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The X-Cast An X-Files Podcast

The Truth is In Here... Devoted X-Phile and podcast addict Tony Black, alongside a group of committed Philes, presents THE X-CAST: An X-FILES Podcast dedicated to exploring the series from its inception in 1993, up to the latest 2018 season and beyond. Supported by a legion of co-hosts and guests, Tony will be picking apart each X-File, exploring the stories, characters and of course monsters that made the show the seminal TV experience of the 1990's, and turned FBI Agents Fox Mulder & Dana Scully into iconic modern heroes. Go with them on the journey. Just remember one thing... TrustNo1
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Aug 17, 2018

3x12 'War of the Coprophages' - Episode Analysis

Our coverage of Season 3 continues as Clara Cook takes the hosting chair alongside returning X-Cast guest Matt Latham to discuss the next Darin Morgan comedy...

The strange death of a bug exterminator in the small town of Miller's Grove coincides with Mulder spending his Saturday night UFO hunting in the area. When the local sheriff's department bring him in to consult, Mulder gets Scully on the phone as he begins to steadily uncover a strange case of weird townsfolk, mass hysteria and maybe cockroaches from another world...

Host

Clara Cook

Guest

Matt Latham

Production

Tony Black (Editor/Executive Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Michael John Petty (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Delta 51 (Patron), Clarissa de Becker (Patron), Michael Little (Patron), Maura Funchion Jaeger (Patron), Sarah Devicomte (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Next time...  Sarah Blair hosts alongside guest Baz Greenland to talk the second tie-in novel, Charles Grant's Whirlwind...

Aug 10, 2018

3x11 'Revelations' - Episode Analysis

Our coverage of Season 3 continues as Carl Sweeney takes the hosting chair alongside comics writer & returning X-Cast guest Wayne Talbot to discuss this religious piece...

Following the mysterious death of a church pastor, Mulder & Scully end up on a case of what appears to be stigmata revolving around Kevin, a young boy. While Mulder finds himself in the rare position of sceptic, Scully comes to believe her faith is being tested & she has to protect the boy... 

Host

Carl Sweeney

Guest

Wayne Talbot

Production

Carl Sweeney (Editor/Producer) Tony Black (Executive Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Michael John Petty (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Delta 51 (Patron), Clarissa de Becker (Patron), Michael Little (Patron), Maura Funchion Jaeger (Patron), Sarah Devicomte (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Next time... Clara Cook hosts alongside guest Matt Latham to talk Season 3, Episode 12 - 'War of the Coprophages'...

Aug 7, 2018

Character Profile: Dana Scully - Season 1

Our supplemental episode this week is our first in-depth character profile, looking at a particular X-Files character at a point in the show - in this case Scully in S1.

Sarah Blair hosts, alongside guests Paige Schector & Jenn Ferguson, one of our illustrious Patrons, to discuss Scully's best moments from the season, why she stays with The X-Files, and some of Season 1's best quotes, amongst much more...

Host

Sarah Blair

Guests

Paige Schector / Jenn Ferguson

Production

Tony Black (Editor/Executive Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Michael John Petty (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Delta 51 (Patron), Clarissa de Becker (Patron), Michael Little (Patron), Maura Funchion Jaeger (Patron), Sarah Devicomte (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Next time... Carl Sweeney hosts alongside returning guest, comics writer Wayne Talbot, to discuss episode 3x11 'Revelations'...

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Aug 3, 2018

3x10 '731' - Episode Analysis

Our coverage of Season 3 continues as Clara Cook takes the hosting chair alongside podcaster and X-Cast veteran Andrew Brooker to discuss part two of this memorable mythology episode...

Mulder has boarded one of the government's secret railroad trains on the hunt for an alien-human hybrid, while Scully ends up, in her own search for answers, at a hidden leper colony deep in the American wilderness. Together, they face a race against time for truths and dark apologies...

Host

Clara Cook

Guest

Andrew Brooker

Production

Tony Black (Editor/Executive Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Delta 51 (Patron), Clarissa de Becker (Patron), Michael Little (Patron), Sarah Devicomte (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Next time... Sarah Blair is joined by Paige Schector & Jenn Ferguson to discuss Dana Scully in Season 1 of the show...

Jul 27, 2018

3x09 'Nisei' - Episode Analysis

Our coverage of Season 3 continues as Clara Cook takes the hosting chair alongside podcaster and X-Cast veteran Andrew Brooker to discuss this key mythology episode...

