RE-OPENING THE X-FILES: SEASON 1
Greetings internet dwellers!
To say that I am excited about The X-Files series revival, is an understatement. The X-Files is my favorite show in the history of television. And I am not afraid to scream that from the highest hills. I adore this show, and have ever since I was young.
When people ask me about what my influences were to study film, I always cite four things: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, My family, and The X-Files. This show was hugely influential in my life, and came at a time when my curiosity about the paranormal was at its height.
The show also made its debut, at a time when TV itself was changing. Networks were taking risks with content, and The X-Files exploited that in its early seasons. The show was dark, scary, intense and even, darkly comic. This was really the first time, I watched an "adult" show as a kid. I was drawn to the subject matter, but it was a show that was squarely aimed at adults.
As an adult, I am very happy my parents let me watch this show, even though at times, it would scare the bejeezus out of me. The beauty of this, is that I grew up with The X-Files. I matured with it, and even now, I still find stuff that may have gone way over my head as a kid.
This show has been a part of my life for a long time. I have named pets after these characters. My default ringtone is usually the great X-Files theme by Mark Snow. I live with this show. While I have seen all of the X-Files episodes multiple times over, I wanted to re-watch the series again in its entirety before the revival debuts in January.
Since the series went off the air in 2002, and the last X-Files movie left theaters in 2008, there is a whole new generation of people who may be just finding out about the series. Perhaps the hype about the revival has some curious as well. The X-Files has a hugely rich mythology. This approach to television has been the inspiration for countless show's to come after it.
While I won't be pinpointing the episodes to watch to prepare for the series revival, I thought it would be fun as I go through the show again, to reveal my five favorite episodes from each season. If there is some curious soul out there who may want to jump into the show, these could be a good gateway drug into the series.
Because the mythology is so rich (and some may say got too convoluted by the series finale), there are a lot of episodes that pertain to that. But The X-Files isn't just about the mythology, or aliens. There are some great standalone episodes as well. Still, there may be some mythology episodes thrown in for good measure.
So, without further delay, let's re-open The X-Files, and explore some cases.
The search for the truth begins. The first season set the tone. The mythology episodes are great, and dense. However, they also established the "monster of the week" mentality as well. This show wasn't just about aliens, or government conspiracies. Mulder and Scully, also ran across all different types of monsters, human beings, and creatures of all types. Season 1 has some truly memorable episodes for X-Files fans.
I will do two honorable mentions per season.
THE ERLENMEYER FLASK
In original broadcast order.
1. THE PILOT
4. BEYOND THE SEA
So that does it for Season 1. I have just started Season 2, so once I am finished with that, we will move on to the next batch of cases. Until then, happy watching!
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