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The X-Files: Final cases (Released)

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Let me tell you a story: last year, I got Amazon Prime and watched the X-Files. I loved it: from the atmosphere, to the story, to the amazing characters I loved it all. But then I got to season 9, and I started to not like it. The plots were stupid, the writing was terrible, the mythology episodes became boring, and the finale was one of the worst I have ever seen. Then I was almost bored to death with I Want to Believe, season 10 would have been a complete disaster had it not been for the Darin Morgan episode, and while season 11 was a bit better, the mythology was worse then ever and the finale was awful.

Afterwards, I retreaded into the world of fanfiction. And while I read some amazing X-Files fics, I wondered: what if the X-Files ever got the grand finale it deserved? So, as my opinions above indicate, I think season 8 is the last good season, so that would have to be the final one.

Now, I actually really like the X-Files season 8. The mythology has been the best it was since season 5, and the episodes were pretty good and there was a sense of direction (unlike the second half of season 7). I think people tend to hate the season just because Mulder is absent for half of it, which is kind of understandable, but still. However, there’s still problems. There is some stupid reveles (like Mulder’s retcon brain disease, or John Doggett’s skepticalness not really making sense after a certain point), the reveal of who the father of Scully’s baby is increadly obvious and it takes a bit too long for Mulder to show back up.

So, the intentions of my edit is this:
1: Get rid of as much stupid stuff as possible.
2: Give as much closure as possible.
3: Make the events of season 9 and beyond impossible.

I will not be doing these:
1: Include the Gift. I know it’s a mythology episode, but it relies on the retcon brain disease, which I’m getting rid of, so I can’t use it. Plus, cutting Doggett dying and coming back to life makes him being a skeptic more believable.
2: Include most of the stand-alone episodes. Most of them are pointless anyway, and just delay Mulder coming back.
3: Include footage from the revival. Not only is it completely devoid of atmosphere, but it also looks increadly different to the rest of the series. Plus, I’m not going to waste money on 2 terrible seasons of TV, just for a few seconds of footage.

Now, season 8 is going to be split up into 3 movies: Lost, Found and the end of the end.

Lost:
-this will be comprised of Within, Without, Via Negativa and Per Manum. It will be less than 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Found:
-this will be comprised of This is Not Happening, DeadAlive and Three Words. It will be under 2 hours.

The end of the end:
-this will be comprised of Empedocles, Vinen, Essence and Existence. It will probably be over 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Now I will be using footage from other episodes and there will be some unpredictable stuff in here.

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TiddySprinklesPimpBillion said:

Will you be using the DVD or Blu-ray disc releases?

Blu-ray, since I need to zoom in to get rid of on-screen titles, and it will be less noticeable on the blu-ray. Plus the video quality is amazing!

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WitchDR said:

bob79519 said:

WitchDR said:

Any update on this?

Yeah, I’ll have a full cut/change list soon!

Awesome! Can’t wait!

Finished, here’s the changes (most of which have been for pacing unless specified elsewhere):

Movie 1: Lost (Within, Without, Via Negative and Per Manum).

-WITHIN

-Removed pre-title sequence to use in edit of ‘Requiem’
-Trimmed conversation with Kersh
-Trimmed first meeting with Doggett to remove anti-Mulder and Scully talk.
-Got rid of as many fade-to-blacks as possible.
-Get rid of Doggett confronting Scully in Mulder’s apartment, the thing with Mulder’s pass card, the thing with the gravestone, the retcon brain disease and the whole scene of Scully, Skinner and Doggett arguing over how far Mulder
would go, along with Skinner’s flashback.
-Cut out Doggett mentioning missing files and incorrect dates.
-Cut Scully dreaming about Mulder being tortured in car.

-WITHOUT

-Cut out pre-title sequence for because it ruined suspense.
-Zoomed in to remove on-screen credits in most edits.
–Reverse footage of downwards pan of cliff so that when Skinner looks at it and comments on it, it looks like a POV shot, and it reduces amount of zooming in required.
-Trim Scully telling Doggett that what he thought was Mulder, was actually an alien bounty hunter, to reduce amount of zooming in required.
-Trim phone conversation between Kersh and Doggett.
-Removed scenes of the alien bounty hunter to keep the audience guessing who the alien bounty hunter is.
-Adding establishing shot of FBI from another episode with a ‘48 hours later’ to help audience keep track of time. Time stamps added throughout the movies to keep audience to keep track of time and avoid issue of 'Scully being pregnant for a year. The new timeline is this:

-May 2000: Scully gets pregnant after having sex with Mulder in All Things.
-July 2000: Mulder goes missing.
-October 2000: Mulder is found dead.
-January 2001: Mulder comes back to life.
-February 2001: Scully gives birth.

-Adding establishing shot of FBI from another episode with a ‘2 weeks later’ timestamp to give time for Scully and Skinner to be released from hospital.
-Use part of a scene from ‘Patience’ for transition purposes.

VIA NEGATIVE

-Trim conversation between Doggett and Skinner on the dead cult members.
-Trim first scene in Kersh’s office.
-got rid of first scene with homeless man, drug dealer making drugs and scene where Skinner and Doggett establish the murder weapon.
-Trim second scene in Kersh’s office.
-Insert pre-title sequence from Nothing Important Happened Today 2, with establishing shot of FBI building and footage from ‘Release’ for transition purposes.

