1×03: Squeeze

“Oh my God, Mulder. I think it’s… it smells like bile.” – Dana Scully
“Is there any way I can get it off my fingers quickly without betraying my cool exterior?”
– Fox Mulder

It’s not all about “little green men” when Mulder and Scully encounter a mutant serial killer who enjoys the taste of human liver. It’s a race against the clock for the agents to stop the killer, whose crimes also seem to match unsolved cases from 1933 and 1963.

Squeeze

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Radhika: “Squeeze” is considered a classic from The X-Files’ early years, and I’m happy to say the assessment holds up while rewatching it nearly 20 years after it first aired. The episode is important for introducing us to the Monster of the Week (MOTW) format, as well as establishing Mulder and Scully as a real team. Continue reading

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1×02: Deep Throat

“Mr. Mulder, they’ve been here for a long long time.” Deep Throat

Our heroes are sent to Idaho (because who would ever go there voluntarily?) to investigate the apparent kidnapping by the military of one of their own, and they soon find out that strange lights are a regular nighttime occurrence.

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Max: The standard trope of any television series is that the second episode restates the thesis of the program, and that the way the show executes it determines in some measure its future success. In many ways, “Deep Throat” takes the cover-up of the existence of extraterrestrials only given lip service in the Pilot and takes it to a level that would define the central conspiracy of the series for the next several seasons.

Perhaps the most crucial aspect of this episode lies in the introduction of a character we will later see referred to as “Deep Throat,” the first in a line of informants Mulder will rely on to feed him information about the government’s involvement with extraterrestrials and their technology. Jerry Hardin, a classic character actor, infuses his role with enigma and gravitas right from the get go. It is his ominous pronouncements that wind up setting the tone for the duration of the season. Continue reading

SDCC: Marking 20 Years of ‘The X-Files’

As our readers are probably aware, there was a twentieth anniversary panel for The X-Files at San Diego Comic-Con this past Thursday. We here at Apt. 42 Revisited are admittedly a bit bummed that we couldn’t be at the event, but we had a chance to watch one of the better videos seen above.

A good chunk of the panel, while a wonderful trip down memory lane, was a bit of the same-old. Fans wanted to know more about Mulder and Scully. Was a sex scene ever filmed? (Apparently, yes. It’s out there somewhere, according to Gillian Anderson). What would a real date between the two characters be like? Whatever happened to their son, William? (At this, writer John Shiban encouraged his son, who played baby William and still has Scully-esque red hair, to come out onstage.)

Regardless, the panel shows how much of a lasting impact the show wound up having on fans, the cast and crew alike. Continue reading

1×01: Pilot

“Sorry, nobody down here, but the FBI’s most unwanted.” – Fox Mulder

Our heroes are introduced (to us and each other), with Special Agent Dana Scully assigned to work with Special Agent Fox “Spooky” Mulder in order to debunk his work on paranormal activities. Their first case involves apparent alien abductions — what else? —in Oregon, when members of a specific high school class keep dying under mysterious circumstances.

WHILE WE WATCHED

Max: And PLAY.

Radhika: Oh man. This is going to be fun.

Max: [noting the disclaimer] This is real you guys! Actual documented accounts!

Radhika: [noting female victim’s outfit] Shallow thought: The night gown always made me sad. Were people really sleeping in those things in 1993?

Max: Only if they were sexually repressed teenagers.

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‘Lots and lots of files’

Every so often, there comes a pop culture phenomenon so complete and memorable, it leaves a giant hulking trail in its wake. The X-Files is one such wonder. Yes, by now you’re quite familiar with the story of two intrepid G-Men (well, one G-Man and one G-Woman) hunting EBEs, monsters, ghosts, flukemen, serial killers, predators, and other outre bugaboo, but the program itself is only a part of the story.

Beginning on September 10, 1993, the show ushered in a whole universe of cult adulation, fan fiction, conventions, two feature films, ‘shipping, and capturing the zeitgeist of the 1990s, writ large. It is a testament to the power of the show that this weekend, as part of the festivities at the San Diego Comic-Con, there will be a panel celebrating the 20th anniversary of the program.

And that is where you come to the people bringing you this blog, two such individuals who grew up with and fell in love with this strange cultural sensation. Radhika conceived of the idea of a blog that would recap a rewatch of all 202 episodes and 2 movies, and Max liked the idea too much to not want to be a part of it.

We will be giving you our thoughts on each episode of the series, as well as posts surrounding the larger phenomenon that grew out of it. Fan fiction, alien autopsy videos, other shows/movies, everything is fair game. Except maybe Duchovny’s involvement with the Red Shoe Diaries films…..