X-Files S1 E5 – The Jersey Devil

Hello and welcome back to another X-Files Rewatch!

Here we are in episode five. A decent enough outing, well-acted and so forth. Probably one of my least favorite of the season, but that by no means reflects on the writing or production values. The story was just, I don’t know, boring. (I hope  I never write like that, though I’m terribly afraid that everything I write is somehow lackluster.)

This one is the first instance of the show taking a real world legend, urban or otherwise, and putting a possible X-Files explanation on it. It’s as plausible as anything, I guess. When you finally found out what the ‘Jersey Devil’ actually is though, you’re so hyped up for something else that the truth is a bit of a letdown. At least that’s the way I felt.

It’s fun watching Duchovny spend this first season finding his way as Mulder. He brings such an  intensity to the role, an intensity that I think he loses in the later seasons.

Scully goes on a date in this episode while Mulder’s out chasing the thing. You can almost see her squirming, that’s how uncomfortable she looks. Great acting by Gillian Anderson.

I’d write more about this one but it wouldn’t be fair to put more into this post than I put into watching this one. :()

To me, it’s one of those episodes you’re glad you watched once, but probably wouldn’t go back and see it again. Unless you were writing a Rewatch column. 🙂

See You in the Future,

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X-Files Rewatch – S1 E4 – Conduit

Welcome back to another rundown of one of science-fiction’s best shows. Certainly of the 90’s.

Here we have the fourth episode, a girl is abducted in the middle of the night. Mulder immediately assumes its aliens, while Scully talks to local law enforcement and gets more grounded explanations. For fans who watch the show closely, this episode is no small mirror for Mulder’s own life, because his own sister taken in the middle of the night as well.

That lady you’ve seen in a bunch of other stuff is actress Carrie Snodgress, by the way(your welcome)

The show does a great job of leading you first down one path then the other. Maybe she was abducted, no wait she could have just run off with someone else’s boyfriend. No, it was aliens. Wait, she was pregnant and ran away.

In the end, well, either you already know or I’m not gonna tell you. 🙂

There’s a sweet little twist at the end, when you finally figure out what the little boy is drawing while he’s staring at the static on TV. That was a great little piece of plot engineering.

It’s a solid episode in a solid show. Not my favorite of the season but one of the good ones, for sure.

See You in the Future,

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