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Old July 30 2014, 08:46 PM   #256
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Re: The X-Files - First Time Watching

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I thought the X Files were great, and now that I've rewatched them all, my opinion has only improved. I can't speak for anyone else, but I just don't want to step all over your thread.

It was a coincidence that Amazon had a deal of the day that I could get all nine seasons and both movies for $80, but I was happy that I got them. I'm not sorry I got any of the seasons.
Unless you're talking about episodes (right now) from late Season 7 to the end, you're not stepping over the thread. I was just wondering if this series truly will be remembered or if it's just part of an Era in TV that's long gone.
Not exactly a scholarly journal, but several years ago T.V. Guide had X-Files listed as T.V.'s second greatest "cult show" behind only (you guessed it) Star Trek. Just try and note the number of Files references in T.V. shows today. As for fandoms, X-Files was at it's peak of popularity at the time the internet and WWW was exploding. It had probably the second biggest online fandom right behind Trek.

"Philes" were the first group to buy a fan tribute in trade a magazine, something that became somewhat common in ensuing years with other shows.

So, it wasn't just the era. The show was unique and had two of the greatest lead characters in sci-fi history. The show definitely will be remembered.
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Re: The X-Files - First Time Watching

I would agree with that. Perhaps not to the same extent as Star Trek, though, given over the last decade it's barely been part of the public consciousness due to FOX just being crap in how they handle its future.

The inevitable reboot may change that though. That'll happen in the next 5-10 years, I suspect.
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Re: The X-Files - First Time Watching

Sein Und Zeit/Closure

All throughout the series, there has been one driving point for Fox Mulder, the disappearence of his Sister. In these two episodes, we got some kind of resolution to that storyline, and while it's hard to go back and remember the complete storyline from 7 series of show, (Something in which I started the first season in December) I do know that this storyline became somewhat convoluted and changed so many times throughout those prior 6 seasons. Despite that though, these two episodes were beautiful, powerful, and moving.

Maybe my feelings on the revelation of Samantha here remind me of my feelings about Starbuck (Kara Thrace) at the end of Battlestar Galactica. In that finale, Starbuck was revealed to be an Angel, guiding the ship home. Here, Samantha was spared the Suffering she would have recieved and became an angel her self. I think my feeling was in these two sequences that any other way to explain it would have been a convoluted mess to a mystery that guided the series, so I was just done with it and appreciated the simplicity.

In a way, I kind of want to make a listing of various episodes of The X Files that carry the theme, just to watch them close together, kind of like how Star Trek brought out those DVD fan collections. So you have the Mulder Sister arc, ending with these two episodes, the Alien Colonists/Black Oil arc, maybe the overall Mythology, and then you can do some Monster of the Week storylines too.

Anyway, I know I'm rambling, but I really did like this resolution, mainly because I probably felt tired of it. I'm glad we got closure to this story, considering Mulder leaves at the end of the season (I know they got Doggett to start Season 8) and I know that I'm getting to the end of this series. It's nice to see some things wrap up finally, even though the mythology ended up being all over the place.
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