The X-Cast

The X-Cast

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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

Episodes

THE X-CAST #82 - Fresh Bones  

THE X-CAST continues with host Tony Black investigating Season 2 Episode 15, 'Fresh Bones'...

When a former US Marine dies suspiciously, Mulder & Scully investigate when suggestions are made that he was involved with voodoo practices that lead back to a Haitian refugee camp, where the agents discover a sinister history of riots, potentially concealed deaths, and a powerful voodoo priest who may, in particular, put Scully's life in jeopardy...

Joined for the first time by Jim Beard, one of the co-writers of IDW's anthology The X-Files: Secret Agendas, Tony explores one of the show's creepiest efforts.

Jim also discusses his Secret Agendas short story, 'Desperately Seeking Mothman', and how he came to write for the project.

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony and a Roundtable of guests as they put four X-Files episodes in a head-to-head battle to see who progresses to Round 2 of The X-Files Episode Tournament...

THE X-CAST #81 - Die Hand Die Verletzt  

THE X-CAST continues with host Tony Black investigating Season 2 Episode 14, 'Die Hand Die Verletzt'...

In the town of Milford Haven, Massachusetts, following the ritualistic murder of a teenager, Mulder and Scully arrive to investigate and discover a town riven with legend, hysteria, and belief in occult conspiracy. As they seek to understand why the boy was murdered, the PTA group at the local school attempt to conceal the Satanic worship they begin to fear may have summoned a darker force than any of them anticipated...

Joined for the first time this season by Wayne Talbot, artist and co-presenter of The Irish Pubcast, Tony explores the last episode of S2 by Morgan & Wong, and the first ever directorial effort from the late, great Kim Manners.

On request, Wayne also takes on the X-Quiz - can he beat his previous two scores?

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony and his guest, The X-Files Secret Agendas co-writer Jim Beard, to talk Season 2's Fresh Bones...

THE X-CAST #80 - Chris Carter's The After  

THE X-CAST continues with host Tony Black investigating, in the first Spotlight episode on one of The X-Files' writers, Chris Carter's recent 2014 pilot, The After...

A group of strangers become trapped in a parking lot lift in Los Angeles on what appears to be a normal day, until upon working together to escape they emerge into a world devastated by some kind of unknown event which has caused mass panic. What they find as they explore this new landscape is a truth none of them could have imagined...

Joined once again by The Irish M0vie Blog's Darren Mooney, Tony explores the Amazon series, Carter's characters and story, and the themes of what he was trying to create with this brand new show - one which didn't get past the pilot episode.

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony and his guest, Wayne Talbot of The Irish Pubcast, to talk Season 2's Die Hand Die Verletzt...

THE X-CAST #79 - Irresistible  
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. Listen to find out more, just remember... trustno1...

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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...
THE X-CAST #78 - The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos  

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'.

Intro/Five Questions of X: 00:00-13:25

Agent of Chaos: 13:26-47:57

An Eye for An Eye: 47:58-1:00:49

Outro: 1:00:50-1:03:59

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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'...

THE X-CAST #77 - 'Aubrey'  

  THE X-CAST continues with host Tony Black looking back at The X-Files Season 2 episode 12 - 'Aubrey', written by Sara B. Charno, and directed by Rob Bowman. In the small town of Aubrey, Missouri, a detective named BJ Morrow in a delirious outburst uncovers the long buried remains of two FBI agents missing since the 1940's. Mulder & Scully arrive to investigate BJ's strange discovery, and how it links to a historic series of violent murders in Aubrey, in which the word 'SISTER' was carved on the female victim's chests. When a new murder occurs, and BJ begins slipping into a strange madness, Mulder & Scully must face the question - nature or nurture? Joined once again by Trek FM's Melodic Treks podcaster Brandon Shea-Mutala, Tony examines a much deeper and more fascinating X-File than people often remember. Plus Brandon, for the first time, takes on the X-Quiz this week - can he make a top score? Listen to find out, just remember... trustno1... FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ITUNES Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony as he examines the brand new book, The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos, with Secret Agendas contributing author George Ivanoff...

THE X-CAST #76 - Interview: Scott Bellis aka Max Fenig  

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

THE X-CAST #75 - 'Excelsis Dei'  

    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? Listen to find out, just remember... trustno1... (DISCRETION ADVISED: this episode features a heavier amount of profanity than usual and discusses some sensitive topics around the subject of sexual assault) EMAIL / ITUNES Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony for the show's first exclusive interview with a cast member, Max Fenig himself, Scott Bellis...

74 - BOOK FILE 01 - Goblins  

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'..

73 - FILE 34 - Red Museum  

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'...

72 - UNCLASSIFIED INTERVIEW 10 - Jonathan Maberry on The X-Files Origins & Anthologies  

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.

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

71 - The X-Quiz 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...

70 - FILE 33 - Firewalker  

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!

