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The X-Cast An X-Files Podcast

The Truth is In Here. Join your host, devoted X-Phile and podcast addict Tony Black, as he presents THE X-CAST - a brand new podcast dedicated to exploring The X-Files, from its inception in 1993 up to the present day 2016 revival mini-series. Supported by a legion of fellow X-Phile 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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Jul 12, 2017

THE X-CAST presents another exclusive interview this week as Tony Black is joined by Dirk Maggs, producer of The X-Files: Cold Cases audio drama from Audible, starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and the cast of the show.

In this conversation, Dirk discusses the genesis of Cold Cases as a drama, its connections to Joe Harris' Season 10 comic series from IDW Publishing, how the project came to be, the issues surrounding canon concerned the project and just how much the cast and crew loved the experience.

Listen in for this exclusive chat with Dirk and just remember... trustno1...

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony and a special guest as they discuss The X-Files: Cold Cases in depth...

Jun 13, 2017

THE X-CAST continues with Tony Black investigating Season 2 Episode 25, the season finale, 'Anasazi'...

An underground computer hacker known as 'The Thinker' manages to break into the Department of Defence and download the 'MJ' files, top secret documents which purport to reveal the government's knowledge about the existence of extra-terrestrial life. Presenting them to a tired, erratic Mulder, he and Scully soon find themselves at the mercy of dark, conspiratorial forces and FBI scrutiny as in his quest to learn the truth, Mulder discovers a shocking family secret which could blow open a government cover-up of global proportions...

Joined by 'mythology man' Darren Mooney, of The Irish M0vie Blog, Tony explores this legendary X-File in the podcast's biggest episode to date.

Plus he & Darren do a post-mortem on Season 2 and break down their Top and Bottom 3 episodes of the season.

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Jun 6, 2017

THE X-CAST continues with guest host Carl Sweeney investigating Season 2 Episode 24, 'Our Town'...

After the disappearance of a health food inspector in the town of Dudley, Arkansas, Mulder takes Scully to the small town in the hopes of discovering strange demons linked to foxfires. What he and Scully find is a strange conspiracy of silence, extra-marital affairs, and something potentially quite deadly around long-standing community business Chaco Chicken...

Joined for the first time (bar the X-Quiz 2016 special) by British X-Phile and writer Amy Walker, Carl explores this unusual small town mystery - plus Amy answers the 5 Questions of X along the way, and takes her own X-Quiz.

Listen to find out more, just remember... trustno1...

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony Black and his guest, Darren Mooney, to discuss Season 2 Episode 25, 'Anasazi', and wrap up our coverage of Season Two!

Jun 1, 2017

THE X-CAST continues with guest host Andrew Brooker investigating Season 2 Episode 23, 'Soft Light'...

When a man disappears in a hotel in what first appears to be a locked room mystery, Mulder and Scully are soon placed on the hunt for Dr Chester Ray Banton, a physicist working for Polarity Magnetics and a man involved in experiments involving light, shadow and dark matter, that have turned deadly. As Scully helps a former student turned police detective face internal prejudices, Mulder ends up on the wrong side of his enigmatic contact Mr X as he attempts to track Banton...

Joined for the first time by American X-Phile and seasons podcaster Mike Schindler, Brooker explores this weird mix of standalone and mythology - plus Mike answers the 5 Questions of X along the way.

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Next time on The X-Cast... join guest host Carl Sweeney and his guest, Amy Walker, to discuss Season 2 Episode 24, 'Our Town'...

May 26, 2017

THE X-CAST takes a break from episodes this week as Tony Black invites back on the show Matthew Dow Smith, IDW Publishing artist involved in The X-Files ongoing series, to discuss the extended comics universe.

Matthew talks about the second series of his spin-off comic, The X-Files Origins: Dog Days of Summer, written alongside Jody Houser, which continues the story of teenage Mulder & Scully. We discuss his contribution to The X-Files: Funko Universe one-shot comic and how he came to be on that project; plus secrets revealed as Matthew dishes on the final arc of Joe Harris' ongoing comic series, 'Resistance'. We also learn his excited thoughts on what he hopes to see in Season 11 of the show next year!

Listen in for this exclusive chat with Matthew and just remember... trustno1...

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Next time on The X-Cast... join guest host Andrew Brooker and his guest Michael Schindler to discuss Season 2 Episode 23, 'Soft Light'...

