Entering the X-Files – The Pilot Episode

The X-Files Pilot still one of the better long-running television pilots out there. Quintessentially set in the early 90s, it holds up well. Scully is an adorable skeptic, still bright-eyed and bushy tailed — so eager to please — with a sweet face still bearing traces of baby fat. Mulder starts out almost exactly as he finishes, tossing his new partner a half-assed joke in greeting: “Welcome to the FBI’s most unwanted.” He knows she’s been sent to his basement to dubunk him, and he has his I Want To Believe Poster posted proudly behind his desk, surrounded by conspiracy theory news clippings and marked-up maps. He looks like a kook, and he kind of is, but the brilliant kind.

(Get used to this being Mulder’s domain. Scully only perches on things for the next few years. It does improve for her much later, when she gets a desk of her own. And on a side note, Mulder doesn’t get a bed until the two-parter ep Dreamland, so it’s an equal opportunity level of bodily discomfort.)  🙂

In spite of this preliminarily  lopsided pilot powershow, the two exude instant charisma, and the minor ‘abduction’  story needs thankfully little exposition. It’s got a self contained plot (is it about alien abductions, or driven by some other supernatural condition? It doesn’t matter), and it concludes in a satisfying place.  But the plot isn’t the main show, thankfully.

The real reason to watch the pilot is to play close attention to the dynamics of Gillian Anserson and David Duchovny as Scully and Mulder, respectively. Right away, their mutual charisma bounces between them with a crackling electricity, whether they’re bickering in their office, or laughing at each other while drenched in the road in the middle of the night — where a big red spray painted X marks the spot they experienced lost time. It’s a good moment. I don’t want to be too specific. Just watch it.

Were they abducted ? Why did they lose time? It’s actually par for the course that we will actually never know. Get used to this in this series, and you’ll be fine. The show is about its two leads, and how they almost, but quite, prove the evidence of aliens and the supernatural.

If you find this coy cat and mouse overly-plotted, stick it out anyway, at least until seasons 5 or 7. The Chis Carter Effect doesn’t set in ’til then. This is a great show to take the time to savor: the frequent Monster of the Week episodes are often the best things ever seen on television,even though the “mythology episodes” are the ones that keep fans coming back. This was one of the very first shows depicting through-arcs and long-form storytelling.

In spite of the varying quality of the two movies and two revivals, this is still one of the greatest shows on television.

Are you an X-Files fan? Feel free to comment below about your favorite episodes.

Here’s our RunPee movie review of the 2nd feature film: 

Movie Rewatch Review of X-Files – I Want To Believe

Jill Florio

Co-Creator of RunPee, Chief of Operations, Content Director, and Managing Editor. RunPee Jilly likes galaxy-spanning sci fi, superhero sagas, fantasy films, YA dystopians, action thrillers, chick flicks, and zany comedies, in that order…and possesses an inspiringly small bladder. In fact, that little bladder sparked the creation of RunPee. (Good thing she’s learned to hold it.)

In the news

RunPee news coverage has been frankly phenomenal. I am grateful and appreciative for all the props, and would like to say thank you to everyone who called RunPee genius. And brilliant. 🙂

Check out the video review of the RunPee iPhone app by TapCritic – 4:28 minutes long. He shows you how to use the RunPee application in each step. I couldn’t have done it better. 🙂

Featured

VanityFair magazine had an interview with Rashida Jones who confessed that RunPee was her favorite app! RashidaJones_VanityFair

Did a 3 1/2 minute audio review of the app, again.  NPR

 

 

 

Entrepreneur MagazineEntrepreneur Magazine – When Nature Calls RunPee.com lets you, well, you know, during movies.

This article does a great job of recounting how the idea of RunPee.com evolved from a desperate need to pee to an international media sensation.


CTVTake A Bathroom Break Like James Bond With The RunPee App

Yes, you to can be James Bond cool with the iPhone app. I love it! 🙂

TV News Spots about RunPee

RunPee.com on the MSNBC Today ShowRunPee was on the Today Show! Hoda and Cathy Lee had good things to say about RunPee.com and the app on live on television, posted at the MSNBC Today Show.The clip is about 10 minutes and 50 seconds into the video, and they discuss the new Harry Potter movie and how to find your PeeTimes on the website. They are pretty cute about RunPee in this clip, and it was wonderful to see the Today Show giving us a plug. People saw this over their morning coffee, and Tweeted about it to alert me about what was going on. I was even able to catch the end of it live. How neat is that?

ReelzChannel TV interviewThe Los Angeles ABC News ReelzChannel did an interview with me in person! Filmed in the appropriate confines of a men’s room at a movie theater. The spot is 2:20 minutes long and is nicely edited with scenes from King Kong – the movie that started it all – and Star Trek. The news spot does a great job of showing off the site and pimping the soon to be available [ed note – NOW AVAILABLE] RunPee iPhone app.

