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A Fancy Hat
Nov 18, 2016

Always remember that the President is dumber than the dumbest person you've ever met by a wide margin


That first revival season is rough and proves that Chris Carter is, somehow, the worst X-Files writer. Curse of the Were-Monster is one of the best episodes ever, though.

The second revival season is much better, except for the finale, which you should avoid at all costs and pretend Mulder and Scully are just out there doing their thing forever.

Regarding conspiracy theories - unfortunately the world we live in right now means that conspiracy theories are (mostly) the domain of right-wing grifters scamming morons. I think the show did a good job in the 2nd revival season of addressing that fact and course correcting after presenting an Alex Jones-esque character as a voice of reason in the first revival season.

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A Fancy Hat
Nov 18, 2016

Always remember that the President is dumber than the dumbest person you've ever met by a wide margin


My absolute favorite episode is Jose Chung's "From Outer Space", but I realize that's not really a controversial opinion. It's still amazing to me just HOW good it is. It's funny, it's touching, it pokes fun at the entire premise of the X-files but manages to do it without being cynical or edgy.

It's the first episode I saw in its entirety as a kid. My parents watched the show religiously, but I was way too young when it started. But I was 8 years old when this episode aired and was finally brave enough to watch the show. I was absolutely terrified by the opening confrontation between the giant alien and the "Greys". I watched the entire episode but the humor went completely over my head, so I just thought X-Files was the weirdest and most terrifying show of all time.

A Fancy Hat
Nov 18, 2016

Always remember that the President is dumber than the dumbest person you've ever met by a wide margin


NikkolasKing posted:

As for her partner, Reynard Muldrake... that ticking timebomb of insanity... his quest into the unknown has so warped his psyche, one shudders to think how he receives pleasures from life.



I was SHOCKED that upon rewatching that episode you get to see Fox Mulder, 90s sex symbol and co-lead of the show, jerking off to the famous Bigfoot video. I don't know how in the world they got way with this, unless it was a combination of "It's fox, they're the edgy network" and maybe people didn't realize what he was actually doing? I apparently didn't notice it as a kid, at least.

A Fancy Hat
Nov 18, 2016

Always remember that the President is dumber than the dumbest person you've ever met by a wide margin


mastershakeman posted:

I stopped watching after lost art of forehead sweat where scully said she'd rather remember things the way she prefers rather than knowing what they're really like. with that in mind should I ever finish watching the last few episodes? i saw everything else up to that point

In my humble opinion you could end there and end on a high note. But of the remaining episodes I think you have 2 great ones, one loving awful one, and the rest all range from "okay" to "pretty good". Skip the finale unless you want to get angry.

I also love the Cigarette Smoking Man and "Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man" is another classic episode. Just the idea that the most powerful person in the show (and arguably in the world of the X-Files) is completely miserable and looking to become a writer is intriguing to me. He's as close to pure evil as the show gets, even in that episode itself, but you end up feeling a little bad for him by the end. He's a prisoner of his life as much as anybody else.

Also my wife and I met William B Davies in real life and he's amazingly nice. He signed my X-Files DVD and talked to us about water skiing. He actually has (or at least had when we talked to him) a bunch of records for water skiing, which is a pretty awesome mental image.

A Fancy Hat
Nov 18, 2016

Always remember that the President is dumber than the dumbest person you've ever met by a wide margin


Shrimp or Shrimps posted:

The last rewatch I did, which was the first in about a decade, I was surprised at how much it stuck out to me that Mulder is a complete rear end in a top hat to basically everybody around him, especially Scully. However, Mulder is always vindicated (and forgiven).

I really like the episodes where Mulder is presented as a loser, because realistically even if you look like David Duchovny, a dude like Mulder is going to be a social outcast. He can't really function in normal society, he has no interests outside of paranormal things and pornography, and he'll randomly disappear for huge stretches of time with no explanation.

As a teenager I loved Mulder because I saw a lot of myself in him. As an adult? Skinner is where it's at. Just trying to keep your poo poo together, your boss is always trying to gently caress you over, you get some small moments of victory every so often, and you have to deal with constant insanity in your professional life.

A Fancy Hat
Nov 18, 2016

Always remember that the President is dumber than the dumbest person you've ever met by a wide margin


Milo and POTUS posted:

Pusher is so unbelievably good

This was a favorite one in my recent rewatch and I loved the reveal at the end that the Pusher could have had this brain tumor removed easily, but he'd rather die and have these powers for a while than go back to being a normal person.

A Fancy Hat
Nov 18, 2016

Always remember that the President is dumber than the dumbest person you've ever met by a wide margin


Payndz posted:

I missed season 11, but I realised I'm going to have to get it just to complete my Darin Morgan episodes collection.

I definitely think this should have been the season finale (especially since the show's dead again and it would have been the SERIES finale), the first time I watched it I was blown away and ready to call it the best episode of the X-Files ever.

It's still a top 5 for sure, and it possibly has the best ending of any X-Files episode.

A Fancy Hat
Nov 18, 2016

Always remember that the President is dumber than the dumbest person you've ever met by a wide margin


Milo and POTUS posted:

Bill scully loving sucks

Agreed. Complete idiot and a huge dick to Scully for daring to have a career. I remember when she's in the hospital for cancer and he's basically just waiting for her to die, even as a kid I hated this dude.

A Fancy Hat
Nov 18, 2016

Always remember that the President is dumber than the dumbest person you've ever met by a wide margin


Payndz posted:

Nearing the end of season 11, so a question about the end of season 10: since 'My Struggle II' (the only previous episode I haven't seen) was effectively retconned into a dream/vision by 'My Struggle III', is there anything about it that makes it worth watching?

Also, I loved the very left-field, almost experimental episode with the pissed-off AI hassling Mulder and Scully for a tip, while my wife hated it.

Completely ignore "My Struggle II", I'll also suggest that you avoid "My Struggle IV", despite the fact that it's the season (and most likely series) finale. It's just going to make you very, very angry when it ends.

A Fancy Hat
Nov 18, 2016

Always remember that the President is dumber than the dumbest person you've ever met by a wide margin


Unmature posted:

Watching the Stephen King written episode Chinga. What is up with Mulder being instantly like “no, haunted dolls are bullshit from movies”? It’s one of the most common tropes he should at least reference the Warrens even though they were full of poo poo

It also really feels like a story King wrote and then crammed Mulder and Scully into. They’re barely in the episode. Carter is also credited as a writer so maybe King just sent him an old short and he slid some X-Files into it where he could.

I'm a huge King fan, and this episode is really disappointing. It's not terrible, but it feels like it's torn between being a King work and an X-files episode, so it never really satisfies either itch. But I do like the idea that Mulder has certain things even HE doesn't believe in.

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A Fancy Hat
Nov 18, 2016

Always remember that the President is dumber than the dumbest person you've ever met by a wide margin


OldSenileGuy posted:

Your opinion is wrong, the carny community one is a classic.



One of my absolute favorite moments in the entire show. I would love for Darin Morgan to write a book about his views of Mulder (and possibly David Duchovny) and how it affected his writing.

Chris Carter mostly writes Mulder as this cool-as-hell super FBI agent that's haunted by his past. Morgan writes Mulder as a weird outcast who's only able to survive in the world because he's handsome.

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