Couch Potato Diaries

The X-Files First Watch: “Eve,” “Fire,” “Beyond the Sea” and “Gender Bender”

I mentioned this in a previous post, but for X-Files fans: at which point did you know you were hooked on this series? I think I may have finally reached that point, but it’s taken longer than I was expecting. I finally sat down and spent an entire afternoon excited about watching them, instead of feeling like I needed to get through enough for my next post. I also find myself looking forward to having time to watch more, instead of forgetting about it completely. Maybe I will get this series watched before the new one premieres after all.

“Eve” Episode 1.11

xfiles-eveTwo men are discovered dead on opposite sides of the country, having been murdered at exactly the same time. Both have puncture wounds in the neck and are drained of blood. Even more mysteriously they each have identical daughters. Mulder and Scully investigate and discover a sketchy human cloning experiment.

My stream of consciousness through this episode:

  • Vampires? Vampire aliens?
  • Exsanguinate is a big word for such a little girl.
  • So, not alien vampires, just twisted humans, which is sometimes worse.
  • So the girls were responsible? Kids are so creepy.
  • So manipulative and creepy!

It’s no surprise that the writers of The X-Files know just how creepy kids can be. I don’t know what it is about kids – maybe that they’re the last people you would suspect of being cold-blooded sociopaths, but it just makes them creepy when written this way. And I gotta hand it to the writers, I don’t think the word vampire was even mentioned once in this episode even though that was my very first thought. But of course Mulder’s mind would immediately go to some sort of extraterrestrial investigation faster than vampires. Also, I have to remind myself this was pre-Twilight.

“Fire” Episode 1.12

Xfiles-FireA man with pyrokinetic abilities apparently has a nasty grudge against English nobility. Mulder and Scully are recruited to look into the case by a former “associate” of Mulder’s from his oxford days.

One of my favorite parts of watching these episodes is seeing actors I know from many other things looking much younger than I’m used to. This episode had my favorite guest star so far. I was totally distracted when I realized that young, sketchy looking gardener setting things on fire is the King of Hell. How appropriate. Mark Sheppard, playing with fire and making the rounds of genre TV since 1994.

Is that a twinge of jealousy I’m beginning to detect Agent Scully? I know enough about the series to know where their relationship is headed, but I don’t really ship it. I would need a lot more development in that area before I do. I enjoy their working relationship at the moment.

… And can you be any creepier Mr. Sheppard? Seriously, that show of him hiding behind the plant – this is why you always get the creepy/evil roles.

This may be one of my new favorite episodes, though I could be totally biased based on the guest star. He’s just so good at being evil.

“Beyond the Sea” Episode 1.13

xfiles-beyondseaScully’s father dies unexpectedly and Mulder and Scully investigate a kidnapping with ties to a man Mulder put in prison years ago, who now claims to be psychic.

General Hammond is Scully’s father? You’d think she’d be a little more open-minded seeing as her father is the head of the Stargate program. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) Wait… He’s dead already? How do you kill off Don S. Davies in just the first 5 minutes! He deserves more than that.

Two teenagers making out in a car in the woods. This is how all those Hookman stories start…

Brad Dourif’s in this episode too? Has he ever played anyone who wasn’t super creepy or weird? (The correct answer is no.)

It’s really interesting seeing Scully as the believer and Mulder trying to discourage her. I like the role reversal, and I like how it’s showing a little more growth in both their characters. Scully has often seemed very unemotional and robotic in the first half of the season, with her refusal to remotely accept any of the weirdness they deal with. I really liked that this episode delved a little deeper into her character emotionally, and made her seem more human.

“Gender Bender” Episode 1.14

Xfiles-genderbenderI really liked the last two episodes, but then I hit this one and just could not get into it at all. It was just bizarre and felt like a lot of really random ideas being put together. I mean, Creepy-Killer-Amish-Succubi-Shapeshifter-Aliens? Really?

Killer sex? That allows you to shift into you victims body. Did Angel do an episode like this? Or some other show? I know Torchwood did the killer sex alien bit, but all that was left of those victims was a pile of dust. I’m sure I’ve seen some episode of some show where the creature then shifted into the victim’s body, and for some reason it’s Angel that comes to mind. Though right now all I can think of is that uber-creepy doctor with his removable hands … okay back to X-Files.

They’re succubi! That’s exactly what Bo does to people on Lost Girl (the whole touching them and making them like you and do what you want thing).

This episode just seems strange and keeps losing my attention. Which is a shame, since the last two episodes were really good and I was finally starting to feel hooked.

Hey! That’s Nicholas Lea. I already knew he would show up at some point, but this is a completely different character, right? Not the recurring character he plays later?

Are these weird not-Amish people aliens? Shadow monsters? The just vanished in that alleyway, like the daevas in Supernatural. (Whoa, that’s a throwback! Season 1, baby!)

And I’ve finally made it past the halfway point of season 1! I’m hoping I can get more watched this week, but my DVR is starting to fill up again – remember when there wasn’t anything on TV during the summer? Now I watch way too much.

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