Welcome to “My First Time,” a recurring section on the blog where we query fellow X-Philes about how they came to the show, and then later on how their fandom developed and evolved over the years.
Case File: KF102913
Subject: Kenji Fujishima
We start in earnest our interview series of fellow X-Philes with my good friend Kenji, whom I’ve known since high school, and while rooming with him in college, rekindled my love and obsession with the show by rewatching the whole thing from the beginning.
Max: Hey Kenji, how’s it going?
Kenji: A little under the weather, actually, but otherwise, going okay.
Max: Let’s get down to brass tacks, and ask you point blank, what was your first episode?
Kenji: Short answer: “The Host.” Longer answer: I randomly walked into my parents’ bedroom one night and basically watched a guy puke up a fluke in the shower, then later discovered both the name of the show and the name of that episode.
Max: Elaborate on that if you can. Watching that must’ve been quite the experience back then.
Kenji: It was pretty freaky. In fact, I think all The X-Files episodes I subsequently watched that season, at least, creeped me out to varying degrees… to the point that, when I went to bed afterward, I always had to make sure the closet across from my bed in my bedroom was closed. That’s how much of an effect those episodes had on me — and yes, that included “Humbug,” the second season’s one “comedy” episode. And yet, somehow, despite that, I couldn’t get enough, and kept returning week after week. Continue reading