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The X-files: Season 1

January 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Favorite Episodes:
Ice
Eve
Genderbender
Darkness Falls
The Erlenmeyer Flask

Favorite Quote:
[Scully knocks at the door to the X-Files office]
Mulder: Sorry, nobody down here but the FBI’s most unwanted.
(Pilot)

Favorite Bad Guy:
Teena Simmons & Cindy Reardon, twin eight-year-old girls who are not as innocent as they appear. (Eve)

Favorite Creature:
The parasite from Ice, which infects living creatures and amplifies the host’s feeling of anger and paranoia.

“Oh hey!” Guest Star*:
Felicity Huffman, star of Desperate Housewives (one of my new favorite shows) plays Dr. Nancy Da Silva in the episode “Ice.”

Favorite Recurring  Character:
“Deep Throat” (played by Jerry Hardin), a Syndicate member and mysterious informer to Mulder, who reveals information he choses to provide in a cryptic manner. He appeared in in 6 episodes of the first season.

Favorite Shipper Moment**:
I think the now-famous “conversation in the car” from the episode Tooms says it all. It goes a little something like this:

Mulder: No, you’d be in trouble just sitting in this car. And I’d hate to see you carry an official reprimand in your career file because of me.
Scully: Fox–
Mulder: I–I even made my parents call me Mulder. . .Mulder.
Scully: Mulder, I wouldn’t put myself on the line for anybody but you.
Mulder: If there’s an iced tea in that bag, could be love.
Scully: Must be fate Mulder–rootbeer. [Mulder fakes a wounded sound and throws his head back.] You’re delirious. Go home and get some sleep.

***

*An “Oh hey!” guest star is someone famous that pops up in an an episode and makes you say “Oh, hey!”

**What is a shipper moment, you ask? Derived from the word “relationship”, shipper is the general term for fans’ emotional and/or intellectual involvement with the ongoing development of romance in a work of fiction.  To put it simply, shippers are those devoted fans of the X-files who, more or less, want to see Mulder and Scully get it on. Shippers assert that the relationship does exist, will exist, or simply that they would like it to exist. So, a shipper moment would be some encounter between Mulder and Scully that is romantic or could be construed as being romantic.

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The X-Files

January 4, 2010 Leave a comment

I have been obsessed with The X-Files since the 7th grade.

You might think I’m joking, but I assure you I am not.

I started watching during the 4th season (the first episode I ever saw was “El Mundo Gira”) and was instantly hooked. As each new episode (and the old ones I hadn’t seen) aired, I would record them for posterity. Yes, that’s right – my beloved VCR was set to record every Sunday night.

Thank God they invented DVDs or my husband would be seriously upset over the sheer number of VHS tapes I acquired over the years and conveniently would have unveiled after we got married. If it weren’t for the invention of the DVD, I think our wedding vows would have needed to include a line after “in sickness and in health” about my obsessive nature toward and uncontrollable hoarding of all things X-Files.

Even still, the DVDs combined with all of my miscellaneous X-Files paraphernalia (magazines, dolls, trading cards, books, calendars, etc) is enough to drive my husband mad.

Anyway, back to the show…

I have only seen the episodes from the first few seasons and the last two seasons a couple of times each, while I have seen the episodes from the middle seasons (4-7) at least half a dozen times each, if not more.

I think it is safe to conclude that the middle seasons are my favorite.  While the early episodes were very good and really set the tone for the show, I  found the middle seasons to be a perfect balance of the spookiness of the first three seasons with just the right amount of humor sprinkled in. The show was still very true to itself – the comedic parts just added a little extra something to the episodes.

Take for example the episode “Arcadia,” in which Mulder and Scully (who will, for the remainder of this post, be lovingly referred to as Mully or Sculder) go undercover as a married couple to investigate several disappearances at an idyllic planned community.

Or how about “X-Cops”? Sculder is followed documentary-style by a ‘Cops’ camera crew as they investigate a supernatural monster on the streets of Los Angeles.

Oh, and we can’t forget “Hollywood A.D,” where an X-File becomes the plot of a Hollywood movie, but Sculder finds their case — and themselves — distorted on the big screen.

Don’t get me wrong – all of the episodes from the middle seasons are not like this. Many of them are still very true to the tone set in earlier seasons. But there are a few gems, such as the episodes described above, that definitely rely more on their comedic parts.

Basically, the point of all of this is to stress a) how obsessed I was and, let’s face it, still am with the X-files and b) how excited I am to go back and watch all of the episodes in chronological order.  I am really looking forward to falling in love with the show all over again. Oh, and getting the opportunity to drool over David Duchovny on 176 separate occasions.  Of course I wish it were for 201 separate occasions, but I guess I will be happy with what I get.

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