“I Want to Believe” is an interesting title, especially considering the one thing Mulder always wanted to believe in–Alien life–is nowhere in this movie. In 2008, I wanted to believe that it would be good, and I have held out hope since then that it actually was good despite years of fan criticism. After watching […]Read more "The 2nd X-Files Movie “I Want to Believe” is essential viewing for the new episodes"
When it came time for Chris Carter to write “The Truth,” what was then the X-Files series finale, he must have felt two competing forces in himself. He must have felt compelled to give viewers a finale that revealed the truth, one episode that laid everything out in the open, the entire byzantine architecture of […]Read more "Revisiting The X-Files: Chris Carter’s Commitment Issues"
It is a puzzle that many of the stand-alones of Season 8 and 9 were considerably more entertaining than those of Season 6 and 7, and yet the last two seasons saw ratings decline, long-time fans like me not even giving them a chance, and finally cancelation. I used to scoff at the quote by […]Read more "Revisiting The X-Files: Mythology vs. Stand-Alone"
The X-Files mythology usually did a good job of setting its ducks in a row before the big season finales. A mystery was built up piece by piece, to be knocked out in an “answers episode,” which either resolved the mystery or spun it off in a new direction. So how did Chris Carter and […]Read more "Thoughts on The X-Files Season 9 Finale (formerly known as the Series Finale)"
The reason The X-Files mythology was so much fun—and takes on such a significant portion of popular memory even though it was a minority of episodes of the show—was because these episodes comprised spooky, intriguing, well-told mysteries. These mysteries were allowed to unspool over an entire season but always received clear and satisfying resolutions (at […]Read more "Revisiting The X-Files: Episodes that Give Answers, and Those that Don’t"
An Emotional Punch Usually when a lead actor departs from a TV series (be it over contractual, personal, or mortal reasons) the departure is permanent. The character that actor played must be written out of the show with degree of finality, usually killed off. Since Duchovny’s desire was to only lessen his episode load during […]Read more "Revisiting The X-Files: Mulder’s Return from Abduction"
I hated Special Agent John Doggett’s guts. Everything he did and said annoyed me. It was nothing against Robert Patrick’s portrayal, which was fine. I didn’t care for Doggett’s average joe “just-a-New-York cop” shtick. I rolled my eyes at all the things he was written to say that showed he was the opposite of Mulder. […]Read more "Agent Doggett and Stepdad Syndrome"