I wrote this under Sepinwall's post about it http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watchi ... s-premiere
>> I saw no reason Mulder should have believed anything about O'Malley and Sveta's stories until the demo of the craft in the hanger, and even with that, no proof of Everything We Knew Was Wrong.
I was never a fan of the meandering mythology arc, but I still don't think the best way to get Mulder, Scully, and Skinner working together was by negating much or all of what they'd established up to now. Silly.
Before we had the term 'binge watching', X-Files
was one of the shows I caught up with that way, after it was five seasons in (also in the same era - Ally McBeal, The Practice, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel
) but before the first movie, as FX was stripping it as a daily, and I was setting my vcr and making tapes...
I didn't like what I saw of the show early on, though my Mom and former-best-friend/pseudo-sister loved it and would watch it together all the time. I would be around for dumb parts, thought Duchovny mumbled a lot, and I resented HOW popular it was, when Twin Peaks
was far superior and, you know, burned brightly, briefly, sputtered, and then died.
But at some point, I decided I'd give it a chance... that it was one of those shows I 'should' like... and I did. Mostly. (Thought a lot better of Duchovny after I'd gotten used to him).
There were many fantastic standalone episodes.
I love 'soap', of course, so I looked FORWARD to the mythology episodes, the recurring characters, the conspiracies... but then I'd always be disappointed by them. Carter didn't know what the hell he was doing with the long-form story. It was bad. It frequently didn't make much sense.
So you think that I'd LIKE that he'd hit the 'reset button' on the aliens, and make it a man-made conspiracy instead, but... no. They were way too far down that path - Mulder and Scully saw too much of ____ to go back and say 'maybe I was cleverly manipulated' just because of the really unconvincing scenes with last night's new characters.
But yes, still eager for the rest, and I'll probably root FOR 'more' instead of against it, but... the premiere was awful, and I expect the finale will be, too...
Everything I'm reading about it today says #3 (next Monday) is awesome, a classic, a lot of fun... Excited for that.
One of my friends from college (Curtis C.) was in 7.12, 'X-Cops', the funny one that was shot as a parody of Cops
... and was written by Vince Gilligan. Cool.