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Old January 15 2014, 07:38 AM   #76
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Re: The X-Files - First Time Watching

There used to be websites that broke down the episodes into categories like mytharc ones and monster of the week ones. There's a really crazy one about a science fiction writer Jose Chung From Outer Space, but I don't want to spoil it for you.

I actually liked Je Souhaite which is about a djinn, but unlike the Quran, but of the Aladdin variety. There's a great one about cancer being a lifeform (Leonard Betts).

EDIT: You might like Dark Skies too, a very quirky conspiracy show that featured Jeri Ryan.
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Old January 15 2014, 05:23 PM   #77
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There's a great one about cancer being a lifeform (Leonard Betts).
"You have something I need!"

One of the most haunting and jaw dropping moments in the show, and so understated too!
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Old January 15 2014, 10:28 PM   #78
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There's a great one about cancer being a lifeform (Leonard Betts).
"You have something I need!"

One of the most haunting and jaw dropping moments in the show, and so understated too!
That's Paul McCrane. He's the talented if ill-liked surgeon from ER. Who can forget the horrifying helicopter scene from that show? He plays a largely forgotten role in the first RoboCop film.
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Old January 16 2014, 08:03 PM   #79
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I actually added The Fall into my queue. Not sure when I will watch it, but it looks interesting, and it has Gillian Anderson. As for the movie you also mentioned, I might seek that out too but I'm just enjoying X-Files and I'm at the end of season 1 at the moment.

I think I've decided to discontinue reviewing every episode. For one, these episodes aired so long ago that people have probably forgotten about them but really I feel as if I'm just talking to myself in this thread. I'll talk about episodes that Really get me excited but I can say now the last three (Miracle Men, Shapes, and Darkness Falls) really haven't, at least not like EBE or Beyond the Sea. I might just highlight some episodes and talk about the season as a whole when I'm done with it. Suffice it to say, I've really been enjoying season 1 (Watching this along with Season 5 of TNG on Blu Ray) and look forward to what Season 2 has in store.
Actually, I started to watch the X-Files again now. I had planned to do it anyway, but this thread tipped the scales. Since discussing every single episode takes a lot of time and effort, you're probably right to foucus on specific ones in the future. Not all the episodes are outstanding. However, I'm surprised how good even the mediocore episodes are. I'm just finishing season 3 now and there were hardly episodes which made me think: "*yawn* Boring". As a matter of fact, I had forgotten how dark, scary and yukky some of the episodes are. "Darkness falls" is actually one of them. I was really surprised that Mulder and Scully ended up in a cocoon. From a viewers perspective you somehow count on the rescue team showing up in time.
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Old January 16 2014, 08:13 PM   #80
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If you think the X Files is "dark" then you should watch Millenium. It's hard to understand the concern that people had as the Millenium approached but that's happened over and over again in history.

Certain shows like the X Files were not only important cultural phenomena, but of artistic merit, and makes nods to numerous films. As such, a film fan can easily enjoy watching the show purely from that perspective.

One of the saddest aspects of the X Files was the depiction of Muldur's porn/sexual addiction which then became a reality, then oddly becomes even stranger as it's a feature of his next show Californication.
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Old January 16 2014, 09:40 PM   #81
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I started to watch Millenium when it first aired, but never liked it. Although I agree, it shows some X-Files influence.

I never thought the portrayal of Mulder watching porn was sad. After all he is obsessed with his work and has practically no private life, no romantic relationship ... and obviously no sex life. Under this circumstances I'm not surprised that they made the character watch porn. As strange as it may seem, I always thought it would be fitting.
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Old January 16 2014, 09:59 PM   #82
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I started to watch Millenium when it first aired, but never liked it. Although I agree, it shows some X-Files influence.

I never thought the portrayal of Mulder watching porn was sad. After all he is obsessed with his work and has practically no private life, no romantic relationship ... and obviously no sex life. Under this circumstances I'm not surprised that they made the character watch porn. As strange as it may seem, I always thought it would be fitting.
What was tragic was art imitating life imitating art. Duchovny actually had a problem with sexual addiction, one that damaged his marriage, and yet that was an aspect of both series.
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Old January 16 2014, 10:05 PM   #83
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Old January 17 2014, 05:59 AM   #84
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The Erlenmeyer Flask - Season 1 Finale

I said I would probably only talk about episodes that get me excited or maybe even really bad episodes, and HOLY CRAP that episode rocked.