May 23, 2017

THE X-CAST continues with Tony Black investigating Season 2 Episode 22, 'F. Emasculata'...

Assigned to help investigate the escape of two criminals from a maximum security prison, Mulder and Scully soon realise they are embroiled in the release of a seemingly deadly, unexplained contagion. As Mulder helps US Marshals hunt down the prisoners before they can spread the pathogen, Scully begins to expose from the inside a pharmaceutical conspiracy which may lie behind the disease...

Joined by author and X-Files scholar John Kenneth Muir, Tony explores one of the most powerful non-mythology conspiracy tales in the show's run.

 

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony and guest Matthew Dow Smith to discuss upcoming comic sequel, The X-Files Origins: Dog Days of Summer...

May 16, 2017

THE X-CAST continues with guest host Carl Sweeney investigating Season 2 Episode 21, 'The Calusari'...

After the tragic accidental death of a little child, Mulder and Scully investigate the Holvey family as accusations of possible child abuse circle around the parents. Mulder has evidence suggesting a poltergeist may be connected to the death of young Teddy, but as they come to discover the family's connection to deeper Romanian mysticism and a strange group known as 'the Calusari', they realise a deeper evil may be stalking this seemingly normal family...

Joined for the first time by huge British X-Phile Clara Cook, Carl explores this creeping supernatural drama - plus Clara answers the 5 Questions of X and takes the X-Quiz.

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony and his guest, John Kenneth Muir, to discuss Season 2 Episode 22, 'F. Emasculata'...

May 5, 2017

THE X-CAST continues with guest host Carl Sweeney investigating Season 2 Episode 20, 'Humbug'...

Following the trail of an almost thirty year long series of attacks on circus sideshow performers in Florida, Mulder & Scully arrive to investigate a very eccentric sideshow community made up of colourful characters. As the deaths continue, and both Mulder & Scully become increasingly connected to these people, they discover the most unlikely and tragic suspect...

Joined by X-Files super-fan Tanya Hernandez, Carl explores the first official comedic Darin Morgan episode of the show - but is it his best?

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Next time on The X-Cast... join guest host Sarah Blair and her guest, Clara Jean Cook, to discuss Season 2 Episode 21, 'The Calusari'...

May 1, 2017

THE X-CAST takes a break from episodes this week as Tony Black interviews Joe Harris, writer of The X-Files Season 10/11 comics from IDW Publishing, the event series continuation comics, and the Audible Cold Cases audio drama.

In this conversation, Joe discusses his X-Files fandom by answering the Five Questions of X, talks the origins and genesis of the Season 10/11 comics, why Season 11 ended early in the comic series, exactly what Cold Cases will involve in terms of storylines, and some exciting details about where his continuation comics are heading across 2017.

 

Listen in for this exclusive chat with Joe and just remember... trustno1...

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Next time on The X-Cast... join guest host Carl Sweeney and his guest Tanya Hernandez to discuss Season 2 Episode 20, 'Humbug'...

Apr 28, 2017

THE X-CAST continues with guest host Sarah Blair investigating Season 2 Episode 19, 'Dod Kalm'...

After a group of US Navy sailors appear in ocean having aged rapidly, Mulder & Scully find themselves on a salvage mission to a Naval vessel which disappeared several years before. Along with a Norwegian salvage captain, they explore this strange vessel which Mulder believes may have been connected to experiments exploring time/space wormholes on Earth. What they find throws them into a situation from which there may be no return...

Joined by Zach Moore, of the Always Hold on to Smallville podcast, Sarah explores an X-File which might well jump the shark... or should that be the boat?

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony Black as he invites The X-Files comics writer Joe Harris on the show to discuss the series and the upcoming Cold Cases audio drama...

Apr 21, 2017

THE X-CAST continues with host Tony Black going in depth on Jonathan Maberry's 2017 The X-Files: Origins prequel book, 'Devil's Advocate'.

In the spring of 1979, fifteen-year-old Dana Scully has bigger problems than being the new girl in school. Dana has always had dreams. Sometimes they've even come true. Until now, she tried to write this off as coincidence. But ever since her father's military career moved the family across the country to Craiger, Maryland, the dreams have been more like visions. Vivid, disturbing, and haunted by a shadowy figure who may be an angel . . . or the devil.

