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watching some re-runs has convinced me that this show really was very good once.

i have no time to write more now, but i would like to hear some opinions on the show's strengths and weaknesses.

at what point did it tail off? where should they have stopped?

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Friday, 1 October 2004 15:50 (nineteen years ago) link

God the show was great until about season 4 or 5. The conspiracy-arc episodes started meandering and it became clear they were basically making it up as they went along.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Friday, 1 October 2004 15:59 (nineteen years ago) link

it got crap when it all became about the conspiracy stuff and there were never any episodes where they just went and did cases.

there are still some great episodes though.

Ronan (Ronan), Friday, 1 October 2004 16:00 (nineteen years ago) link

What was that one where they investigated some inbreeding freaks who had been burying their kids in the yard and it turned out the lady of the house had spawned the child of satan or something?

nickalicious (nickalicious), Friday, 1 October 2004 16:01 (nineteen years ago) link

THAT ONE WAS NASTY!!!

n/a (Nick A.), Friday, 1 October 2004 16:01 (nineteen years ago) link

Ah, that would be 'Home', from Season 4. Classic episode, really creepy.

My favorite episode is "Jose Chung's from Outer Space" (from season 3), which is as close as the X-files got to portraying the absurdity of the UFO phenomenon.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Friday, 1 October 2004 16:02 (nineteen years ago) link

I liked the one with the Chinese guys gambling off their organs.

n/a (Nick A.), Friday, 1 October 2004 16:03 (nineteen years ago) link

"Blood Money", season 3 i believe.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Friday, 1 October 2004 16:11 (nineteen years ago) link

Nickalicious that was the exact episode I was going to mention!

Ronan (Ronan), Friday, 1 October 2004 16:12 (nineteen years ago) link

carter used to write many episdoes the night before or the morning of shooting. i think i prefer the mark frost/carter episodes, the non alien cases

kephm (kephm), Friday, 1 October 2004 16:16 (nineteen years ago) link

i like the alien/ufo episodes in the first three seasons, but after that it's like, "wtf?"

latebloomer (latebloomer), Friday, 1 October 2004 16:20 (nineteen years ago) link

That one episode just REALLY sticks out to me among all of those one-off storylines, which are probably all my favs in retrospect.

The whole tying-loose-threads-together way they began down the alien conspiracy route actually totally drew me in, it was when they started answering the questions I got tired of it. They should've just left it perpetually open-ended or something.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Friday, 1 October 2004 16:21 (nineteen years ago) link

The vampire episode with Luke Wilson.

Gold Teeth II (kenan), Friday, 1 October 2004 16:22 (nineteen years ago) link

Oh, and that one where they inhaled those spores that made them hallucinate and then the ground ate them or something, that was a good one too.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Friday, 1 October 2004 16:25 (nineteen years ago) link

"Field Day" from Season 6.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Friday, 1 October 2004 16:31 (nineteen years ago) link

Or "Field Trip", not sure.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Friday, 1 October 2004 16:36 (nineteen years ago) link

What was the one about the teen who was a human-insiect hybrid who could control insects with his pheremones?

Dan Perry '08 (Dan Perry), Friday, 1 October 2004 16:38 (nineteen years ago) link

i love the pizza boy vampire, hotel massage-bed one!

and jack black was in one, can't remember. why is the dvd set like 1/2 my paycheck?

kephm (kephm), Friday, 1 October 2004 16:49 (nineteen years ago) link

Started to go downhill right after the movie - they went mersh and dumbed down the whole thing. Then Duchovny left, and after that it was like "why bother?"

The finale was one of the most unspectacular things I've ever seen.

Joshua Houk (chascarrillo), Saturday, 2 October 2004 02:56 (nineteen years ago) link

Another TV show where it was better left open-ended as nickalicious said, exactly like Twin Peaks. Oh how I long for back in the day, when popular TV was delightfully wacky!

lemin (lemin), Saturday, 2 October 2004 05:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The show was great as long as it was in Vancouver. When Mr Red Shoes forced them to move to LA it lost a lot of the atmosphere for a nicer shine. It's quite noticable in the lighting, the use of sharp lines was basically eliminated.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Saturday, 2 October 2004 14:15 (nineteen years ago) link