That's how you do a finale if you don't want to do a cliffhanger or have "to be continued" to end the season. I had kind of read spoilers about Deep Throat's death already, but to watch it happen and understand the context was shocking all the same. That, and shutting down the X-Files, and we saw the same room of UFO evidence that we saw from the Pilot episode, and I'm excited to see where the series goes from here. Yeah, I know this series is 20 years old, but for a first timer, so far it's been excellent sci fi drama. Looking forward to more of it in season 2. I will say that I was wondering when Scully and Deep Throat would me. After the fact, it feels obvious that it was in the finale.
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Old January 17 2014, 06:05 AM   #85
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Yes that episode was stunning to me when I saw it the first time all those years ago. You're lucky to have the chance to watch them back to back as we had to wait for them to come out and with repeats in between or rescheduled for other things. Heck not everyone had a video tape recorder in those days and sometimes folks scrambled to get someone to "tape it" or to reschedule things as some of us would end up working when it aired.

Not even tempted to say why the episode surprised you...even with a spoiler?
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Old January 17 2014, 06:37 AM   #86
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Yes that episode was stunning to me when I saw it the first time all those years ago. You're lucky to have the chance to watch them back to back as we had to wait for them to come out and with repeats in between or rescheduled for other things. Heck not everyone had a video tape recorder in those days and sometimes folks scrambled to get someone to "tape it" or to reschedule things as some of us would end up working when it aired.

Not even tempted to say why the episode surprised you...even with a spoiler?
It was the slow build leading up to those wild and crazy final 10 minutes. When you watch a season in a short period of time, you almost feel like you get more out of the show, like you're taking the journey with the characters and everything builds to a cresendo. This episode was the sum of the entire first season, and it kept building and building and then you're just beaten over the head (in a good way) by the Shock and Awe. What surprised me was this is the first season of this show, and I don't recall many first seasons that have an ending like this. Heck, I think I can recall maybe two shows I've watched ever where I had this same reaction, Battlestar Galactica and Orange is the New Black (No, Orphan Black had a good finale, but I actually thought the ending could have been better).

This episode had like 3 endings, and they all made sense in the building of the arc and where the series goes from here. They could have ended it with Deep Throat saying "Trust No One", they could have ended with Mulder telling Scully they've shut down the X-Files, but they added a third layer to it and it sets up the series direction quite well. For being the first season, this was a finale that felt like the show was ending it's third or fourth, and that is quite an accomplishment.
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Old January 17 2014, 07:03 AM   #87
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Yes. That scene with the cannister. blew me away. I didn't think they come right out and use that kind of visual until far later. It made me excited as to where the series would go from there.

The whole point of Scully's character was that she was originally designed to be the voice of reason, science, skepticism and potential love-interest all roled into one. After the cannister scene, I thought..."OK, what now regarding skepticism???"
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Old January 17 2014, 07:46 AM   #88
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Little Green Men - Season 2 Premiere

I'm still not talking about every episode, but I kind of have to talk about the Premier to season 2, especially after the events of "Flask."

One of the things about premiere episodes is they tend to undo the stuff that came before. I mean you have this great cliffhanger episode, and then the first few minutes of the premiere you get the sense (Or at least I do) that the wait for the new season might not have been worth it.

Well here it's pretty much a continuation of Flask. The X-Files are still closed, Mulder is depressed, paranoid, and the Government are still after Mulder and Scully. This episode takes "Trust No One" and expands on it greatly, even to the point where we get a wonderful character moment at the end where Mulder says "I still have my work, me, and I've still got you." These characters have grown so much in the last season that that line at the end makes me think it was right then and there where Mulder and Scully became pop culture Icons, even being parodied in DS9 in "Trials and Tribble-ations". Duchovny and Anderson's chemistry is so strong that you're rooting for them to be together, even if it's just a working relationship.

I guess the last thing I will mention is Skinner, the Cigarette Smoking Man, and that scene at the end. Man if one would think all three didn't have a unique agenda, that scene should change your mind. That was great how Skinner kicked out CSM, bringing in a bit of a fake job thinking he was talking to Mulder.

Overall, I like sci fi, I like conspiracy, and I like Paranoia and the themes that go with it. In the last two episodes, I got that and then some. It's been so fun to watch and I can't believe there are 8 more seasons left of this, or so I think.
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Old January 17 2014, 08:16 AM   #89
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Ms Anderson actually has/had a bawdy sense of humor. Sometime watch the gag reel from those seasons and you'll see a hysterical gag she and Mulder cooked up in an elevator. I don't think I can get away with a youtube clip of it as it's really naughty.

In real life, it's obvious that their friendship goes deep...so much that they might be dating.
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Old January 17 2014, 10:34 AM   #90
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Yeah, David and Gillian have some of the best onscreen chemistry of any two actors I've ever seen, and I think that's the reason their characters are so fantastic. Watching them take the journey together is absolutely wonderful.

I'm jealous you're getting to do this for the first time. It's such a fun ride.
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