When a classmate who recently died in a car accident appears before Dana, her wounds look anything but accidental. Compelled by a force she can't name, Dana uncovers even more suspicious deaths?and must face the dangerĀ­ous knowledge that evil is real.

But when a betrayal of faith makes her question everything, she begins to put her faith in being a skeptic.

Joined by writer Lauren Forry, Tony talks about the story, character, and themes of the book and how it connects to the TV show. Lauren also answers the 5 Questions of X and discusses her own contribution to The X-Files via the Secret Agendas anthology story, 'Stryzga'.

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Next time on The X-Cast... join host Sarah Blair and guest Zach Moore to discuss Season 2 Episode 19, 'Dod Kalm'...

Apr 14, 2017

THE X-CAST continues with host Tony Black investigating Season 2 Episode 18, 'Fearful Symmetry'...

When a seemingly invisible elephant tramples to death a construction worker in Idaho before dying, Mulder & Scully begin investigating the troubled Fairfield Zoo where animals are disappearing and then reappearing. As the agents come into contact with a passionate zoo worker looking to adopt a gorilla, a ruthless animal rights activist, and a hardline zoo manager, Mulder begins to suspect an extra-terrestrial source may be behind the strange happenings...

Joined by Zach Moore, of the Always Hold on to Smallville podcast, Tony explores what could well be one of the worst X-Files of all time!

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony and guest Lauren R. Forry, one of the writers of The X-Files: Secret Agendas anthology, to discuss the second X-Files: Origins novel, 'Devil's Advocate'...

Apr 7, 2017

THE X-CAST continues with host Tony Black investigating Season 2 Episode 17, 'End Game'...

After Scully is abducted by the Alien Bounty Hunter, while pretending to be Mulder, it's left to Mulder--alongside his sister Samantha, having inexplicably returned as an adult--to seek out the help of Skinner in rescuing her from mortal danger. What he discovers is a shocking truth about Samantha, about what he's come to believe, and a desperate race to find the shapeshifting extra-terrestrial before he escapes the Earth...

Joined once again by Darren Mooney, of The Irish M0vie Blog, Tony digs deep into the second of a game-changing two-parter.

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony and Zach Moore, of Always Hold on to Smallville, to talk Season 2 Episode 18, 'Fearful Symmetry'...

Apr 2, 2017

THE X-CAST continues with host Tony Black investigating Season 2 Episode 16, 'Colony'...

Following the death of multiple identical men working as abortion doctors, Mulder and Scully investigate and find themselves embroiled in a case which connects to a ruthless bounty hunter on a mission of assassination. As Scully discovers science which may be extra-terrestrial, Mulder unexpectedly faces a family emergency which will change his life forever...

Joined once again by Darren Mooney, of The Irish M0vie Blog, Tony digs deep into the first of a game-changing two-parter.

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony and a returning Darren Mooney to talk Season 2 Episode 17, 'End Game'...

Mar 28, 2017

THE X-CAST continues with guest host Carl Sweeney introducing the second Roundtable episode, featuring fans and guests of the podcast.

Joined by previous guest Sarah Blair, Carl invites for the first time Sam Turton, Andrew Blaker and Russell Hugo, as they discuss The X-Files Episode Tournament underway on Twitter, and put forward their arguments for four episodes, as voted by you, which will go head to head.

Sarah discusses S7's Je Souhaite, Sam talks S3's Quagmire, Andrew takes S5's Detour and Russell discusses S5's The Red and the Black.

Only one can qualify for Round 2. Which will be victorious? That's up to you. Vote in our poll which you can find on Twitter @ #TheXFilesEpisodeTournament

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Next time on The X-Cast... Tony is joined once again by Darren Mooney of The Irish M0vie Blog to discuss Season 2 Episode 16, 'Colony'...

Mar 3, 2017

THE X-CAST continues with host Tony Black investigating Season 2 Episode 13, 'Irresistible'.

After a series of corpse mutilations in Minneapolis, Mulder and Scully arrive to investigate what Mulder soon comes to believe is an 'escalating fetishist', someone with a powerful compulsion to desecrate the dead who may be preparing for his first kill. At the same time, the fetishist--seemingly normal delivery man Donnie Pfaster--undergoes a transformation as his disturbing compulsion grows. As Mulder closes in, Scully becomes increasingly unnerved by a case which gets truly under her skin...

