Blaugust #12: I want to believe

Skinner: Are you suggesting that Agent Mulder obstructs you from proper procedure?
Scully: No, sir. If anything, I'm suggesting that these cases be reviewed with... an open mind.

Tooms (season 1, episode 20)

I’ve been watching a lot of the X-Files recently. I’ve always liked the X-Files — I used to watch it with my Dad when I was a kid and probably a bit too young to enjoy it properly — and Kateri and I embarked recently on a plan to watch just the so-called “mythology episodes” that contain the overarching plotline.

That didn’t last the course, because what I discovered on re-watching a bunch of them is that what I really like is the monster-of-the-week episodes. I like watching the agents unravel a mystery with a supernatural twist. It’s even fun when the “answer” turns out to be more prosaic. Sometimes that creature you thought was a Loch Ness monster turns out to be just an alligator, and poor Mulder will never find his white whale.

Screenshot 2015-08-12 20.47.56

I know we’re going to get some new episodes, but despite being a fan of the show, I’m not really looking forward to them, for two reasons. First, well, aren’t some things best just left as they are, fondly remembered and occasionally revisited? And secondly, and I realise this is entirely selfish — they’re going to be mythology episodes, aren’t they? If you only get to make a handful of extra episodes, years later, you’re not going to “waste” them on a monster-of-the-week Big Foot chase, are you? And that’s what I want. I want chasing bright lights in the forest and half-glimpsed monsters in the darkness. If the truth really is out there, I don’t want to find it.

  3 comments for “Blaugust #12: I want to believe

  1. Pam
    August 13, 2015 at 2:52 am

    I am looking forward to the new episodes but at the same time, I’d be much happier with 6 monster of the week episodes. I’m not overly concerned with them wrapping up the mythology.

  2. August 13, 2015 at 5:30 am

    This is all true. It had to be said.

  3. Howard
    August 14, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Yup. New episodes always risky. And The X Files was indeed at its best on the Monster Of The Week episodes. I thought it lost its way badly later on when it was wall-to-wall mythology.

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