HBO Hard KnocksJordan Palmer, backup quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals and one of the partners at RockSoftware, talks about RunPee during an episode of HBOs Hard Knocks. Jordan is younger brother Carson Palmer – shown in the image to the left. There’s also a short bit from the Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.I partnered with RockSoftware to create the iPhone and Android app for RunPee.

Molly Woods reports on RunPee.com, et al.I totally come across as a tech geek on TV. Which is okay. I mean, I am one, right? Molly Woods, a CNET Editor, reviews RunPee.com on the Daily BUZZ report– it’s up at the very end of a 4 minute video.I just want to point out that Molly slams Microsoft/Zune, AT&T, Apple, Martha Stewart, Nokia/OVI, and Circuit City before calling RunPee.com “The most helpful website on earth.” What makes that so perfect is that I worked for the Microsoft XBox team back when we were creating the first Zune player. BooYah, take that Microsoft!

Orlando WKMGChannel WKMG in Orlando invited me down to the studios to film an interview. Check out the results. Not bad! Too bad they didn’t have a makeup artist around to make me look a little better.

Who Wants To Be A MillionaireDo you want to be a millionaire? If so then it helps to know what the RunPee iPhone app is for. At least on this particular contest of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. I let the contestant know that, if it had been me, I wouldn’t have believed Tom DeLay either. 🙂

  • Fox2News.com in St. Louis did a nice 1:43 minute piece on RunPee.com. Thanks for talking about the iPhone app! It’s now out!
  • Here is the Seattle Fox news clip that was picked up by news stations across the entire USA. Click on the photo to watch their take – it’s an awesome piece! Seattle Fox News on RunPee. Thanks, guys!

Radio Podcasts about RunPee

net@nightI was invited to talk about RunPee.com on the net@night show with Amber MacArthur, and Leo Laporte. I’m on at around the 25 minute mark and talk for about 10 minutes. Of course I pimp Flex bigtime during the interview. I’m not sure if Leo knows exactly what Flex is. Maybe they’ll have me back on there someday just to talk about Flex. :)I love what Leo says at the very end after I had gotten off the phone, “This is how the web was, originally.”So Leo was my very first RunPee Interview and he got the total scoop.

NPRNPR followed fast on his heels with me on All Things Considered. RunPee has been talked up on NPR a few times, including being made into a limerick on their Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me show – here is the RunPee Limerick(about a minute into the radio show)NPR did a 4 minute interview with me on All Things Considered. I suggest reading the comments. Quite a dichotomy going on between the NPR listeners.

Reviews of the iPhone RunPee Application

  • Wired (UK) – We LOVE Wired! RunPee got Wired!!! My favorite line is, “Quite frankly, this is genius.” I couldn’t agree more 🙂
  • Mobile Magazine – Timed Offline Alerts with RunPee Movie App Update
  • Gizmodo – Top 50 must have iPhone apps. Liking the Giz love!
  • LifehackerWe are on the COVER! “The creators are also working on more features that will be rolling out “every few weeks,” including a friendly vibrate reminder to alert you a few minutes before a RunPee time”
  • Mashable – WOW! On the FRONT PAGE! They say, “It’s a rare find: an iPhone app that’s both useful and hilarious. RunPee, an existing website that launched its iPhone app today, checks both those boxes”
  • Gizmodo – “RunPee, that great website that tells you precisely the best time to run and pee during a movie so you don’t miss anything good, has taken the next step and released an iPhone app for quick reference”
  • ABC News – “Approved by Apple’s App store earlier this week, RunPee (yes, really) promises to be the small-bladdered moviegoer’s best friend”
  • 148apps.com – The RunPee is golden!
  • Washington DC Examiner – “There are useful websites. There are REALLY useful websites. And then there’s the pinnacle. The apex. The veritable apogee of all that’s good and wonderful on the interwebs – RunPee.com”
  • Killer Startups – “I find this a very novel and convenient app. …a fresh idea and concept if I ever saw one…an original concept that deserves to gain traction”
  • The Detroit News – “…the iPhone app is well-thought. Its yellow and off-white text on a black background isn’t likely to get you tossed (or to get popcorn tossed at you)”
  • FindMySoft.com – “From the “useful web services for the moviegoer” section in our filling cabinet we have an interesting update to report about RunPee… the site has released a dedicated iPhone app, just as you have asked”
  • BellaOnline.com Entertainment News – “Florio received tons of inquiries from iPhone users at RunPee.com who wanted this very tool, something seemingly small that makes a big difference”
  • Reformed Chicks Blabbing (BeliefNet.com)- “…And it’s only $0.99! How cool is that?”
  • The Dirty – “It has all the big movies in the theatres. You can just search for ‘RunPee’ at the AppStore”
  • Terry White’s Tech Blog Iphone app of the Week: “Sometimes I run across an app or someone shows me an app that like a train crash, I just can’t look away from”
  • iPhone Tips and Tricks – “RunPee…has taken the next step and released an iPhone app for quick reference”
  • SpillaGlassofWater.com – iPhone App of the Week: “…it’s a goofy, fun, but actually useful app that is pretty apt for movie-goers who have impossible bladders”
  • TimTech’s News – “After the tens of thousands of apps that have gone through Apple’s iTunes store, we didn’t think we could find one that would surprise us this much”
  • SmartPlanet – “…an Internet sensation…pure genius” – make sure to check out this humorous interview all about Dan Florio, his nude modeling, and RunPee
  • AllMyFaves.com – Their tagline is, “This is what you will find on this blog, only the Creme de La Creme of the Internet”
  • ShakTronics – “This is definitely an idea whose time has come, and this guy deserves to make a fortune for this brilliant app”
  • CNET News – “it is clear that in a world of so many iPhone apps of questionable use, RunPee surely defines indispensibility”
  • MacNewsWorld – “For moviegoers touting extra-large sodas, intelligence on when the best time to step out for a minute or two is a valuable commodity. Yes, there’s an app for it”
  • TechNewsLine
  • DigiDose.com – “…the Run Pee app – either something extremely absurd or the best thing to happen to the iPhone since the iPhone”
  • iPhoneNewsWeb
  • CNET Australia – Calls RunPee Mobile an “essential iPhone app for moviegoers” ..and they call us “cheeky,” which we like a lot
  • InfinityTricks – “an ingenious iPhone /iPod touch app”
  • Technology Expert – “RunPee Mobile also also tells you which movies have extra scenes after the credits (so you don’t have to hang around after every movie just in case)”
  • MacTalk.com.au – Sounds like these guys have a lot of fun hanging around and reviewing apps together. ( podcast review )

