Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Case 04, File 22: Elegy

AKA: Fuck It Dude, Let's Go Bowling

It's pretty safe to say that non-neurotypical people didn't get great media representation during the 90s but one of the ones who had it worst was...actually, I have no idea how to even rank that, but people with autism certainly didn't have the best, usually portraying them as people with no ability to talk or even act normally but with some sort of number or memory related super power. And while The X-Files dipped its toe in that pool before, it almost feels inevitable that they'd return to it.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Case 04, File 21: Zero Sum

AKA: DIY Cover Ups With Walter Skinner

Skinner is a difficult character for the series to handle. He's unquestionably one of the most important characters, appearing in more episodes than any other non-Mulder/Scully character, but the first attempt to center an episode around him failed miserably. So, I suppose the thought process went, since one of the more interesting aspects of him is his combative relationship with the Conspiracy and his sparring with the Cigarette Smoking Man, why not center an episode around that?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Case 04, File 20: Small Potatoes

AKA: The Ballad of Eddie van Blundht

After Darin Morgan stopped writing episodes for the show, the series would make several attempts to recreate what he did for the show, to varying degrees of success. It would lean heavier on the funny episodes as the series wore on and it started to get stretched for content, but even in the golden age, it would bring back come comedic episodes, some good, some bad, some involving Mulder singing the Shaft theme song and therefore amazing. But for my money, I think that the smartest decision one could make is, if you can't have Darin Morgan writing, have him acting.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Case 04, File 19: Synchrony

AKA: This Villain Is A Dumb Name Away From Being A Batman Villain

One of the reasons I wanted to do this project was to interrogate my own opinions, something I do a lot. The X-Files is my favorite show, yes, and that is very unlikely to change, but I wanted to examine that feeling. What is it about The X-Files that I love, what episodes speak the most to me and, perhaps just as importantly, what episodes don't work for me and why. And while the answer to that question is usually pretty straightforward, sometimes it can be more complex.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Case 04, File 18: Max

AKA: He's The Man Who's Name You'd Love To Touch

Each individual X-Files episode is, ultimately, futile in the grand scheme of things. Mulder and Scully can't prove the existence of aliens, capture a supernatural being or otherwise accomplish their goals, or else the series would be over, or at least the dynamic would change a lot. It's part of the contract with the audience, and how well we agree to take that futility depends on how well the episode presents it.

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.