This morning I am -9 hours at the gym, but only -2 blog posts. Progress!
Nostalgia will always paint things from our past with rose colored glasses. In the case of The X-Files, I distinctly remember some highs and some lows. (The lows taking place in the latter seasons.) Every show has its “Doublemeat Palace“. All of this is to say that I know that The X-Files wasn’t a perfect T.V. show.
Last night’s episode in the revival, however, was the perfect episode. “Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster” was a walk down memory lane of The X-Files at its peak: a touch of silliness, self-acknowledging deprecation, and the character chemistry of Dana and Fox that everyone loved for the better part of a decade back in the ninteties.
Even the folks running The X-Files Twitter knew how amazing it was:
— The X-Files (@thexfiles) February 2, 2016
Shannon and I spent a few months back in 2011 watching the entire series from beginning to end (http://www.tomcroom.com/archives/8113) since we both only watched the show sporadically in the second half of its run. (It floors both of us to acknowledge that The X-Files was still on the air when we started dating.) It was a fun trip down memory lane and a reminder of how impactful that T.V. show was.
As far as the “revival” of the series is concerned, I’m totally digging it. I like the new conspiracy. I like the acknowledgement of the past series. Most of all? I missed Mulder and Scully. They are the series.
NOTE: When the idea of bringing the series back was first floating around, MY idea was to have a new agent partnered with someone at the FBI who is obsessed with the “urban legend” that the FBI had an “X-Files” division. This would lead to the discovery of Mulder and Scully and trying to track them down since all records of their existence were erased. Thus: Fox and Dana are the conspiracy themselves.
(Things I think about in my spare time.)
In any case, thank you FOX for sufficiently feeding this fanboy’s excitement with these six episodes. I am, thus far, happy with the what has been done.