After the execution-style murder of a man selling supposedly real alien autopsy videos over mail order, Mulder & Scully are drawn quickly into a conspiracy involving Japanese scientists, a secret government railroads, and sinister government assassins, to cover up what might be a long-standing program to create alien/human hybrids...

Host

Clara Cook

Guest

Andrew Brooker

Production

Tony Black (Editor/Executive Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Michael John Petty (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Delta 51 (Patron), Clarissa de Becker (Patron), Michael Little (Patron), Maura Funchion Jaeger (Patron), Sarah Devicomte (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Next time... Clara and Brooker return to talk the next part of this two-part story, '731'...

Jul 24, 2018

'Oubliette' - Deeper Analysis

Our supplemental episode this week can be considered an add-on to our coverage of 3x08 'Oubliette'.

Carl Sweeney and Chris Knowles explore the deeper themes and mythic symbology of the episode and its broader context within The X-Files... 

Host

Carl Sweeney

Guest

Chris Knowles

Production

Carl Sweeney (Editor/Producer) Tony Black (Executive Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Michael John Petty (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Delta 51 (Patron), Clarissa de Becker (Patron), Michael Little (Patron), Maura Funchion Jaeger (Patron), Sarah Devicomte (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Next time... Clara Cook hosts alongside guest Andrew Brooker to talk Season 3, Episode 9 - 'Nisei'...

Jul 20, 2018

3x08 'Oubliette' - Episode Analysis

Our coverage of Season 3 continues as Carl Sweeney takes the hosting chair alongside podcaster Brandon Shea-Mutala to discuss this powerful Mulder episode...

Following the disappearance of a teenage girl in a small town, Mulder and Scully investigate when a former abduction victim, Lucy Householder, starts exhibiting what appears to be a psychic connection with the missing girl. As Mulder becomes increasingly obsessed with the case, Scully begins to worry he may be equating this case with that of his sister Samantha...

Host

Carl Sweeney

Guest

Brandon Shea-Mutala

Production

Carl Sweeney (Editor/Producer) Tony Black (Executive Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Michael John Petty (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Delta 51 (Patron), Clarissa de Becker (Patron), Michael Little (Patron), Maura Funchion Jaeger (Patron), Sarah Devicomte (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Next time... Carl returns for an extended discussion on 'Oubliette' and its themes with X-Files scholar Chris Knowles...

Jul 17, 2018

Interview: Stefan Petrucha

In this special episode, Darren Mooney speaks to Stefan Petrucha, writer of The X-Files Topps line of comic tie-ins written in the mid-1990's, to talk about his contribution to the series.

They discuss how he came to be involved in The X-Files, details about his process of crafting the stories, his collaborations with 1013, and his work beyond the Topps comics themselves - plus much more!

 

Host

Darren Mooney

Guest

Stefan Petrucha

Production

Tony Black (Editor/Executive Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Michael John Petty (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Delta 51 (Patron), Clarissa de Becker (Patron), Michael Little (Patron), Maura Funchion Jaeger (Patron), Sarah Devicomte (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Next time... Carl Sweeney takes the hosting chair alongside guest Brandon Shea-Mutala to discuss Season 3's 'Oubliette'...

Jul 13, 2018

3x07 'The Walk' - Episode Analysis

Our coverage of Season 3 continues as Sarah Blair takes the hosting chair alongside podcaster Clara Cook to discuss this tale of out of body, embittered soldiers...

Mulder & Scully investigate the murder of a military officer on a US Army base which leads them into a conspiratorial web of a tortured colonel, an angry double amputee, and a possible case of astral projection...

Host

Sarah Blair

Guest

Clara Cook

Production

Tony Black (Editor/Executive Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Michael John Petty (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Delta 51 (Patron), Clarissa de Becker (Patron), Michael Little (Patron), Maura Funchion Jaeger (Patron), Sarah Devicomte (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Next time... Darren Mooney returns as host to interview Stefan Petrucha, writer of the legendary X-Files Topps comics from the 1990's...

Jul 10, 2018

The X-Cast: LIVE on stage

In this special supplemental episode, recorded LIVE on July 8th 2018 at the Birmingham Podcast Festival in the UK, Tony Black & Carl Sweeney attempt to explain the biggest mystery in The X-Files... the alien mythology.

