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Black Oil and Bee Stings - An X-Files Podcast

The Officially Unofficial podcast for The X-Files on Fox.

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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1001 – My Struggle

X-Files is back, with episode 1001, “My Struggle”.  It was the best of X-Files (cool space ships! Mulder and Scully! Cancer Man!), it was the worst of X-Files (retcons galore, crazy conspiracy word salad monologues, our heroes flip flopping on their skepticism / gullibility).  The key was, we were kind of braced for that, so by and large we enjoyed the introduction to the relaunch / reboot for what it was, and are eager to see what they get up to now that the heavy lifting is out of the way.  What did you think?  We got a wide range of opinions via email and the forums, but we’d love to hear from you using the contact methods below.  We’ll be back for the second episode tomorrow, see you then!Support Bald Move:  Amazon  |  Club Bald Move Leave Us A ReviewJoin the discussion:  Email  |  Forums  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

1hr 15mins

26 Jan 2016

Rank #1

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1006 – My Struggle II

Our struggle was getting through the latest episode of the X-Files “My Struggle II” with our sanity intact.  We consider it a historically bad episode of television, and a real disservice to long time X-Philes.  The greatest and most reliable piece of the X-Files machinery was always the chemistry of Mulder and Scully as partners in co-investigators, and the bad parts were its confusing and poorly thought out mythology that never ended with cliffhanger after cliffhanger.  It stands to reason then, that this “season’s” finale kept Mulder and Scully apart the entire time and ended with a massive cliffhanger after a brutally confusing and pointless plot.  Boo, just boooooooo.Support Bald Move:  Amazon  |  Club Bald Move Leave Us A ReviewJoin the discussion:  Email  |  Forums  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

1hr 25mins

23 Feb 2016

Rank #2

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1005 – Babylon

That certainly was an episode of the X-Files, directed and written by Chris Carter, and entitled “Babylon”.  Yes, it certainly was.  It also had a lot of unlikely cowboy hats, Mulder sporting giant “MUSH” and “ROOM” blinged out hardware, and some surprise cameos of long beloved characters.  But unfortunately there was a lot of other stuff, which we weren’t fans of.  Abandon all hope, ye who liked this episode and decide to listen anyway.If you’re interested in some of the graffiti art theft we wondered about last episode, SOOMOO was gracious enough to turn us on to “Banksy Does New York”, a cool documentary that has some fascinating info.  You can watch it on HBO.Support Bald Move:  Amazon  |  Club Bald Move Leave Us A ReviewJoin the discussion:  Email  |  Forums  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

1hr 1min

16 Feb 2016

Rank #3

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1004 – Home Again

Jim and A.Ron discuss episode 1004, “Home Again”, which is a perfectly cromulent Monster of the Week type of episode.  Featuring a suitably scary, creepy, monster with a grisly M.O., it also features some fine character work with Scully, but it’s not without it’s share of problems.  We discuss theories and lore around the Band-Aid Nose Man, the plight of the urban homeless, the propriety of serving on a school board sans kids, consider a bit of feedback from our fellow fans, and much more.  See you back next week!Support Bald Move:  Amazon  |  Club Bald Move Leave Us A ReviewJoin the discussion:  Email  |  Forums  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

1hr 14mins

10 Feb 2016

Rank #4

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1003 – Mulder and Scully meet the Were-Monster

A.Ron and Jim discuss the latest episode of the X-Files, “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster”.  While we agree the episode was very funny, and the best of the re-vamped series so far, we are both left a bit wanting for different reasons.  A.Ron wanted more Mulder and Scully, and Jim wants more myth-arc.  Along the way we try to unpack all the fun easter eggs and references, and figure out where we’re going next.If you want to dig in further to the many meta-references from the episode, this Vulture article is a great place to start.  Also, Kumail Nanjiani (Animal Control Were-Human / Silicon Valley) did a pretty great podcast interview with this episode’s writer and director Darin Morgan on his X-Files Files podcast.Support Bald Move:  Amazon  |  Club Bald Move Leave Us A ReviewJoin the discussion:  Email  |  Forums  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

1hr 12mins

3 Feb 2016

Rank #5