Day 46: The X-Files, season 1 (1993)


Get out your blazers with the giant shoulderpads. Dust off your Doc Martens. Pop a Kenny G cassette into your boombox and play “Forever in Love” fifteen million times. Heck, even set your VCR to record your favorite TV show (if you can figure out how to set it). Why? Because we are taking a trip to the early 90s.

 

After about a month, I finally finished watching season one of The X-Files. Holy moly. At this point in my media journey, I am really starting to love it when networks make a 13 episode season instead of the bazillion episode season that The X-Files used. And before anyone bristles up at the thought of me not liking The X-Files (What? Is that even possible for a true geek to even say aloud? It has to be one of the geeks’ unforgivable sins; like thinking Captain Kirk was in Star Wars…), let me say I have no beef with the show. It just took me for-flipping-ever to watch one season.

 

I must have been hiding under a rock in a bomb shelter on a deserted island on the moon when this show was on TV because I have previously only seen one episode (it was about a chupacabra. Probably because I love the word chupacabra. Say it with me: “chupacabra.” Fun, right?). Sure, I knew of it, but I just had not seen it. Most likely I was busy practicing for marching band (is it left on 1 and 3 or 2 and 4?), rehearsing for my role as a tornado in our school’s production of The Wizard of Oz (In retrospect, I wish they would have just said I sucked and didn’t deserve a part. A tornado is pretty insulting, right?—essentially the t-ball of the musical world), or trying to bone up on the book list for AP English (Enough with the rabbits, Lenny!). Needless to say, I was quite a busy teen.

 

Because Netflix has extensively profiled me and believes me to be some sort of freaky supernatural-believing, David Duchovny-loving, conspiracy theorist; they kindly recommended that I watch The X-Files season 1. So I gave it a whirl. I slowly began to work my way through the first season.

 

The X-Files stars David Duchovny as Fox Mulder (what a cool name) and Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully (what a less than cool name). Mulder and Scully are FBI agents who work on X-Files– cases involving unexplained or supernatural occurrences. Mulder is a believer and Scully is a doubter, so they make one balanced team. Trust me when I say the 90s were all about balance. How else would you explain music videos featuring people in neon clothing dancing in front of a black and white background? Balance.

 

Season one features cases involving possession, poltergeists, werewolves (no, not Jacob, sorry ladies), creepy kids, and UFOs, the bread and butter of The X-Files.

 

Aside from the credit sequence which relies heavily on 90s-style editing (were they trying to achieve the stop-motion animation in a photocopier look?) I enjoyed the show quite a bit. I have a feeling I may like later seasons even more as season 1 still felt like it was trying to find its groove. While many of the episodes were predictable, there was something cozy about that predictability—like curling up with a book you have read a hundred times before, yet still come back to.

 

I found it extremely interesting to watch this show—especially when compared to shows today. In addition to the less-than-real looking sets, I noticed how the standards for the female body type on TV has changed since this show. Perhaps this is just an anomaly, but I think that women on today’s TV shows seem much slimmer than Gillian Anderson did. The scary thing is that Gillian Anderson looks like a pretty small, fit person. I guess I hadn’t noticed this difference until I saw today’s standard directly compared to that of the 90s. The wardrobe department has also evolved. Scully wears sensible clothes. I am not sure, but this seems pretty far from the “look” most shows today try to go for.  I think if The X-Files was “reimagined” (that is the trendy word, right?) today, women would be wearing high heels (not the short pumps from ’93) paired with either skinny jeans or a mini skirt and a tank top (it seemed Scully liked the trench coat—but that doesn’t show much skin….). I dunno, it was just a thought.

 

Watching The X-Files made me think that I should really brush up on my TV history. I feel that several recent and current shows were inspired by this show, and now I want to find out if this was a groundbreaking show (which I kind of think it was) or if it was inspired by another similar show. I made a note to research this while I watch the second season. Yes, I added season two. Sigh. I need to read more.

