January 16, 2010
The aliens are coming, the aliens are coming!
I want to believe... (cue spooky theme music)... or do I?
Despite my all-encompassing love for everything TV, movies, and pop culture, I have never watched The X-Files.
Why? It's science fiction, it's dark, it never got my attention and once you aren't hooked at the beginning, how many people really make the effort to immerse themselves? Stupid comedies, which I love dearly, are easy to jump into midstream, but a serial of any kind? Less likely. I also haven't ever watched Lost, for pretty much the same reasons - missed the start, don't want to jump into a long story arc midway, and don't really want to invest the time.
Although I haven't watched the show. I do have a story about the X-files: one day while chewing tobacco and hitchhiking outside the trailer park, I saw a large flying saucer slowly hover down on a nearby field. Okay totally lying, that never happened... or did it?
About fifteen years ago, when I was living in Vancouver, I was walking home from work, bouncing along to the music in my headphones. As I turned onto my street, my little Jewish heart froze --- holy crap, there was a phalanx of uniformed Nazis doing the march step right in front of my apartment building! This cannot be good. So remove sunglasses, pull off earphones, rub eyes, look again --- yep, them be Nazis! I soon figured out was the X Files from the signs and film crew vans, filming some flashback episode. So I waited for the Nazis to stop blocking my doorway and I went home.
Still didn't watch the the damn show, though always mildly curious to see that Nazi episode.
So many years later, and the X-Files has come and gone (it ran from 1993 to 2002), as have two movies, endless conspiracy theories, and what really become a cult-ish pop culture movement. And I skipped the whole damn thing.
Skip ahead to now (yes, think time travel, you science fiction geeks), and I still haven't watched X-Files, and am engaged to K who loves the series. So last weekend when we were renting a couple of movies, we included X-Files: I Want to Believe, the most recent movie, from 2008.
We watched the flick last night, and holy shit there was a huge surprise --- I liked it! Yep it was dark, and waaaay too gory for my taste, and still it was suspenseful and smart and visually terrific.
I don't know if I 'believe' or not, I think am more of the questioning Scully than the believer Mulder (yikes, I am using geek speak). Guess there are like 897 episodes of the show out there to watch and think about it...