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

Pilot

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

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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.

Duchovny On Twin Peaks

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

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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