Monday, May 21, 2018

Case 04, File 17: Tempus Fugit

AKA: The Return of Max


The X-Files is simultaneously a continuity heavy and continuity light show. It has its building plotlines yes, but they are fluid and often getting changed or retconned on the fly and there tend to be long gaps between plot movements because of the monster of the week episodes. As such as plot that, in a more plot focused show like Battlestar Galactica might take a season and a half, takes 5 seasons to play out. And as a result, I think it's awfully presumptuous for The X-Files to expect it's audience to remember a character who appeared in one episode, nearly 4 years ago.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Case 04, File 16: Unrequited

AKA: America Has A Blind Spot For Veterans, Oh Yeah, Send Tweet


When I think about The X-Files and political issues, I tend to think of silly things like the belief that the government is hiding aliens or things that make me wince in hindsight, like when I see stuff similar to what inspired the anti-vaxxer movement. But The X-Files is political, and not just because all media is political. Its a show about government coverups and conspiracies attempts to cover political issues are going to worm their way into the show.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Case 04, File 15: Kaddish

AKA: So Much For The Tolerant Left


If you had told me 17 years ago when I first watched this episode that today Neo-Nazis would not only not have died out but would be back on the rise and entering into mainstream relevance. Not 48 hours ago as of this writing, there was a Neo-Nazi in Georgia, complete with a burning swastika. All of which makes an episode where a literal figure out of Jewish mythology murders Neo-Nazis super super satisfying.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Case 04, File 14: Memento Mori

AKA: Scully's Embarrassing Livejournal


I am emotionally attached to Mulder and Scully, and based on my discussions with other fans, I don't think I'm alone in that. The X-Files is aware that we're all very attached to Mulder and Scully, but I feel like it doesn't totally know what to do with that information. It wants to craft emotionally complex engaging stories about Mulder, Scully and their relationship, but it also wants to make X-Files episodes.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Case 04, File 13: Never Again

AKA: The First Men's Rights Activist


Mulder and Scully are a team. I feel like I don't need to elaborate on that, it's a fact of The X-Files' existence. The series would not have lasted a single season, much less a full 11 and 2 movies, if Mulder and Scully weren't one of the all time best teams to ever grace television. But that doesn't mean we can't find an interesting story by splitting them up. Okay, so the first time they tried (Three) didn't work out great, but that doesn't mean it can't work.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Case 04, File 12: Leonard Betts

AKA: This Episode Is Better Than Its One Sentence Summary


There are some X-Files premises that become legendary. Some of them because the episodes surrounding them were so mind bogglingly good that they just stick into the brain. Some of them however got stuck in the brain because the idea is just so freaking weird that you can't help but spend days thinking "What the hell even was that?" But hey, if The X-Files is a show known for its weird concepts, even the episodes that make you think that can be good, right?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Case 04, File 11: El Mundo Gira

AKA: This Episode Is Named After A Soap Opera


Part of what makes The X-Files unique is its ability to come up with bizarre new concepts and ideas. Even when it indulges in existing concepts or folktalkes, it usually manages to find a unique spin on them. Sometimes this can be good, like when one episode decided to spend a Loch Ness Monster episode working on Mulder and Scully's character relationship. Sometimes it's bad, like when they decided to make the Jersey Devil a goddamn caveman. But overall, it's definitely exciting to get to see where the writers take a concept.