 

It is with a heavy heart that I pack away the old Doc Martens and neon pink skirts, the walkman, and the trusty old VHS player. I safely store my NKOTB sheet set, my John Grisham paperbacks, and my box set of Full House. Until next time, dear 90s, until next time.

 

Have a fantastic day! :)

 

Score: B+

Netflix Watch Instantly Queue: 201 (Yes, I realize this increased. I went through some of my old notes this past weekend and saw a few films I jotted down in the margins that I intended to watch. I added them. It’s what I do. Would you ask a fish to stop swimming or an eagle to stop soaring? Didn’t think so.)


11 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. stephm

    I saw that you added your Netflix queue list, and then noticed you had added The Crazies. If nothing else, you should be able to write an excellent post for it. I’m trying to forget it ever happened.

    But no, really, enjoying the blog – keep it up!

    stephm

    October 5th, 2010

  2. meg

    Thanks for reading! :)
    I appreciate the heads up about The Crazies. Sometimes I like to watch bad movies (this most likely explains 88% of the films on my queue…). When I write about it, I hope it doesn’t bring up too many bad memories for you.

    October 5th, 2010

  3. Rachael

    You might have been under a rock but I grew up believing. After season 4 or 5 the show goes down hill but the first few seasons are pretty lovable. Glad you are liking it so far. BTW – They filmed this in Vancouver, so it’d be pretty difficult to do away with Scully’s trenchcoats, but yeah, they’d have to sex her up a bit. Her sensible look was super popular though. I think it played to the whole “librarian” stereotype guys like.

    October 5th, 2010

  4. Rachael

    Oh, a couple things about your que – Ice Spiders? Really? Come on!
    She’s the Man – fun but a predominately kiddie flick.
    Push – looking forward to hearing you rip it apart. lol!
    RocknRolla – pretty darn good, imho. hope you enjoy it.

    October 5th, 2010

  5. meg

    Rachel- yes, Ice Spiders. I will probably close the curtains when I watch that, too. In part, the film is for Jens who has severe arachnophobia. I am also justifying it because I see that SyFy is doing a bunch of these cheesy movies and I want to see what it is all about. However, I wonder if I will be able to watch it entirely.
    I don’t know how She’s the Man made it to my queue, but I pushed it to the top to mix up the reviews a bit (sadly, it can’t all be about Bones) . Keep in mind that I tend to change my mind a lot, so the top ten may look entirely different in an hour or so. I have a habit of switching around my queue at least once per day. At least. ;)

    October 7th, 2010

  6. meg

    Rachel- I think that I shouldn’t have started The X-Files. There are so many seasons, and apparently with my OCD-ish type personality I just want to plow through them all. I am already a few episodes into season 2 (and they are long seasons!). Doh. They are fun to watch, though :)

    October 7th, 2010

  7. Rachael

    LOL- that’s pretty funny that you change up your queue so much! I think I change mine like once a week or two. I added 21 Jump Street a few weeks ago.
    When my ex and I were watching X-Files, it took us months to finish all 9 seasons. It basically got to the point where we had to finish it just to be done. I found the Alex Krycek character to be really hot. Oh no! You’ll have to add the movies now too! And Evolution, just because David Duchovny is in it.

    October 10th, 2010

  8. meg

    Rachel-
    Doh! Ok, I just put the movies in my queue…. and am seriously considering adding 21 Jump Street! :)

    I change my queue all the time. I must be very indecisive. Also, I tend to randomly find some film I forgot I had in the queue, then push it up to the top–only to then be pushed further down the list as I find more of these “treasures.”

    October 11th, 2010

  9. / I’m pretty keen to see the fololw-up episode, Tooms’, as I suspect that it addresses the biggest issue I had in this episode, which is minimal time spent focussed on Tooms.Dave, I think finding out too much about the origin of Tooms would be highly detrimental to the character. I don’t want to know too much about where he’s come from, but rather I just wanted to spend more time with him and experience more of a taste of the monster that he is. I was really surprised at just how little screen time and attention he received in this first episode.

    August 30th, 2012

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