Mail from our readers
The uproar over our 10th X-Files cover — this one sporting a new partner for Agent Scully — was more intense than a 3 a.m. visit from Cancer Man. ”Why The X-Files feels the need to create a new lead character to replace [David] Duchovny is beyond me,” seethes Amanda Di Bella of Honolulu. Others think the arrival of Robert Patrick, T2‘s infamous cyborg, is the excitement infusion the show needs. ”Hopefully, new blood will mean an opportunity for the show to return to its glory days,” writes Kathy Karr of Oklahoma City. And our Sally Field profile led David Malmberg of Richfield, Minn., to exclaim: ”Thank you for an incredible tribute to an incredible lady … you made my day.” He likes us! Right now he likes us!
On behalf of all the X-Philes in the world, thank you for another wonderful cover story. You’re the only publication I know of that has continued to follow the show so closely, from the series’ debut until now, eight seasons later. I agree that some of its original spark was lost in recent seasons, but I don’t think that it has dropped enough to be discredited. While no one could ever replace David Duchovny, Robert Patrick seems to be fitting in nicely. I have a strong feeling that this season will help the show accelerate back into the status it deserves.
Before reading your article on the upcoming season of The X-Files, I was merely leery. Now I wouldn’t watch the show on a bet. You can blame Mr. Heat and Masculinity for that. I had no problem with the Doggett character as an addition to the ongoing story, but as a replacement, and perhaps a romantic replacement for Mulder? No, thank you.
I found your Sept. 22 issue quite unsettling. It was like seeing Lois Lane with Spider-Man! I have nothing against Robert Patrick and I know this was David Duchovny’s choice. However, it was disheartening for those who love Mulder to have him seemingly regarded with some indifference by his costar of seven years. Gillian may feel she has chemistry with Patrick and that this is a natural progression, but to me it sounded like her tone was insensitive to David’s fans. As far as having a similar chemistry as she had with David, not in this lifetime.
Washington Township, N.J.
Field of Dreams
My thanks to Robert Maxwell for his brilliant portrait of Sally Field. As Dolly Parton’s character says in Steel Magnolias, ”Honey, time marches on, and eventually you realize it’s marching across your face.” How brave of Field, Maxwell, and EW to consent to show a real woman — shadows, lines, and all — and how beautiful she is. I hope that when I enter my 50s, time will have marched as nobly across my face, and that I will be as proud of it as she is.
The ‘Sound’ and Furor
I take exception to the way you covered the opening of Sing-A-Long Sound of Music. Your portrayal of it as a freakish verbally sexual event will frighten away families and fans who yearn to see their favorite film on a large screen. I attended matinees in London and New York, and lots of families and people of all ages were there for the fun of singing along to some of their favorite songs. This was their version of Woodstock, a chance to participate in a shared community of joy and good feeling and to pay respect and homage to a film that continues to enchant audiences.
Regarding Owen Gleiberman’s review of Dancer in the Dark: Lars von Trier took that most American of art forms — the movie musical — and dissected it, rearranging what he found with such striking dissonance that I can understand why many have covered their ears. Selma is an unequivocal saint, yes; but to say that a person couldn’t just be that good strikes me as knee-jerk American cynicism. Selma’s conflict isn’t with any inner demons, it’s with a culture — and perhaps an audience — that truly finds her alien.
Adam B. Vary
Wild About Garry
Thanks for the succinct reprise of the 52nd Emmy Awards in News & Notes. I hope I’m not the only one who thinks we now have a real winner in host Garry Shandling. The wry writing and his self-deprecating humor were both imaginative and sidesplitting. Billy Crystal, beware: Here’s someone who could fill your shoes as the host of the Oscars.
CORRECTIONS: In Dogma, Chris Rock played Rufus, the forgotten 13th apostle. Fastball’s latest album, reviewed in Parents’ Guide, is The Harsh Light of Day.