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The Lone Gunmen Are Not Dead 70

He Who Has No Name writes: It may have been one of Slashdot's most memorable front-page gaffes, but apparently there's no harm and no foul — because the Lone Gunmen are set to ride again in the X-Files return. reports, "The Lone Gunmen, the X-Files' trio of conspiracy theorists, are set to appear in Fox's six-episode event. The three characters were played by Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood. Haglund, who played the gunman 'Ringo,' confirmed his and his compatriots' return on Twitter today." We'll see how see how series creator Chris Carter handles their apparently greatly-exaggerated demise, and whether the explanation used in the print comics comes into play.
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The Lone Gunmen Are Not Dead

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  • by fustakrakich ( 1673220 ) on Wednesday July 22, 2015 @04:25PM (#50163393) Journal

    They all come walking out of the shower

  • by seven of five ( 578993 ) on Wednesday July 22, 2015 @04:26PM (#50163405)
    In the X-Files, the three were portrayed as tech-savvy, conspiracy theorist misfits who nevertheless had meaningful contributions and important roles.
    When they got their own series, for some reason, they were turned into silly nutjobs not to be taken seriously. I hope the revival brings back their edge.
    • I hope the revival brings back their edge.

      Likewise - though I hope it doesn't include all the same actors, not that they weren't OK all those years ago.

    • Agreed but I still loved that series. I watched it again recently it was hilarious and I was filled with 90's nostalgia.

    • ^ this.
      They brought in that extra character... can't remember his name, but he was a complete knob. I think from that point on, the entire series was doomed.
  • If any more "Lone Gunmen" make the headlines, even the NRA might have trouble keeping gun hysteria quiet.
  • It's The X-Files. Of course we know who's responsible. []

  • Will Chris Carter make any reference in the show to how the Lone Gunmen presaged 9/11?

  • So has Slashdot learned its lesson about spoiling shows for people with DVRs and the entire West Coast?

  • by wonkey_monkey ( 2592601 ) on Wednesday July 22, 2015 @05:55PM (#50164157) Homepage

    It was supposed to be a surprise twist, you dicks!

  • by thegarbz ( 1787294 ) on Wednesday July 22, 2015 @06:44PM (#50164443)

    I just read the link to the article back in 2002 and the real take home message was:

    How the heck did Slashdot manage to get an article up fast enough to spoil the show within a 3 hour time window? I did a double take, did they spoil the previous week's episode after it had been discussed on every other site on the internet?

    Was slashdot actually fast enough in the past that it published news rather than olds?

    • Was slashdot actually fast enough in the past that it published news rather than olds?

      It was, at least some of the time, on some topics. You'd see "new distro release" posts within a couple hours of a new release.

      As for why Slashdot isn't as timely you can blame either:

      1. Dice

      2. VA

      3. Beta

      4. The lack of a CowboyNeal option in polls.

      5. the reduced number of Soviet russia, Natalie Portman and ??? Profit!, and "you must be new here" jokes.

  • I don't think I was alone in thinking the Lone Gunmen series was nearly unwatchable due to an over-reliance on goofy humor, but I'll be goddamned if the pilot wasn't, um, worth rewatching.

    This is the elephant in the room that, unfortunately, I don't think anyone is going to have the balls to revist. A TV show about conspiracy theories... began (in March 2001) by showing the main characters just barely managing to prevent an airliner from crashing into the World Trade Center, thus foiling a plot to boost
  • X-Files isn't the same without him - *SPOILERS*

    Last ep made it very obvious he's dead. Or at least, just a skull remains.

  • by future assassin ( 639396 ) on Wednesday July 22, 2015 @08:49PM (#50165009) Homepage

    I got my 14 year old kid to watch X File and The Lone Gunmen a few years ago and he loved it. He's re-watching X Files again. We use to pick out some of the filming sites around here and visit them and compare it to the movies. Even saw the farm house with the black bird covers on Trans Canada Highway past Cache Creek.

  • The Gunmen briefly reappeared several months later, as ghosts with whom Mulder seemed to be able to communicate. The trio appeared to him alone, at the side of a road on the Texas-New Mexico border at approximately 5:07 a.m., while Mulder was urinating, having stopped off on the way to New Mexico. Apparently, the apparitions of the Lone Gunmen tried to dissuade Mulder from proceeding to New Mexico with Scully and continuing to search for the truth of colonization once there, but Mulder ignored their warning

    • by captjc ( 453680 )

      1) Just because they showed up as "ghosts" doesn't mean they were ghosts. Mulder was hallucinating.

      2) We know nothing about the story much less how they will come back. It might very well be a flashback sequence or an archived video tape from before they died or something.

  • --I KNEW IT!!!

    --Totally felt like they weren't really dead all this time. Granted I haven't watched the entire original series run, but just felt like they were still around somewhere/somehow.

It is not for me to attempt to fathom the inscrutable workings of Providence. -- The Earl of Birkenhead