Saturday, 7 September 2013

OSW: The Lone Gunmen (2001)

Yeah, this one you've probably heard of, and probably even seen episodes of. A spin off from The X-Files, The Lone Gunmen got off to a great start by having their first episode about a plane hijacking threatening the Twin Towers... right before 9/11...

This series went for the comedy like no-one's business. Fine, they were never set up to be the next dramatic leads, but they went wacky and have to get in two stars to be the actual action leads they couldn't be. Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood and Dean Haglund all reprised their roles, and were joined by Stephen Sneddon and Zuleikha Robinson. Despite what they nearly did with Yves Adele Harlow, Jimmy Bond never had any hope.

I enjoyed these episodes, and while they skirted 'wacky hijinks', they did present some decent stories. But... I can't say I'm surprised they didn't get renewed. There was the follow up, tie up episode in The X-Files, and as a send off it was better than the Millennium episode (which went two and a half seasons, and was cancelled right before getting to 2000...).

As a spin off, maybe it doesn't count as a 'one season wonder', but close enough for my list.


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