With news that Fox is bringing back The X-Files, I couldn’t help but reminisce over my favorite X-Files episodes. I’ve been meaning to write about them, but I do not know how to re-introduce them. (I only started blogging in 2005, and The X-Files ended its run in 2002. The second movie could have also been a good springboard for such discussion, but I didn’t have time then. 😮 ). But with The X-Files making a comeback (no conspiracy here!), thought now’s an opportune time to share my favorites with you. 😉
1. The Post-Modern Prometheus. Mulder and Scully look into the claims of a woman who has been impregnated by a mysterious creature. In the course of their investigation, they discover The Great Mutato (mutation)–a modern-day Frankenstein “monster”. The episode is rendered in black-and-white, reminiscent of old Frankenstein films.
Why do I love it? Because of the dance scene at the episode’s end. Granted “Walking in Memphis” isn’t even a romantic song, but Mulder seemed shy asking Scully to dance with him; she was surprised, but gamely obliges. I also like the black-and-white comic book feel.
2. Memento Mori. Latin for: “remember (that you will) die.” Scully discovers she has cancer (NPCA perhaps?). Mulder reads through her diary, err, 😛 investigates if it is connected to her previous abduction.
Why do I love it? Because of the hug in the hospital hallway. Scully was even way shorter in her hospital slippers, allowing Mulder to rest his chin on her head. It didn’t strike me as romantic, but it felt like of one of the warmest and most comforting hugs. 🙂
3. Redux. Mulder fakes his death, so he could freely investigate on the government’s coverup re extraterrestrial life. He also strikes a deal with The Cigarette Smoking Man in an attempt to find a cure for Scully’s cancer. This is a two-part episode, a part of the show’s mythology.
Why do I love it? Mulder sure does not cry beautifully. 😛 But for all his ugly crying face, you feel the rawness and intensity of his emotions. 😦 I wanted to reach out and comfort him. He looked like such a lost boy. I also like the heated exchange during Mulder’s hearing.
4. Triangle. Mulder investigates the mysterious disappearance of a luxury passenger ship over the Bermuda Triangle, and travels back in time to 1939. There he meets the 1939 counterparts of his contemporaries. This episode’s sequences were filmed and edited to appear like one long continuous take.
Why do I love it? Because Mulder says “I love you.” to Scully. 😛 Because Mulder and (1939) Scully kiss. And because of the almost perfect execution of the long continuous sequences; I especially enjoyed the scene with the elevators. 😉
5. Chinga. Scully goes on vacation in Maine, and stumbles upon a killer doll. Meanwhile at the X-Files office, Mulder is bored without his partner. 😮 Co-written by Stephen King. Kinda like Chucky/Bride of Chucky, but this one’s more eerie.
Why do I love it? Because Mulder proposes marriage to Scully. Even if it was out of sheer boredom, he apparently misses her. 😉
Do you have any favorite X-Files episodes? I would love to hear about them. 🙂
Standby for Part Two 😎