The Lone Gunmen, they were fucking rubbish, weren't they?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Saturday, 2 October 2004 15:13 (nineteen years ago) link

well they were ok when they were kept as minor characters who would be on once in a while. but just as in "the simpsons", once the producers recognized the popularity of the characters among fans they decided to make them into obnoxious regulars.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Saturday, 2 October 2004 16:01 (nineteen years ago) link

did anyone actually watch their spinoff? I loved the X-Files and even I didn't watch it

kyle (akmonday), Saturday, 2 October 2004 16:03 (nineteen years ago) link

X-Files is a show that I liked in theory better than in practice - good premise, good characters, great actors, technically flawless. I would watch the odd episode and think "this is really good, why don't I watch it more often?" Then I'd tune in a month or two later, be completely baffled as to where the story arc had gone, and tune out again in frustration. This happened during pretty much every season that the show was aired.

Tantrum The Cat (Tantrum The Cat), Saturday, 2 October 2004 16:41 (nineteen years ago) link

Never watched in it's heyday, but we're renting alkl the DVD is sequence now. Actually, season 2 disc 4 is in the player right now. I absolutely love them, at least the first two seasons. About 85% of the episodes are total gold; there's the occasional filler, but it's excuseable for brilliant eps. like "Erlenmeyer Flask", "Darkness Falls", "Eve", "Duane Barry/Ascension".

I'm dreading watching the season 6(was it?) move to California; we live in vancouver, and half the fun is identifying the locations (that's the rogers tower in burnaby! that's in gastown! it's the art gallery! stanley park!).

derrick (derrick), Saturday, 2 October 2004 19:16 (nineteen years ago) link

I watched the show and was hooked right from the beginning (the third episode, "squeeze" actually), so I guess I always had somewhat of an emotional investment in it.

As for the story arc I have a feeling Chris Carter originally had a rough plan or idea of where he wanted it to go, (I think I even remember him around '95 or so saying he wanted the show to last about five years and then do movies or spinoffs after that). But as the show got more popular, there was pressure to keep it going and drag it out, so the conspiracy-arc episodes started becoming more labyrynthine and covoluted.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Saturday, 2 October 2004 19:26 (nineteen years ago) link

one year passes...
So it is time for ironic hipster reevaluation of this show yet or is it too soon?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 00:39 (seventeen years ago) link

It's still great and don't kid yourself Nef. Though the most shocking thing I've noticed is how horribly dressed Scully was in the whole first season.

Rufus 3000 (Mr Noodles), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 01:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Good ol' Nef.

I actually didn't watch the show all that much but always liked it whenever I caught it, so maybe I lucked out with the episodes. And the movie was all right.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 01:19 (seventeen years ago) link

Sorry Ned, so used to typing Newf the f just slipped.

Rufus 3000 (Mr Noodles), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 01:21 (seventeen years ago) link

Hahah

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 01:23 (seventeen years ago) link

My wife and daughter are steadily plowing through the first six seasons. I sit in occasionally if an episode is playing during dinner, but it's just nonstop Mulder and Scully taking turns playing Basil Exposition, except when Scully is screeching at Mulder for whatever he believes in.

Whitman Mayonnaise (Rock Hardy), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 01:30 (seventeen years ago) link

Favorites: Bad Blood (vampire story from differing perspectives of Scully and Mulder, Small Potatoes (guy who can change his face to look like anyone, basically), and the episode where Scully and Mulder pretend to be "Rob and Laura Petrie" and they live in some kind of seriously screwed up townhouse/condo association (especially since I lived in a townhouse association at the time).

First episode I ever saw was called Revelations, I think and it scared the holy hell out of me. I didn't watch the show for a couple of years because I kept thinking of the tagline, "the truth is out there..." and then thinking, "but hell if I want to know what it is!" Eventually I was pulled into it, though.

Sara R-C (Sara R-C), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 01:55 (seventeen years ago) link

rewatching the mythology episodes on the DVD sets i bought (yeah i'm die hard), the conspiracy arc actually makes A LOT more sense, especially when viewed together rather than spread across several seasons. i mean, it still got sillier as the show got older, but it was a lot more coherent than it seemed.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 02:25 (seventeen years ago) link

No, no it wasn't. The pinnacle of "god, this shit is awful" for me was when they reveal the truth about Mulder's sister to the tunes of Moby.

taco freebie (mike h.), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 03:13 (seventeen years ago) link

Please tell me it was '1000'.

