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TV Shows - X-Files

In the series, FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are the investigators of X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena.

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1 When Mulder left the show... Mulder was the show.
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2 Never Boned Still rocks.
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3 Season 5 and 6 Story arc becomes a nonsensical mess
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4 Moved to LA Sunny and big didn't work for the show
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5 Soap opera Story arc displaces freak of the week
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6 Mulder "finds" Samantha No aliens after all, she's just dead.
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7 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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8 Death The Lone Gunmen
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9 Moved to Sunday/Movie Lost its way. Whole season ruined to support film
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10 X-Files Movie A number of mysteries are explained.
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11 Death Alex Krychek
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1 I was a regular watcher when this was on. It's funny, because in retrospect I think the show jumped in more than one way. This was a great show at least up until the 6th season or so. But by that time, a couple of problems had crept up - 1) the story arc no longer made sense after they failed to explain very well the alien rebel thing - in fact IIRC they don't appear again after the Cassandra Spender eps. 2) The soap opera element of the will they, wont they garbage - (I hated it at the time, and I think Chris Carter would have been better off from the start writing the series so it was NOT remotely possible for them to have a relationship). The sudden manner in which most of the conspirators are killed leads me to think that Chris Carter realized the conspiracy episodes were starting to make no sense and he wanted to have the show go back to almost exclusively monster of the week episodes, which are the highlight of the series IMO and where the originality really shines. I agree that the moment the show actually jumped was Mulder leaving the show, though in season 8 having more monster of the week improved things temporarily - but I think the single most upsetting jump (of several) for me was the retcon he did on Samantha. It was other sloppy way to 'resolve' that arc and clean the slate of the show, and I remember at the time fans were (rightly) outraged. Things like the move to LA were bad trends but not jumpers - I remember the California-centric filming locations created problems such as - the setting in one ep being Pennsylvania, but lazily allowing palm trees to be seen in the background. -- Submitted By: () on September 20, 2013, 9:59 pm - (4 votes) - Login to Vote
2 The story-arc of this show started out amazing. It was simple enough. It involved a government cover-up of UFOs, abductions, and stereotypical "grey aliens". By season 5 it started losing its way and getting goofy by piling on extra elements like alien bounty hunters, aliens disguised as humans, alien rebels, and a very unclear storyline about an impending alien invasion. By the time the movie rolled around and season 6 began the story-arc became shamefully incoherent. It ends with a horribly written two part episode that clarifies nothing and bears little resemblance to the original show. -- Submitted By: () on May 8, 2012, 10:33 am - (25 votes) - Login to Vote
3 It's funny how the "monster of the week" episodes were mocked by fans as "filler" at the time. Now they're the only episodes worth a damn. All the "conspiracy" episodes are meaningless now that we know they go nowhere. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on February 15, 2012, 11:17 am - (23 votes) - Login to Vote
4 I'd agree with most of what AndyC was saying. My favorite episodes were the freak of the week ones. Personally I thought the alien conspiracy became tired after season 6. However the mystery of Samantha's disappearance was very intriguing early on. I especially love the ones where Scully's faith was put to the test. That being said, my all time favorite episodes are "All Souls" and "The Post-Modern Prometheus." X-Files was fun, creepy, and intelligent-never missed an episode-until David left. After that it became unwatchable with Robert, Annabeth, and boring, bland story lines. -- Submitted By: (Englebert) on February 14, 2012, 8:45 pm - (9 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Actually, that would've been the only part of the show remotely realistic, since in real life the government would never bother to close any departments no matter how useless they are. Gotta keep wasting and spending taxpayer money, ya know. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on August 14, 2011, 3:14 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