With the help of a (possibly) willing audience and a series of educational slides (that you can't see), Tony & Carl try their best to explain who the aliens are, what they're up to, and if any of it makes any sense.

Judge for yourselves if they succeed or fail...

 

Host

Tony Black

Guest

Carl Sweeney

Production

Tony Black (Editor/Executive Producer), Mark Steadman (Guest Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Michael John Petty (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Delta 51 (Patron), Clarissa de Becker (Patron), Michael Little (Patron), Maura Funchion Jaeger (Patron), Sarah Devicomte (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Next time... Sarah Blair hosts alongside guest Clara Cook to talk Season 3 Episode 7, 'The Walk'...

Jul 6, 2018

3x06 '2shy' - Episode Analysis

Our coverage of Season 3 continues as Sarah Blair takes the hosting chair alongside author John Kenneth Muir to discuss this cautionary tale on stranger danger...

Mulder & Scully investigate the death of a woman who had all of her fatty tissue removed by the killer. While Mulder suspects a 'fat-sucking vampire', Scully fights off institutionalised police sexism as they both realise the danger may lie in the new, unknown world of online dating, and a particularly calculating individual named Virgil Incanto...

Host

Sarah Blair

Guest

John Kenneth Muir

Production

Tony Black (Editor/Executive Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Michael John Petty (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Delta 51 (Patron), Clarissa de Becker (Patron), Michael Little (Patron), Maura Funchion Jaeger (Patron), Sarah Devicomte (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Next time... Sarah returns as host, joined by podcaster Clara Cook, as they discuss Season 3's seventh episode, 'The Walk'...

Jul 3, 2018

'Shipping' Mulder & Scully

We let the shipper contingent take over this week as Sarah Blair hosts, joined by Patrons Jenn Ferguson & Michelle Milbauer, to discuss the phenomenon of wanting M&S to be a couple.

They get into some of the shipper 'terms', discuss what it means to be an X-Files shipper, pick out their favourite shippy moments of the show, and much more...

They also try and answer the most important question the show ever gave us... when exactly *did* Mulder & Scully first get it on?

 

 

Host

Sarah Blair

Guests

Jenn Ferguson & Michelle Milbauer

Production

Tony Black (Editor/Executive Producer), Sarah Blair (Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Michael John Petty (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Delta 51 (Patron), Clarissa de Becker (Patron), Michael Little (Patron), Maura Funchion Jaeger (Patron), Sarah Devicomte (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Next time... Sarah returns as host alongside guest John Kenneth Muir to unpick Season 3's '2shy'...

Jun 29, 2018

3x05 'The List' - Episode Analysis

Our coverage of Season 3 continues as Carl Sweeney takes the hosting chair alongside podcaster Mike Schindler to discuss this dark Chris Carter stand-alone episode...

Following a brutal murder inside a maximum-security prison of one of the guards, Mulder & Scully investigate what on the face of it appears to be a conspiracy amongst guards and inmates, but what Mulder soon begins to suspect might be the dying proclamation of executed prisoner Neech Manley come to life - that he will return from the dead to kill the five men who sentenced him to die...

Host

Carl Sweeney

Guest

Mike Schindler

Production

Carl Sweeney (Editor/Producer) Tony Black (Executive Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Michael John Petty (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Delta 51 (Patron), Clarissa de Becker (Patron), Michael Little (Patron), Maura Funchion Jaeger (Patron), Sarah Devicomte (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Next time... Sarah Blair returns as host for our first shipper-centric special, joined by guests & Patrons Michelle Milbauer & Jenn Ferguson...

Jun 22, 2018

3x04 'Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose' - Episode Analysis

Our coverage of Season 3 continues as Russell Hugo takes the hosting chair alongside guest, author Jim Beard, to discuss Darin Morgan's legendary comedy...

Investigating the murder of a fortune teller, Mulder & Scully come into contact with Clyde Bruckman, a middle-aged man who claims to be able to see how people will die, and might well be psychically connected to the serial killer. Does his gift reveal that Mulder might well be the killer's final victim?

 

NOTE: We apologise for certain audio issues in this episode. Hopefully they won't impede your enjoyment of the discussion.

Host

Russell Hugo

Guest

Jim Beard

Production

Russell Hugo (Editor), Tony Black (Executive Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Next time... Carl Sweeney takes the hosting chair once again alongside guest, podcaster Mike Schindler, to discuss Season 3's 'The List'...

