REOPENING THE X-FILES: SEASON 2
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A few quick notes on Season 2. The X-Files began to heavily build on its mythology during the season. If you listen to Chris Carter talk about the end of season 1 and moving into season 2, Gillian Anderson became pregnant in real life as season 1 was wrapping up. So, they decided to write around the pregnancy for the show.
Anderson, is noticeably pregnant at the end of the first season, and at the start of season 2. Scully's abduction, and her disappearance, was no accident on the show's part. Anderson went off and had her baby. However, it created one of the show's best mysteries in Scully's abduction, and the subsequent search for answers about it, as the show moved on.
One of the things I always found interesting about season 2, is the mythology of The X-Files, seems to seep into even the standalone episodes. Things are set-up, and there is a through-line that flows as the season goes on. An example of this happens very early on in the season, when Alex Krycek, is introduced in the episode Sleepless.
Season 2, also introduces us to The Syndicate. The mysterious group who are trying to foil Mulder's efforts to find the truth. The Cigarette Smoking Man, is also a part of the group. A.D. Skinner's role is beefed up in season 2 as well, and Mitch Pileggi gets a whole lot more screen time. Skinner, is a great character and Pileggi, is fantastic in the part. More Skinner, is a good thing.
Overall, season 2 is a solid season, however I've always felt a lot of it gets bogged down in the mythology aspect of the show. There is an obvious stacking going on with the story, and The X-Files really wouldn't perfect its mythology storytelling until season 3. However, it is still a solid season.
This was tough to narrow down for the season. So many good episodes.
DIE HAND DIE VERLETZT
In original broadcast order.
1. DUANE BARRY/ASCENSION
2. ONE BREATH
2. F. EMASCULATA
I am well into season 3, and we will reopen that one, sometime next week.
Hasta La Bye-bye for now.
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