Fox Mulder. Scully. The Smoking Man. The truth is out there. If any of those phrases send a nostalgic chill down your spine, high five. The X-Files is one the best sci fi shows ever created, although it almost feels wrong to peg it as "sci fi." That 1990s classic was more than alien invasions; there was tension between characters and ideals, so thick it felt like quicksand.
Watching the first season of X-Files on DVD has me marveling at how quickly the roles of Mulder and Scully were defined. Scully was the hard-nosed skeptic of anything ET, believing in her science and FBI training. Mulder even called himself spooky, as his desire to unmask alien life overcame his every moment.
But the real joy of watching season one is seeing the tension between Mulder and Scully boil over. There's sexual tension there, sure, but beneath that superficial layer we see how two ideals collided, how they butt heads without every truly lashing out at each other. It's more like Mulder is so passionate about the truth being out there, he wants Scully to share in that faith too. She's fascinated by Mulder, but not enough to abandon her skepticism.
Season One has some great episodes, real classics. They might be notable for their villains, like the pyromaniac or the creepy fella who could crawl into air ducts. They might be memorable for the breakthrough drama, such as when Scully's dad suffered a heart attack. I forgot how emotionally taut X-Files was in those early days; I guess I always thought Season Three n' Four were the best of the bunch. I didn't really pay attention to the first dozen episodes.
So I'm no X-Files fanboy, I admit I don't know much about the second season. If you want to enlighten me on what episodes I should bookmark in my brain, I might visit my ol' DVD store and find out if they have a certain alien sci fi classic show available, season deux, please.
And the X-Files movies? I think I'll pass. I don't remember them being anything more than just an elongated episode.