Search: Seasons 1&2, particulary the three parter at the end of season 2 and the start of season 3. All epsiodes written by Darin Morgan: Humbug, Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose, War Of The Coprophages, Jose Chung's From Outer Space (or, the Freaks one, the Psychics one, the Cockroaches one, the Alex Trebek one)

Destroy: the rest of it, more so as it goes on.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 05:22 (seventeen years ago) link

I actually really liked the Mulder's sister bit with the Moby song :(

Trayce (trayce), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 05:29 (seventeen years ago) link

it was powerful and moving!

Konal Doddz (blueski), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 08:22 (seventeen years ago) link

I heard that Burt Reynolds one is really good.

Konal Doddz (blueski), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 08:24 (seventeen years ago) link

Damon Lindelof is ALWAYS remarking on how he doesn't want LOST to go the way of the X-Files. He wants to end it after 4 or 5 seasons, then have a film. But then, it's ABC's choice if they want to milk/ruin it by dragging it out to 9+ seasons.

the doaple gonger (nickalicious), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 13:51 (seventeen years ago) link

worst series finale ever?

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 13:52 (seventeen years ago) link

no, it was excellent in parts (OK maybe just the gratuitious CSM death scene payoff).

Konal Doddz (blueski), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 14:07 (seventeen years ago) link

I loved this when it first began (definite x-phile) but by the end was completely turned-off.

Have yet to buy the DVDs but when I moved in with my boyfriend he made me THROW AWAY my dozens and dozens of carefully recorded and labeled seasons 1-4 VHS tapes. *sob*

S-I liked the tooms episodes and pretty much any of the earlier ones written by morgan/wong

D-any later eps with those other two agents. I don't even remeber their names that's how much I hated them.

Ms. Misery TX (MissMiseryTX), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 14:15 (seventeen years ago) link

Was there a self-parody episode with Cher in it? I remember something, but not sure.

Also a question for die-hard fans: is it necessary to watch all the mythology episodes before watching the movie?

scnnr drkly (scnnr drkly), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 14:26 (seventeen years ago) link

xpost
I too loved the Darin Morgan episodes. What happened to him? Has he written for anything else ever again.

I really liked the COPS crossover where the tv crew following some cops around LA walk slap bang into the middle of an X File.

And my heart still belongs to Gillian Anderson who, judging from her turn in Bleak House, has aged like a fine wine...

Stone Monkey (Stone Monkey), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 14:42 (seventeen years ago) link

Robert Patrick/Doggett is unfairly maligned.

Konal Doddz (blueski), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 14:44 (seventeen years ago) link

god, this is ages ago isn't it? Trying to remember movie. I think you don't need to watch the mythology. Too many non-regular viewers went to it, surely? Need to netflix this.

I loved the episode where the Jim Rose Circus starred as a freak show. Mulder has so many great one-liners.

Who's been to an X-Files convention? *raises then puts down hand in shame*

Ms. Misery TX (MissMiseryTX), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 15:04 (seventeen years ago) link

Robert Patrick/Doggett is unfairly maligned.

I hated him on the x-files only because I kept wishing he'd turn into the T1000.

Roz (Roz), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 15:11 (seventeen years ago) link

i was hoping one day Moronica would mention that an alien super soldier had been sighted at the local mall and he'd be able to ask "THE GALLERIA?!"

Konal Doddz (blueski), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 15:14 (seventeen years ago) link

Ryan Coogler and Disney eyeing to reboot?

This sounds like a terrible idea to me, though Coogler being involved is interesting. Not clear at all if they're talking about bringing back Mulder and Scully but I don't know how this show works without them.

https://www.ign.com/articles/the-x-files-reportedly-getting-a-new-version-from-black-panther-director

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Tuesday, 19 December 2023 17:10 (two months ago) link

Two brave FBI agents discover a vast conspiracy to make everyone wear masks and stay indoors for a few weeks

Beyond Goo and Evol (President Keyes), Tuesday, 19 December 2023 17:17 (two months ago) link

Starring Letitia Wright as Scully

Beyond Goo and Evol (President Keyes), Tuesday, 19 December 2023 17:20 (two months ago) link

The Doggett/Reyes run had some decent plots and mostly suffered from everyone asking “but where’s Mulder and Scully? Is Scully’s baby ok?” every five minutes in 80% of the episodes

ɥɯ ︵ (°□°) (mh), Tuesday, 19 December 2023 22:07 (two months ago) link

feels like in order for this to succeed it would need to be a reboot along the lines of "same characters, different actors, different conspiracy plot" and even then I'm pretty doubtful.