Joined by fellow X-Cast blogger and huge X-Files fan Carl Sweeney, Tony breaks down the beats of 'Irresistible', while also discussing its influences, including Chris Carter's series Millennium. Carl also answers the 5 Questions of X.

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony and his guest, Darren Mooney, for a bonus episode discussing Chris Carter's most recent series pilot, The After...

Feb 24, 2017

THE X-CAST continues with host Tony Black going in depth on Kami Garcia's 2017 The X-Files Origins prequel book, 'Agent of Chaos'.

In the spring of 1979, seventeen-year-old Fox Mulder has bigger problems than applying for college. Five years ago, his younger sister disappeared from their home and was never heard from again. Mulder blames himself, and his mother blames his father, who has retreated into his top-secret work for the State Department. In Fox's senior year, his dad has moved him to Washington, DC--away from his friends on Martha's Vineyard.

While Mulder doesn't mind the fresh start and not being known as "that kid with the missing sister," he's still obsessed with finding Samantha. So when a local boy turns up dead and another child is abducted, Mulder can't stop himself from getting involved. Could there be a link to his sister's case? As he uncovers the truth, Mulder and his friends find themselves on the trail of a serial killer.

Sucked into a world where conspiracies, the occult, and madness overlap, Fox Mulder starts to believe.

Joined by Australian writer George Ivanoff, Tony talks about the story, character, and themes of the book and how it connects to the TV show. George also answers the 5 Questions of X and discusses his own contribution to The X-Files via the Secret Agendas anthology story, 'An Eye for an Eye'.

 

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony and his guest, Secret Agendas co-author Andy Mangels, to discuss Season 2 Episode 13, the terrifying 'Irresistible'...

Feb 3, 2017

  THE X-CAST takes a break from episodes this week as Tony Black interviews, for the very first time, an actor who has appeared on The X-Files - guest star Scott Bellis, aka Max Fenig from S1's 'Fallen Angel' & S4's 'Tempus Fugit' & 'Max'.

In this conversation, Scott discusses how he came to be cast on The X-Files during the early days of its production, his working dynamic with David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson, and his experiences filming 'Fallen Angel' and then returning for a pivotal role in S4's two-parter. Scott also discusses his wider career in TV, movies and especially theater, including what he's up to right now.

Listen in for this exclusive chat with Scott, and just remember... trustno1...

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony and guest Brandon Shea-Mutala to discuss Season Two, Episode 12 - 'Aubrey'...    

Jan 27, 2017

    THE X-CAST continues with host Tony Black looking back at THE X-FILES Season 2 episode 11 - 'Excelsis Dei', written by Paul Brown, and directed by Stephen Surjik.

Following the violent sexual attack on a nurse by what seems to be some kind of spirit being, Mulder and Scully head for the Excelsis Dei elderly care home after the nurse files a lawsuit against the Federal government, alleging one of the elderly patients raped her. What they find is a conspiracy among the patients to conceal a remarkable truth about how their chronic illnesses are receding, which may be tied to a sinister spiritual force...

Joined once again by Failed Critics & Character Unlock podcaster Andrew Brooker, Tony takes a scalpel to what he and Brooker come to believe may be one of the worst X-Files of all time. Brooker also takes on the X-Quiz this week - can he equal his previous top scores?

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(DISCRETION ADVISED: this episode features a heavier amount of profanity than usual and discusses some sensitive topics around the subject of sexual assault)

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony for the show's first exclusive interview with a cast member, Max Fenig himself, Scott Bellis...

Jan 20, 2017

THE X-CAST continues with host Tony Black looking back at the very first published novel in THE X-FILES world - 'Goblins', published by Harper Collins in 1994 and written by Charles Grant.

In the small town of Marville, after a spate of seemingly unrelated deaths, Mulder & Scully are ordered by new FBI Section Chief Arlen Douglas to investigate. Joined by green junior agent Hank Webber and his tough partner Licia Andrews, and with Mulder's old reporter friend Carl Barelli close behind, they become embroiled in a small town community with secrets at a premium and a troubling local legend about a murderous 'goblin'...

Joined by novelist and X-Cast blogger Sarah Blair, in her first appearance, Tony examines the differences between book and show, breaking down the characters, plot lines and prose. Plus Sarah gets a chance to discuss her debut novel, Darkness Shifting, very much inspired by The X-Files.

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DARKNESS SHIFTING ON AMAZON

Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony and returning guest Andrew Brooker to talk S2's 'Excelsis Dei'..