PER MANUM
-Got rid of pre-title sequence because it gives away the plot a bit too much.
-Trimmed first office scene with Duffy.
-Trimmed first flashback.
-Got rid of Scully being caught in lift by Doggett.
-Trim Doggett confronting Scully.
-Trimmed second office scene with Duffy.
-Cut out entire scene of Scully and Skinner lying to Doggett.
-Trim scene of Doggett seeing Skinner.

New post-credits scene.

Movie 2: Found (This is Not Happening, DeadAlive and Three Words).

This is Not Happening
-Got rid of pre-credits sequence.
-Trimmed Scully and Doggett talking.
-Trim scene with Gary.
-Cut out Jeremiah Smith showing up at the hospital and disgusting himself as the Doctor.
-Trim first encounter with Monica Reyes.
-got rid of Jeremiah Smith healing Teresa.
-Trim scene of Scully and Monica talking about feelings.
-Got rid of Scully seeing a vision of Mulder.
-Trim interrogation.
-Used footage from Release, Patience and Providence to transisiton to the funeral.

DEADALIVE

-Get rid of Kersh offering Doggett a promotion, and Scully and Doggett talking in the X-Files office.
-Trim car scene between Doggett and Skinner.
-Trim Doggett not letting Scully see Mulder.
-Trim first office scene between Kersh and Doggett to remove reference to cut job offering scene.
-Trim first encounter between Skinner and Krycek.
-Trim Scully arguing with Doggett.
-Trim Scully and Doggett arguing again.
-Trimmed encounter between Kryek and Doggett encounter.
-Used footage from Providence for transition purposes (along with 2 weeks later timestamp).

THREE WORDS

-Get rid of everything from the pre-title sequence to Mulder and Scully going to Mulder’s apartment, so now the first piece of footage from the episode is an exterior shot of the prison.
-Trim Kersh office scene to remove references to Mulder’s home.
-Cut scene of Skinner, Mulder and Scully in Mulder’s apartment.
-Inserted footage from ‘Sixth Extinction 2: Amor Fath’ to cover-up fade-to-black.
-Trim office scene between Mulder, Scully and Skinner.
-Get rid of Lone Gunmen questioning who the baby’s father is.
-Trim scene between Mulder, Scully and the Lone Gunmen.
-Used scenes from ‘Nothing Important Happened Today 2’ to cover-up fade to black.

New post-credits scene.

Movie 3: The End of The End (Empedocles, Vienen, Essence and Existence).
EDITS FOR: Empedocles.
-Cut pre-title sequence
-Add tagline from The End.
-Remove jealous pizza man routine, so with an establishing shot of Scully’s apartment, the pizza man just shows up.
-MAYBE get rid of scene of killer failing to commit suicide.
-Trim Mulder and Reyes meeting and get rid of fade to black.
-Remove Doggett visiting Scully the first time.
-Trim Reyes visiting Mulder.
-Add scene from Release of Doggett visiting his ex-wife.
-trim Monica visiting killer’s wife.
-remove killer arriving home.
-Get rid of pizza man reference.
-Use footage from ‘Nothing Important Happened Today 2’ and ‘Release’.

Edits for: Vienen;
-Get rid of pre-title sequence.
-Remove Mulder getting mad at Kersh for wanting to send Scully to the oil rig (he should be smart enough to figure out that’s not the case).
-Get rid of shot of Taylor being infected with the black oil after Mulder and Doggett leave him.
-Get rid of Taylor murdering communication transmission.
-Get rid of Scully being surprised that Mulder is on the rig.
-Get rid of Mulder telling Scully to tell their child that they went down swinging.
-Trim Mulder and Doggett arguing.
-Get rid of scene of Kersh threatening Scully and Skinner.
-Add shot of Washington D.C. from The Truth.
-Cut to first scene of Jump the Shark, but re-edited so that Morris Fletcher is killed (with a Wilhelm Scream sound effect to prove this).
-Cut to trimmed version of the first scene of Alone, where Scully goes on maternity leave.

Edits for: Essence;
-Get rid of pre-title sequence.
-Get rid of baby shower, Lizzy in the toilet and Billy Miles killing scientist.
-Trim Mulder at Doggett’s house.
-Get rid of Lizzy leaving Scully’s apartment.
-Get rid of Billy Miles visiting Doctor Parenti.
-Get rid of Scully in shower.
-Get rid of Lizzy calling guy Duffy.
-Trim Skinner asking Mulder who the father is.
-Delay revelation that Crane is a super-soldier.

Edits for: Existence;
-Get rid of Scully and Monica in the car.
-Trim discussion between Krycek, Doggett, Mulder and Skinner.
-Get rid of fade to black after Skinner is injured.
-Trim discussion between Mulder and Doggett about super soldiers.
-Trim Mulder and Doggett talking about the future in the car.
-After screen fades to black, re-edit audio from Chinga, so that Mulder proposes marriage to Scully, and she says yes.

New post-credits sequence to resolve the story.

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This sounds awesome!

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