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Tuesday, 19 December 2023 22:11 (two months ago) link

just put a couple interesting young people in doing monster of the week stuff and make it friendly for fans of anime

ɥɯ ︵ (°□°) (mh), Tuesday, 19 December 2023 22:15 (two months ago) link

i mean it is disney+ so that is likely. my expectation: lasts one season, everyone is disappointed.

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Tuesday, 19 December 2023 22:17 (two months ago) link

the overarching conspiracy stuff was less interesting the more they explicitly told you, and they just kept writing it off by saying the previous explanation was part of an even broader conspiracy. just give me informants like X (this guy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X_(The_X-Files) ) popping in but never explain who they work for

ɥɯ ︵ (°□°) (mh), Tuesday, 19 December 2023 22:18 (two months ago) link

just don't feel like this show is gonna work in the internet era

frogbs, Tuesday, 19 December 2023 22:27 (two months ago) link

conspiracies were fun in the 90s, now they're just... the Republican Party doing stuff

the absence of bikes (f. hazel), Tuesday, 19 December 2023 22:30 (two months ago) link

they should just reboot Kolchak

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Tuesday, 19 December 2023 22:35 (two months ago) link

the first revival season of x-files in 2016 used an unproduced Darin Morgan script from the 2005 Kolchak reboot, so an even clearer path exists

bae (sic), Wednesday, 20 December 2023 00:19 (two months ago) link

They already rebooted the X Files btw. It was called Fringe, and it ruled.

Beyond Goo and Evol (President Keyes), Wednesday, 20 December 2023 00:53 (two months ago) link

Sovereign Citizen Mulder and Scully travel the country solving crimes, unraveling conspiracies and handing out letters of marque.

papal hotwife (milo z), Wednesday, 20 December 2023 00:55 (two months ago) link

Could go the full Strange New Worlds route and have every frame HDR'ed or Stage Crafted to the nth degree instead of Vancouver by flashlight.

The Lone Gunman 9/11 episode needs to be canon.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 20 December 2023 09:29 (two months ago) link

Just flip it - mulder and scully travel the US explaining how everything has a reason, debunking conspiracies. Although I guess that’s also “Evil”

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 20 December 2023 11:26 (two months ago) link

Set it waaay back in the 50's, where paranoia was exploding! New actors as well please, would be surprised if Gill and Dave gave a shit about this anymore tbh.

Ste, Thursday, 21 December 2023 13:34 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Duane Barry: seeing a bit more of the Greys eyes than I remember at the start there and Duchovny certainly making sure we can all see those worked-on abs as he gets out of the pool. Never enough sexual tension between him and Krycek for my money tho.

nashwan, Thursday, 25 January 2024 22:30 (three weeks ago) link

ok lol I never watched this properly the first time or just didn't remember this one ep gives more glimpses of Greys faces than you get in probably the entire rest of the show.

nashwan, Thursday, 25 January 2024 22:51 (three weeks ago) link

i just watched that episode too! not just mulder abs, but mulder speedo (smuggling budgies?)

, Friday, 26 January 2024 02:44 (three weeks ago) link

i'm on season 3 now and it's more uneven than I remembered - some of their best episodes plus a stretch somewhere in the middle where it seems like they were trying to turn the show into a rom-com, but it mostly just ends up making scully look like an insane girlfriend

also wtf i had no idea ryan reynolds was in an x-file

Roz, Friday, 26 January 2024 03:30 (three weeks ago) link

i def misremembered the amount of non-alien episodes between the alien episodes

i’m on s4 and i do like a lot of the eps at this point but i feel like the intensity of the alien ones & the throughline is the thing i like more, as opposed to babies with tails or killer bees or whatever

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 26 January 2024 03:46 (three weeks ago) link

middling on S5 right now. bummed I'm in office today so can't watch. The hacker girl in Trip Switch is just hilariously cartoon and cliche.

Ste, Friday, 26 January 2024 09:51 (three weeks ago) link

(but hey, maybe wasn't back then?)

