The X Files? Is awesome.

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But you all know that already, right?

And seeing as there now 10 days until the release of XF2, my favourite movie of the year (also known as The X Files: I Want to Believe, and yes, it will be my favourite movie of the year. Move on.), I am getting more and more spazzy as each day comes and thought I better channel it and spread the love.

If you had asked me at any point in the last.. 5 years, if there was anything I wanted revived, any show I wanted back, any wish I had for entertainment.. it would have been the return of my favourite show, my ultimate fandom, The X Files. So imagine my glee when the rumours finally came true, and my wish was granted. In 10 days, my fandom is officially back (though we have been pretty dedicated after the show ended anyway!), and I will be going along to the theatre as many times as possible. If you wish to join me, let me know. (I only wish I had more fans with me here in New Zealand).

So to share my excitement and to tell you why I love this show so much, I am giving you 10 posts, with my Top Ten Twelve Episodes of The X Files, along with other geeky thoughts. Man this was hard. I’m giving you 12 because of the whole 2012 reference (ha!) and also because, well. Narrowing it down to 10 was impossible. And even then, my list that I had to cut is huge and is making me twitch a little.

So um. I guess I reserve the right to change my mind later. I won’t change the posts, though. Just my mind. You’ll still think I’m happy here. Onto the insanity!

12. Pilot. (Season 1, Episode 1)

I hemmed and hawwed about including this one. There are so many that I love, and I wanted to make sure I really chose the best. But at the same time, this is the episode that started it all.

Oh the bad hair and the ugly suits. The nostalgia. How very young Gillian is! (she was cast at 24 to play a 28-year old). Written by series creator Chris Carter, it shows us a hard-working underdog Mulder who has Scully assigned to him, mainly to “debunk” his work on the X Files. Big mistake for the powers that be, great plan for us. It’s set in 1992, so we can forgive the terrible hair, but maybe not the continuity. But hey, it has aliens! drama! Scully scowling!

Gillian was apparently rather green when they shot this episode, and filming the scenes in the graveyard in particular apparently involved a lot of giggling, some of which made it into the episode. There was also a man in Scully’s life, but the creators cut it to give her and Mulder more chemistry. CSM also gives his first appearance! He was supposed to be a non-speaking role, but he ended up having quite some weight…

Mulder drives, they both run, Scully is called “Dr. Scully”, and then there’s the hotel room scene. It’s a classic!

Memorable quotes:
Mulder: Sorry, nobody down here but the FBI’s most unwanted…

Mulder: In most of my work, the laws of physics rarely seem to apply…

Mulder: Do you believe in the existence of extra-terrestrials?

Mulder: That’s why they put the I in FBI.

Mulder: We lost nine minutes!



Honourable mention.. The Truth. (Season 9, Episode 19/20)

And the finale is the bookend here. Most people have written it off as a “clip show” or a poor ending. I wasn’t blown away, but I found it a fitting ending to what the show had become: a great show that had changed a fair bit with the departure of David Duchovny. I was glad to see it end, and end the way I envisioned it. Hopeful yet uncertain, with my two favourite characters together.

More eps tomorrow!

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