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The Lone Gunmen

The trio of conspiracy investigators started as characters on The X-Files that helped Mulder from time to time digging up the dirt (and publishing it in their newspaper, The Lone Gunmen). Now the 3 boys have their own show - at least for 6 episodes.

Chris Carter has taken the 3 own their own and mixed in a couple of new characters. Having seen the first 3 episodes, itís definitely an interesting mix!

Byers (Bruce Harwood) is the suit and closest there is to a leader of the group - a Mulder-type character who also had a father that worked for the government. Langly (Dean Haglund) is the computer hacker and Frohike (Tom Braidwood) is the electronics guru. Jimmy Bond (Stephen Snedden) joins them in the second episode ďBond, Jimmy BondĒ, as an unlikely benefactor who bankrolls their missions.

The missions start off in the pilot episode where the three try to prove a new computer chip will allow itís makers to read the data on everyoneís computer. To prove it, they decide to steal the chip (complete with a Mission: Impossible parody). Unfortunately, however, Yves Adele Harlow (Robinson) shows up and steals the chip from the thieves. Dealing with that problem will have to wait, however, when Byersí father is reported killed and they launch on a mission to prove the accidental car crash wasnít an accident.

The show is a blend of action, mystery and lots of dry humor (and some tongue-in-cheek and slapstick-style humor thrown in as well). There isnít a lot of background given in the premiere (I guess they assume you know this bunch from X-Files), but little things are thrown in from time to time in the other episodes.

Though only planned for 6 episodes right now, the show will go into full production for next season if ratings are good. While itís not as stylish as the X-Files, it has enough potential to warrant at least a full season.

Out of a possible 5 stars, I give it:

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The Lone Gunmen

Bruce Harwood
Tom Braidwood
Dean Haglund
Stephen Snedden
Zuleikha Robinson

Fox - Sunday night at 9 pm ET
(a few episodes are airing on Friday nights - see list here)

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