Ste, Friday, 26 January 2024 09:51 (three weeks ago) link

Still enjoy the Lone Gunmen so much they are perfectly pitched and weighted (including Frohike's unfortunate lecherous attitude to Scully I guess) - never bothered with their spinoff but would now like to see it.

nashwan, Friday, 26 January 2024 10:45 (three weeks ago) link

The spin off is great, last time I looked all on youtube

Ste, Friday, 26 January 2024 10:47 (three weeks ago) link

I know the current take is that "the standalones are the best ones" but, at the time, the ongoing storyline was *really* exciting. As a teenager I always hoped it was going to be an alien episode, not a monster-of-the-week storyline. Once the alien stuff started spinning in circles, maybe the season after the movie, I think I stopped watching (although I remember being really into Ally McBeal, my quality control was probably not great).

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 26 January 2024 10:59 (three weeks ago) link

My wife and I had been watching straight through since October. I threw in the towel last week as we ground our way through season 7 (there were definitely some fun standalone episodes, but the lows were abysmal).

Going into this watch, I had only seen a handful of episodes back in the '90s. I had remembered the alien conspiracy stuff fondly - oooh, the cigarette-smoking man, sneaking into military bases, mulder's father, that creepy ol' alien guy who could assume other people's identities. I didn't pay enough attention to know what was going on, but it was still pretty fun.

This time, watching in order and taking it all in, it started off fine, but by the time I checked out, it had just absolutely curdled.

Overall, my realization is that this was a very uneven show, and I might even say (from a modern perspective) that it was mostly middling-to-bad. But the best episodes are really, really good.

peace, man, Friday, 26 January 2024 13:27 (three weeks ago) link

on recent rewatch I kind of agree with that conclusion, but also I find Mulder and Scully's interactions consistently delightful even when there's not much else going on around them. And usually also Skinner's. Next time I'm unemployed I'm going to devote myself to making a supercut of every time Skinner says something like 'my ass is on the line', ending with him saying that he'd been 'getting my ass chewed'.

On the next rewatch (probly sooner than yer think) I'm going to keep track of my top ten favourite eps list.

Ste, Friday, 26 January 2024 14:20 (three weeks ago) link

The Lone Gunmen origin story will certainly be in there

Ste, Friday, 26 January 2024 14:20 (three weeks ago) link

xxp: I had an idea to do a supercut of every time Skully says something like "Mulder, it just doesn't work that way" or "Mulder, you are making critical assumptions without any facts."

peace, man, Friday, 26 January 2024 14:30 (three weeks ago) link

Scully, that is.

peace, man, Friday, 26 January 2024 14:31 (three weeks ago) link

I know the current take is that "the standalones are the best ones" but, at the time, the ongoing storyline was *really* exciting. As a teenager I always hoped it was going to be an alien episode, not a monster-of-the-week storyline. Once the alien stuff started spinning in circles, maybe the season after the movie, I think I stopped watching (although I remember being really into Ally McBeal, my quality control was probably not great).

Definitely. Even on a re-watch, I still enjoyed the early alien mythology stuff, for all the same reasons I love those ’70s post-Watergate paranoia films that inspired the show. Although I soured on those episodes earlier than I remember: the alien bounty hunter may be a fan favorite but that’s where I start losing interest. I prefer when the aliens were more mysterious and unknowable—why are they coming here? What do they want? The bounty hunter seemed like a Sci-Fi Channel antagonist, and it made the aliens too mundane, knowing that they had very explicable motivations/plans. The black oil was cool for a bit, though.

blatherskite, Friday, 26 January 2024 15:09 (three weeks ago) link

As I probably posted upthread during my last rewatch, my preferred route would have been that aliens were perhaps confirmed but little explained, and more a springboard to exploring how the U.S.’s governments sins during the Cold War, ala the "Paper Clip" episode. Shade it a bit more Lovecraftian—there’s this force out there, visiting earth and taking people, and maybe the government thinks it can deal with them but really knows little about what “they" want.

blatherskite, Friday, 26 January 2024 15:23 (three weeks ago) link

Interesting to compare to DS9 which I'm watching for the first time now. You get that similar excitement at the start when you're wondering, "is it gonna be a standalone, or part of the big story". And the twist episodes are especially fun, when the latter comes in disguise as the former

