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13 November 2002 @ 01:59 am
Sometimes it is so dark.
atelierlune on November 13th, 2002 07:53 am (UTC)
That's why Mulder and Scully carried those big floodlights in the first few seasons of the X-files. But then, after a certain point, they stop using them, and have little, more normal-looking ones.
Perhaps it is darker now that it was then?

Or did they just misplace the floodlights, lose them down ravines and get them hacked up by mutants?

Maybe the Man took them away. Darn it.
xorgok on November 13th, 2002 08:07 am (UTC)
I have to say, I was seriously dissapointed when the big flashlights disappeared. I liked those flashlights quite a bit. It made them look hard core. Those flashlights must have been heavy. I think it would be hard to run through the woods chasing after aliens with them.
atelierlune on November 13th, 2002 08:40 am (UTC)
Agreed. It may have been because the picture tube in my father's old TV was nearly dead, but I was vaguely exasperated by how lacking in light the season before last was. I mean, honestly.

This may not even be the true darkness at hand.
xorgok on November 13th, 2002 03:24 pm (UTC)
No, it is probably not the kind of darkness originally meant, but it's still a very valid type of darkness.

The show was very dark after the first two or three seasons. For awhile, Mulder and Scully had overhead lights in their office, and actually did things during the day. Then it got very dark. Annoyingly so.

Where did that show go wrong? It started out so fantastic....
atelierlune on November 13th, 2002 05:58 pm (UTC)
I'll be darned if I know what happened. Might have been the money. Might have become an ego thing, enough to make people stop caring.

There was a big conspiracy (HA! HA!) that Chris Carter was syphoning off X-Files resources to fund Millenium (which I never go into), and David Duchovny actually took him to court over it. I think to a certain extent he lost respect for Carter, and that's when things started to fall apart.
Though, some people say it's when the plot started to double in upon itself, like circa the movie, and got too caught up in self-parody. I don't know about that so much either. I kind of liked the parody episodes.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on November 13th, 2002 07:25 pm (UTC)
Millenium kicks the stuffing out of X-Files, hands down- seeing as how I thought X-Files should have been cancelled around Season 4, that puts me in a minority, but I deal. Millenium had more believable characters, and a darker, edgier story - X-Files became a conspiratorial soap opera.

I like the first two seasons of X-Files a lot - it's the other ones I have problems with.

PS - You can live a full life believing that the third season of Millenium never happened.
atelierlune on November 13th, 2002 08:50 pm (UTC)
Agreed, the X-Files has warped into a bloated, sloppy mass over the years. I admit I've not seem too much Millenium, though, so I ought not to make comments on it.

I think I told you my favorite X-Files episode ever is from the first season.

Perhaps this is the truest sign.
xorgok on November 14th, 2002 08:04 am (UTC)
Millenium was definitely good for at least the first season. It was so long ago that I seriously don't even remember what happened in it, but I remember liking it. I recall the second season also being acceptable. The third season was lame.

I really liked the parody X-Files episodes, but I think that's because they were such a relief after some really awful episodes. The fourth season was dreadful, and I didn't even watch anymore after the sixth (except for the series finale, which I felt obliged to watch, having been a die-hard fan since I was about 12).

Which one was your favorite episode? Despite all of the plot holes, I can't bring myself to dislike the little green bugs and probably have to say that if not my favorite, it falls at least within my top five.
atelierlune on November 14th, 2002 08:20 pm (UTC)
In terms of parody episode, or in general? The quintessential parody episode is "Jose Chung's From Outer Space", in which a writer and others give an account of UFO chasing in the boondocks, where everything seems to get lost in translation.

In general, a tie for favorite episode ever goes to "Ice", where Mulder and Scully get stuck in an Arctic research station with worms that make people violent and "Pusher" in which the agents chase a self-proclaimed samurai who can consciously control people by talking to them.

"Little green bugs"? Can you explain more? I always find myself wanted to tell the whole story when explaining an X-Files plot to someone, but I always thought that was because the story was so good.

I agree that in the last few years the "mythos" has become painfully convoluted. It's really too bad.
xorgok on November 14th, 2002 10:11 pm (UTC)
I agree that "Jose Chung," "Ice," and "Pusher" are all excellent episodes. "Darkness Falls" is the one with the green glowing bugs that don't like light. Mulder and Scully are stuck in the forest with the bugs and then the generator runs out...ooh, scary. I also really like "Humbug" (the circus episode) from the second season, and "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" (the guy who can tell how people will die) from the third season...both of those are hilarious.

The show was definitely at its best before it got too into the alien story. It was a nice way of connecting everything, but when it became the focus, it got ridiculous.
atelierlune on November 14th, 2002 10:33 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, "Clyde" is a great one. The Stupendous Yappi and all that.

"Humbug" was just creepy on account of the Jim Rose Circus.

Ah, the memories.
The past is prologuenemoren on November 13th, 2002 03:17 pm (UTC)
Jeebus, people...
Just 2 entries down on my friends' page (stranger, locked)...

Hello depression, my old friend.
I've come to talk with you again.
The darkest days have yet to come. But they will...and they will be very very dark.

Almost eerie.
❀✯ L.E. Arroway ✭✈: featherlyght on November 13th, 2002 03:32 pm (UTC)
Like when it's November, and it's cloudy out in the late afternoon, and there's no snow on the ground.

Snow prevents kaamos from becoming the black nothing that swallows us up. Damn the SUVs for bringing on black nothingness.