My story with The X-Files begins around 200 days ago, when I was looking for something to watch and found out that TXF would be returning soon, giving me enough time to dedicate every waking moment to these two agents who can’t actually solve one case. I cried through abductions, almost kisses and near death experiences, suffered through some really terrible episodes, but I made it just in time for the revival, and I thought it would be a good idea to quickly talk about the two movies in the series.
I have to start by saying that I really wish I could’ve seen Fight the Future in theatres. Though the movie has a Hollywood feel to it, when you watch it between episodes like I did, it’s easy to forget that this was a very different experience for those who were used to watching the series on TV. The first thing I noticed when I started watching Fight the Future was that while things were familiar, everything was also bigger. That first sequence with Scully telling everyone to evacuate the building is one of her most badass moments in the whole run of the show and I love it. I really enjoy that FTF decided to tackle the mythology of the show, unlike “I Want to Believe”, even though that might have made casual movie goers that weren’t used to watching the show a little bit confused. Especially in that hallway scene. What even was happening? A BEE? I HAVE WAITED 5 YEARS FOR THIS? Actually, this was me while watching it and not a casual moviegoer. But I digress. Though the mythology refers to events of the show, it also presents all new facts and conspiracies, making it enjoyable even if you don’t know much about the whole X-Files world. Also, Mulder and Scully are always fun and heartbreaking to watch even if they are sitting in a rock discussing cannibalism (“Quagmire” anyone?), so seeing them in this new and big setting is really exciting. Fight the Future is a very cool movie that can be watched as a stand-alone, but I would only recommend watching it without having seen the series if you have no intention of watching it or if you don’t really care about spoilers. I basically went into The X-Files knowing mostly every major plot point and it didn’t take away from my enjoyment, but everyone’s different in regards to that. I really liked that the movie ties in nicely with the rest of the series, even though Chris Carter makes a point of forgetting certain relationship related events on the following season.
Now, onto I Want to Believe . What do I even say about this movie? It’s a mess, for starters. I watched it a week after finishing the show and a couple of days before the revival, but can you imagine waiting six years for new X-Files and getting this, with no prospects of anymore episodes or movies? I would just curl up in a ball and cry. This movie is the reason why no one wants a “Friends” reunion episode or movie. Not that the X-Files finale was especially good, but what a way to put a dampen on it. Anyway, this movie was marketed as a stand-alone, and while I think that’s the first mistake they made, I also understand why it was done. Coming back with a mythology movie, especially if it weren’t a very well thought script, could jeopardize everything that was done in the show. A monster of the week type of movie kind of takes that pressure off, because the only thing you can actually mess up are the characters and not the whole structure of the show. And boy, did they mess up the characters. However, the case they were working on here wasn’t really compelling and did not come close to any of the great monsters of the show. So what you’re left with is really a boring case and some poorly thought character development. Like I said, I didn’t watch this in theatres, but I think I’d be really frustrated to see the state of Mulder and Scully’s relationship, this together but not really together but still having cinematographically shot kisses thing that is just not them. In the wise words of David Duchovny himself, “We rode to the middle of the ocean together. Apparently that didn't work as relationship therapy.” The best word to define this movie, for me, is frustrating. Everyone is sad and this is not what I hoped to see six years after the finale. A classic case of when “nine seasons and a movie” would be better than “nine seasons and two movies”.
Are you excited for the return of The X-Files? Were you able to watch any of the movies as they came out and, if so, what were your thoughts?
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