Jan 13, 2017

THE X-CAST continues with host Tony Black looking back at THE X-FILES Season 2 episode 10 - 'Red Museum', written by Chris Carter, and directed by Win Phelps.

In the small town of Delta Glen, Wisconsin, Mulder and Scully investigate the mysterious disappearance of a teenage boy who reappeared bearing the words 'HE IS ONE' on his back, who the local sheriff believes may have been possessed. Drawn into probing the new age Church of the Red Museum as suspects, Mulder and Scully soon discover something far more insidious is happening in this town, something that may connect back to the death of one of Mulder's closest allies...

Joined once again by friend and TV watcher Matt Latham, Tony reconceives an episode strangely tied into the greater mythology of the show, while Latham takes the X-Quiz - can he get full marks once again like he did with 'Space'?

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony & writer Sarah Blair as they deconstruct the first ever X-Files tie-in novel, Charles Grant's 'Goblins'...

Jan 6, 2017

THE X-CAST takes a break from episodes this week as Tony Black interviews New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry, the mastermind behind the three X-Files prose anthology books.

In this conversation, Jonathan discussed how Trust No One, The Truth Is Out There & Secret Agendas anthologies came to be, including how they're recognised canon by Chris Carter, and talks about the newly released young adult books Devil's Advocate & Agent of Chaos (written by Kami Garcia) involving teenage Mulder & Scully. Jonathan also discusses potential future X-Files projects and his upcoming work in a range of other genres and universes.

Listen in for this exclusive chat with Jonathan, and just remember... trustno1...

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony & returning guest Matt Latham to discuss S2 episode, 'Red Museum'...

Dec 26, 2016

THE X-CAST brings you a very special episode to see out 2016, as Tony Black hosts the very first X-Quiz mega episode.

Ten rounds of questions devoted to The X-Files and its cast & crew, from across the entire series run to date, with two teams in competition - Team QUIZQUEG aka Carl Sweeney & Sarah Blair, and Team THE GHOSTS WHO STOLE QUIZMAS aka Baz Greenland & in her debut on the show, Amy Walker.

Who will reign supreme as the X-Champions 2016 - tune in, find out and test yourselves over your X-knowledge along the way, just remember...

...Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

(PS: this was a tricky edit so our sound quality may not be at our best here, with some lag in places especially. Blame Tony, sometimes he's rubbish! :))

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony to usher in 2017 with an exclusive interview with New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry about the X-Files anthologies and brand new X-Files young adult novels, Agent of Chaos & Devil's Advocate...

Dec 16, 2016

THE X-CAST continues with host Tony Black looking back at THE X-FILES Season 2 episode 9 - 'Firewalker', written by Howard Gordon, and directed by David Nutter.

After the mysterious disappearance of legendary vulcanologist Dr. Daniel Trepkos inside Mount Avalon, where he was heading a scientific expedition with the experimental 'Firewalker' probe, Mulder & Scully--now back at work and back on the case--are called in to make contact with the radio silent volcano research team. What they find are a group of scientists in grave danger and the possible existence of a new, silicon-based life form...

Joined for the first time by writer/composer Jade Shames, Tony examines this quite forgettable, regular X-File. Jade also takes the 5 Questions of X and discusses his contribution to the X-Files: Secret Agendas prose anthology, 'Give Up the Ghost...

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THE X-FILES: SECRET AGENDAS ON AMAZON

Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony & the X-Cast blog team for the very first end of year X-Quizcast!

Dec 9, 2016

THE X-CAST doesn't just change pace but also show this week as Tony Black looks at MILLENNIUM, and the upcoming documentary about the show to celebrate 20 years since it premiered, Millennium After the Millennium.

Talking to producers Troy Foreman & Jason Morris, Tony examines this exciting new project set to debut in 2017, featuring exclusive interviews with creator Chris Carter, star Lance Henriksen, and beyond. They discuss how the documentary came to be, tease what we can expect from it, while Troy discusses his contributions to the Back to Frank Black fan campaign & Jason talks his classic web series spin-off, Millennium: Apocalypse.

Plus Tony asks them the big question... will Millennium one day return to our screens?

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MILLENNIUM AFTER THE MILLENNIUM HOMEPAGE

Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony & guest, IDW Publishing's The X-Files: Secret Agendas writer Jade Shames, to discuss Season 2's 'Firewalker'...

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