Weekly Binge: The X-Files

The X-Files is a story about two FBI agents, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), as they try and solve cases in the paranormal division. The cases range from people claiming to be psychics to alien abduction and much more.

XF102_05_ufoThe X-Files are a secret government project where unsolved cases are tested by using paranormal theories and science.

For those of you that are still skeptic, don’t worry; you’ll fit right in. I was worried about this show. A Sci-Fi show about aliens that was made in the early 90s doesn’t sound like it will be all that good. But, The X-Files pulled it off. I think it was helpful to have a character that was skeptical as well. Dana Scully is a medial professional turned FBI agent. She cannot, and will not believe that the paranormal is real, even after seeing all of these cases. Having this character helps reassure viewers that they aren’t crazy for not thinking a serial killer is actually a man eating the fat off of women to feed this need for essential oils (yes, that is an actual episode).

This show is about the paranormal, but as it continues it becomes about corruption and government agendas over finding truth. “The truth is out there,” is the show’s motto and tagline, but is also what keeps Mulder going. Even when in danger, he knows that he must find the truth. This drive to find the truth often gets himself and Scully into trouble, and we all know what happens when partners are in life-or-death situations.

Cue the cheesy romance montage

The show starts to give the idea that Mulder and Scully are going to fall in love. This starts with the first episode, the way he looks at the small marks on her back, and carries all the way through season 9.

It does get more progressive, but never is it unbelievable. The writers of The X-Files knew how to make their romance last, and it has even ruined TV relationships for some fans.

So many TV shows put the main characters together too quickly and the show cannot sustain itself after that. Part of the charm of a TV show is the anticipation of a couple getting together. Thankfully this was not one of those, “Let’s rush into it, throw caution to the wind and possibly ruin our friendship and careers because of it,” type of romances. This was a slow progression from friends to “more than friends.”

The only real problem that I had with this show was Mulder’s logic. I understand that, when dealing with the paranormal, logic doesn’t always work. But Mulder has a strange ability to guess exactly what is going on, and even after 5, 6, 7 years of work, people still doubt him.

x-filesThis show loves the question, “do you have a better explanation?” Mulder especially loves this question. This is generally how he convinces Scully to go along with one of his paranormal hypotheses.

But… other than this one fault in logic and reasoning (something which the show is not worried about), this is a great show. The stories are new, strange and definitely keep you interested. The multiple plot lines and corrupted characters also tests your ability to keep the facts straight and know whom you can trust.

If you are looking for a new mystery with 90s technology and paranormal theories, this is your show. But if you are looking for a mystery that will put people in jail at the end of each episode, maybe to help you sleep better at night, this is the last show that you should watch.

*Images from Pop-Verse, Fox 

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