In my case, I'm watching the 2016 X-Files miniseries from the perspective of a science fiction fan. My hope is that a miracle will occur and Chris Carter will take The X-Files in a more Sci Fi direction.
|Kumail Nanjiani as the perp|
unreliable witness #1
|Full of holes:|
Mulder's life of belief
(as written by Darin)
|Mulder the X-believer: directed by Darin|
Has Mulder been taking his meds?
The episode began in the X-Files office with Mulder (or was that really a shape-shifting alien who was pretending to be Mulder?) looking through old files and lamenting all of the wild
|rubber suit monster|
Apparently Morgan's were-monster story was written 10 years ago for another television show. In order to retrofit the story to The X-Files, Darin created an out-of-character mid-life crisis for Mulder and had him wallow around in it. Then snap out of it. Then wallow in it some more. Then snap out of it again.... rather like a nightmare series of uncontrolled transformations between man and monster.
|Scully being cute: in the market for monster savings (and junk) on her next smart phone.|
|Scully is amused by batshit|
in a Vancouver motel.
|The power of Photoshop.|
|the Tom: unreliable witness #2|
|Unreliable witnesses 3 and 4: the "high" art of face painting|
We know this is the "funny" episode because inside the sophisticated Hollywood fantasy culture, the propagation of minority stereotypes and the mocking of rural America is how you establish rapport with the hip urban audience demographic.
|Unreliable witness #5:|
the crazy psychiatrist
1) not taking science fiction too seriously and
2) mocking science fiction fans.
During the 40 minutes of "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster" I was amused, but I did not laugh once. Darin was trying to be funny, but there is a big difference between being funny and just trying to be funny.
|unreliable witness #6|
|lizard skin: once bitten|
|version 2.0: human skin|
|falling off the wagon: unreliable witness #7|
|Darin's sex fantasy. Say cheese, you animal!|
|Will Chris Carter let Scully science|
the shit out her "alien DNA" or is it just
teasers all the way down?
Lucky for Fox, most X-Files fans don't read science fiction and are ready to go along with Darin on an anti-science ride. Mighty thin gruel for science fiction fans here... move along.
Next: another alien conspiracy
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