First off, I just want to say how strange it is that we get this whole new series calling itself Red Hood/Arsenal when we get Joker’s Daughter joining the team within the first six issues of the series…… not that I’m really complaining, it’s just something that struck me when I was thinking about how to start this review and I figured I’d throw that out there…….. It’s just weird. I know that these characters aren’t “Outlaws” anymore, but keeping the previous name for the series just seems to make more sense when Red Hood and Arsenal aren’t are only main characters anymore. Another reason I decided to go into this title rant is because of how much I despise the Gotham Underground and talking about it seemed terrible to me so I figured I’d ease my way in. So yeah, our characters are all stuck in “The Nethers”, where Jason is taking on a group of mercs called The Iron Rule, Roy is searching for Joker’s Daughter, who is being held prisoner by the former ruler of the Underground: Charon, who on top of wanting to make Duela pay for dethroning him, wants his lava monsters to sink all of Gotham into the underground. Let’s jump into this issue and see if Scott Lobdell can make the Gotham Underground interesting or if it just remains something that I hope to never see again. Let’s check it out.
“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”
It was kind of emotional and daunting at first, I always believed that we would at some point make a third film, but the TV landscape changed. Now the networks are struggling to survive and they’ve discovered that limited series of six to eight episodes can attract major audiences, as compared to doing 20 or 24 episodes, and that made it much easier for Gillian and me to say yes.
What can you tell use about the mini series?
Mulder is not very happy, not that Mulder was ever very happy. He’s unemployed, living alone, he’s unshaven, he’s been diagnosed as depressed, and he’s not in a good place. It takes going back to The X Files to reignite his passion for living.
What can fans look forward to in the new episodes of the series?
Viewers are going to see a smart reinvention of our mythology stories. [Series creator] Chris Carter has also come up with some great stand-alone, scary, ‘monster of the week’ type episodes.
What was it like working with Gillian Anderson again?
It’s been a wonderful time for us. That was one of the most pleasant and satisfying aspects of going back to the series. Gillian and I have both evolved personally and professionally over the years and we’ve become good friends over time. I would still call her or write to her after she moved back to the UK and we have a much greater appreciation of the show and our work together now than ever before. It’s been very easy between us and we’ve never laughed so much as we have this time around.
Why was there apparent friction between you both during the original series?
During the final few seasons, we were both tired and edgy and anxious to move on. I know that I was tired of the grind and how much time doing a series like that takes out of your life. But when we got back on the set this time, everybody had a good feeling about being back. It had the feeling of a college reunion.
Did you pull any of your famous pranks on Gillian?
One day we were doing a scene where she was driving and she accidentally backed up our car into a pole. It was a pretty good bump. So the next day I borrowed a neck brace from the first aid guy on the set and I sat on a chair waiting for Gillian to show up. When she saw me she had this horrified look on her face. I wish I’d had a camera.
Do you think younger audiences will be curious to discover The X-Files?
I hope we’re going to attract a lot of new fans because even if they didn’t see the original series, the same elements are present, while past fans are going to find the new episodes just as compelling as ever.
Why did a third X Files film never happen?
Chris Carter was very limited by a $25 or $30 million budget and he was forced to put The X Files: I Want to Believe up against Batman and other summer blockbusters.
What’s the likelihood of another run of episodes beyond the current six?
I’m very open to it. First we need to see how people respond to these and then we can take another look at it. But for me The X-Files door is always open.
David Duchonvy, TV & Satellite Week, UK, 6-12 February 2016
Recently an anon asked me for some close-up photos of my bookshelves, so I decided to do them in a six part series!
This is the top of my bookshelf! On it are all of my Neil Gaiman books, my Brandon Sanderson collection, and my Haruki Murakami collection, as well as my Penguin Drop Caps (the rainbow books) and a few super tall books. Those three authors made it to the top because I have a lot of books by them, and they are three of my absolute favorites!