Wednesday, January 27, 2016

TV Review: The X-Files!

In one of the longest-running science fiction series in network TV history, FBI special agents investigate unexplained, mind-bending cases known as "X-Files." Though the government is convinced that the outlandish reports are false, conspiracy theorist Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and realist Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), for most of the series, stop at nothing to prove that "the truth is out there." Series creator Chris Carter also serves as executive producer of the thrilling pop-culture phenomenon. (Summary from Google)

The X-Files is back!
You might not know this about me, but I can become slightly obsessed over tv shows...and books and movies. The X-Files was once the object of my obsession. FBI agents, conspiracies, supernatural goings-on - these are the things that get my adrenaline pumping.

The X-Files is back!
Guys, do you understand what this means? Mulder's crazy conspiracy theories, Scully's skepticism, Skinner always trying to be helpful (but usually delivering bad news), the fantastic creepiness that is the Cigarette Man. Even if it is only six episodes (I'm holding out hope that they'll be so exited by the ratings that they make more!), it's amazing.

So for my review, we're going to split things up into the good, the bad, and the beautiful...

The Good: The same dynamic, the same feel. New conspiracies. In a review by the Nerdist, I read that the first "episode entirely erase[d] the whole mythology of the original series," except that it didn't. The government has been at the heart of the conspiracy the entire time, hiding away the existence of extra-terrestrials and other paranormal happenings. The first episode not only confirms this but leads us to believe that the government is using extra-terrestrial technology to do so. And they're doing more than hiding things, they're abducting people and conducting their own experiments - experiments that may have lead to Scully's pregnancy, which leads me to...

Scully and Mulder's bouncing baby boy, William! After they made the unfortunate but selfless decision to give their (possible alien) baby up in a closed adoption, very little was said about him on the show. They didn't mention him in the last movie. It was like that happened. Let's put it behind us and forget it ever happened. But they had a child together! This was big! How can you put that behind you? So you better believe that when they went there, I was nearly jumping out of my seat. They talked about him. They even said he would be fifteen by now. These things make me happy.

I felt like David and Gillian fell right back into their roles. They're not quite their old selves, but they shouldn't be the same as they were. Time has passed. Things have happened. They're not quite the eager young workaholics they once were. They know things are out there, but they've been forced to put it behind them as much as possible. When the X-Files were closed, parts of them were closed off. You can see that in the actors as the show starts, and you can see them changing with new discoveries as possibilities begin to open up again. They're a little hesitant to believe, but with everything they've been through over the years they should be.

The Bad: Scully going off with Community actor Joel McHale's character to drink champagne in his limo. Would she really do that? I get that he's handsome, but he's a little sketchy. Also, Mulder being propositioned in a bathroom stall was awkward. The baby climbing out of the doctor's wife's stomach after she "let it out" was pretty disgusting, but it was still within the old feel of the show. It reminded me that there were times things got gross, and I needed to look away. Very little bad I have to say. Perhaps I'm a little biased.

The Beautiful: They're using the original introduction. The scruffiness of David Duchovny. Joel McHale as a political conspiracy theorist. Both fantasy scenes in the second episode where they each dream of William. They would have made wonderful parents, dropping him off at school, making sure he knows he can make his own choices on what to believe in. Then the end of it, where Mulder imagines him getting abducted just like his sister Samantha. Way to reminisce X-Files! You're taking me back. I might have to party like it's 1995...(and I'm 7 in my PJs eating cereal for dinner. Hmmm...I might have to do that tonight)

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