Jun 19, 2018

Patron Roundtable #3: Gillian Anderson

In this supplemental episode, Tony Black hosts the third Patron-only Roundtable discussion talking all things Dana Scully herself.

Alongside guests Kurt North, Jenn Ferguson and in his first ever podcast, Adam Silva, Tony leads a discussion about Gillian's Season 11 performance, her fandom and her Twitter, and whether The X-Files could survive in the future without her...

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for some static crackling you will hear for the last half of this. We can only assume they're tapping our Skype connection. The truth is out there! ROSWELL! ROSWELL!!)

Host

Tony Black

Guest

Kurt North / Jenn Ferguson / Adam Silva

Production

Tony Black (Editor/Executive Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Delta 51 (Patron), Clarissa de Becker (Patron), Michael Little (Patron), Maura Funchion Jaeger (Patron), Sarah Devicomte (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Jun 15, 2018

3x03 'D.P.O' - Episode Analysis

Our coverage of Season 3 continues as Carl Sweeney takes the hosting chair alongside guest Andrew Blaker to discuss this sparky episode...

Mulder & Scully investigate a mysterious spate of deaths which correspond to lightning weather patterns and are soon faced with the strange life of Darren Peter Oswald, a disenfranchised young man in a small town with a striking ability...

We also see a return of the X-Quiz as Carl tasks Andrew to answer D.P.O related questions - but will he prevail?

Host

Carl Sweeney

Guest

Andrew Blaker

Production

Carl Sweeney (Editor), Tony Black (Executive Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Next time... Tony Black returns to the hosting chair for our third Patron Roundtable, discussing the grand dame of The X-Files herself: Gillian Anderson...

Jun 8, 2018

3x02 'Paper Clip' - Episode Analysis

Our coverage of Season 3 continues as Tony Black hosts the deep dive into this legendary episode, with the help of both Darren Mooney *and*, in his first full appearance on the show, Chris Knowles...

Mulder is back from the dead, Scully and Skinner are at loggerheads about the MJ-12 digital tape files, and the Smoking Man is trying to stay one step ahead of a suspicious Syndicate. The truth is heard - now it's time for the answers...

Chris also answers the 5 Questions of X and reveals his love of a surprising Season 5 episode... 

Host

Tony Black

Guest

Darren Mooney & Chris Knowles

Production

Tony Black (Editor/Executive Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Next time... Carl Sweeney takes the hosting chair, joined by Andrew Blaker, to discuss Season 3's third episode 'D.P.O.'...

Jun 5, 2018

Movie Inspirations on The X-Files

In our first ever episode recorded live in person, in a Birmingham, UK pub, Tony Black hosts alongside Carl Sweeney to discuss The X-Files and its cinematic inspirations.

Your hosts pick five movies each they feel The X-Files took a cue from which they love, including 'Ice' and The Thing, 'Pusher' and The Deer Hunter, and 'Ascension' & Moonraker - amongst many others.

While Tony tries to distract him with (bad) impressions of Hollywood stars from James Mason through to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl also gives his least favourite movie inspiration on the show...

 

Host

Tony Black

Guest

Carl Sweeney

Production

Carl Sweeney (Editor/Producer), Tony Black (Executive Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Next time... Darren Mooney hosts alongside guest Chris Knowles to discuss Season 3x02, 'Paper Clip'...

Jun 1, 2018

3x01 'The Blessing Way' - Episode Analysis

Our coverage of Season 3 begins as Tony Black kicks off the long-awaited deep dive into the season with Darren Mooney, talking the season premiere.

With Mulder presumed dead having been trapped in the boxcar under a New Mexico quarry, Scully returns to the FBI to face censure and probation from Skinner and other superiors, as suspicion grows over whether she has the digital tape containing the MJ-12 files in her possession. As the Cigarette-Smoking Man puts pieces in play to recover it, Mulder undergoes a spiritual rebirth deep in the practices of the Navajo Indians...

 

After their mammoth discussion last year about 'Anasazi', Tony & Darren continue their journey dissecting The Unopened File - talking Scully's agency, the power of memory and much more... 

Host

Tony Black

Guest

Darren Mooney

Production

Tony Black (Editor/Executive Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Next time... Tony returns alongside Carl Sweeney to talk 5 films each which inspired The X-Files...

May 22, 2018

Tony Black briefly stops by to give you an update on all things The X-Cast.

