My First Time: Passing the Torch

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.

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Subjects: Josh and Molly

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This is definitely not the body of Ray Soames!

Before the new episodes premiered, the official X-Files Facebook and Twitter accounts held a “201 Days of The X-Files” rewatch campaign, an episode a day until “My Struggle” aired on our television screens after waiting through agonizing post-game football coverage. It was the perfect time for many longtime fans to get their friends and family into a show that was and is a part of their lives.

My good friend Josh recently told me that he has been getting is 13-year-old daughter into the show, and I thought it a nice opportunity to bring back our “My First Time” segment, with this unique multi-generational wrinkle.

Max: Do you remember the first episode you watched?

Josh:Darkness Falls.” First one, didn’t know anything, I was blown away. It was Friday night, and I convinced all my friends to sit down and watch it instead of going out. We were all in college, sophomore year I believe, and we made a ritual to watch it before going out for the night. Continue reading

My First Time: When Cartoons and Creeps Collide

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.

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Subject: Shaenon K. Garrity

For our last edition of this feature, I reached out to someone who I have had no prior interactions with. Wonderfully, she accepted my invitation to be “interrogated” about her Philedom. Tonight’s interview is with award winning cartoonist and writer Shaenon Garrity, creator of the comics Narbonic and co-creator of Smithson. Her skills with pen and paper led her to make Monster of the Week, an online strip devoted to playfully ribbing our beloved show.

Monster of the Week

comic written and drawn by Shaenon K. Garrity.

Max: We here at Apt. 42 Revisited usually have basic interview questions, things we would like to know. Naturally if there is something you want to elaborate on feel free.

Shaenon: All right!  Let me give it a go…

Max: What was your first X-Files episode?

Shaenon: I can’t remember, but back in the ’90s I started watching around the second season.  “Blood” is an early episode I remember making a big impression on me.

Max: Tell me more about your early experiences with The X-Files.

Shaenon: To be honest, I was only mildly into the show the first time around.  I liked the weird, paranoid episodes like “Blood” and “Jose Chung” (and really anything scripted by Darin Morgan), but the more typical episodes didn’t grab me.  I was more of a Babylon 5 fan at the time.  As ridiculous as it sounds, The X-Files wasn’t quite nerdy enough for my college self. Continue reading

My First Time: The X-Files Changed My Life

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.

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Subject: Ja

Today, we’re talking to Ja, another person I knew from The X-Files forums back in the day, who went on to have some very interesting Phile adventures after becoming a fan.

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Ja with Chris Carter at San Diego Comic Con in 2007. (Photo courtesy of Ja)

Radhika: What was your first episode of The X-Files?

Ja: My first episode was actually the pilot! I watched the premiere because a spooky (pun intended) show about aliens and conspiracies sounded right up my alley.

Radhika: What was special about the show to you?

Ja: There are quite a few things that were special about The X-Files to me. I loved the way the show was set in the “real world,” but took things that most people are already afraid of and explored them in ways that usually made them even scarier. Monsters living in the sewer? Things that go bump in the night? Fire? Cockroaches? Serial killers? If you were worried about those before, just wait till The X-Files tackled them. I also loved that there was an overarching mythology that fans could [enjoy] debating and analyzing to death. Continue reading

My First Time: Close Encounters Of An Irreverent Kind

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.

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Subject: Holly Dubin

We continue our series by interviewing Holly, a friend I’ve known since we were very little, growing up together. I share her wry observations here.

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That’s what she said.

Max: Ok, so here we go. What was the first episode you remember seeing?

Holly: I actually watched the Pilot even though I was only in third grade because I couldn’t wait for it to air.

Max: Oh wow, that is pretty hardcore! How did you hear about the show then? Ads on television?

Holly: Yeah, I was probably watching The Simpsons or something.

Max: Compared to you I was a late-comer, only discovering it during the second season. What excited you about the show and kept you coming back for more?

Holly: It was dark, it had aliens, it had an incredibly attractive leading man, plus Scully was a scientist and at the time, I wanted to be a scientist. Also, my dad was into it and I was pretty much into anything that he was into. Continue reading

My First Time: When Geekdom Becomes Cool

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.

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We continue this series by interviewing Annie, another person I met on the official FOX message boards back in the day. This longtime geek tells us her story.

Some of Annie's mementos (Photo courtesy of Annie)

Some of Annie’s mementos (Photo courtesy of Annie)

Radhika: What was your first episode of The X-Files?

Annie: I caught bits and pieces of the early part of season one, but it wasn’t until “Ice” that I saw a whole one [I had a toddler in the I’m not going to bed” stage].

Radhika: What do you remember most from watching “Ice”?

Annie: What I remember most about “Ice”: Thinking it was like an updated Twilight Zone episode, smart and scary, just enough realism to make it (the worm creature) cringe-inducing scary instead of laughable. Oh, and that hot guy from Red Shoe Diaries was on it. Continue reading

My First Time: Forensics, Messageboards, and Philedom

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.

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Subject: Rebecca Ross

This next interview in our continuing series profiling Philes is with Rebecca, a good friend of mine from the UK whom I met online via the messageboards on The X-Files‘ IMDB page. Here we reminisce and explore what drew her to the series and sparked an obsession.

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Where we met way back when. (Logo iMDB)

Max: So Becky, what was your first episode that you remember seeing?

Rebecca: My first episode was ‘F. Emasculata.”

Max: What do you remember about watching the episode? Did you watch it when it first aired over there in the UK or was this a bit after that?

F. Emasculata

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Rebecca: It would have been a day or so after it aired in 1995 when I was 10 as my mum insisted on recording it to see if it was suitable or not, I’m surprised she let me watch bearing in mind the episode. A girl called Francis had mentioned there was a show I might like while were were getting ready for a PE lesson and I asked my mum if I could watch. I watched it alone in my bedroom on a roll mat on the floor which I had there as I was going on a guides camping trip that weekend. I can remember hoping all the way through that Scully didn’t die as I didn’t know anything about the show, I fell in love with the character immediately. I have always loved anything gross or a little gory from being a kid so it was a great introduction to the show. Continue reading

My First Time: A Moment of Silence for Queequeg

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.

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Subject: Claire

We continue talking to fans about their entry into Philedom by chatting with Claire from Australia. I’ve known Claire since our days posting on the official FOX messageboards back in the day, and we’ve maintained some level of online correspondence since. This is her story.

Claire's "The Truth Is Out There" pin. (Photo courtesy of Claire)

Claire’s “The Truth Is Out There” pin. (Photo courtesy of Claire)

Radhika: So, I’m going to start with the main question: What was your first episode?

Claire: That’s very difficult to answer! I have a feeling that it was “Quagmire.” The episode with Big Blue, and poor little Queequeg gets eaten… Queequeg.

Radhika: Yes, a moment of silence for Queequeg.

Claire: Haha.

Radhika: All right. So what was about it about The X-Files that struck you when you first started watching?

Claire: I was actually already familiar with The X-Files through the really basic novelizations… I was pretty young when it first came out (I think it started when I was in Grade 4 in Australia). I liked reading weird sci-fi/mystery books and I got hooked on those. They were the next step up from RL Stine! So a firm love of aliens, sci-fi, and mystery from a young age enticed me, and I’d finish the books in less than a day so of course I had to watch the TV show! Our TV reception was pretty horrible (too many trees!) so my grandmother would fill up a videotape with episodes and then pass it on to me. Continue reading