Reviews of the Android RunPee Application

Vlogs and YouTube Videos Reviewing RunPee

RunPee.com on Cool ClicksThe Click Report, WSIL TV, Southern Illinois

RunPee.com on AwesomeologyAwesomeology – “My new favorite site, RunPee.com…I had an idea for this a while back, but these guys stepped up and knocked it out of the park”

T-spotT Spot Video 2: When You Have to Go (You have to go)
T Spot has fun reviewing the disgusting, yet essential, service that RunPee provides.

  • Channel Flip – These guys had a whole lot of fun with the whole RunPee idea, plus did a great job explaining how to use the service. We love it! More, please.
  • Tap Critic – This video about the RunPee App made the front page of Digg. The FRONT PAGE. We were thrilled. Never been there before, but we hope to see it again. [Note: you don’t have to scroll the app as much as this guy does. We think he’s a little scroll-crazy]

Newspapers and Magazines

Pregnancy MagazinePregnancy MagazineCan there be a more appropriate magazine than Pregnancy & Newborn to talk about RunPee.com? I don’t think so!

Chicago Tributne[ Chicago Tribune]

Pregnancy Magazine[Magazine blurb]

RunPee in United Airlines in flight magazineUnited Airlines in flight magazine

  • Wall Street Journal
  • Health Magazine

News and Blog Posts about RunPee

There are way too many blog/news posts for me to list. I’ll probably never even see a tenth of them. But here is a list of a few I’ve read:

Oreilly, best appiPhoneApps.Oreilly.com named the RunPee iPhone app a top pick! Thanks guys.


YummyMummyYummyMummyClub.ca – Amber Mac tells a nice story about how RunPee helped make watching Avatar a more enjoyable experience. It is 2 hours and 40 minutes long. Most people are going to need RunPee.com for such a long movie.


AntHill newsAntHill was nice enough to write about RunPee.com and even mention the mobile version of the site – something most people overlook. Thanks guys.


NYDailyNews.comNYDailyNews.com has some nice works to say about RunPee: an app our female friends fawn over . . . Very cool. RunPee is fawnable! Maybe soon someone will write that women swoon over RunPee. 🙂


MightBrandBlog
MightyBrandBlog.com has a wonderful interview with me about how we manage social media here at RunPee.com.


How Stuff WorksHow to de-squirm a movie. Only HowStuffWorks.com could come up with that angle. I love it. 🙂


NETTED, by the WebbysRunPee.com got NETTED by the Webbys: The Best User-Generated Strategic Guide To Optimal Movie Pee-Break Moments Ever.


RunPee Radio Interviews (with no podcasts)

I do radio interviews pretty much every day – sometimes three a day! I know I’ve forgotten to write most of these down, but I do appreciate every single one of these stations and their hosts for helping spread the good word about RunPee:

RunPee International

We enjoy finding RunPee reviews posted in languages other than English. Here are a few we’ve found, with some translated by Google. By late Fall 2009 we plan to have our web redesign readable in all languages around the world for our wonderful international RunPee fans.

WKMG

Creator of RunPee. Aspiring author.