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 26 January 2024 16:48 (three weeks ago) link

In terms of things you can't get back -- I miss that "hey, I didn't know TV could do this!" feeling that blew my nerdy teenage mind multiple times in the 90s

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 26 January 2024 16:49 (three weeks ago) link

Mid-way through S3 and - with some exceptions - I'm generally finding the arc stories more compelling than the standalones at present. Maybe it's just a function of how very little prestige TV does 24-episode seasons these days, but when you watch on a compressed ("binge") schedule you do realise just how much dreary filler there is. Maybe in the 90s this stuff felt more like a world that you could check into for an hour a week half the year, vs a tightly drawn narrative.

bamboohouses, Friday, 26 January 2024 17:27 (three weeks ago) link

When seasons were longer, it was just par for the course for every show, as a I remember. Every show was patchy. Even a good seasons of Cheers is patchy If there were three bad episodes of Magnum PI in a row, that was just the way it was, nobody (I knew) got angry about it. Often the hangout was enough.

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 26 January 2024 17:35 (three weeks ago) link

The alien bounty hunter story in S2 is really good, but it does feel like the point when they went straight-up "sci-fi" instead of taking inspiration from UFO mythology/folklore

Duane Barry, Friday, 26 January 2024 22:25 (three weeks ago) link

my mom refuses to watch the x files because david duchovny was her ta for a class and he apparently “lounged about in a whorish manner”

— Ivy (@tomfordblues) December 2, 2023

, Monday, 29 January 2024 14:48 (three weeks ago) link

the vampire ep in season 2 is so bad/goofy, but i wonder if it influenced blade down the line b/c they both have nightclub scenes... i suppose 'people who can only go out at night' and 'people who go to nightclubs' is an easy connection to make maybe there is a long history of nightclubs/vampirism i am not very familiar with the vampire mythos?

the clock tower ep is pretty corny but i like it as a riff on THEY LIVE

, Monday, 29 January 2024 14:50 (three weeks ago) link

Season 6 is such a riot, so many great episodes

Just watching Arcadia now

Ste, Wednesday, 31 January 2024 20:49 (three weeks ago) link

Into Season 7, and starts heavy with the alien story with a three parter. Also, wondered how long it would be before they needed an excuse to show Mimi Rogers's cleavage.

Ste, Friday, 2 February 2024 15:38 (two weeks ago) link

Skipped a few to get to 'Die Hand Die Verletzt'

But two more details from the Duane Barry two parter I enjoyed were the OTT and perhaps CSI-inspiring use of Enhance on the footage showing Scully in Barry's trunk.

And what with the aliens being kids in suits, as they observe Barry being tortured with unanaesthetized laser-precise dentistry one of them is doing a delightful bobbling of their head looking around the set as tho understandably bored of this nonsense already.

Far less good ofc Scully's 'welp I remember nothing so back to the bureau for me shalala'. Having the abduction so early in the season and be moved on from so abruptly always jarred in what is otherwise a show that's hit its stride by this point.

nashwan, Thursday, 8 February 2024 22:50 (one week ago) link

scully's abduction is because gillian anderson was pregnant irl iirc

, Saturday, 10 February 2024 20:02 (one week ago) link

S4 Ep23 “Blood” is really great (Mulder wakes up in hotel covered in blood & no memory of the past couple of days) … kind of a combined mulder-aliens + mixed with some monster-of-the-week psychological phenomena … kept me guessing almost the whole time

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 10 February 2024 21:44 (one week ago) link

Oh yeah - “Demons” I think? Wild episode - I don’t think it’s ever explained how Mulder ended up with other people’s blood on him, he’s just cleared of killing anyone and they leave it there? Also amazing that Scully is like “yeah you blacked out and woke up covered in blood because you got a doctor to give you ketamine and drill a hole in your skull” and Mulder’s immediate reaction is “I need to do that again ASAP.”

JoeStork, Sunday, 11 February 2024 02:10 (one week ago) link

Watching 'End Game' and suddenly wondering if a prequel series about a younger 'Mr X' might be a blast.

nashwan, Monday, 19 February 2024 23:29 (two days ago) link

xp also amazing that "Demons" is the second episode that season where a killer gets Mulder's gun while he's asleep/hallucinating, and he still has his job.

Lily Dale, Monday, 19 February 2024 23:55 (two days ago) link


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