6 I still never understood while the FBI wouldn't have just closed the X-Files after Mulder disappeared. Mulder was the only reason they created the X-Files department. Without him, there was no reason to keep it open. Assigning someone else to it just to keep the show going? That's just silly. I don't buy it. -- Submitted By: (TheCeej) on August 14, 2011, 11:19 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
7 This show's main problem came about because of the development of the main story arc. I like the conspiracy stuff, but as the story in it developed they still tried to maintain the lighter monster of the week episodes too. This led to the show developing a split personality that was kind of jarring. One week Mulder and Sculley would see strong evidence that there was a vast conspiracy involving the government and aliens, then next week they are tracking down a two headed snake in BFE. That is fine when you don't know the true scope and direction of the main plot, but once that became plain how relevant is it to track down the guy who is unusually lucky. Any sane person who knew some sort of global alien induce Apocalypse was on the way would be stocking up on canned goods and shotgun shells. -- Submitted By: (Joebob) on January 20, 2011, 8:32 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
8 Seasons 3-5 are gold. I kinda "loled" at the Krycheck comment because he was an amazing character. I own all of them but Season 8 is terrible. The new agents actually were really good but the stories weren't nearly as good as the earlier episodes. I voted didn't bone the fish because Season 9 does have a few episodes of magic and season 8 is the only major mis-step. -- Submitted By: (neopavlik) on January 13, 2011, 8:40 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 I never got into this show myself, but this was a defining series of the 90s. Any study in 90s pop culture for years will have to mention this series. This along with The Simpsons and Married...with Children put Fox on the map. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on April 5, 2010, 12:45 pm - (4 votes) - Login to Vote
10 The "Monster of the Week" episodes were good for what they were, typical hour-long formula drama fare of the time, just adding a paranormal twist. They were good, and probably would have carried the show through a few seasons, but the "conspiracy" episodes were obviously where everyone was pulling out all the stops. These were always intended to be the best episodes of the season. And I think they're the biggest single factor in why the show developed such a passionate fanbase. Remember that the idea of a series-long storyline with mature and sweeping themes, and characters actually changing and developing over the seasons, was relatively novel in the 1990s. Mainstream dramas, prior to that, had tended to focus an endless chain of standalone episodes with no particular overall story direction or character development. A diverse group of 90s and 2000s shows, from 24 to Babylon 5 to The Sopranos, added a new dimension to dramas, and The X-Files was one of the shows that was a part of this change. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on January 23, 2010, 5:07 pm - (-2 votes) - Login to Vote
11 I liked The X-Files in the very beginning, when the format was "freak of the week." That was the X-Files of Tooms, the Fluke Man, the little green bugs, etc. It was fun. At that time, the story arc (Mulder's sister, the Mulder-Scully relationship, the big conspiracy) was more of a backdrop that added some dimension to the show. After a while, it just came to be about chasing the conspiracy, and worse yet, a lot of "will they, won't they" crap. It was a soap opera. For me, the show improved with the introduction of Doggett. He brought a different style that freshened things up, while the show got back to its roots - two agents investigating the paranormal. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on April 30, 2009, 3:10 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
12 This show really hit the point of no return with the move to LA, but it was already on the decline. Season 5 was a weak season. Seasons 4 and even season 3 weren't as strong as 1 and 2, the classic years. With LA it just got worse and worse. This show started out really interesting, with a lot of promise, and before the end it was mind blowingly bad! -- Submitted By: (Spooky) on April 24, 2009, 2:32 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
13 Really, I think the end of season 7 would have been a good series end without the shot of all of the luggage. Season 8 & 9 would have been good if they were a new show, but instead of seeing these for the great stories that they were, all I was seeing was a big lack of Mulder. There were a few storylines that I could have done without earlier in the series - but I think David Duchovny leaving the show was the real fishboner. -- Submitted By: (creatrix) on April 12, 2009, 9:11 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
14 I stopped caring right before the first movie. Then season 6 and seven were almost alright... not quite up to par, but watchable. After that, the abduction. Mulder got kidnapped by "aliens" and we got stuck with T-1000. John Doggett BONED THE FISH! -- Submitted By: (Koskov) on March 12, 2009, 7:00 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote

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