode and the rest of the episodes can stink and I'll still have enjoyed the season.

    Mulder's not a lousy tipper. Are you supposed to tip a machine?
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  18. Tony_T

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    He should have tipped 15% at the end :)
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  19. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    Why should he be tipping them when they got the order wrong with no way to rectify it? In the end he did give them a 10% tip. Which was 10% too much.

    I really enjoyed the episode. I had not laughed so much in a long time.
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