69 - UNCLASSIFIED INTERVIEW 09: Millennium After the Millennium  

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'...

68 - FILE 32 - One Breath  

THE X-CAST continues with host Tony Black looking back at THE X-FILES Season 2 episode 8 - 'One Breath', written by Glen Morgan & James Wong, and directed by RW. Goodwin.

Scully reappears in hospital, out of nowhere, in a coma and at death's door. As her family, including spiritually-minded elder sister Melissa, prepare themselves for Dana's natural passing, Mulder in his desperate bid to find the conspiratorial government forces responsible begins a blood-soaked campaign of vengeance. Meanwhile, on the bridge between two worlds, Scully is tethered to mystical forces as she chooses whether to remain or pass on...

Joined again by The Irish M0vie Blog writer, Darren Mooney, Tony examines one of the greatest and most powerful episodes in the X-Files. Plus Darren has another shot at the X-Quiz - can he get a perfect ten (or six)?

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony & guests Troy Foreman & Jason Morris to discuss their Millennium documentary, Millennium After the Millennium...

67 - X-Cast Roundtable #1  

THE X-CAST experiments this week by presenting our first X-FILES Roundtable, featuring writers involved in the X-Cast blog answering key TXF topic questions, posed by themselves and listeners of the show.

Joining host Tony Black for the first Roundtable are Carl Sweeney, Sarah Blair, Baz Greenland and Paige Schector to discuss topics including...

Could The X-Files survive without Mulder & Scully?

Favourite Monster of the Week

How might William feature in a theoretical Season 11?

And which X-Files character would you most like to go for a drink with?

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony & guest Darren Mooney to discuss legendary episode, 'One Breath'...

66 - UNCLASSIFIED INTERVIEW 08 - Mark Snow  

THE X-CAST takes a break from episodes this week as Tony Black, alongside fellow podcaster Brandon Shea-Mutala, interviews none other than the musical composer for The X-Files, Mark Snow.

In this conversation, Mark talks about how he came to be involved in the series, the creation of his legendary music, and his contributions to Millennium and beyond. He also gives some insider hints about the status of SEASON 11 of The X-Files (which you may not find elsewhere!) and talks some fascinating stories about his career overall.

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THE X-FILES VOLUME 3

Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony & returning guest Darren Mooney to talk the legendary 'One Breath'...

65 - FILE 31 - 3  

THE X-CAST continues with host Tony Black looking back at THE X-FILES Season 2 episode 7 - '3', written by Chris Ruppenthal, Glen Morgan & James Wong, directed by David Nutter.

Following the mysterious disappearance of Scully, and with the X-Files re-opened, Mulder heads to Los Angeles on the hunt for the 'Unholy Trinity', a group of killers who he has been tracking across the country, whose appear to be conducting savage vampiric attacks. While hunting, Mulder becomes involved with Kristen, a beguiling young woman, who proceeds to drag him dangerously deep into her world...

Joined once again by The X-Files Lexicon master Matt Allair, Tony looks at a largely unappreciated, divisive episode of the series. Plus Matt has another shot at the X-Quiz - can he beat his previous score?

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony & returning guest Darren Mooney to talk Scully's return in 'One Breath'...

64 - FILE 30 - Ascension  

THE X-CAST continues with host Tony Black looking back at THE X-FILES Season 2 episode 6 - 'Ascension', written by Paul Brown & directed by Michael Lange.

Following the abduction of Scully from her home by Duane Barry, Mulder and the FBI marshal their forces as a manhunt to find her begins. Mulder, driven to obsession, finds a lead that could help him intercept Duane at his destination, Skyland Mountain, but as his duplicitous partner Alex Krycek is ordered to stop him, can Mulder save Scully before she's abducted by mysterious forces?

Joined again by The Irish M0vie Blog writer, Darren Mooney, Tony examines one of the most seminal, important episodes in X-Files history. Plus Darren has another shot at the X-Quiz - can he beat his previous score?

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony & returning guest Matt Allair to talk '3'...

63 - FILE 29 - Duane Barry  

THE X-CAST continues with host Tony Black looking back at THE X-FILES Season 2 episode 5 - 'Duane Barry', written and directed by Chris Carter.

After escaped psychiatric patient Duane Barry takes a travel agency hostage, Mulder and new partner Alex Krycek are drafted in to aid the hostage negotiation, as Duane claims to be an alien abductee. As Mulder increasingly gears the negotiation toward exploring Duane's experiences, Scully uncovers information on the man which could put both their lives in serious danger...

Joined again by The Irish M0vie Blog writer, Darren Mooney, Tony examines one of the most seminal, important episode in X-Files history. Plus Darren has another shot at the X-Quiz - can he beat his previous score?

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Next time on The X-Cast... join Tony & returning guest Darren Mooney to talk the second part of this story, 'Ascension'...

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