[SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers from the new episode]
Second Chance premieres on FOX on Wednesday nights (9/8C) and is intriguing enough to be worth your time. Pilots are always a difficult thing to pull off since they have only 45 minutes to introduce characters, provide adequate back-story, and establish the driving force of the series. It is no surprise that things may feel a bit rushed. They also need to be fascinating enough so that the viewer would be interested in tuning in to the series in the weeks to follow. Second Chance delivers a solid pilot covering all the requirements and sets up interesting themes to move the series forward. No doubt there are going to be some high expectations as the series evolves, considering the producers have some outstanding television credits as part of their resumes such as Life, Crisis, 24, Homeland, Tyrant, Law & Order: SVU, and Elementary.
Also, in case you missed it, be sure to check out the Eclipse interview with Executive Producer Rand Ravich and stars Rob Kazinsky for some great character insights.
IDW Publishing and Fox Consumer Products just entered into a partnership to bring the X-Files back in Comic Book form. This partnership will initially start by re-printing collections of the original classic X-Files comics that was originally published between 1995 and 2009. Then later this year all new adventures will be published. What is not entirely clear in the announcement is, whether or not IDW will treat this property like recent TV Show adaptations – as an official continuation (ala Buffy Season 9) or if these will be further random out of time stories – like the original X-Files series. While this news excites me, as a long time X-Files fan, I will be very upset if it ends up being just random, out of context, monster of the week stories. Official press release after the break.
Talk about anti-climatic and ho-hum. Chris Carter and company announced the name of the new X-Files Movie – “I Want To Believe.” This title would be perfect if the focus was on the X-File’s convoluted mytharc, but this is a stand alone monster of the week film so it feels a little off to me. The second big-screen spinoff of the paranormal TV adventure will be called “The X-Files: I Want to Believe,” Chris Carter, the series’ creator and the movie’s director and co-writer, told The Associated Press. Distributor 20th Century Fox signed off on the title Wednesday. The title is a familiar phrase for fans of the series that starred David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI agents chasing after aliens and supernatural happenings. “I Want to Believe” was the slogan on a poster Duchovny’s UFO-obsessed agent Fox Mulder had hanging in the cluttered basement office where he and Anderson’s Dana Scully worked. “It’s a natural title,” Carter said in a telephone interview Tuesday during a break from editing the film. “It’s a story that involves the difficulties in mediating faith and science. `I Want to Believe.’ It really does suggest Mulder’s struggle with his faith.” “I Want to Believe” comes 10 years after the first film and six years after the finale of the series, whose opening credits for much of its nine-year run featured the catch-phrase “the truth is out there.” I’m attending Friday night’s New York Comic Con Panel and have been in talks with Fox to get Chris on the Hot Seat, but it’s looking more like it’s going to happen sometime after this weekend’s show.