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Are alien encounters real? What’s really happening at Area 51? Do such things as ghosts, faeries, and Orgone exist? Are powerful people trying to poison the masses? Is our society under threat of a New World Order? These questions and many, many other conspiracies are tackled in Phil Leirness’ 2011 documentary The Truth is Out There. And who better to search for the answers to these questions than Dean Haglund, star of The X Files and its short-lived spin-off The Lone Gunmen. Back when Dean was cast as computer hacker extraordinaire Richard Langly, one of the Lone Gunmen on the series The X Files, he began researching into his character and interviewing conspiracy theorists, ufologist, and other people involved in studying and investigating the unexplained. Unlike his co-stars Tom Braidwood and Bruce Harwood who, as polar opposites to the characters they portrayed believed it all to be bunk, Dean kept an open mind. And to this day, he still does. Haglund’s approach to these conspiracy theories and fringe topics is with a mixture of innocent curiosity and playful humor. While he keeps an open mind when speaking to the many interesting and downright weird people he meets on his journey, there are moments where his expressions can’t mask his incredulity. But who can blame him? Some of the claims he hears sound as if they’ve come from another planet. There are certainly faces you will recognize showcased in the film, including paranormal investigator Chris Fleming, National UFO Reporting Center‘s Director Peter Davenport, radio talk show host Alex Jones, and actor/writer Tucker Smallwood. They range from the sane and believable to the unabashedly absurd. But with Dean’s mixture of comedic timing and intelligence, he manages to survive them all. Prepare yourself for a real roller coaster of a time; one minute, you’re listening to sincere former-military personnel speaking frankly about UFOs, the next it’s a surgeon expounding the dangers of vaccinations.