  • Season 3: when it starts, who's on it, what you can expect.
  • Patron X-Clusives - the perks available for supporting the show, including sneak peeks at our Harsh Realm deep dive & commentary track for Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'.
  • The X-Cast Live! All the details, plus how you can donate to support the Alzheimer's Society

 

Host

Tony Black

 

Production

Tony Black (Editor/Executive Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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*Artwork by J.J. Lendl. Our thanks to him. http://www.jjlendl.com

Apr 27, 2018

Patron Roundtable #2: Season 11

Now that the final (?) season of The X-Files is over, we brought together some of our Patrons to discuss what they made of Season 11, having digested the entire season - plus we get into some extra feedback for 'My Struggle IV' we didn't get time for in the Mailbag episode.

Host

Carl Sweeney

Guests

Kurt North, Michelle Milbauer & Jenn Ferguson

Production

Carl Sweeney (Editor/Producer), Tony Black (Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

 

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Apr 24, 2018

Benjamin Van Allen, writer of 'Familiar' - interview

Carl Sweeney steps into the hosting chair to talk with Benjamin Van Allen, writer of Season 11's eighth episode 'Familiar'. 

They discuss Benjamin's journey into becoming a Staff Writer on The X-Files, learning from Chris Carter, the inner workings of Season 11's writing process, and how he crafted 'Familiar' from idea to script, plus much more...

Host

Carl Sweeney

Guest

Benjamin Van Allen

Production

Carl Sweeney (Editor/Producer), Tony Black (Executive Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Marlene Stemme (Patron), Martha Payne (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Jeremy Daniels (Patron), Alexander Gates (Patron), Russell Hugo (Patron), Kelsey L Mayer (Patron), Bethany Good (Patron)

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Next time... Carl returns for our second Patrons Roundtable, concluding our Season 11 coverage by talking about the season as a whole...

 

Apr 20, 2018
Karen Nielsen, writer of 'Nothing Lasts Forever' - interview
 
Sarah Blair takes the hosting chair for this one as she talks to Karen Nielsen about writing 'Nothing Lasts Forever', the penultimate episode of Season 11.
 
They discuss Karen's journey from being an assistant through to writer, her mentoring by Glen Morgan, her success on writing internships, and how the episode came to be, plus much more...
 
Host
 
Sarah Blair
 
Guest
 
Karen Nielsen
 
Production
 
Carl Sweeney (Editor), Tony Black (Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron)
 
 
 
 
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Tony Black returns to interview Benjamin Van Allen, writer of 'Familiar'...
 
Apr 13, 2018
Holly Dale, director of 'Familiar' - interview
 
Paige Schector takes the hosting chair for this one as she talks to Holly Dale about directing 'Familiar', the eighth episode of Season 11.
 
They discuss Holly's X-fandom, her approach to directing the episode, her collaboration with writer Benjamin Van Allen, and much more...
Host
 
Paige Schector
 
Guest
 
Holly Dale
 
Production
 
Carl Sweeney (Editor), Tony Black (Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron)
 
 
 
 
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Sarah Blair returns to interview Karen Nielsen, writer of 'Nothing Lasts Forever'...
 
Apr 6, 2018
X-Fest 2018: The Lowdown
 
On March 3rd, X-Philes from across the globe gathered in Illinois to attend the first X-Fest convention hosted by This Con Life, filled with guest stars from the show, panels, screenings and more.
 
In this episode, guest host Matt Latham talks to Paige Schector about her experience attending X-Fest, and Paige regales him with anecdotes about meeting some of the most legendary actors in X-Files history, gives a run down of both days, and let's us know whether X-Fest 2019 will be worth attending...
 
Host     
 
Matt Latham
    
Guest     
 
Paige Schector     
 
Production     
 
Tony Black (Editor/Producer), Kurt North (Patron), Michelle Milbauer (Patron), Jenn Ferguson (Patron), Astrid Klosterkoetter (Patron), Adam Silva (Patron), Isabelle Dubois (Patron), Andrew Brooker (Patron), Cathy Glinski (Patron), Cortlan Waters Bartley (Patron), Michael Gehrmann (Patron), Katie Doe (Patron), Deana Ferreri (Patron), Andrew Blaker (Patron), Malcolm Crang (Patron), Naomi Miller (Patron)
 
 
 
 
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Paige returns in the hosting chair as she interviews Holly Dale, director of Season 11 episode 'Familiar', about making the episode...
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