Monday, April 28, 2014
X is for: The X-Files!!
This show has always amazed me for the fact that, when I first tried to watch it I couldn't stand it.
In fact, I hated it.
Truth was, I just didn't get it. I didn't get that there was an underlying plot that lurked beneath each episode and that a few of the characters were the ones pulling the strings.
The X-Files ran on the Fox Network from 1993 until 2002 and was a Sunday night mainstay for a lot of people. Heavily inspired by such greats as Kolchak: The Night Stalker as well as The Twilight Zone, The X-Files put a whole new spin on the sci-fi/horror/conspiracy genre.
Starring David Duchovny as the conspiratorial Fox "Spooky" Mulder and Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully, the two came across things that would make Carl Kolchak crawl under the bed in fear. The last two seasons saw Duchovny leave (for the most part) and was replaced by Robert Patrick's John Doggett, who partnered with Annabeth Gish's Monica Reyes. Scully stuck around, but seemed to take on a more Mulder-esque role of cynical conspiracy nut.
I remember the first season being a, sort of, "monster of the week" type thing, so I pretty much wrote it off as something that wouldn't last, so I wasn't going to get invested in it. By the third season, though, I started watching it again and things had gotten much more intense as well as involved.
Short version of the story....I got hooked.
My favorite episode was "The Unusual Suspects" and featured my favorite supporting players, The Lone Gunmen. I was excited when they announced a spin-off series featuring the three conspiracy nuts....that is, until I watched the first few episodes. Fox totally screwed the pooch...again......and on a Fireflyian scale. It was terrible and it was a relief that it only went on for thirteen episodes.
I could name episode after episode that I'll still go back and rewatch...just because. It was "that kind" of show, for me, and I always keep it in mind when I watch a show and think I'm writing it off too soon....
"Remember the X-Files....just remember the X-Files."
And I do :)
Honorable Mentions: Xena, Warrior Princess
Tune in tomorrow and say the "secret woid" for $100.00 in cash....